THe NFL announced today that Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis has been fined $10k for throwing that snow boulder into the sdands at Sunday’s game. Ellis said, “It was all in fun.”
Here is a link to a story in the New York Daily News that says the Jets have talked to defensive end Shaun Ellis about hucking the snow boulder into the stands.
In case you missed Holmgren’s quote yesterday regarding all the snowballs, here is what he said: "First of all, the people at our stadium don’t see snow that much, so it had to be a tremendous novelty, you know? So I know if my grandkids were up there, and there was a snowball sitting right there—and they’re good kids, they’re not mean kids—it’d be pretty hard for them not to throw it. No one got hurt, which is a good thing, and the best thing we can do probably, is [work on] our preparation in getting the snow out of the stadium if it should ever happen again. That’s a big deal. We had to deal with all that in Green Bay all the time. All the time. Cleaning the stadium before the game started. I’m glad no one got hurt, and I don’t think anyone’s trying to hurt anybody, it’s just Christmas, and there’s snowballs, so here we go."
Two thoughts: These were not grandkids up there throwing snowballs, they are adults. And, it’s a difficult position for Holmgren to be in because he certainly doesn’t want to criticize a 12th Man who has been so supportive over the years, but I have to think he didn’t appreciate nearly getting hit in the noggin on several occasions.
Here is a column Dave Boling wrote for today’s paper criticizing the snowball throwers.
One man’s opinion: I was on the field at the time, and I certainly didn’t get the feeling that the snowballs were “all in fun,” as many have suggested. There was definitely a hint of meanness in the actions. For those on the sidelines, you had to keep one eye on the field and one on the stands to make sure you weren’t plunked in the head. And believe me, when an ice ball comes from the upper deck from a couple hundred feet above and hits the ground with a heavy thud or hits somebody in the head — as I saw one hit the line judge — it is not “in fun.” The line judge went down on one knee and looked like he was close to being knocked out. This was not a friendly little scrap between teenagers with fluffy snow. There was definitely a sense of anarchy. Take that for what it’s worth.