Open Mic: Helmet-to-Helmet Hits : Is Enough Enough?

Matt OffermannCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2008

Now before I say anything I dontwant to sound like a fruit and say that people should not tackle anymore because that is the farthest thing I want to sound like. I understand that hits happen and  hell I love to hit people hard too.


In today's game of football one thing is starting to stand out tremendously... Hard Hits. Not the regular tackles or the good ones but the ones that are either dirty or done out of spite of team.

For the past couple of years  helmet-to-helmet hits have slowly been growing and growing. This previous Monday I was Watching the Vikings vs. Saints. Drew Brees threw a pass to TE Billy Miller and as he was running up the field a corner-back ( I cant remember his name) came from the sidelines and completely leveled him. He was on the ground for a while but eventually shook it off. ( I am NOT a Saint's fan) The point to all of this is did he do it on purpose or not. Was it anger of the good play or just an accident? Or better yet could he have hit hit a little lower and still got the same effect.I saw earlier that game the SAME CB go after Miller and Miller got by him. You decide. 

Also, what about the good players that are becoming hurt due to "questionable" hits. MVP Tom Brady went down in week 1. Anquan Boldin is a beast WR for the Cardinals. Brady is out for the season with a torn ACLand I believe Boldin recently was released from the hospital from surgery to repair a facial bone fracture in a helmet-to-helmet hit from the Bills in week 4. What if Brady cant play likehe used to ...what if Boldin cant play like he used to. Both young  not too young but still young players could have potential Hall of Fame careers shot because of dirty hits.

Not even alone in the NFL the NCAA has had some too but what if they can prove they are intentional. The LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois recently said about the upcoming game against Florida, "If we get a good shot on [Tebow], we're going to try our best to take him out of the game,"  "With his size and his heart, it's hard to get a clean shot." Obviously he was talking about last years Heisman Winner QB Tim Tebow. What if he does hurt Tebow? Luckily Tebow is smart and could go a different path other that football but that is beside the point. But what about the guys who basically all they have is football? To me that is a chicken-shit move on his part.

So I ask you, do you think what has happened has been accident, on purpose or some other reason. And why is it cool to try and cut players careers short just to get on Sportscenter.                

Also my computer is being fruity so if you dont see a picture or see a baseball one I am working on it.