With a special thanks to all those who contributed to this article, I present to you the top 10 most ridiculous fines of 2008.
10. Joey Porter fined $20,000 for criticism of officiating (Isaac Barrow)
Sean says: Players usually have a little to say about bad ref calls, it's just human nature because they don't see it that way. Is the NFL really so strict that they would start fining loud-mouth players for speaking their mind?
9. Plaxico Burress fined $5,000 for throwing a ball into the stands (Eddie Rossell)
Sean says: So, instead of allowing players to throw footballs into the stands, giving fans awesome souvenirs and thereby increasing the chance they pay to come back, the NFL is honestly going to fine them? That's one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.
8. E.J. Henderson fined $5,000 for illegal use of hands (Isaac Barrow)
Sean says: These things just keep getting more and more idiotic as we go down the list. I have a theory, the tough economic times have impacted the NFL a lot more then they want us to know so they take money away from the overpaid players to make up their losses.
Anybody with me on that?
7. Julius Peppers fined $10,000 for "dirty" hit on Matt Ryan (Eddie Rossell)
Sean says: I understand wanting to protect the quarterback, especially an exciting rookie like Ryan, but we can't just start fining players for doing their job now. What's next, are we going to start fining receivers for celebrating? Lol.
6. DeSean Jackson and Quintin Demps each fined $10,000 for excessive celebration (Isaac Barrow)
Sean says: Oh, I guess they are going to start doing that...
5. Lamarr Woodley fined for hitting Jason Campbell in an "intimidating manner." (Eddie Rossell)
Sean says: In what manner could you hit a quarterback that wouldn't be intimidating? This guy is three times the size of Jason Campbell, he could run up to him with a goofy grin and give him a bear hug and it would be intimidating.
4. Justin Tuck fined $7,500 for hits on Brook Bollinger (later rescinded) (James Williamson)
Sean says: Before the league rescinded this fine, it had potential to be No. 1 on this list for the most ridiculous fines this year. The hit Tuck put on Bollinger was about the cleanest you will ever see.
3. James Farrior fined $7,500 for flipping off Browns fans (Isaac Barrow)
Sean says: I can see how a player flipping off fans makes the league look worse. Honestly though, all this did was make the Pittsburgh-Cleveland rivalry seem that much more heated. If anything its good for the league because a more heated rivalry means more fan interest.
Maybe they should pay Farrior to keep flipping players off.
2. Jared Allen fined $50,000 for hits on Matt Schaub (James Williamson)
Sean says: This is No. 4, minus the league admitting it's mistake. Should we just take defensive ends out of the game completely? That would mean the quarterback would rarely get hit. Wait, but then the league wouldn't be able to keep sapping money out of its players unfairly. Who's next, the nose tackle?
1. Ryan Clark fined $5,000 for honoring Sean Taylor (Unanimous)
Sean says: That is just wrong no matter what way you look at it. Sean Taylor was a great player and a great man. Anytime a player wants to honor his life and accomplishments is fine with me.
The Redskins fed off the spirit and energy Taylor left behind last year and used it to catapult themselves into the playoffs. We going to fine the organization for that, too?