Why the “Cortland Clash” Means Nothing

August 6th, 2012

(Photo: US Presswire)

By Ryan Alfieri, Editor

Fights are a common sight in NFL training camps. Whenever you keep over 80 active, physical, testosterone-fueled players in one spot at once and hitting each other again and again for weeks straight, fights are going to erupt.

One broke out at Patriots camp last week. Rex Ryan actually grins when fights break out, and when they do, they are usually afterthoughts on the footer of the practice notes. But for some reason, Monday’s brawl caught top headlines and national attention.

The fight started as a battle between D’Anton Lynn and Joe McKnight, which turned into a full-blown, 20-man pile up that actually intruded on the media section of the practice.

So why did the fight get so much attention from the media? For one, anything that happens in Jets land is magnified ten thousand times. For reference, just check out how much attention Tebow running shirtless in the rain gathered. Talking about the Jets in a negative light is simply a quick and easy way to get a ton of readers, because, well, a lot of people dislike the Jets.

Plus, it should also be noted that the fact that the brawl was so close to members of the media, it got a ton of attention from beat writers and national reporters. Something tells me that if this fight happened in the opposite corner of the field where they would have been hardly visible, this fight would not have gotten nearly as much attention as it got.

But what does this mean for the Jets? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. These fights are simply commonplace and are forgotten by the next day. Players kiss and make up and pretend like it never happened.

Even Tim Tebow, who was prying players off the pile, says that this is just a part of being on a football team:

Therefore, while this fight may have had more juice to it and was more vicious than your average mid-camp exchange, at the end of the day, it is still just a training camp fight.

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