The fact that Finnegan was able to avoid a suspension is a mockery of the NFL disciplinary methods and highlights its contradiction. Courtland seems to be resorting to the tactics of the Charles Town Chiefs from the famed “Slap Shot” film, using goon and thug methods to will his team to Victory. Instead he just shows off his immaturity and is an embarrassment to Tennessee and the NFL.
Finnegan just continues to show the implosion and circus that the Tennessee Titans have become. After several personal foul penalties led to a loss against Washington the previous week, the Titans continued to show off their lack of character in a shutout loss to Houston. With no offense in site, owner Bud Adams may put an end to coach Jeff Fisher’s over hyped tenure.
I must say I quite enjoyed watching Andre Johnson give Courtland Finnegan a good ol’ fashioned beat down. The message the NFL should have sent, was that if you incite a fight and get your butt kicked, you will get suspended and fined too. Perhaps Johnson deserved some sort of fine as well, but not in the same equality as dished out to Finnegan.
I’m not sure I know of too many fathers who teach their sons to not fight back if someone smacks them in the face.
In January of 2006, the Washington Redskins were playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a defensive battle in the wild card playoff game. An incident occurred where Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman slapped Redskins Safety Sean Taylor in the head. Unbeknownst to players, Taylor had instigated the altercation by spitting in Pittman’s face.
Referee Mike Carey witnessed the act and called a personal foul on Taylor and not Pittman for responding. When asked about the perceived disparity in punishment, Carey responded to players on the field “He spit in his face, what would you do”!?
It’s time for the NFL to take Mike Carey’s advice.