Lots of Rules and Too Much Constraint in NFL Football: What Would Al Davis Do?

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMarch 7, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Defensive lineman  Kamerion Wimbley #96 of the Oakland Raiders sacks quarterback  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers in the first half at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The controversy about the bounty scandal is rising up like a storm. The NFL Rule Book already has about 244 pages, and the impact of the scandal will probably result in more pages being added to a very technical document.

If the regulations continue putting constraints on the game of football, the fans may end up viewing a type of "tag" football, rather than having their emotions explode after viewing big hits that yield a "crunching" sound, audible to those who view the NFL videos.

More than one article makes reference to Mr. Al Davis and his "Just win, baby" attitude. Since Davis was a man who made use of the court system and the law to argue issues and cases, he certainly was smart enough to comply with the law, in my opinion.

What position do you think Mr. Davis would have on this controversy?

Article - An Opinion

Aretha Franklin says in her song, "You better think about what you are trying to do to me." The concept can be applied to the Oakland Raiders, who have historically paid their players very well. As such, there is no need to drag them into the bounty scandal.

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Profiling will not be tolerated

In some communities there is the problem of "profiling". This means that the authorities sometimes pull a person to the side of the road because he or she looks a certain way. The historical image of someone can affect the perceptions of those who have encounters with them.

The new controversy about "bounties" can cause both good and bad things to happen. If there are teams who are prone to have more penalties, then the referees could look harder at them rather than focusing on all 32 teams.

In other words, there is a possibility that authorities and referees may start profiling the "bad boys" in the NFL rather than being open to the fact that every team has a possibility of saying or doing the "wrong" thing to become a winning team.

Early in the morning on March 6th, The Opening Drive on NFL Radio, Channel 88, talked about the issue of bounties, describing them as a "slippery slope."

Whatever the rules are, they need to be applied to all and not just to some teams. Equity is an issue, even in the NFL, and in America in general.

One article has a picture of Mr. Al Davis in its body. "Just win, baby" is a slogan made popular by Davis. Remember, however, that Davis paid his players well.

He paid his players with lucrative contracts. In the culture of the Oakland Raiders, nurtured and developed by Davis, there was no need for "bounties" because the players had, in some instances, "whack-o" contracts to do the job in accordance with the NFL guidelines.

It makes no sense to taint the future of the Oakland Raiders. The new head coach, Dennis Allen, has made it clear that discipline is a major goal. He must be believed, and his commitment to excellence and "Just win, baby" attitude counter any claims of intent to harm. The intent to win is not equivalent to intent to harm players.

Smart football players with outstanding athletic ability can outperform their opponents without malicious intent. Guys with speed, agility and almost ballerina-type footwork can manage to get to the end zone and make those magnificent touchdowns.

The media must not add more burdens to the Oakland Raiders. In 2011 alone, there were unusual events such as Darren McFadden's injury, Jason Campbell's injury, Al Davis' death and other misfortunes.

Expect rebuttals

Let's just say that you can expect rebuttals to any fallacious arguments on the issues emerging around the "bounty scandal".