http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2607496

This article about the fine on Wallace for hitting Simms made me wonder about this. The ref didn't think it was excessive and didn't call a penalty. This was last Sunday and they issue a fine now?

Was this influenced by the outcry?

I'm also thinking about the furor caused by the Clemson/Oklahoma instant replay decision. It seems like the sports media no longer simply reports sporting news. It really shapes the way governing bodies treat their atheletes.