Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Apr 2012

When the N.F.L.'s Culture of Violence Seemed Funny

Remembering Buddy and the Bounty Bowls. It is amazing how we hear the same rhetoric 23 years later.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 13 Apr 2012

16 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2013, 5:11am by islamiyet

Comments

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 04/13/2012 - 9:14am

Do kickers really count as NFL players?

Especially kickers in the late 80s?

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by Independent George :: Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:40am

Wife-slapping and drunk driving used to be mainstream punchlines, too.

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by Theo :: Sun, 04/15/2012 - 6:26pm

It's all fun and games, until someone loses an eye.

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by Led :: Fri, 04/13/2012 - 10:52am

This is exactly like last time....except that the league actually found evidence of wrongdoing this time.

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by Lance :: Fri, 04/13/2012 - 2:24pm

I think that Golic was saying on Mike and Mike that there was no bounty in that game, and it was more like "hey, rookie, go take out that kicker."

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by erniecohen :: Sat, 04/14/2012 - 9:21pm

I think that the salient point is that 23 years ago, nobody cared whether players were being incented to hurt each other; the concern was that teams were paying players under the table.

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by RickD :: Sun, 04/15/2012 - 9:19pm

Incented?

(shudder)

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by nat :: Mon, 04/16/2012 - 9:10am

What's your problem?
The utilization of "incented" has a high degree of functionality, when actualized in a subjective framework.

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by Independent George :: Mon, 04/16/2012 - 11:42am

It's a perfectly cromulent word.

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by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Sun, 04/22/2012 - 1:48pm

The problem is that there's already a (sort-of) word for that- incentivised, which has a higher degree of functionality because "incent" doesn't mean anything.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 04/22/2012 - 2:38pm

I am incented that you would impugnify such a word.

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by Dragon Pie (not verified) :: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:52am

I'm more opposed to douchetastic grammar corrections than I am to unnecessary but functional neologimacizing.

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by Hank (not verified) :: Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:01pm

It's the viewership that has also changed. Bounties don't have a place in a game of skill. This isn't wrestling.

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by Jakub (not verified) :: Tue, 08/07/2012 - 4:48pm

NFL is just going soft for the mainstream audience.

Too much money involved now, gotta protect their image.

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