Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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NFL Hit Policy Translated To The Everyday Working Man

So everyone's got an opinion on the NFL hit policy that is fining dudes billions of dollars if they hit someone in the head with their helmet. I find that ridiculous. Not because of the message, but because of the money people are getting taken away. Saw James Harrison got fined $125,000 this year for a few hits. Also saw his coach defend him with the ol' "He's got two kids excuse." Though it looks absurd from the NFL player standpoint, let's think how it'd be if regular guys and gals like you and me were getting these types of punishments..

My roommates and I joked the other night about how each James Harrison fine was essentially our salary. Like, "Yo man, keep your head on a swivel at work tomorrow." Because no one wants to see a disgruntled Craw walk through the door shaking his head saying, "So I dropped a piece of paper on the ground and bent over to pick it up, when all of a sudden my boss bent down to pick it up at the same time. Needless to say, we bumped heads and I got fined my entire years salary." That shit would be awful. I can see it now. Running late for a meeting or need to hit a tight deadline, you can probably see me somewhere between a brisk jog and a full out sprint. If Becky from accounting decides to leisurely stroll around the corner while I'm in full stride, we can have a situation on our hands. If by situation you mean I'm fined $50K with the added kicker of having to still come in for work. I'd be super salty.

We can break it down further too in the realm of penalties: One guy going for another guy's office crush=pass interference. Accidental boob tap=offsides/encroachment. Applying a paper clip to a document=clipping.

Take a timeout guys and grab yourself a coffee.

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