During the Seahawks’ dismantling of the Lions in the wild-card playoffs Saturday, you might have noticed injured safety Earl Thomas’ special hat.
The hat actually was sent by a group of Russian Seahawks fans who call themselves the Russian 12s (a reference to the Seahawks’ 12th man). One of the brothers from that group works as Thomas’ driver and was able to give him a message from the group, or in this case, a gift.
it’s getting aggravating to have to push back against the defenders of old-school football, who always praise the grit and guts of players who bounce up after catching a head shot.
They become apologists for the league, start talking about staying home and playing hopscotch if you dont like hard hit’s, insisting that the armchair neurologists demanding that the league apply it’s own rules keep their mouths shut and let them enjoy the game. Theres no doubt theyll point to Moores stats (29 for 36, 289 yards, a late touchdown) and say, see, hes fine, Dr. Know-It-All.
it’s the same argument now as their was the first night of the season, and a bunch of days in between, and a bunch in all the years before.
Either the NFL wants to safeguard it’s playershealth, or it doesnt. Either it enforces it’s own polices, or it doesnt. Either it forgets whos playing and how and when forgets it’s the playoffs and that the Dolphins are screwed if they lose their quarterback and just does what it promises to do, or it doesnt.