One of professional football’s greatest defensive tackles Warren Sapp would probably not be able to play in today’s NFL without being fined to death or suspended indefinitely. The former All-American Miami Hurricane, NFL Hall of Famer was already pushing the envelope when he helped win the 2003 Lombardi trophy for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sapp’s aggressiveness on the field was one of the reasons the NFL Competition Committee instituted new “unnecessary roughness” guidelines for the league. In my opinion, that was the beginning of the end of one of the only sports played by real men.
Sapp earned his contentious reputation by playing rough, talking tough and … skipping? Really?
Earlier that season he was chastised for skipping through the Steelers’ pregame warmup, and was fined for the same antic the following season before a game against the Colts. I wish I was making this up.
Sapp was fined $75,000.00 and ejected from a game for unsportsmanlike conduct for arguing a call with a referee in 2007, the year he retired.
At least he got a ring out of it before he left.
Little wonder that Warren Sapp was quoted in a USA Today article on October 27, 2011 as saying that the NFL has “gotten sissified.” He sure got that right!
The NFL isn’t the only thing that’s gotten sissified. “Political incorrectness” is the new “unnecessary roughness” for the rest of us. We have become a nation of thin-skinned sissies who go home crying to mommy, believing that sticks and stones really do break our bones. Anyone who dares engage in playground retorts is in danger of being labeled a “bully.” Zero tolerance is creating an entire generation of boys who will never get to play Cowboys and Indians without being suspended for pretending their hands are guns. Any day I expect that G.I. Joes will be banned from toy stores everywhere.
And don’t even get me started on what’s considered as “sexual harassment” these days. Men do not dare even glance at women in the workplace anymore for fear of being accused of as looking with lust in their eyes. Today’s generation of working women would be aghast at what used to be considered casual and harmless flirting at the water cooler. Trust me, ladies. We were not insulted – we were flattered. Many of us also remember the days of hearing catcalls when walking past construction sites. Fondly.
Now it seems that everyone is so freaking thin-skinned that even insults lead to lawsuits.
A judge in Philadelphia just ruled on a lawsuit filed by the leader of an electricians’ union because someone called him a name in a comment posted on an article published online. As CBS Philly reported, the website philly.com has “to reveal the name of an anonymous commenter” because one John Dougherty got his feelings hurt by an anonymous insult.
Dougherty’s lawyer is crying “defamation of character.”
If he’s that upset because someone called him a name, I’m thinking Dougherty doesn’t have any character to defame in the first place.
Unfortunately, the judge thought otherwise. By ruling that Dougherty was justified in claiming that sticks and stones broke his bones, the judge has opened the door for anyone being able to sue someone for name calling. Sorry, but this is just beyond ridiculous.
If Dougherty’s feelings were hurt, maybe he should have just run home to mommy for some warm milk and cookies. Instead of growing a pair, he reported the “bully” for taunting him by skipping around the playground. What a sissy!
The moral of the story, dear readers, is that the First Amendment is being assaulted as we speak. If that Philadelphia judge’s ruling withstands the inevitable appeal, anyone who posts a comment online anonymously will have to practice CYA posting because, as insane as it sounds, it will be illegal to hurt someone’s feelings.
Then again, if you want to call someone out on their shit, simply have the cojones to do what I do. Say it, sign it, and stand by your words. I don’t write anything here about anyone that I wouldn’t say right to their faces. Even if they bring their mommies with them.
Warren Sapp was one of the last in a dying breed – a real man in what used to be a real man’s sport. The USA Today article also quoted former Florida Gator, former Bengals wide receiver and sports commentator Cris Collinsworth as saying “You’ve got to be, like, this caveman out there for three hours.”
Since the NFL has succumbed to political correctness, as former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms put it, “You can’t say anything on the field anymore. They go running to the press, they tweet it, and they cry about everything.”
To my utter dismay, the manliest of all sports has regrettably been sissified.
If the First Amendment is ever subdued by “unnecessary roughness,” we are all in trouble.
“Spreading the Wealth”