First of all, the 15K fine for a football act is more than 10K levied by NFL on Green Bay's Woodson for a deliberate punch? Seriously, this is outrageous. This is pretty much the same as last year, when Oakland's Seymour was fined for punching Big Ben in the head between the plays only 1/3 of James Harrison's fine for a hit between the whistles. I can't believe this is happening again.
Secondly, I am wodnering if the league fined Ravens' Ayanbadejo who was flagged for the same horse collar tackle on Antonio Brown during his KO return after the first Ravens score (to make things worse, that tackle was also late, made out of bounds).
Thirdly, it is clear to me from the video of Polamalu's "horse collar" tackle that it was inadvertent - it is clearly visible that he attempted to make a legal tackle on the right shoulder, but Troy's right hand slipped from the shoulderpad and into the collar of the ballcarrier (was it Ricky Williams?).
It may be the case that Polamalu was fined in part for getting into the brawl with the Ravens' players later in the game, but (a) NFL would have to state that this was part of the fine - this league is not the right place for sch subtle punishment; (b) why would he be fined if he was not even flagged for the brawl, (c) he was one of at least six players in the brawl, none of whom were flagged or fined (only Ike Taylor was flagged, which in itself was kind of weird).
I believe that Troy has to appeal the fine and defend himself vigorously. And I hope this will only motivate Troy and the rest of the Steelers.
Us against the world again!!!