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Anderson's fine comes to five large

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Defensive end Mark Anderson said Friday afternoon he had still not opened the letter from the NFL offices informing him he had been fined for his shove of Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller after a play last Sunday.

He'll find out soon enough when he sees the deduction in his paycheck. The NFL revealed that Anderson has been fined $5,000. He said he plans to appeal. That might be a difficult appeal. It's clear as day what happened in television replays.

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If Mark Anderson is fined $5ooo for shoving a Pittsburgh player, why no fine on the player who twisted Alex Brown on the play he was injured on ? The NFL is quickly becoming a joke ! The entire list of players caught using preformance enhancing drugs or masking agents are being allowed to play because two fat men in Minnesota have found a loophole to circumvent the CBA. M.Anderson should appeal to the Illinois supreme court that his actions were in self defense ! Let Goodell chew on THAT.

This is how screwed up the NFL has become: Mark Anderson gets fined $5,000 for pushing an opposing player, which is no big deal no matter how you look at it. Meanwhile, Tyrone Carter gets fined $5,000 for spearing, which is using a helmet as a weapon and could cause an extremely serious injury, and which did in fact temporarily incapacitate both players. As Mr. Mick said this league is becoming a joke. The idiot commissioner doesn't even have the sense to suspend the league's drug rules until the Minnesota situation is cleared up (he only said that suspensions for drug use would be put on hold for now), meaning that players in Minnesota can do drugs but everyone else gets suspended for the same actions. The demise of the NFL began when the league began letting the TV networks call the shots and when the owners became so greedy and egotistic that they radically changed the game to virtually disallow playing defense in order to attract more fans. All I can say is the game was of much higher quality in the '60s and early '70s than it's been since.

1. On Fines:

WFB's comparison of the M.Anderson pushing & T.Carter spearing fines is a good one and does illustrate the NFL's inability to discipline 'poor' behavior properly. That hit was questionable. Olsen said it was fair, but I thought is was deliberate and should have drawn a much larger penalty even if only in the interest of sending a message. This is very much consistent with QB 'protection' calls. As passing has become more prominent, its understandable that QB's need to be granted some 'protection' and this inevitably leads to 'bad' judgment calls from time to time. But a QB injuring a shoulder and a player becoming paralyzed are distinctly different and the fines should reflect this, even if the player getting the fine is the guy being protected. Btw how much was the fine for the body slam of McMahon.? 2,000?

2. On Steriods:

One of my favorite comedians is Daniel Tosh; He says something to the effect that we American's deserve the best athlete's in the world and they all should be on steroids. Now I don't subscribe to that point of view. Professional sports leagues function a little like utility companies and should be subject to unique regulations in this regard. So the laws need to get revised or the NFL needs to find away to uniformly 'control' whats allowed and what isn't. Who wants the NFL to get like baseball with some players abusing and others not. In this case, it does seem inappropriate to penalize players for a substance that wasn't listed on the bottle.

3. As to the NFL at large:

Why can't NFL games get the same kind of coverage as THE MASTER's. This should be the gold standard and the goal of Roger Goodell. I was astounded at the incredible number of and frequency of commercials during last weeks game. The continuity of a great game was micro-parsed by (a) frequent interruptions in play, (b) CBS promos, (c) extra crap on the display, (d) announcer commentary that had nothing to do with the game. In short, the coverage of the game did nothing to add to the game and clearly subtracted from it. The only problem with the bears playing better is TV viewers will be forced into watching more ridiculously poor quality 'prime time' coverage.

4. NFL Ruined:

I don't believe the NFL to be ruined; but there are issues. And they are significant.

By Wrigley Field Bear on September 26, 2009 12:27 AM

"As Mr. Mick said this league is becoming a joke. The idiot commissioner doesn't even have the sense to suspend the league's drug rules until the Minnesota situation is cleared up (he only said that suspensions for drug use would be put on hold for now), meaning that players in Minnesota can do drugs but everyone else gets suspended for the same actions."

That is not on Goodell. Thats on the state of Minnesota. Goodell does not have the power to overide a courts decision. He can only appeal and he has done that and it will go to the states supreme court and he will eventually win. Goodell is not above the law. Williams wall will eventually get suspended. They have good lawyers who are using the law to delay this action as long as possible. State law is state law and different states have different laws. You can't smoke indoors in IL. But you can do it in NV.

Perhaps if the NFL succeeds from the union, then Goodell could enforce his own laws.

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