If the National hockey League (NHL) wants to stop all the concussions and curb the antics around players trying to hurt other players they need to look no further than the news on Wednesday afternoon that the National Football League (NFL) has suspended four players for their role in the New Orleans Saints‘ bounty scandal.
The NFL had been tipped off that the Saints were rewarding players for knocking other players out of games and hurting them and they already banned the coach for the entire year and today they handed a season-long ban to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith suspended for 4 games. The league also hit former Saints players too, including; defensive lineman Anthony Hargove (now with the Green Bay Packers) who was suspended eight games and Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) will miss three games to start the 2012 NFL season.
Sure sends a message to league – not that a 25 game suspension doesn’t but it took way too long and there are still hits to the head, including in last nights game… Suspensions like this tell the players and teams that the league is serious!
Also heard this afternoon about former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau who was found dead in his home today.
He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
I’m not the biggest football fan in the world, however I do root for the Charges, have from when I was an Urban Pain in the Ass, in the Dan Fouts days when they were good.
What is really sad is that Seau was just 43-years-old who had four children with his ex-wife.
A first-round pick of the Chargers in 1990, Seau played 20 years in the NFL, earning 12 Pro Bowl nominations and was a first-team All-pro six times. He played 13 seasons with San Diego before signing on with my second favourite NFL team, the Miami Dolphins. Seau retired in 2009.
Apparently he has had a much publicized battle with depression. My thoughts go out to his children.
Still on football… Anyone see the new CFL jerseys? Pretty awesome, eh? I heard Fashion Television’s Jeannie Beker this morning on TSN Radio 1050 and she knows her CFL football. She liked them and so do I. You can see them here; http://www.cfl.ca/page/reebok Tell me if you do not also think that the TiCats jersey look the best with the stripes on the sleeves. I still hope they lose every game, but they can look great doing so.
Below is the Argos jerseys, double blue and full of tradition.