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UPDATED: Tillman's bad night in Minnesota gets worse

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Five days later, Charles Tillman's rough night in the Metrodome got rougher.

The NFL came down on Tillman, announcing he has been fined $7,500 for his horse-collar tackle of ex-Bear Bernard Berrian in the game. That play came after Berrian singed Tillman for a 99-yard touchdown, tying a league record.

"[Horse-collar tackles] are costly,'' Tillman said. "It wasn't intentional. I don't think it was a dirty play or anything. I don't know. It's just reaction. I reached out that was the only thing I grabbed."

It's the second time Tillman has been fined this season. He was docked $5,000 for his role in a skirmish that led to a rally and victory for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September. Tillman was fined $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle of Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson last season at the end of a 71-yard reception. Repeat violators of the rule are subject to more severe punishment. Dallas safety Roy Williams, whose dirty play led to the rule being put in place, was suspended without pay for one game for multiple horse-collar infractions.

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was also zapped $7,500 for his horse collar tackle of Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp at the end of an interception return in the fourth quarter.

Benny Sapp was fined $5,000 himself for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received for striking Rashied Davis in the head. The 15-yard penalty was of little use to the Bears as they couldn't capitalize after reaching the Vikings' one-yard line.

Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye will not have to call the florist. He said he was going to send Minnesota quarterback Gus Frerotte flowers if he was fined. The Bears felt Frerotte flopped after a play when Ogunleye made only slight contact with him. Frerotte went limp, face down on the field but the officials called no penalty on the play. Apparently, the league agreed as Ogunleye was not fined.

According to our good friend up at the Minneapolis Star-Triubune Chip Scoggins (we used to battle from time to time in Sega football back in college), Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was also fined $10,000 for using the football as a prop after one of his three sacks.

That means Allen has been fined $15,000 for playing the Bears this season. He got $5,000 for jumping on a pile late in the first meeting, and he's been fined a whopping total of $90,000 on the season. Much more and he'll be able to pay for half of a rookie's salary in fines alone.


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There we go, thanks Brad. I saw Frerotte fall down on the replay and wondered to myself: Who exactly does he think he's fooling!? Frerotte's acting was so bad, both Keanu Reeves AND Britney Spears called to let him know that.

And shouldn't Allen have been flagged as well for using the ball as a prop in plain view of the zebras? A Jets linebacker got flagged for a delay of game penalty earlier in the day for doing something similar.

As for Sega games, I never really liked the sports games early on with the exception of Mutant League Football. I was mainly a Sonic and Mortal Kombat kid. Yea me.

Thats hilarious about Ogunleye sending Frerotte flowers had he been fined. That was certainly quite the acting job Frerotte put on, I would have sent him theater tickets myself, maybe to the love boat?
Also, guys, everyone knows super techmo bowl was the best video game back in the day GO BEARS!!

HAHA 34-14

By Mike:

"Frerotte's acting was so bad, both Keanu Reeves AND Britney Spears called to let him know that"

A whats with the Britney hating, what did she ever do too you?? Besides have you seen her recently, I would much rather watch her than Frerotte. Oh and what did poor simple Keanu do to deserve that as well, he's been in three or 4 pretty entertaining movies. There was nothing entertaining about that Vikings loss. Oh and one last thing Donkey Kong is the Best game ever.

Lets see Brad 15 grand for 5 sacks, right now I pretty sure the Bears would love to dish out 15 grand for 5 sacks.

By Kevin Armstead:

"Also, guys, everyone knows super techmo bowl was the best video game back in the day GO BEARS!!"

OMG you may be right, about Super Techmo Bowl, but it was called Super Tecmo bowl no H. Played it in the Arcade and a couple years later on NES. Chicago, New York and San Fran were the three best teams. 2 passing plays and two running plays only for each team. Except the San Fran who had 3 passing and 1 running play.

"A[nd] whats with the Britney hating, what did she ever do too you??"
-Creighton

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt this weblog to bring you a special report! Hell has officially frozen over! At approximately 5:33 A.M. this morning a local man, known by some as "Creighton," criticized nationally-renowned scholar, hero, professor, author, discoverer, surgeon and animal-lover Mike for, get this: "hating" on someone. These remarks quickly set forth the events that transformed Hades into a frosty white tundra. In other news...

Creighton, have you seen Crossroads? I'm sorry but I'm not a big fan of someone who smells like booze, vomit and tobacco, smokes around her kids/puts them in harms way while in a vehicle, "graces" national headlines with another act of stupidity or has the IQ of mayonnaise.

That's true about Keanu though. He has been in some entertaining movies. Key phrase: he has been in them. Bram Stoker's Dracula is good, Matrix is good...but have you ever said to yourself, "Oh wow! Keanu's starring in this movie. I gotta see it!" Didn't think so.

Best football game? NFL Blitz for the N64!

OMG you may be right, about Super Techmo Bowl, but it was called Super Tecmo bowl no H.
-Creighton-

In a follow up to an earlier report, the man known only as "Creighton" at approximately 5:33 AM, also criticized a fellow blogger, for get this, a spelling error??? Yes, the sky is falling.

Sun Times: Jared Allen received a $10,000 fine for using the ball as a prop after his third sack. Allen pretended to give the ball CPR, reportedly saying he was trying to breath some life into the Bears' offense.

Hopefully pride goeth before the fall, and Allen and the Queens will be on a landslide, but know our luck...

Oh and one last thing Donkey Kong is the Best game ever.
-Creighton

In our continuing coverage of hell freezing over and the sky faling it now appears aliens have landed on planet earth!!!! When the thing known only as "Creighton" actualy said he LIKED something litle green men an their spaceships were spotted by bypassers. The thing known as Creighton is a bitter person who is awlays negitive. He lies and MAKES THINGS UP and I think hes a stalker to.

And worst of al he cant be a supporter of HIS HOME TEAM!!!! Hes just a bowl of sour grapes! :)

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