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Frivolous NFL Fines: Ridiculous or … Ridiculous?

The No Fun League is at it again.

The latest news in the NFL is that Chad Ochocinco (and, no, I’m still not used to that) has been fined $5000 for wearing an orange chinstrap, rather than the mandatory white chinstraps, during the Bengals’ latest preseason game.

I’m going to say that again, because I think it bears repeating. Chad Johnson got fined $5000 for WEARING AN ORANGE CHINSTRAP.

The irony? Chad got fined for this.

Now, NFL fines for ridiculous, seemingly harmless actions are nothing new. But, honestly – why does this have to happen?

I’m sure you remember all of the times Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson (NOT Ochocinco), among others, were fined after “excessive touchdown celebrations,” even though they were pretty damn entertaining at the time. As a fan, I’ve never understood what the big deal was. Does it waste time? Sure, but it seemed to me of little consequence, anyway.

But that’s neither here nor there. Recently, Chris Cooley released a list of frivolous NFL fines (found on Among them are: untucked jerseys; wearing the wrong nasal strip; athletic tape not being the same color as the shoes; and hand towel alterations.

All those seemingly harmless infractions? They’ll cost NFL players Five Grr.

Ultimately, it comes down to this: these violations are INSANE. You’re going to take 5 large out of a guy’s pocket for wearing the WRONG NASAL STRIP? Does the league NEED that money? Are the players supposed to learn some sort of lesson from this?

Now, I’m not completely blind to the need for adhering to the NFL rulebook – I know they’re there. I’m simply asking this: Why are these rules even necessary? Furthermore, how do these fines even compute to one IOTA of logic? Please, NFL, I’d like to know.

You’re not known as the “No Fun League” for nothing.

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