We knew it would happen.
Now that the bounty scandal is completely at the forefront of our minds this football season, everything comes into question.
“Did the Jets mean to hurt Reggie Bush?”
“What did Rex Ryan mean by hot sauce?”
Last year, this wouldn’t have even made ESPN New York, let alone the flagship’s front page. But now, because the Saints were “caught” doing something “illegal,” every hit is questioned.
So now there are interviews and articles and questions about Reggie Bush’s knee injury, and Darrelle Revis’s injury, and whether it’s karma, and whether it was all intentional, and whether we should all pay more attention to these hits.
And it’s stupid for several reasons. It’s stupid because football terminology and philosophy (using words like kill and “pour hot sauce”) are being interpreted as something more malicious than they truly are. It’s stupid because we have enough to worry about with bad referees and great offenses only putting up 12 points without having to wonder if every hit has a wad of money behind it.
Above all else, it’s stupid because we know that they only intentionally injured Reggie Bush because he’s an annoying piece of shit. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.
But that’s just the way the world works in post-bounty NFL, and it won’t stop until Roger Goodell institutes the flag football rule he’s been talking about behind closed doors.