And another thing.
Why does Troy Polamalu get off so easy?
Don't get me wrong, I love the guy. He's a sure Hall of Famer and a fantastic player. I'd take him over just about any safety you can name, past or present.
But how come nobody's getting on his case for his acrobatic dive into the endzone in last week's game? Several quarterbacks (see Aaron Rodgers) were at least mildly chastized in the media for taking unnecessary hits in an effort to make an extra yard or two but Polamalu gets a free pass for his ridiculous (but fantastic) flight over the pylon.
It's just been announced that Polamalu is likely to have to miss this weekend's game as a result of an injury he aggravated when he landed.
I wonder what Steeler coaches, Steeler players and Steeler fans would have done if they had been given the choice: you can have Polamalu score that spectacular touchdown but then lose him for at least one game with an injury OR you can have the ball, first and ten on the four yard line, and have Polamalu continue to play without interruption for the next game and the rest of the season?
I'm willing to bet most people would choose the latter option. After all, there's a very good chance the Pittsburgh offense would punch the ball in from the four for the touchdown anyway. I think Steeler faithful would rather have a healthy Polamalu and a avery good chance at a touchdown than an injured safety and a certain major.
Maybe it's too much to ask either Polamalu or Rodgers to consider, in the heat of the action, that their teams would be better off if they take the safer route on a given play. But it's strange to me that, where Rodgers and other players are criticized for taking the risk, Polamalu gets a free pass.