SharkHawk wrote:Sure it was Ruskell's fault for giving them the opportunity, but no team had ever used it before because they all chose to act with integrity...
I think we should re-litigate this just for the nostalgia!
The real villain in the poison pill business was, surprise, the league and the transparently corrupt ruling by its "special master" that allowed the deal to proceed in spite of it being clearly against the spirit of the rules as they existed at that time. That nonsensical decision, right on the heels of XL, was a clear reminder to us where our team sits in the NFL pecking order. You think that ruling goes against Jerry Jones? Think again.
As for Ruskell, he was just trying to pinch a few pennies. Pinching pennies allows you to get a *good* special teams player instead of a "marginal" one, and those little things add up when you're trying to win Super Bowls.
The Henderson hit? A classic example of "accidentally on-purpose".