Will this finally be the year that somebody bests Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak? At least it's possible, unlike lots of other marks.
Nevermind the salary cap, and violations of the NFL constitution, cash incentives for purposely injuring opponents is simply and utterly despicable.
Severe punishments, while certainly justifiable in this case, may further perpetuate football's inner culture of secrecy and in turn, seem counterintuitive.
The discipline handed out to the New Orleans Saints for their systematic program of "bounties" paid to players for injuring opponents from 2009-2011 ranks as one of the most influential stories of the year in football.
Call the bounty program that sought to hurt, maim, destroy and purposely injure high-powered football players what it is: criminal. This is organized crime at its worse -- nothing less.
What will the NFL do about the New Orleans Saints bounty system? It's come to light that the players were paid bonuses for maiming opposing players and knocking them out of games.
NFL fans and commentators are up in arms amid revelations that acclaimed coach Gregg Williams encouraged his defenders to injure opponents, for which they'd collect bounties. Here's a rundown of what some commentators are saying about the scandal.