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.
#Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson was fined $4,159 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on #Vikings QB Kirk Cousins last week. No flag was thrown, and the hit forced a key fumble that Wilson recovered in Dallas’ win.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 28, 2020
Imagine not calling this penalty and then having the balls to fine Donovan Wilson $5K (the equivalent of a parking ticket for a normal person) later in the week just to say “haha we fucked you” to the #Vikings. pic.twitter.com/pAeQ0vSu9i— Minnesota Sports Fan (@realmnsportsfan) November 29, 2020
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?
Big, legal hit from Harrison Smith gets flagged for 15 yards. pic.twitter.com/lWQA1qnKY3— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) November 22, 2020
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan