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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Spicer's $15,000 fine

A few years ago, an editor once told me that you can't judge emotion in an email.

Well, that sort of applies here in the case of Paul Spicer, who was fined $15,000 for his remarks following the Jaguars' loss to Indianapolis. The NFL fined Spicer for "publicly questioning the integrity of the officiating". Had the NFL been present - as I was - it would know that Spicer's remarks were said in jest. He was joking.

Sometimes, when you read something in a newspaper or a magazine, the quotes come across a much stronger than what was actually said at the time. I think this is the case with Spicer since I was there and heard his remarks. Basically, it seems Spicer is being made to pay $15,000 for having a sense of humor.

Two years ago, former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter had much stronger remarks about the officiating after a loss to the Colts. The league didn't fine Porter.

What do you guys think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no doubt we watch the No Fun League. They don't want to know how he said it, especially if it involves the Colts. Further proof was laid down in the Chief/Bronco game. Brandon Marshall scores and scoops up snow, tossing it to the end zone fans. He gets called for 15 on the kick off. Give me a freaking break!!

December 12, 2007 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

While Porter didn't get fined, Spicer had the misfortune of making his statements the same week that 4 Ravens called out the officiating publicly and by their remarks DID deserve to get fined. It would have been difficult to fine the whining Ravens and then give Spicer a pass.

December 14, 2007 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

We the fans should have brought a quarter to the Carolina game organized by Jag Nation or someone close enough to the Jags organization. We should have had press coverage that would let the NFL know that we know and have known for years that they rig games for certain teams.

Sun. December 5, 2004 was no exception the Jags Played the Steelers at home on ESPN, we all but had that game won when the refs came up with some bogus call to give their up and coming star "Big Ben's" team 1 and 10 to put them in field goal range to win 17 to 16. So, Michael, the Jaguars have played against Big Ben before with no appendectomy or motor cycle crash just against the NFL Officiating once again!

December 14, 2007 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

The refs screwed Rashean Mathis out of an interception and will he receive an apology or a mark on his stats for actually catching the ball? No, just the knowledge that the NFL Officiating is corrupt and is ruining the game.

What will the NFL do when fans get tired of watching teams get screwed because they have decided a cheating head coach's team should go 16 and 0 or a team that promotes injuring it's opponents should go to the Superbowl since if any player even sneezes in the direction of the NFL star team they throw flags.

I wonder how many TD's Harrison would lose if they took back all his push offs or Gaffney, or Moss?

Defenders aren't allowed to play against certain teams and the game has become boring.

December 14, 2007 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Michael C. Wright said...

O.K., I'm fining each of you .25 cents apiece for "compromising the arrogance of the NFL". Proceeds from the fines go to the Michael Wright beer fund.

December 15, 2007 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Terri said...


December 15, 2007 at 4:44 PM  

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