Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Orleans Saints: Dogs the Bounty Hunters

"For three years, the NFL says, members of the Saints defense maintained an illicit bounty program, administered by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, that paid cash rewards for hits that injured opponents. Expect the league's punishment to be swift and severe." -An excerpt from the article written by Peter King in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

Read more about this scandal from Peter King, here and here.

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Personally, I remember sitting at home and watching the punishment Brett Favre withstood during the 2010 NFC Championship Game and saying to myself, "what is this guy made of"? Hit after hit, Favre just kept getting up and almost guided the Vikings to a victory in the hostile Louisiana Superdome. In fact, the Vikings should have won that game in regulation had Favre held the ball and ran it for a few yards, instead of forcing a pass which resulted in a last-second interception late in the 4th quarter. The Vikings then could have called timeout and kicked a winning field goal as time expired. As it turned out the game went into overtime and the rest is history-- Saints 31, Vikings 28 (OT). The NFL can say what they want but I'm sure that that heart-breaking overtime loss by the Vikings played a significant role in the league changing the overtime rules and allowing each team at least one possession. No doubt.

But little did we know that the Saints, led by their capo Gregg Williams, had a contract on Favre's head. That explains all the questionable brutal hits he withstood that day.

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Shame on you, New Orleans!

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