Friday, September 15, 2006

Bengals Pwn Chiefs QB, Avoid Fine, But Still P155 Off Cranky Sportswriter

So the communist entertainment regime that we know and love as the NFL has decided that Robert Geathers' hit on Trent Green does not warrant a fine. If you're one of the six people that didn't see the hit, we've got you covered:

This is why the Bengals are a championship-caliber team. Instead of bitching about events that they can't control (unlike a certain NFC West team), they take matters into their own hands. Did they cry about how unfair that hit on Carson Palmer was? Hell no. They went out (in their VERY NEXT GAME) and beat up somebody else's QB. That's paying it forward, bitch. Haley Joel Osment smiled brighter on Sunday, I'm sure.

My thoughts on the hit itself: Trent Green is an idiot. No, I'm not saying he deserved to get laid out and carried off on a stretcher. But let's look at a few things here:

First, Trent Green turns 37 in July, which means he should have either retired by now, or gone to play first base for the Mets. Even George Blanda must be thinking, "Fuck, he's kinda old to be out here." And let's keep in mind that this is the same asshole that lost his starting job in 1999 to a grocery bagger.

And then there's the slide. Whether it was late or not is rather moot when you consider that HE'S RIGHT BY THE FUCKING SIDELINE! Run it out of bounds, shithead! If you get hit out of bounds, it's a penalty without question. The slide was designed to protect the QB on the 7-yard keeper up the middle on 3rd-and-5, not for bailing your ass out when suddenly realizing you're a white 36-year-old and your shit is about to get ruined. This wouldn't even be a discussion point if there weren't so many "special" rules to protect the quarterback. And by special, I mean "90 percent bullshit."

And the thing of it is; it doesn't look remotely brutal until you see Green's head bounce of the turf. That whiplash is the only redeeming thing about this hit. Additonally, the League determined that Geathers actually TWISTED HIS BODY TO AVOID HELMET-TO-HELMET CONTACT. And for whatever it's worth these days, there was no flag on the play.

None of those things seem to matter to the Sultan of Sultry, SI Columnist and Grumpy Old Man Paul Zimmerman. Dr. Z knows what he saw, dammit!

The kill shot that Cincy's Robert Geathers laid on K.C.'s Trent Green should have drawn not only a flag, but also an ejection. [His] intent was clear. Take the QB out at head level. Geathers could have veered off, but he chose not to, and Green was out cold for almost 15 minutes.

Z compares the event to the AWESOME Warren Sapp hit on some dumbass in 2002. Turn that music down!

This was the same situation as the Warren Sapp case of a few years ago. He went halfway across the field to launch a blindside shot on the Packers' Chad Clifton, following an interception...Sapp's shot put him in the hospital and nearly ended his career. Again, it was ruled legal. It didn't even draw a flag, although it was an ugly, mean act. "Crippling the dummy" was what we used to call it.

Crippling the dummy. Is that like "Swallowing the Swan?"

First of all, the Sapp hit was fucking BEAUTIFUL (if you know where I can find a clip of that hit, let us know), maybe the best hit of the last 10 years. And it was 100% clean. The hit was in the middle of the field, before the whistle, and delivered to the front of the front of the body. It was not a blindside shot.

"...although it was an ugly, mean act."

Warren, you were mean! Robert Geathers--mean! You're all a bunch of meanies! Wouldn't it be great, guys, if every NFL game was just like the Pro Bowl, where lightly petting the QB counts as a tackle? What bullshit. Go change your tampon, Paul.

These guys, they're not accountants. They're not in customer service. They are responsible for thriving in an enviroment so hostile that even the very best cannot survive for more than a handful of years. And they realize, more than you do, Paul, that if they attempt anything short of putting someone in the hospital, at any time, that they could wind up in the hospital themselves.

These hits were not ugly, or mean. They are examples of what happens during even the smallest lapse of intensity. And intensity is what we come to see every Sunday. Does that make us thirsty for violence? No, but we realize that it has a place in the game, unlike some of the very people that are paid to cover the sport.

Trent Green made a bad decision. He paid for it, because Geathers was doing his job. Much worse than a case of slick balls. But take solace, Trent. The crotchety Dr. Z is in your corner, defending your ignorance to the hilt. Buy him a nice case of wine and he'll even get you into Canton. Get your feet off the coffee table!


Unsilent Majority said...

Big hands I know you're the one.

doug_plank said...

That Sapp block was awesome. Not often you can get a 300 lb lineman to levitate like that.

Get the video of the post game on field confrontation with Sapp and Mike Sherman.

"Put a uniform on!!!"

BigRicks said...

His head hit the ground so hard and so fast it looks like they sped up the video, awesome.

rsr26 (aka Johnny Utah) said...

I was surprised that old school Dr. Z came down on the Green hit and the Sapp hit.

The Sapp hit was awesomne. I was watching that game on tv. Ronde Barber, I think, intercepted Favre (surprise!) and started his return. During the return, Packer OL Chad Clifton started to make his way to the play-- although he clearly was not going to be in on the tackle.

Nevertheless, Sapp sized him up perfectly and BLEW him up and knocked him off his feet and out cold. You've got to have your head on a swivel during those sudden changes of ball possession. The hit was viscious, but clean. Someone get that hit on youtube!

doug_plank said...

Here is the picture, sorry for the long address-

dusty said...

You can't put a friggin 4 mile long web addy in the comments section ya nimrod.

I resent the tampon comment..I didn't bitch about either of those hits..I thought the fuckers rocked! Call him a grandma or something.

BoSox Siobhan said...

I don't mind slick balls one bit. And my hands aren't even that big.

TheBigO said...

So, I heard that Steve Irwin had his own brand of Sunblock that he was going to start sellin'.

Turns out they had to recall it because it didn't protect against harmful rays.


The Dude said...

That concussion will be the latest in Homer Simpson's Football's Greatest Injuries video collection.

He manTooth said...

The most brutal hit since that bouncer took out Danzig.

Bill said...

The Sapp hit may have been legally clean but it was a bullshit hit. The Packer was totally out of the play, and Sapp was a chickenshit about it. It knocked the guy out for the season for chrissakes.

And then when Sherman actually had the temerity to question the GREAT WARREN SAPP (he's usually so receptive to constructive criticism), Sapp responded by saying "FUCKYOU" and then "PUT A JERSEY ON, PUT A JERSEY ON!" Tough guy yelling at a guy who looks like my bible school teacher.

Sapp really is a mean-spirited bully. After the Bucs won the Super Bowl, the first thing he said in postgame was "What's up, Lee Flowers? HA-HA-HAAAAA" over some trash the two of them had talked. I was praying that he would try that running-through-the-other-team's- warmups move he used to always do and someone would pop him. Sorry this was so long, I just don't like Sapp.

NCWahoo said...

Heads up, guys...I'm a sports writer in N.C.; your site is being mentioned in a national Associated Press story that will run on Sunday on Suzy Kolber.

doug_plank said...

every time I look at the video of Green I'm expecting air bags to deploy

flubby said...

Thanks for the heads up ncwahoo. Unfortunately, the author got the our address wrong. A nefarious Time, Inc. plot no doubt.

Chris Knight said...

The other thing about the Geathers hit that no one is mentioning is that Trent Green ran the ball TWICE before on that possesion, the 2nd one for a key first down on 3rd and 8. Much like the hot 15-year-old in provocative clothing, he was asking for it.

8hrdrive said...

If it were peyton or eli manning, Geather would have been dragged out to the street and shot.

meathelmet said...

The Geathers "hit" was fine. He was obviously pushed into him. But get your facts straight. Trent Green wasn't "beaten out" in '99 by Kurt Warner the grocery bagger. Warner only got the job b/c Green ripped his knee up in the preseason.