I know I’m supposed to be outraged about the Saints paying bounties for big hits that injure opposing players, but I’m not. I’m not saying what Gregg Williams and the Saints did was right, or that it should go unpunished, but I can’t work myself up to be outraged about the issue like so many others.
Is this bounty system really that big of a revelation? Are we truly shocked that something like this was (is) going on in the NFL?
I always assumed some sort of bounty system existed and it was just one of those things that got treated with a wink and a nod, kind of like when pitchers in baseball used finger-nail files or sandpaper to doctor the ball back in the day.
That doesn’t make it right, but it makes it one of those issues where people’s reactions get under my skin. Now everyone is condemning Williams and the Saints for being big evil monsters that were out to tear off the limbs of opposing players and collect cash for maiming their NFL brethren.
Bounty or no bounty, defensive players are looking to deliver a giant hit on every play. If that big hit results in a player getting carted off, so be it. Some players also take cheap shots. These types of players play for many teams, not just the Saints or some other team with a bounty system.