Video: ESPN’s Mark Schlereth Delivers Professional Ether to the NFL

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I love nothing better than when someone delivers a “Professional Ether”.

The key to a “Professional Ether” is hard hitting facts— so when Mark Schlereth pulls out the iPad showing the NFL selling a video with a cover very similar to the Dunta Robinson hit on DeSean Jackson, it is a KO to the league’s credibility.

Schlereth shows the hypocritical nature of the NFL.

The NFL says now they won’t promote big hits anymore, but I don’t believe them. I am going to go on their site in four weeks and I bet I still find some merchandise.

We will see.

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  1. Couldn't agree with him more, though I'm sure he took that as an opportunity to express his personal dislike in how the NFL handles players insurance post-retirement, among other issues.

    Still legitimate claims across the board. I'm surprised ESPN had the balls to put this on their website. Usually they're the main ones sugarcoating the truth and hiding their eyes from the real offenders.

  2. So from the time James Harrison was a little boy he was taught to deliver forearm shivers to the head of his opponent? This isn't about eliminating contact. It's about eliminating a certain mindset. A mindset that says tackling this guy isn't enough – I have to hurt him. Schlereth reminds us he had 29 surgeries. Well that number would pale in comparison to ONE funeral. The way the game is headed, that's what we're going to wind up with. The league needs to crackdown.

  3. And he's right about that. And even the hypocrisy of the media. But he's also arguing the idea that you can't (or shouldn't) legislate the way the players play the game. That's bullshit. The overwealming majority of defenders around the league aren't earning fines and suspensions for savage hits. If they can crackdown on the handful of macho assholes who think they can only do their jobs by maiming someone the game will be better. And safer.

    • The problem is the NFL doesn't give a crap about the safety of their players, and they know it. The only time they care about an issue is if its heard by them.

      "The loudest person is always the one who is always heard"
      That's exactly how the NFL handles their matters. Its not the fact that a certain player hits too hard, because the NFL, team organizations, hell, even the COMMENTATORS encourage that type of violence. You never hear a commentator say "He hits too hard, he should wrap up more". From Pop Warner to College Football, Coaches are screaming at their players to basically "LAY THAT DUDE OUT"! How are you going to penalize this guy for doing what he's being egged on to do? Even women get riled up over football – its a physical game. Theres a reason why girls don't play the game.

    • But the fact of the matter is, the NFL could care less about the hits in the game, until of course ESPN and other sports media networks start paying more than the usual attention to it and they get negative feeds from it. Then, they decide to step in and act as if they're doing something beneficial to the league, when in reality, they are just trying to shield themselves from fault.
      Granted, the NFL does stipulate some rules to be more safe, but some of them are flat out ludicrous (see: No hitting Tom Brady beneath the knees, cuz we love him ohsomuch)
      But if you're going to label these defensive players as being too aggressive and violent for doing what they are paid large amounts of money to do, then you might as well change the game. You can't change the way football is played, with fines or suspensions. This is a physical game, and you assume the risks in it when you play.

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