By Mary Paoletti
Headhunters, beware: the NFL 'gun gitchu.
That's right, the league has finally decided to stop the salutary neglect on "devastating" head hits and start handing out suspensions.
Steelers linebacker James Harrison might be Public Enemy Number One. On Sunday he concussed two Browns receivers: Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi. Though no penalties were called both wideouts were sidelined. Harrison's post game quotes were gems.
"I don't want to injure anybody," he said. "There's a big difference between being hurt and being injured. You get hurt, you shake it off and come back the next series or the next game. I try to hurt people."
Go get 'em, Tiger!
Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was equally unapologetic when discussing his attempt to head Todd Heap's cranium like he was Tim Cahill trying to net a soccer ball.
"Y'all got the stats, right?" he said on the Dale And Holley Show. "What was the stats after that hit, and before it? I think it was a lot better after than it was before it."
Good point by you, Meriweather.
Maybe a guy should only be penalized after the fact. Helmet-to-helmet contact and the collision didn't help your team win? Suspension and a fine, sucker. But if your Kung-fu move was the game-changer that sparked your team's turnaround? The guy you hit should have to apologize for being weak . . . as soon as he regains consciousness.
Some players think differently. Some guys, like tight end Ben Watson, are in favor of the NFL tamping down on "devastating hits and head shots." These weak-stomached little Sallys are demanding repercussions whether the player on the ground is injured or just "hurt."
Watson made feelings about James Harrison particularly clear. "I hope the NFL does the max, whatever the max is, I hope they give it to him," he said.
What a baby.
Football isn't football without concussive collisions! If somebody's brain doesn't smack the back of his head then the whole show is a waste of time. We're practically headed toward professional flag football. It's outrageous. The NFL already put up pretty, laminated posters everywhere to warn of the dangers of brain trauma.
I mean, it's not like that college player died.