Congratulations. You've all been promoted to Master Debaters. I can't remember a time where I've been more proud. Then again, I struggle to recall the events from the previous evening on a somewhat regular basis. But I am not sure how long that has been the case.
This Tuesday's topic, for your master debating pleasure, is the nature of NFL penalties. The New England Patriots are digesting a penalty package handed down from the commissioner yesterday that appears to be stinging at least a little bit. Their Hall of Fame, superhero quarterback will miss at least a couple of games, maybe more depending on appeals. They got dinged a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick and they were fined a cool million bucks.
I think we can all agree that:
a) nobody cares about any NFL owner having to cough up $1 million because...well...they can usually find at least that much in their couch cushions;
b) the only monetary penalty that has any real teeth in this league is money that decreases available salary cap space.
The draft picks are kind of huge. The suspension of a quarterback that some rank in the top three of all-time is also a big deal. My question to the group today is: is this a worse penalty than losing $36 million of salary cap space?
Everything is on the table with regard to this question:
- Were Washington's transgressions (whatever they actually were) worse than New England's?
- Which team paid a bigger price?
- Which team SHOULD have paid a bigger price?
- What is your reaction to the...reaction of the New England penalty?