This weekend, we were treated to one of the last few things that make the NFL worth watching: two adult men that hate each other getting into an all-out brawl.
Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib have a history that goes back to Talib snatching Crabtree's chain, Deebo style, last year. And the two have hated each other since. It all boiled over again when Crabtree blocked Talib eight rows deep into the stands on a Marshawn Lynch run play. And then the brawl started. Check out how the whole thing developed here:
Afterwards, we got the typical line of bullshit from the coaches, who both said they can't afford to lose their best players over personal stuff. And that these guys need to put the team ahead of their own personal beefs.
Then the talking heads gave their two cents. Shannon Sharpe was sure to let us know that this was a "very very bad look." Mike Golic chimed in saying that both should be suspended for the "stupidity of throwing punches." And Tony Gonzalez let us know that when he played, he wouldn't fight, he'd just throw cheap shots under the pile like a bitch.
But why does it have to be that way?
Why, every time something like this happens, do we have to have people clutching their pearls, gasping at the travesty that two men that get paid to beat the hell out of each other come to blows every once in awhile? It's dumb. And it's time the NFL gets over this crap and adopts the hockey style of dealing with this. If two dudes want to fight, you let them throw punches until one falls. Then break it up and move on.
If two guys are crazy enough to want to throw hands while basically wearing armor, we shouldn't just allow that to happen, we should encourage it. I'm not saying get rid of penalties for fighting. Make both guys sit out a series, or a quarter, or whatever...just to make the sanctimonious pricks in the League office feel good for handing down a punishment to guys for being a bad influence on kids. But this idea that we need to protect the integrity of the game and hand out suspensions for fighting is pretty stupid. Dudes are literally getting brain damaged playing this game, and we don't do anything to stop it. But someone throws a wild punch and now we have to hear about how awful they are and how they need to be suspended and fined. Fuck you.
The NFL is looking for a way to increase ratings. Look no further. Lighten up the rules around fighting and let dudes duke it out every so often. I know I'd be much more likely to tune in to watch a Raiders/Broncos game if it meant the chance to see dudes throw haymakers at each other.
But for now, I guess we'll all just stick to watching the replays after it all goes down.
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