We’ve heard once or twice today about the reports that the Saints had a bounty on opposition players. The ESPN and sports media is really crying about the destructive activity.
Does this surprise anyone? So what?
I mean I thought more than one team had bounties on opposition players. Personally, I thought smoking an opposition player was part of the game that we love. Buddy Ryan had bounties out on the Cowboys. I would suspect some of the biggest rivalry games had side bets going on. What? You think the Raiders didn’t play some games that they either had, or were victims of bounties?
There’s only a couple of teams I didn’t think would have a bounty on anyone. The Indianapolis Colts, since they were such a weak hitting team, and the 2000+ Cowboys. Both of those teams were too soft to have bounties.
I wonder who the rat was who brought this to the league’s attention? I also wonder how many other bounties are going to come out in the near future? Now, St. Tony is whining about the Titans gunning for Peyton Manning. Like everyone in the league wasn’t gunning for Manning. The heck with bounties; what about Indianapolis’ holding every down offensive line?
Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator who provided the bounties was popular wherever he went. No doubt. His defenses were always big hitting. I have to say, one of the biggest big hitting games was the NFC Championship Game where the Saints played the Vikings. Their destruction of Brett Favre in that game rates as one of the great masterpieces of the post-defensive era in football. That four-play sequence in the second quarter of that game was absolutely brutal. As an observer, I cringed watching Favre take three consecutive power hits.
If you don’t think Favre’s game losing interception at the end of regulation was brought on by the Saints pummeling him, you don’t know much about football. If I were Williams, Sean Peyton or the Saints, whatever you’re going to get from the league for the bounty hunting means nothing at all compared to that Super Bowl ring.