So an investigation has shown that the New Orleans Saints from 2009 to 2011 used a bounty system, offering players money to knock opponents out of games. The amount in question was said to be $1,500, which for most National Football League players is what they spend on a strip-club lap dance.
What to make of it?
That NFL players, despite all the lip service paid toward concussions and reducing the level of violence in the game, could not care less and don’t want the inherent insanity diminished.
That football players, at least in uniform and often out of it, are crazy, psycho, too-strong and too-fast machines of physical vengeance, and would shoot their mother to win a football game, regardless of new rules vainly trying to rein in the aggressiveness they learned in the womb.
That coaches are paid to win, and motivating players is part of that equation, and if offering bounties to knock players out of the game by injuring them is an added motivation, then that’s what coaches will do.