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Bizarre NFL Events

December 13, 2010 - Seth Staskey
As most are well aware, I'm not the biggest NFL fan you'll find. Don't get me wrong, I watch and follow (but, then again, what choice do you have? It dominates mainstream national media during its season). Anyway, I watched very little action Sunday, but during two of the games I did see bits and pieces of, there were two totally bizarre incidents, which caught my attention.

The first and worst was during the Jets and Dolphins game at the new Meadowlands. During a punt return, Jets' strength and conditioning coach, Sal Alosi, intentionally stuck his knee out and tripped Miami's Nolan Carroll, who was running up the sideline on a punt coverage. I've never seen anything so 'Bush League' in my life in an NFL game. That was totally uncalled for and needs to be dealt with by a harsh penalty. When it first happened, I was in shock to be honest that it actually happened. I am not old enough to remember Woody Hayes punching a player, which cost him his job. Now, obviously, this wasn't that severe, but it's fairly close.

I think Alosi should lose his job and pay a fine. There's just absolutely no place for that in any professional sport. Totally uncalled for, classless and despicable.

The second event many in this time zone might not have saw because it happened at about 11:30 p.m. After the Eagles-Cowboys game went final, the players were going through their normal handshakes and greetings with the other players when Dallas running back Tashard Choice did something I've never seen.

He had Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick autograph one of his gloves. I will be the first to admit, I collect and cherish autographs, but I am not a colleague of the celebrities from whom I am getting a signature. As far as I know there's nothing wrong with what Choice did in terms of the league, but it was just strange. Now, maybe he got that for a charity or a holiday gift, but there's got to be a better way than after a 60-minute game on the field where cameras catch the action.

To me, this ranks just below the members of the media who were asking Broncos' QB Tim Tebow for his autograph during a pre-season game in Cincinnati in August. Just totally strange and uncalled for.

It'll be interesting to see what comes of these. I am guessing both issues will be hot-topics in columns, blogs, talk radio and on national TV for the next few days at least. Heck, The Today Show on NBC was talking about the aforementioned Jets' coach.


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