Bounty Hunters (Nosek Column)

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The New Orleans Bounty Hunters

James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/ Columnist

So, currently I’m part of a plot to better my status on the newspaper. Actually, this is something that we have been doing for a while; the whole staff is involved as well. Basically, it goes like this.

I’m getting rewarded to do some behind the scenes dirty work. Let’s say I go to other high school publications, like the Lakota East’s Spark, and find a nice story idea, I get a nice little reward for it: my teacher/ advisor gives me extra credit for each story I get.

Okay, are you sick of this ridiculous non-sense? Because I’m sick of writing it. Doesn’t this just sound absurd? If us at The Chronicle really did this to up our status and better advance our paper, it would be so asinine, and we wouldn’t be around anymore. Well, this fictional story is something that isn’t that absurd if you think about it. This same situation is occurring in the NFL, minus the news reporting and extra credit.

The recent happenings regarding the New Orleans Saints’ “Bounty” scandal, is something that needs to be changed, it sheds a negative light on the league, no question about it. NFL players, specifically the Saints, are being paid to injure their opponents, kind of like if I was given extra credit for stealing sources or stories.

When you look at the relativity of the recent bounty allegations, it doesn’t seem that uncommon. I bet every team in the NFL has some small goals and aspirations to injure other players; sadly that’s how this sports world is. It’s all about winning, if you like it or not. But to pay players extra to injure someone, that needs to stop. Don’t get me wrong, deliberately trying to hurt another player, through cheap shots and late hits, is something that needs to be stopped as well, but that won’t be plausible. That has been going on since the start of football.

If you look back at the 2010 NFC Championship game between the Saints and the Vikings, what was the common theme? Brett Farve on his back.

Every play the Saints defense looked to literally kill Farve through cheap hits, late hits and low body hits. That makes a lot of sense now; they were getting paid to do it, and probably big bucks.

But it’s okay everyone, the Saint’s defensive coordinator said they could hit like they were, that makes it okay. He told them it was okay. Come on. If someone says to drive your car through someone else’s house for a nice profit, does that make it okay? Come on.

(This column was published in the March 16th edition of The Chronicle Student Newspaper)

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