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NFL Talk: Favre’s Punishment, Tebow, Playoffs

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  • Brett Favre's fine was the appropriate punishment given the circumstances. Jenn Sterger is just as guilty of dragging her feet in the investigation as Favre was. While it is easy to say that Favre, who is married, was morally wrong for sending obscene photos to Sterger, it is a lot more difficult to determine whether sexual harassment was committed or not. Initially, Sterger didn't even want the allegations of improper conduct to be published. She then dragged her feet and delayed meeting with the NFL for as long as possible to try and force a settlement from Favre. Even with full cooperation from both parties, it would have been nearly impossible to determine if these photos were sexual harassment. The nature of the case meant that it centered around whether Sterger was sent these photos against her will. For this reason, these types of cases turn into he-said/she-said dramas, and you can't know for sure who is telling the truth. However, Favre was uncooperative in the investigation, so a fine without a suspension, since there was no actual proof that Favre's photos were unsolicited, was the right call. 
  • All year long, pundits have been lamenting the poor play of the NFC West, and depending on the results of Sunday night's game, the division will be won by a team with a record of 8-8 or 7-9, while teams who are 10-6 and 9-7 will be sitting at home watching the playoffs because there are only two Wild Card spots. Additionally, teams who have clinched their division will be likely to rest some of their starters in Week 17. Because of this, many fans and writers have suggested various forms of eliminating divisional titles and just allowing the six teams with the best records in each conference into the playoffs each year. The problem with this is that it reduces the importance of divisional games in the schedule. Divisional games usually feature some of the fiercest rivalries in the league, so a guaranteed playoff spot for the divisional winner makes these games even more high-stakes and meaningful. Although this playoff seeding system is not perfect, every system has its flaws, and the current system does not need to be changed.
  • Broncos' receiver Brandon Lloyd recently claimed that Josh McDaniels would still be employed by the Broncos if he had started Tim Tebow sooner. While Tebow has done a great job of learning on the job, he still has shown that he has definite room for improvement. Even though Tebow possibly could have brought the Broncos more wins in the short term, McDaniels did him a major favor by not immediately starting him at the beginning of the season. Allowing Tebow some time to mature on the bench has made him a better quarterback than he would have been if he had been instantly handed the starting job.

Hank Koebler, IV is a sports journalist attending the University of Missouri's school of journalism.

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