The fight between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan on the football field this past weekend highlighted a few things. The most important thing to come from the fight was the excitement it generated.
Think about all the times you’ve watched the battle. It’s great seeing it repeatedly even though you already know what’s going to happen.
It’s fascinating to see two guys go at each other like that one-on-one. Since physical combat is a part of football, situations like the Johnson-Finnegan fight are bound to happen.
These matchups go on throughout the whole game. Although not seen by the television camera it happens on every play. It would be great to have camera access to these. In a lot of cases, these might even be more interesting than the game.
That is especially true with Finnegan involved. He is a very physical guy. He’s even been called a dirty player. Wouldn’t it be great to see him bang against an opposing receiver for the whole game?
It was pretty obvious that Johnson beat Finnegan in this battle. Look at their colleges though and it is easy to see why. Johnson went to Miami while Finnegan went to Samford. Do you really think a guy from “The U” would lose to a guy from Samford?
This fight leads to other questions. How would Finnegan do against the top ten receivers in the league in a similar battle? That would be interesting to think about. What would his record be against the most physical guys? These questions should make you want to see a sport of these tussles.
Turn those questions around to Johnson and how do you think he would do against the physical cornerbacks in the league?
You can go even further and think about battles between other players as well. How would one fare against another? There are a lot of good possibilities.
The fight between Johnson and Finnegan has to remind you of the slapfest betwen Deion Sanders and Andre Rison back in the 90s. That was also a cornerback against a receiver.
Who would you want to see go against each other in this position battle? If you’re talking about current players, an obvious choice would be Steve Smith, the receiver for the Carolina Panthers. Would anybody want to go up against him?