Troy Polamalu is getting irritated by the rash of fines his team has been receiving as of late and for good reason too. The Steelers Oct. 5th game against the Jaguars resulted in four players being fined for a total of $45,000. Polamalu said, among other things, that the heavy-handed fines that are being levied by the NFL is turning football into a “pansy game” that is similar to “two-hand touch.”
Tell us how you really feel, Troy.
But then again, Polamalu has a point. Some of the fines that are being levied are quite questionable since some are coming off of plays that were not penalized during the game. Among the players who were fined against the Jags was Hines Ward ($10,000 for unnecessary roughness on a play that wasn’t penalized). Can someone tell me how a wide receiver gets fined for unnecessary roughness? I mean, we’re talking about a wide receiver here. As long as he doesn’t attempt a running drop-kick, WWE style on the cornerback, I think he’s safe from being fined for unnecessary roughness.
This is football, people, not soccer. So in that spirit, let’s roll out of here with another Polamalu quote just to get us pumped:
When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums, these guys really went after people. Now, they couldn’t survive in this type of game. They wouldn’t have enough money. They’d be paying fines all the time and they’d be suspended for a year after they do it two games in a row.
Preach it, brother.