Football gets emotional, and when you have people crashing into each other, trying to win, tempers often flare. It's part of the game. But I have never, ever seen something so blatantly criminal as the eye-poke by Aqib Talib during yesterday's game between the Broncos and the Colts. The play was long over, and Colts tight end Dwayne Allen got into a shoving match with Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Aqib was not part of the activity, but he decided to be. He came from several yards away, jogging, and with two fingers, jabbed Allen in the eye. If you've seen the video, you know this was not some semi-incidental slip of the hand in a pile of bodies, where people are jostling for a loose ball. This was a clear, deliberate attempt to injure another player, long after the whistle had blown. It could have--and might have--disabled Allen permanently. He said after the game that his vision was still blurry. A penalty flag was thrown, and it probably helped the Colts go on and beat the previously undefeated Broncos. What is confounding, though, is that Talib was not ejected from the game. The NFL has all sorts of rules in place that "protect" players nowadays. You can't hit a quarterback high or low. You can't leave your feet to launch yourself at another player to make a tackle. Then, here's a player who gouges another player's eye, well after a play is over, and he remains in the game. If I walked up to you on the street and did that, I could be locked up for a felony. There are people who will hear about this incident and say, "oh that's typical football violence", but it really is not. Players do try to hurt one another, but they do it "legally". Talib's eye-poke was out-and-out thuggery, shocking in many ways, not the least of which was the way Talib--an all-Pro, highly respected player for his skillful play--tried to avoid responsibility by saying, "I don't remember." Well Aqib, it's being shown on a thousand different websites in HD, if you need some memory enhancement. Maybe the officiating crew should watch it again too, so they can be reminded of the difference between a late hit and a criminal act worthy of ejection.