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Friday, September 15, 2006

NFL to fine Zach Thomas

The NFL will levy a $5,000 fine on linebacker Zach Thomas this week for a hit he delivered to Charlie Batch during the Sept. 7 loss to Pittsburgh.

Thomas can appeal and it says here he should.

Thomas contacted Batch three times during the game and not once was he flagged for an illegal or unsportsmanlike hit. I realize that is not the total measure the NFL goes goes by. But having seen the game again, I didn't see any helmet to the head hits although my replay was off television and not from coaches' tape.

It is amazing to me that Thomas gets fined but the guy that KNOCKED OUT Trent Green isn't being fined.

Let me know if you saw any contact that might have been worth five large for Thomas.


Anonymous Michelle said...

I agree that he should appeal.
Saw replays of it as well and there's no way that Thomas should be fined. Especially after comparing that hit to the one Geathers made on Green. And speaking of that hit, I think it will be interesting to see this issue unfold because after seeing KC lose their argument, there may be alot more talk over when the QB slide "officially" starts and at what point a defender should be penalized for a hit.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Fantus said...

Is it because Thomas hit Batch while Batch was in a feet first slide? It wasn't called, but could've been. I don't think it was malicious, just a bad judgement call. Thomas isn't a dirty player, and should appeal.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Tommy said...

The NFL is full of it.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Randy said...

Armando, it's crap. but that's the nfl in this day and age. i hope zach keeps doing what he does b/c that's the only way to play the game. if they'd get rid of the quarterback slide, we wouldn't have these issues. that's why they call it TACKLE football. maybe the nfl should just put flags on the quarterbacks' hips and be done with it.

just another thought...did the refs throw ANY flags on pittsburgh? it seemed like they went through the whole game with about 3 infractions. for my money, the nfl wanted pitt to win this game b/c of the whole superbowl champs celebration-thing going on with them that game, and the nfl wasn't going to disappoint all those fans with a loss. i know....a bit paranoid, but how else do you explain so few flags for a team in the first game of the season? and then a flag on the fins (hands to the face) to dig pitt out of a huge hole when chambers was getting punched around all night by ike taylor but never got a flag.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

to this is just another example of the powers that be having some kind of grudge against the dolphins. why is it we are flagged ao much for so much less. for example randy mcmichael last year for pointing the ball after a touchdown called for un sportsman like conduct but against pittsburg defenders can do the daunte roll and kick the ground and nothing. just one of sooooo many i can name

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Zach should appeal. Saw replays of it as weel and there's no way Zach should be fined for the play. Especially after compairing that hit to the one Geathers made on Trent Green in week one. Batch was like a running back, when QBS start to scramble out of the pocket they will get hit Thomas was chasing him down without any help.

3:16 PM  

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