Hey, does anyone have an egg? How about a dozen of them? Can you please scramble them up — scramble them real good like — and then put them all over my face in several layers? Thanks.

Yes, I was wrong, and Tom Brady was in fact fined $10,000 last night for his judo kick on Ed Reed during the AFC Championship game in the final minute of the second quarter. I’ll let the shock of me being wrong wash over you for a second. Would you like a minute to collect yourself? Fine.

OK, carrying on then.

Now, before I’m painted as being among those who slurp Brady gravy, please recall the adjective I used to describe the kick: bitch move. Technically I suppose there’s no adjective there, as I highly doubt that word is taught commonly to young minds.

But in my opinion at the time and still now, there’s a difference between a play that was the result of poor judgement and sportsmanship, and one that deserves the precedent of a punishment several days after the game has concluded. Or, more specifically, there’s a difference between a play that deserves punishment during a game, and a play that deserves punishment after a game. Calling Brady’s kick “unnecessary roughness” is accurate, but to fine him implies that he approached Reed with malicious intent. We can’t determine whether or not there truly was intent, as the only determination we can make is that the kick was dangerous.

And if you want to punish Brady or anyone for a play that’s simply dangerous, then fine. But be aware of the vague door you’re walking through. It’s already bad enough that we can’t agree on what a catch is or isn’t (see: the Harry Douglas play this past Sunday), and there’s far too much confusion surrounding what should be a fundamental football act. So what, exactly, is a dangerous play?

What makes this worse — much, much worse — is that while the band of Brady haters will be at least somewhat satiated today, the league has determined that unnecessary roughness or a dangerous play or whatever is irrelevant in the grand scheme of its backwards approach to discipline. How did Roger Goodell reach such a conclusion? As many others have noted, Brady’s fine was handed out on the same day that Frank Gore received a $10,500 fine for wearing his socks too low. Therefore, violating the integrity of the uniform was deemed to be a greater offense than a ninja kick.


And now the links part of the links post…

  • Some really good football blogger guy did an interview with Zach Law. You should read it (Shame? Ha, I have none of it). [Zach Law]
  • At this point you’re either sick of the Manti T’eo story, or you can’t stop reading about it. I still fall in the latter category, because forgive me if I find a grown man being fooled by a another grown man who’s impersonating a grown woman to be…interesting (*head asplodes*). [New York daily News]
  • In the least surprising news during what’s now the offseason for all but two teams, Donald Driver is leaning towards retirement. [USA Today]
  • Just like the rest of us, the 2002 Buccaneers think Tim Brown is a complete moron. [Shutdown Corner]