Word around town is that various players and coaches for the New Orleans Saints face “lengthy and unprecedented suspensions” after NFL security uncovered a team bounty system that rewarded players for delivering game-ending hits. The fact that the NFL is willing to make an example out of one of their model franchises by forgoing the garden variety 4 game suspension in favor of stiff punishment lets us know that they’re aiming to set an example. During a press release on the issue at hand, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell explained his gripe with the situation:
“It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated. We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it.”
The NFL would love for everyone to believe they’re about to drop the hammer on Sean Payton, Gregg Williams, Mickey Loomis and a bunch of New Orleans Saints players because their actions were a detriment to the health of opposing NFL players. As we all know, the NFL has taken an increased interest in player safety over the last few seasons with rule changes to protect quarterbacks, receivers, and kick returners. The problem is, ending violence and injuries in the NFL is like trying to end piracy on the internet…… it’s a pipe dream. You cannot end serious bodily harm in football without irrevocably breaking the game, and you cannot end piracy on the internet without irrevocably destroying the world wide web.
So what do you do?
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We’re sure you were a very good appendage who performed every duty asked of you during your quarter-century on Earth. That was until Ronda Rousey bent, twisted, and yanked you into unnatural positions on March 3rd, 2012. If we never see you in working order again, we just want to say ……… it’s been real.
If you’re willing to dig deep enough, you can find highlight reels and tribute videos for just about every popular boxer on YouTube. With that said you’d be hard pressed to find any that are put together with the care and quality of Gorilla Productions, who pay tribute to Floyd Mayweather in the video below.
The two minute and thirty second intro left me a bit skeptical on whether or not I wanted to keep watching, because haven’t we all seen Floyd running his mouth on HBO a million times? The “Money Mayweather” image, drama, and confrontation video packages have been ran ad nauseam in order to sell fights and I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn to say we’re all sick of it. The drama and loud-mouthed antics are the reason Floyd is rich and famous (because quiet and polite boxers don’t back up the Brinks trucks), but to focus on that aspect of Floyd Mayweather alone does a huge disservice to his skill. Luckily after two and a half minutes, the video focuses on the early days of Floyd’s career and his ascent to stardom. This is the kind of video that boxing fans live for, technical mastery by a young hungry fighter on his way to the top. Oh how quickly we forget….
Floyd’s long forgotten domination of the late Diego Corrales was absolutely masterful.
Check out more boxing videos from Gorilla Productions on their YouTube channel.