Monday, October 17, 2011

A.J. Hawk: One-Finger Salute

A.J. Hawk was caught on camera flashing the middle finger in the direction of the Packers' sideline. Hawk explained after the game that it was a some sort of joke with some teammates. Skip Bayless (who else) said on First Take that A.J. Hawk should be suspended for the gesture. Why? Who cares? The play was clearly towards his own sideline; therefore, it very likely had no malicious content whatsoever.

I obviously don't know this to be true, but I imagine it was something like this: (Pregame)

(Insert teammate) (jokingly) - "A.J. you never make the big play. No sacks, nothin'."

Hawk - F*$# you (Insert teammate), I'll show you today."

A.J. goes on to sack Sam Braford in the 2nd quarter, and as he's pointing at the sideline, he clearly seeks out the attention of somebody in particular on the sideline. It's a joke between teammates, nothing more. I'm sure he'll get fined by the league for this, because it was as clear as day on TV that Hawk threw up the middle finger; whereas, in the Harbaugh-Schwartz exchange it's not clear exactly who said what. A fine in this situation is what it is; it's fine. But suggesting a suspension for this is ridiculous.

The Packers are 6-0 and their Quarterback is playing almost perfect football; people are just running out of bad things to say about this team.

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