Way back on September 19, 2012 you were warned "Dirt Patch Commeth". The name of the player that lunged at Kevin Williams is irrelevant, even though he was the instrument of the Dirt Patch. In all directness ... players don't act that way unless their leader directs them to act that way. Jim Harbaugh, AKA The Dirt Patch, is nothing more than pure unadulterated evil. After evil rips your arm off ... there's the Dirt Patch .... What? What? We did nothing wrong. You know ... boys being boys. Nod .. Nod .. Wink .. Wink! Now go away. Rules are rules.
Here's the problem with enforcement in the NFL. Who's is going to be impartial enough to get the evaluation right? In one case the dirt bag gets to deny everything while class acts of the league, like our own Tony Dungy or Leslie Frazier, shake their hand in rage into an empty void. In other words ... the problem never gets sufficiently solved or resolved ... while the Dirt Patch and his cohorts go on there merry way. Well here's the answer to this dilemma as there is nothing like peer review to get it right.
Take the top 30% of NFL earners in the league. Call them the NFL's peer group of enforcement. With every team equally represented, randomly select 100 of these top 30% earners, regardless of the franchise that they represent, from the pool and have them review the Kevin Williams Cheap shot video. The same is to be done every week for each questionable hit that results in injury or that rises to the occasion. Give these 100 randomly selected players a closed (hidden) up or down vote only. Each must give an up or down response otherwise they are thrown into the dreaded 2nd pool as incentive. If 75% of them come back stating that the play was at an unacceptable NFL standard then the following requirement goes into effect. Of the remaining players that did believe the play was in fact acceptable, those opposing players go into a 2nd pool where one of those in that group is selected for a repeat performance of the exact same standard that resulted in injury... but here's the best part of all ... that exact same standard of play shall be applied to that randomly selected player in that 2nd pool. Ironically, as little as a one player group could be apart of that 2nd pool of opposition. Hey, just keep in mind that you thought that the unacceptable NFL standard looked ok to you ... didn't you? From this view it would be hard for any player to not see questionable NFL play versus the perspective of being supportive to a team mate, right up to a franchise owner, because you're now placing your health into direct jeopardy compared to what the lion share of this league's elite players knows to be dangerous play that can put a players livelihood at risk.
Now it gets even juicier. How can we ensure that we are imparting justice fairly. Well, if the player meets the minimum 75% requirement, then all of the other remaining 31 franchises get to bid on having the right to provide the individual of their choice to impart an equivalent type hit or hits, in the exact same manner, to the individual that was randomly selected from the 2nd pool. Hell the enforcer could even be a fan that's still pissed of about two consecutive blown calls in December 28, 1975. Try to keep up ... will you. Learn your history. Of course, the money bid on having that role would go to charity and we all can get to watch a player, that is earning in the top 30% of the NFL echelon, get to have his career ended right before our eyes, due to their inability of being able to tell what is right and wrong. Hell, we can even get to pay for the privilege on pay per view. On the other hand, someone like Jerry Jones could bid on having this insanity stopped by paying for the privilege of making sure no one else gets hurt by imparting a shill ... but don't bet on it. The wonderment of what might be paid to see the Kevin Williams hit applied to a franchise player like Tom Brady. Oh! The humanity. On the other hand, we could clean up the league from being laced with way too many thugs and cheap shot artists that are hell bent on ending the careers of truly gifted athletes. No! No! We can't have that.
Of course, this new process unfairly puts the onus on the protection of the players, onto the players, giving them undo scrutiny on questionable behavior, thereby preventing cheap shots that inadvertently ends a players career prematurely. How dare we do such a thing? Instead what we hear is that the NFL has a reviewing process that will decree what is and what is not acceptable and to hell with your individual livelihood. It's not like Roller Ball where the ones looking out for players safety are also watching feedback as TV revenue. It is all understood that Tom Brady's knees are more important than Brian Cushing's or anyone playing on the Cardinals. Did someone say Cardinals ... scratch that. After all ... we know what's best for you ... and shut up ... or you'll be made to pay a big hefty fine.
If the players play is deemed accidental, receiving less than 75% of the votes, no punishment whatsoever will be applied to that player and it goes into the history books and is resolved for all time under their group of peers. After all, 75% is almost an insurmountable number however some things just can't be hidden ... can they Mr. Dirt Patch. If that players play is deemed to be unacceptable by 75% of the 100 randomly selected top earners, then that player will be suspended for 16 games or the typical time to recover from blown out knee ligaments which is just deserts for either trying or succeeding at ending a players career. Most importantly of all, the head coach is fined 10% of his yearly salary for the first player that is convicted of play that is deemed unacceptable and 2% for every player thereafter. All monies, of course, will be donated to charity. After all, no coach has ever taken it out on his players ... after getting kicked in the soft fleshy and vulnerable part of his wallet ... for not making stuff perfectly clear to his players. After all ... whose job is it anyways to teach an NFL standard? It sure isn't the hot dog vendor.
Maybe then, and only then ... will a uniform message get across. Yup! There's nothing like peer review.
The Viking Ghost Writer
Date: August 28, 2013