Re: Who thinks this weekend's game will be rigged?
posted at 11/15/2009 9:08 AM EST
In Response to Re: Who thinks this weekend's game will be rigged?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Who thinks this weekend's game will be rigged? : ~Underdogg and ALL : Excerpt from the NY Times piece : How important has that rule become? After the Colts defeated the Baltimore Ravens , 15-6, last week in a second-round game notable for an absence of touchdowns, Polian expressed concern on the Colts’ Web site that downfield contact was being overlooked. Polian insisted he was concerned for the game as a whole — field-goal-heavy games are not viewer friendly — but no team is as threatened by manhandling as the Colts, who rely heavily on downfield threats. Polian might have been subtly sending a reminder to the officials before Sunday’s rematch with the Patriots. “I wasn’t criticizing the officiating in that game,” Polian said of the victory against the Ravens. “I think it’s clear downfield officiating has been a little bit loose. That worries me for the sake of the game. We can play any style, as we proved last week. I worry about it in terms of the type of game you’d get if this is a trend.” dogg -Man, I know you love your team, But HOW can You even defend Polian when He's clearly concerned less about fair gamemanship, Than He is about HIS Team winning, His Team IF not receiving favorable calls by the Refs on game day, at the very least, Polian's Team being the beneficiaries of favorable Rules... " Down field PI Calls being Lax...field-goals are not 'viewer friendly'...It Worries me 'For the Sake of the Game' ." FIRST, IS HE INSANE ??? Downfield PI Calls these days are excessive, physically weak (by Defender), AND They're ENORMOUS Game-changers. SECOND, Polian said it best in his own words, " It worries me, For the sake of the game ." Note, NOT " 'Integrity' of the game ." Note, NOT " 'Fairness' of the game ." And THAT'S the crux of the matter: See, It's one thing to say Belichick is less interested in fair gamemanship, BUT He does NOT voice his opinions as outright as Polian, and certainly not within and under the sway of power within this so important League Committee... Which again, IF NOT lending a rather large and vociferous voice heard Even LOUDER when Polian stands on his own soapbox preaching and proselytizing which might affect those that could affect fair play (i.e. Refs/League officials), AT THE LEAST (moreso, at the Most)- He holds some parcile of sway over rules and regulations which Do and Have been altered in a uniquely coincidental manner That benefits How the Team He has control over plays and runs their unique brand of football personell and schematics ... IMO, That's far worse, FAR more deplorable and corruptable than anything Our 'Belicheat' EVER has done. Thoughts ANYONE ?
Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium[/QUOTE]
Laz, I think I got the gist of your post. Now clearly, I am a homer, so I may be guilty of rose colored glasses in my response. Certainly, on this board there will be no questions about that, but here's my take.
Polian is on the competition committee, and he takes not only the success of the team, but the success of the league very very seriously. His comments were league based, not Indianapolis based, but doesn't it make sense that he built a team that reflects his vision of football?
Now as for the "downfield PI" you say it is called more now, but these comments were 3 years ago. We have no idea whether or not Polian brought this up in competition committee meetings. If he did, there were certainly people who disagreed with him, because not since these comments has there been an official point of emphasis made on downfield contact which was proven by NickC in another thread because he could not find anything about it.
And, while you can play a semantics game based on what Polian said, I think that the "sake" of the game is not only the integrity and fairness but also the marketability of the game. Its not as if Polian's words were an NYT op-ed where he had time to pore over the exact words chosen. It was an interview. And don't ever forget that this game is also a business. Belichick doesn't, just ask Seymour or Vrabel.
Where Belichick is concened, we will never have any idea what is or is not voiced by him, because he never tells us anything. How do we know that he has never lobbied for things?
Off to Church. More later, possibly. Interested in these comments from a thoughtful perspective. Nice post Laz.