The football thing? Turns out I lied.
I had intended to talk about football.
James Harrison, in particular.
I’m kinda bent about the whole thing.
But then, I don’t know…I just got kinda sick of it all. I’m over this conversation.
His crybaby ‘take my ball home and quit playing’ declaration might have fueled my apathy. (Apathy can totally be fueled, by the way. Totally.)
So I’ll just summarize.
He’s a big, bad scary man. It’s his job.
Of course he wants to hurt people. Duh. Find me a linebacker that doesn’t want to hurt people. Except perhaps those that play for the Bears, since clearly they’re lacking.
But I digress.
Hurting people is part of the game, folks. There is a difference between hurting and injuring, and what a bunch of Nancys we are if we fail to comprehend the difference. You put the hurt on someone to show them you are a big, bad, scary man not to be messed with. What exactly would football be without physical intimidation? It would be baseball. And seeing as how baseball doesn’t work out too well in Pittsburgh, let’s not go there.
Harrison is being fined now because he ran his big fat stupid mouth. I’m fine with what he said, don’t get me wrong, but his timing was lousy. The public was up in arms crying for his head on a platter, and he didn’t do himself any favors.
The hit in question?
I don’t believe it was a dirty hit, because I don’t believe it was intentional. I won’t go so far as to agree with Harrison, who later said that there was a three foot shift. I’m not seeing three feet here. But there is definite movement, and I think that made the difference.
Harrison: “I’ll tell you right now, if I’m running blind and I don’t see the guy coming at me, by NFL rules, if he was to go and shoot at my knee and blow my whole knee out, that is a legal hit. All day. If you see me running blind and I don’t see you, please hit me high and knock me silly. I’ll pay your fine for you. Just don’t hit me in my knee and end my career.”
Amen. Those guys stood up and walked away seconds later. You don’t walk away from a knee injury.
[cue the cacaphony of emails telling me that you don't walk away from brain injuries either.] I get that. Except these guys did walk away. Yes, they were fortunate – it could have been much worse. But accidents do happen and there is risk involved when you choose to make your living getting hit. It’s part of the game. Accept that or get a desk job.
And if nothing else, how about the other supposedly dirty hit from that game? Harrison nailed Cribbs and Cribbs isn’t crying about it. In fact, he came out in support of Harrsion.
Ok, I did manage to generate a little passion there. But it’s still negated by the retirement talk. Good grief, dude. Grow up. Crap happens. Move on.
And put the hurt on someone Sunday.
It is, afterall, your job.
And to all the pansies freaking out over this – have you ever seen rugby? With no
pads? Now those are real men.
Come to think of it, maybe Harrison could start a new career if he decides to leave the NFL. Something tells me the Silverback would be effective on the rugby field as well.