No Flag Thrown but NFL Fines Cowboys’ Safety for Illegal Hit on Kirk Cousins

Remember that obviously illegal helmet-to-helmet hit from the first drive of last Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys game? The one delivered by (S) Donovan Wilson that, after having his frontal lobe made into a posterior pancake, caused Kirk Cousins to lose possession of the football?

Well, the NFL admitted what we already knew. The hit was illegal and they fined Wilson a whopping $4,000. I may have been exaggerating a bit in my tweet below, but if you make 75,000/year, this fine would be the equivalent of $450 taken out of your yearly pay.

As always, Cousins got up and finished the game because that’s what he does. Iron man Kirk has never missed a game due to injury so we know that’s out of the question. In fact, he’d go on to play his best game of 2020, throwing for 314 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, on 22/30 completions.

WTF are we doing?

What’s laughable are these fines being handed out, after the fact. How much technology and money do we need to have at our fingertips before we get calls right in these professional sports leagues?

As an average American, I’m able to text, tweet, skype, facebook, record podcasts, blog, facetime and watch porn from just about anywhere in the world… yet the richest professional sports league in the country can’t relay information to their referees quickly enough to correct calls that change the outcome of games?

Then later, Harrison Smith laid this perfectly clean hit on Dallas receiver CeeDee Lamb and he was flagged. Smith was not fined today because the hit was clearly clean. So I’m asking seriously… WTF are we doing?

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan