Raheem Brock Shouldn't Have Been Fined, and It Kills Me to Say That
"Fined by the NFL today for being 'TRIPPED' by an o'lineman and fallin into the QB's legs! Smh if I only had super powers to stop mid air"
That, of course, was done via Twitter, as "o'lineman" sounds like the last name of an Irish man. Now, I should be ecstatic with this fine, as I am a Steeler fan who vowed vengeance against Brock when the play initially happened Sunday.
He had caused me to have a small heart attack, and I am getting much too old to have these on a consistent basis. The hit caused me to freeze in my tracks—literally, I was paralyzed with fear. I almost had to go to a hospital or psychiatrist—as it reminded me of the hit that ended Tom Brady's 2008 season, and the one former Steeler Kimo von Oelhoffen gave to Carson Palmer in the 2006 playoffs.
Those hits had ruined the long-term chances of the teams, and I was envisioning a Steeler team helmed by Charlie Batch and a dilatory Steelers defense. Basically, I wanted Brock's head on a plate.
Then I saw this picture, provided by, well, Brock's Twitter feed (the photo was taken by Seattle SB Nation). It basically shows a Steelers lineman having been burned by Brock's spin move, then trying to trip Brock in some kind of stupid retaliation.
Had the hit actually resulted in injury, it would have been too fitting, given the woes of the Steelers offensive line throughout my lifetime. If you had told me before the season, that our own lineman would cause Ben's knee to turn into carnitas, I would have tried to market you as the Nostradamus of our time.
Brock was fined $15,000, as any sort of hit that can be perceived as "dangerous" on one of the elite quarterbacks is immediately treated with extreme alacrity, or the inverse of what the NFL does with its former suicidal players.
Now, the play was extremely dangerous, had it happened on a different spot on Ben's knee it could have turned out worse. Perhaps I am not siding with Brock's Twitter inanity. Perhaps instead, I am leading a riot outside his house and throwing bricks through his window saying, "U HURT MY FRIEND."
But Brock is right, and therefore should be shaking his head (that's what "Smh" means, white America). He is planning on appealing, which is the right move, especially if the NFL actually looks at the replay this time.
As I reiterate constantly, to the point of my own annoyance, the NFL Personal Conduct Policy is so inherently flawed. Ben wasn't hurt, and Brock was tripped. But there goes 15 grand, money that could have been more wisely spent on strippers or heroin. The fact that the NFL missed the trip is kind of mind-blowing, and it kind of gives you a vivid picture of what goes through the braintrust's mind whenever they dole out their insane fines.
It is their world, the players just play in it.
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