This whole New Orleans Saints bounty discovery had me rolling my eyes all weekend and forced me to turn off the television out of disgust. Not because of what happened but because of how the media has taken a naive stance on the issue.
Let's get something very clear.
Bounties are a part of the game. It's happened for a long time. It will continue to happen in the future. There's more than one team throughout the league that has an incentive program in place, and the media members who work the NFL circuit have all heard rumors that it takes place.
And if they haven't, then they're not trusted by people within the league.
This is just the first time someone has come out with vast and concrete evidence of a team that included monetary means to their bounties.
Naturally, Peyton Manning's neck injury has been the next rumor to follow suit with the Saints news. Just remember this: the media is all about sensationalism, and I'm not excluding myself from that.
Don't be fooled for a second and act like this is a shock to anyone who works within the NFL. All you have to do is read player's reactions.
If you can knock someone out of the game like a Peyton Manning, your chances of winning increase. To pay to hurt or injure someone is different than trying to break someone's neck.
No player would ever intentionally try to end a player's career with a cheap shot, but if a quarterback has a bad shoulder, you better believe that's where the defense will be targeting their hits.
It's just as much a part of the game as touchdown celebrations.