With the news of the goddamn bounty system, I wrote a coda to my last article for The Classical. I hope you'll take a look. You can read it here in full, but here's an excerpt:
In other words, causing long-term damage at the expense of short term goals like, say, tackling was actually how the defensive scheme was intended to work. And with that confession, my postmortem instantly (and improbably) flipped from irony to wisdom. In Darren Sharper’s defense, not all of the Saints were in on the scheme, so maybe he didn’t know about it. Anyone who watched the games can attest that he certainly didn’t seem to be making any extra effort to hit anyone.
Thanks for reading.