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Frank Gore's sock violation more costly than groin kicks

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08:11 PM ET 01.25 | Last Thanksgiving, Ndamukong Suh solidified his "bad boy" image when he stomped on the bicep of Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. Then this Thanksgiving he was seen allegedly kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin, which didn't help to put out any fires Suh had started with his style of play. But while NFL fans have a pretty good idea of who Suh is, the defensive tackle says people actually have no idea who he is. Suh said should they get to know Nadmukong Suh the person and not the football player, they'd know he's a cuddly teddy bear who never kick a man in his most precious of areas. There was no suspension or fine for the shot to the groin, which proved to be a rare instance when the NFL didn't fine a player for something he did on the field in 2012. To put it in perspective, Tom Brady was fined $10,000 for a similar kick to Ed Reed in the AFC Championship game and Frank Gore was fined $10,500 for a sock violation.

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Frank Gore, AP Photo/Paul Abell Frank Gore, AP Photo/Paul Abell
January 25, 2013  09:25 PM ET

I'd really like to apply for this job. watch endless games and check to make sure they only have approved logos and their socks are pulled up. Tough job

January 25, 2013  09:35 PM ET

Stuff like this is a waste of time and money. I can see if he went out there in a different uniform or wore something that somehow gave him a competitive edge... but wearing the right socks but not having them pulled up? Seriously NFL? Trying to get some extra cash to pay out on concussion lawsuits are we?

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January 25, 2013  11:16 PM ET

Sock it to me!

January 26, 2013  01:08 AM ET

What's worse is that this fine was larger than the one imposed on Tom Brady for sticking his leg up.

January 26, 2013  01:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What's worse is that this fine was larger than the one imposed on Tom Brady for sticking his leg up.

I really think that the Brady fine was all about Goodell responding to the accusations that the rules, and punishments have become too one sided towards the defense. He simply grabbed the opportunity to fine the most high profile offensive player and give him a slap on the wrist . I mean what's $10K to Brady?

January 26, 2013  06:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I really think that the Brady fine was all about Goodell responding to the accusations that the rules, and punishments have become too one sided towards the defense. He simply grabbed the opportunity to fine the most high profile offensive player and give him a slap on the wrist . I mean what's $10K to Brady?

+1

A token gesture only.

January 26, 2013  06:37 AM ET

NFL = No Fun League.

January 26, 2013  06:39 AM ET

I now understand why Steelers' players seemed to be obsessed with pulling up their socks after EVERY play!

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January 26, 2013  07:23 AM ET

If everyone had different socks, we would need a footsie Ref and that's not going to happen!

January 26, 2013  08:09 AM ET

The NFL had to react with the sock rule after Woody Johnson complained that it was unfair, because it was distracting his coach during games.

January 26, 2013  08:26 AM ET

This is nothing new. I remember 20+ years ago when (on the same week) a player was fined $5k for a late hit on Joe Theisman, and the O-line for the Browns got fined $10k for "drooping socks."

Even the kickers had problems with this. Back when there was a vogue of "barefoot kickers," they'd still have to wear a sock (usually cut off at the ankle).

And, just for grins, go and look at some old NFL Films of Terry Bradshaw's playing days. It looks like he has a whole roll of black electrical tape holding his socks up to comply with the league rules.

January 26, 2013  08:54 AM ET

It is the second time this year Gore has been fined for equipment violations. He has been around a long time, he knew what he was doing. He doesn't care about the fine and neither should anyone else. His choice, and honestly, if you did away with these kind of rules it would look like a Halloween parade out there with every player making his own personal statement in attire.

January 26, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Why don't the leauge start going after these show boats,after they score make a tackle and after a big play.That is trash and should not be aloud.Anyway Brady was trying to brake up a double play.For the GREAT SUH he could fart crossways and he gets flaged.

January 26, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I really think that the Brady fine was all about Goodell responding to the accusations that the rules, and punishments have become too one sided towards the defense. He simply grabbed the opportunity to fine the most high profile offensive player and give him a slap on the wrist . I mean what's $10K to Brady?

agreed

January 26, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Kind of puts it in perspective how roger the coward goodell has lost touch of the NFL... cannot prioritize the level of discipline properly---
For someone who vowed to "clean up the NFL"-- this Rube has failed miserably...

January 26, 2013  10:00 AM ET

The players union must be pretty lame or the league wouldn't be able to get away with fines of any kind other than benching. Can you think of any industry in the country where the employees get fined for anything? I don't think it's even legal.

 
January 26, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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I'd really like to apply for this job. watch endless games and check to make sure they only have approved logos and their socks are pulled up. Tough job

And just to think you could also see if the guy is wearing the right Jockstrap, or better yet if he is wearing one at all!!!! LOL.

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