By Patricia Moloney Dugas, Freelance Writer, Palm Springs, Calif.
September 25th, 2011. Here is a live photograph I took from TV of Michael Vick being crushed by a new-age 350 pound behemoth. This is the state of the football carnage that is racking up numbers every Sunday like tin soldiers.
PENALTIES: These low paid, over-poundaged, predators may be penalized, fined a few bucks, or suspended - so they get to watch the next game from the sofa with beer and pizza. They have done their job – getting fined - for crippling a critical player. The mega-paid superstar who has been injured or seriously concussed has no compensation except that his career may be in serious jeopardy.
POUNDAGE: The predator in the photograph is risking his own longevity without knowing it. Case histories abound with the heart, kidney, and health failure of these overweight athletes. "With more than 300 players who weigh more than 300 pounds, the NFL doesn't need a salary cap. It needs a weight cap." Jim Caple, ESPN.com.
OUT FOR THE SEASON: The Monday morning number of injuries in just three weeks of the 2011 season should set off alarm bells to owners and GM’s.
BOTTOM LINE: Okay, let’s forget player survival. Let’s talk money. The star QB’s, WR’s or RB’s are the only reason we watch the game. They are drafted and signed like $uperstar$. The fans want to see Michael Vick dance around and throw touchdowns. Not watch backup QB Kafka who today, after Michael was dismissed again with another injury, came in and threw two rather hasty picks. They lost the game Vick was scheduled to win. You are paying the superstar while we watch backups.
If you don’t care $$$ who gets chopped, then bring back Roller Derby.
Pat Dugas, Freelance Writer, Palm Springs, Calif.