A lot of the chatter around the Scouting Combine was that the Falcons were going to be hit hard for piping in artificial crowd noise.
Either the league successfully scared a bunch of people by their piping in of saber-rattling noises, or a lot of people define “hard” differently.
According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, the Falcons will lose a fifth-round pick in 2016 and be fined $350,000 for their admitted infraction.
I mean, that’s a lot of money to you and me. (I wonder how many fixed cameras $350,000 will buy?)
And to be certain, no team likes losing a pick.
But that’s hardly harsh justice, and hardly commensurate with the kind of hand-wringing folks were doing about it previously.