THE RYPIEN AND THE TEARIN'
Up in Minnesota, Rick Rypien of the Canucks had just been assessed a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct when he was pulled by the linesman toward the Vancouver bench. Rypien proceeded to push the official. He then proceeded down the tunnel to the dressing room, and proceeded to go after a Wild fan (proper - not the informal, uncapitalized term which might imply that the fan had gone wild) who was applauding at the railing. Rypien quickly got pulled away by a teammate and will likely just as quickly get pulled into the league office to talk about his teachable moment.
More from The Rundown, including exactly why the NFL is concerned dangerous hits this season, and why what they're doing with them is exactly wrong, after the jump.
The NFL announced that it will immediately begin suspending players for dangerous and flagrant hits that violate its rules. Especially the kinds of hits that start with the helmet and end with the recipient dazed and confused. And if it seems like there have been more hits like that so far this season, it's because there have been. Through the first six weeks of this season, the total number of NFL injuries listed as "concussion" or "head injury" stands at 46. That's a full 22 more than the 23 there were through this point last season (and 19 more than in each of the 2008 and 2007 seasons).
Speaking of which, the NFL is selling a photo of the one James Harrison of the Steelers laid on Mohamed Massaquoi on Sunday. You know, the one (along with the other one on Josh Cribbs) they fined him $75,000 for. It will only cost you as little as $15.95 for an unframed 6x8 print, or up to as much as $249.95 for the canvas gallery wrap. (Plus shipping and handling.)
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