10-13-2011, 06:27 PM
Second Team and Threatening Starter's Job
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Re: Something new in th NFL?
Originally Posted by PATSNUTme
I read in the paper that Matt Birk was fined $5000 by the NFL for taking off a microphone that he was suppose to wear. He said it came loose and was pushing into his skin. He is appealing the fine.
It went on to say that a center or
guard of every team is required to wear a microphone.
Now this is news to me and I know everything about football.
So how does this work? Does Connerley, Mankins and Waters get together before a game and play rock,sissors, paper to see who wears the mike?
How many of you knew about this rule before reading it here? Be honest or your nose will grow.
EDIT: Here is a linky.
Matt Birk fined $5,000 for not wearing a microphone | ProFootballTalk
Funny you bring this up as I just learned this myself not long ago.
NBC sports said that the mics are hooked up to players by NFL films technicians for the purpose of recording the sounds of the trench battles between lineman, and giving fans the opportunity to hear what it sounds like during the broadcast. I'm not sure if I buy this, as they, like another poster stated, might be looking for players imitating snap counts.
Either way if the mic is " pushing into a player's skin" and causing him discomfort, then it's only natural for him to want to remove it. Who knows what a mic getting forced into your skin by a charging 300 lbs. Man feels like. Perhaps it affects his game.
Whatever the reason for the mic, fining a player for removing it, for this reason, is absurd I think.
Here's a link to where I first read about it....
Last edited by E1Downey; 10-13-2011 at 06:31 PM..