Sep 24 2012
A baseball player gives a crooked eye to an umpire and he’s ejected. A basketball player on the bench stands up during an on-court skirmish, he’s out. Yet a football player can lay a dirty, injurious hit on an opposing player and on-field referees can only throw a flag that brings about the same 15-yard penalty you’d get for dancing in the end zone with a teammate.
Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays leveled Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub with a vicious hit that took a small chunk out of the quarterback’s ear and temporarily forced Schaub out of the game. It was illegal, it was dangerous and it should have led to an ejection.
You can watch the NFL your entire life and you’ll never see a “Holyfield” hit. Never. I saw the play. It was absurd. It absolutely should have led to an ejection. The fact Schaub lost a chunk of his ear is incredible. Clearly, I’m in shock over this..
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