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NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:10 pm
 
T. Polamalu was fined $10,000 for using a cell phone on the sideline (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sometimes, the NFL makes so little sense when it comes to its discipline, it’s enough to make you scream. Or give you a mind-bending headache.

After declining to discipline Lions coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh for Handshake-Gate (though I much prefer Schwarbaugh-Gate) -- I repeat, for their near-brawl, they were fined exactly zero dollars and zero cents -- the league made a disappointing, yet predictable decision to fine Steelers safety Troy Polamalu for using a cell phone on the sideline of last Sunday’s game.

The reason Polamalu used the cell phone in the first place was because he had suffered a concussion and was calling his wife to tell her he was OK. But the NFL deemed it necessary to fine him $10,000 for the action, making it the world’s most expensive phone call* of the last week.

*I assume this is true, anyway.

Earlier in the week, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tried to plead on Polamalu’s behalf, saying, “He's had a history of concussion-like symptoms and so forth in the past. She was concerned. In this era of player safety, you would think that common sense would prevail in regards to some of those things. It wasn't a personal call. He wasn't checking on his bank account. He was talking to his wife to let her know that he was fine, and that was it."

Instead, the NFL decided to discipline him twice as heavily as Clay Matthews for his shoe selection and 10,000 times more heavy than Schwartz and Harbaugh**.

**I realize if Schwartz and Harbaugh had been fined $1, the above would have been an accurate statement. As it is, I know you can’t divide anything by zero. But just go with me here.

It’s a shame and it’s unfortunate and … well, I’m fresh out of adjectives. It just kind of sucks.

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Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 12:14 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

Goodell is a blight on footbal. The coach of the offended team should have a say in all player fines. 
 
To stop Goodell, all we have to do is boycott football in one major city for one day. If unsuccessful in bringing about a change, expand the boycott. The owners will fix this problem in a hurry. We may find it difficult, but our sacrifice will protect the game from idiots like Goodell.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:58 am
 

HOW TO STOP GOODELL!

Goodell is a blight on professional football. He is ruining it. HOWEVER, THERE IS A WAY TO STOP HIM!

All we need to do is boycoutt games in one city, perhaps New York, until Goodell agrees that such fines require the agreement of the offended coach. Even better, the fans could demand Goodell's replacement.



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Since: Oct 22, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:19 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:56 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

Goodell is an arrogant pissant and, soon, I think the NFL owners will move against him.

I love my Steelers, but I don't think they are being singled out by Goodell, who appears to be enamored with his own power, like a kid with a new toy

That, too, will stop. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:04 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

Schwarz sure got physical though and was begging for a fight to happen.  Just because Harbaugh didn't take the bait doesn't mean you reward Schwarz for it.  The NFL should have looked at intent, not just result. 

Players all game long in every game in the NFL go after each other and have to be separated or stopped by a teammate, coach, referees, etc.   If intent is all you need, there should be about 20 unsportsmanlike flags thrown every game in the NFL and at least 3 or 4 suspensions per game as well. 

I have no problem with fining a coach for not being professional... but your example sucks.  



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:42 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

J Katz has gotten it wrong again...but I suppose I can see his point. How about cbssports punishing him for churning out terrible articles? What does Katz have against Harbaugh or Schwartz? Is Katz jealous that his terrible football team is the laughingstock of the NFL? That's too bad. It really is, but don't take it out on two head coaches for not being "buddy-buddy" when shaking hands after the game. I always thought the ritual was STUPID. "Hey...good job on getting pawned by my team....you are a terrible coach...Hey what's your deal?" If I lost to someone I would not want to shake hands and hug them. That's being hypocritical.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:21 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

The reasoning for Schwarz not getting fined was ridiculous.  It was because they didn't come to blows.  Schwarz sure got physical though and was begging for a fight to happen.  Just because Harbaugh didn't take the bait doesn't mean you reward Schwarz for it.  The NFL should have looked at intent, not just result. 



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:15 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

Maybe if he stops leading with his head to make tackles, he won't have to call his wife to let her know he's ok.  That rule was put into place for the safety of the players, especially the ones making the hits. It may have only been $1 for the phone call, the other $9,999 could have been to remind him of that.




Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:41 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

Instead, the NFL decided to discipline him twice as heavily as for and 10,000 times more heavy than Schwartz and Harbaugh**.

**I realize if Schwartz and Harbaugh had been fined $1, the above would have been an accurate statement. As it is, I know you can’t divide anything by zero. But just go with me here.

Hahaha. It's sad, but you have to clarify things like this. Otherwise people will tear you apart. I knew what you meant though. The footnote was definitely a nice touch tough.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:35 pm
 

NFL makes yet another disappointing decision

What if he tells them that he doesn't remember talking on the phone?


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