Fighting Fair or Fairly Fighting?
probably heard by now, but in case you haven't, I'm about to take
a long hot piss into your Cheerios. Our beloved saviour from Mittens,
Matt Schaub, has suffered a torn MCL in his left knee and will miss
the next four weeks.
to make it taste even worse, the injury came as a result of a dirty
late hit by Vikings defensive end Jared
Allen. Yeah, there's the
video here and
here to prove it. Watch as Allen purposefully dives into Schaub's
unsuspecting knee long after the pass has left his fingertips.
Kellyclarkson, this sucks!
basically tore a page right out of the handbook on how to fight
dirty. No, really, he did. I looked it up. He went right down the
list posted at eHow.com
on just how to fight dirty.
1: Attack the weakness, strike the places on the body most vulnerable.
After the head and the groin, both of which can be reasonably protected,
the knee is the next most sacred part of a football player's body.
2: Use the element of surprise. Allen dove into Schaub from behind,
catching him completely unaware.
3: Use your surroundings. Pretty evident, Allen used the hardest,
thickest weapon available to him, his helmet.
4: This step specifically suggests that a dirty fighter should attack
the knees. 'nuf said.
5: Have no shame. Use your opponents morals against them.
Allen was able to walk free after sending Schaub to the sideline,
as the Texans seem unwilling to reciprocate such atrocities. Remember
when Travis Johnson taunted an unconscious Trent Green last year
when Green went for his knee? Where were my Travis Johnsons in Minneapolis
find them. What you can find in abundance around here are the Rosenchopper
lovers quick to label Schaub one
of those little fancy lads for suffering yet another injury.
Nevermind that his injuries are ones administered by the likes of
a Jonny Fairplay if there ever was one.
Schaub's inability to play a sixteen game season not only hurts
him, but it hurts all of us. There are shades of Chris Chandler
here, a player with Pro Bowl ability and ceramic bowl fragility.
who like Schaub was a third round pick, never played a 16-game season
throughout a career that ohbytheway included a stop here in Houston
caretaking the position for Steve McNair. The "chandelier"
had some talent, sure, more than you probably remember actually.
Chandler quarterbacked the Falcons - yes kids, the Falcons!
- to a Super Bowl.
kind of potential exists in Schaub. But only if his teammates do
a better job sticking up for him.
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