I think what this incident did was open the hood and let people look inside a little bit of the ugly side of the NFL. It's a violent game with alot of money on the line. It draws a certain type of person, both to coach and to play. Painting with a broad brush here ... but there more bad apples in the NFL than any other sport. I'm certain stuff like this is going on all over the place.
You're right...but the Grantland thing got it exactly right. This is why it is a big deal to the NFL:
Think of all the illusions about the National Football League that the revelations of a bounty program in New Orleans shatter. Think of all the silly pretensions those revelations deflate. The preposterous prayer circles at midfield. The weepy tinpot patriotism of the flyovers and the martial music. The dime-store Americanism that's draped on anything that moves. The suffocating corporate miasma that attends everything the league does — from the groaning buffet tables at the Super Bowl to the Queegish fascination with headbands and sock lengths while teams are paying "bounties" to tee up the stars of your game so they don't get to play anymore. What we have here now is the face of organized savagery, plain and simple, and no amount of commercials showing happy kids cavorting with your dinged-up superstars can ameliorate any of that.
We got a peek behind the curtain at how the machine makes the meat, and it turns out it’s pretty darn gross.
It’s not unlike the “pink slime
” scandal, involving actual meat. Some people will shrug and go back to eating the stuff. Other people won’t.