Kick The Habit!


It’s time to kick the habit. It’s time to kick down and kick aside and kick away what has been kicking you.  So, on this the eve of 2015, as we look back over 2014 and look beyond into 2015, let’s kick the habit.

The phrase “kick the habit” comes from the 19th century epidemic of opiate abuse. Kicking of the legs, muscle pain in the extremities and restless leg syndrome are all symptoms of opiate withdrawal. When one would cease the use of opiates withdrawal would follow, and kicking, stretching and twitching of the legs is a key symptom. Therefore to stop using opiates, one was kicking the habit.

Ndamukong Suh has a bad habit. He’s a dirty player, and dirty players deserve their just deserts.  I’m not a Dallas fan, so it’s going to be hard for me to root for “A.B.D.,” a.k.a. “Anybody but Dallas” this week because one of the dirtiest players, if not the dirtiest player in the NFL plays for Detroit. Maybe this week’s “ABD” should stand for be “Anybody But Detroit.” Right? 

Suh is not only dirty in the mind of fans – he’s dirty in the mind of his fellow NFL players. When asked “Who is the dirtiest player in the NFL?” Suh got the most votes.

Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, has a long history of being not-so-nice on the field. In fact, his NFL fines for his dirty moves, which encompass everything from making throat-slashing gestures to his most recent crime, trampling on a rival player, have forced him to reportedly pay the most fines of any NFL player. Ever.

Suh’s latest infraction was to stomp twice on the injured leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last Sunday. Initially, Suh was suspended from this weekend’s playoff game against Dallas. Instead, Suh appealed and the NFL stepped lightly, choosing to tight rope the fine line of competitive balance and overturned the league’s initial one-game suspension after hearing Suh’s appeal and announcing Tuesday that the Lions’ best defensive playmaker will instead be fined $70,000.

Maybe because Rodgers wasn’t injured on the play, the NFL reversed the suspension, instead electing to send a stern message with a heavy fine. Suh should have lost any benefit of a doubt based on his past reputation for drawing more than $450,000 in fines, including a notorious 2011 Thanksgiving Day stomp on the arm of then-Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith when he was suspended two games.

So what did we learn here? For starters, don’t be like Ndamukong Suh. Kick a bad habit.  You might come kicking and screaming, but come none the less.  Stop kicking people that are trying to support you and service you and succor you.  Stop kicking and screaming and start loving and listening.  

A bad reputation is hard to kick. So it’s time to rip a new rep.  It’s time to learn how and when to stop kicking.  Turn over a new leaf and kick a bad habit right back into 2014.  You’ll be glad you did.

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