Diplomatic Immunity: Why Tom Brady Is Safe From Harm Thanks to The NFL

Nathan MarraContributor IAugust 4, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is assesed by the medical staff after he sustained an injury to his left knee in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium September 7, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Many fantasy owners' seasons went down the drain with a tackle from Bernard Pollard in the first game of the season between the Patriots and the Chiefs. so, after the season, the NFL made a rule, now infamously called 'The Brady Rule', that no defensive played may tackle a player while on the ground.

My question is: was this rule installed only because of the impact it caused to the NFL world? Had the tackle gone to, say, Tarvaris Jackson, or Matt Hasselbeck, this rule likely wouldn't have been made. Is the NFL holding the Patriots' hand so that they don't lose their star player again? There has obviously been discussions of East Coast bias, and it could very well be true, especially considering how the NFL schedules games for West Coast teams, with early start times, leaving the West Coast team players tired and not exactly in game shape, but with the East Coast teams perfectly fine and ready to whup the behinds of those tired West Coast teams.

This article is really something that has been discussed likely hundreds of times over, but really, if this is what the NFL has turned to, where a defensive player can hardly touch the QB anymore, where it's not even a man's sport, what is there to turn to? The NBA? Star players like Kobe and LeBron can get breathed on and they're fouled. Soccer? please. Baseball? again, please. America's pastime, heh, got that right, Americans love taking naps during baseball games. Really, hockey might be the only man sport out there anymore.

Oh well, we always have those stored away tapes of the 80's.