Thursday, October 21, 2010

Morning Skate: You Need James Harrison on that Wall

By Artistry

More fallout this morning from the Harrison story.

Ben Roethlisberger told the PPG that he prefers not to be injured, but he's given this a lot of thought, and
he would take a concussion over a knee injury.  He very nearly died from a head injury a couple years ago, but OK.  As I always say, if given a choice, sacrifice the head.  You've only got two knees.

On the other end of the spectrum is ESPN's Rick Reilly,
who is appalled - appalled I say - at the barbarism of James Harrison and, really, the entire Pittsburgh Steeler organization.  It seems Mr. Reilly has only just noticed that football is a violent sport.  Too violent?  It's certainly hard to argue otherwise.  But it's up to the league to navigate the impossibly tricky waters of how the NFL goes to an 18 game season while keeping a bunch of human missiles from killing each other.  It's not James Harrison's problem.  That guy is paid to seek and destroy.  If you have a problem with that, take it up with the suits in the league office.  James Harrison's existence, Mr. Reilly, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, well, it actually doesn't save lives.  But let's go to the video anyway.

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