Originally posted by sincalfaithful:
Originally posted by sfout:
we'll to counter your argument
MLB players typically underhand toss a ball into the stands from 5 - 20 feet away. They dont haul off and throw the ball even 50% power into the stands. Not to mention most die hard MLB fans have their glove with them in the stands making it easier to catch.
Crabs and Gore threw the ball at fairly excessive power, last thing the NFL/9ers need a fan suing for damages from a football to the eye or having beer or hot food spilled on them from the ball or injuries sustained in a tussle amongst fans for the ball.
The NFL shouldn't fine players for handing the ball to fan at the end zone but it is understandable why they would fine someone for throwing it full tilt like Crabs and Gore did.
they didn't throw a line drive at somebody, they lobbed it high at least 20 rows deep. It's not that big of a deal. A football is the last thing that they should worry about hurting somebody especially at the Stick
dude go watch it in real time they threw it on a rope, even if it went straight in the air it still falls down on top of people. Remember a football thrown at full speed by a QB travels at 45-50 MPH, even if any other player on the field only puts 25% effort into it will still travel at a 10-20MPH speed.
Its not like they were aiming at anyone which only increases the risk of injury because it could hit someone who is not expecting to have a ball thrown at them, have it bounce off a guard rail or pillar and hit someone who was nowhere near the original trajectory of the throw.
And you said it perfectly, a football is the LAST thing someone needs to worry about at the Stick......Which is why throwing it in the stands is a bad idea because no one is expecting to have a ball thrown at them. Fining a player for hucking a ball into the stands is perfectly acceptable, its not like they handed it to someone on the front row and this isn't baseball where for decades people go there EXPECTING or HOPING to catch a home run, foul ball, or have an outfielder toss them the ball at the end of the inning.
I dont agree with the fines but as I said I completely understand where the NFL is coming from in these two instances, I do not think the NFL should fine a player for handing ball to a fan after TD or "tossing" it a few rows up to fans who are basically in direct line of sight with the player. Not a fan who is 20 - 30 rows or farther up the stadium as you say earlier who is not looking at the field but probably looking at the jumboscreen or their friend next to them celebrating.