If you're a football fan — and I'll go out on a very short limb and say you are — it's been a strange week.
Just on the heels of players like Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes returning from suspensions for their off-field unseemly behavior, the NFL discovered a new problem: its on-field unseemly behavior.
For a league that has often promoted itself as an extended metaphor for battle, it suddenly realized its game leaves a lot of causalities.
The NFL announced it would start meting out suspensions for illegal hits, which previously merited only fines.
Retired player and noted headhunter Rodney Harrison correctly pointed out the fines for helmet-to-helmet hits and the like hadn't really deterred anyone from doing it.
Maybe it took a game week like last Sunday to change the rules, when it seemed every game contained a brutal small-car collision which left one player lying on the turf.
Welcome to 2010, NFL.
It's not necessarily a good thing to have some of your workforce looking to knock out other members of your workforce.
To illustrate it meant business, the NFL sent a video to all clubs, outlining the changes.
This is where things get odd.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson is the voice heard in the video.
The video itself is a mixture of The Delta House's visit to Dean Wormer's office in "Animal House"; every horrible highway safety film in driver's ed class and Kevin Costner dissecting the Zapruder Film in "JFK."
While viewing the worst of the hits over and over again with Principal Anderson telling the players that "a player is accountable for what he hits," the football fan we've been trained to be could easily imagine the same video being presented with gladiator music and John Madden yelling "BOOM!" with every collision.
We don't want to see guys get injured, but the NFL hasn't ever shied away from marketing the potential violence of the game, either — even this week.
Before they were removed Wednesday, one could purchase pictures of James Harrison delivering an illegal hit on Mohamed Massaquoi on the NFL's website.
The NFL called it a mistake.
It probably was in that someone at the league office didn't mean to specifically glorify that play, but it has been the way of the league to promote its hard hitters for nearly all of its existence.
Despite the apparent hypocrisy, I'm willing to accept the NFL's new direction in cracking down on the hits.
Naturally, James Harrison isn't sure he's on board with it.
"I'm going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach tomorrow and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective," he said. "If not, I may have to give up playing football."
Uh, don't worry, buddy, you can still clock guys.
You just might have to spend some time off the field for doing something that was pretty much illegal to begin with.
The game hasn't been reduced to flag football.
It's not the end of the world to try to take a small amount of the violence out of the games we love.
Unless, of course, they try to eliminate fighting in hockey.
That would just be silly, right?
Pitch a fit — Quick, name a soccer team.
Your first guess is probably the name of the team your kids play on.
Once you get past the U-10 Express, the Lazers or the Renegades of the world, your next thought — sorry, Kansas City Wizards — is probably one located in Europe.
How about this one: Manchester United. Heard of them?
Earlier this week Man U's star player, Wayne Rooney, announced he would leave the team after his contract was up.
His reason? Man U — the New York Yankees of soccer — wasn't aggressive enough in acquiring players.
Friday, Rooney signed an five-year extension with the team, making him the highest-paid player in the club's history.
Congrats, Wayne. That principled stand lasted slightly longer than England's World Cup appearance this summer.
Run 'n' Gun is The Eagle Sports staff's weekly look at the offbeat side of sports.