To paraphrase Chase Utley: No fine, no ... fine!

That's the only logical response to the NFL's decision not to fine Atlanta safety Lawyer Milloy for his hit that knocked Eagles tight end L.J. Smith out of last Sunday's game against the Falcons and tomorrow's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

It's impossible to watch Milloy's hit and not deem that it was unneccesarily violent. That's not to say that Milloy intended to injure Smith, but he made a poor decision to take two steps before nailing the Eagles' tight end in the back. Smith suffered a concussion. We've certainly seen players fined for less this season. In fact, Milloy's teammate Keith Brooking was fined $5,000 for hitting Donovan McNabb in the second quarter Sunday.

Here's something else to think about: the Milloy play and an earlier hit by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole drew penalties, but not fines. The Brooking hit resulted in a fine, but not a penalty. So, apparently, the guys sitting in New York have a better feel for what's happening on the field than the officiating crews at the game. 


Felt sorry for my competitor Les Bowen, who missed his flight to Seattle yesterday because of the horrendous traffic jam caused by the Phillies' victory parade. I was on the same flight and wasn't sure I was going to make it because of the traffic. Apologies to the people I cut off in my panic to get to the airport on time.

I'd like Les to know that I had an entire row to myself on the long trip to Seattle, which is like flying in first class these days. The bad news was we had an unscheduled stop in Minneapolis for a medical emergency. That was a first for me.