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Dick Butkus: If NFL Bans Kickoffs ‘You’re Taking Away One of the Most Exciting Parts of Game’
Cybercast News Service ^ | December 12, 2012 | Matt Cover

Posted on 12/12/2012 6:00:56 PM PST by Olog-hai

NFL legend Dick Butkus on Wednesday did not express enthusiasm for the idea of banning kickoffs from professional football, but he did not totally reject the proposal either.

CNSNews.com asked him what he thought of it.

“Well, it’s just the sign of the times,” said Butkus. “I guess the game is really changing. If they have statistics, which they claim they do, that a lot of concussions happen on the kickoff—I mean, you’re taking away one of the most exciting parts of the game,” Butkus told CNSNews.com in an interview Wednesday. …

“They claim that, what, 30 percent of the concussions are on kickoffs. And it’s kind of obvious, when you can get some speed up,” said Butkus. …

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Sports
KEYWORDS: butkus; football; kickoffs; nfl
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I have heard nothing about this. Why would they even think of this? It’d be like banning kickoffs from rugby. This should be a no go.
1 posted on 12/12/2012 6:01:04 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
When they stop kickoffs they will bankrupt the league.

We are witnessing the wussification of America.

Next watch for the Prius NASCAR series sponsored by Kotex.

2 posted on 12/12/2012 6:12:43 PM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: Olog-hai

Then you watch rugby and Australian Rules Football and you wonder how our noble man’s game of football became so chickified with new rules, pink shoes, pink whistles, sideline worthless info babes, and that god-awful female announcer on ESPN.

We’re ruining a great pastime with these senseless rules.


3 posted on 12/12/2012 6:15:09 PM PST by laweeks
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To: Olog-hai

Might as well ban pitching in baseball and let them hit from a tee.


4 posted on 12/12/2012 6:19:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Ban plastic from football, all leather from the ball to the helmets, pads and shoes! Before MMA fighting replaced boxing, who would have thought it less dangerous to fight without Big heavy gloves?


5 posted on 12/12/2012 6:25:00 PM PST by ynotjjr (Under Construction)
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To: Olog-hai

If they make any such change, I’ll not watch another game.

I’m old, damn grumpy now, and I hate change.

I’ll keep America, you keep the change. -Hank Williams Jr.


6 posted on 12/12/2012 6:28:47 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: laweeks

The joy of living has been undermined by the lawyers and now a lawyer is trying to destroy the game he oversees.


7 posted on 12/12/2012 6:34:26 PM PST by relictele
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To: Olog-hai
it'll be flag football before long...
8 posted on 12/12/2012 6:38:52 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cripplecreek

>> Might as well ban pitching in baseball and let them hit from a tee.

lol


9 posted on 12/12/2012 6:39:31 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Olog-hai

Dear Dick,

Professional sports aint like it was when you were playing the game, 40 years ago we never would have Allowed Felons, Frauds, Thugs, Gang Bangers, and Wife Beaters to play Pro Sports, Now it is a Prerequisite, which is why I quit watching ALL PRO SPORTS over 20 years ago. Do the Game a favor and call for it’s outright ABOLITION. Help save America instead of whining about “how they want to change the game” that horse left the barn a long time ago to make a few extra bucks, this is just the natural progression of self serving self destruction. Enjoy the ride


10 posted on 12/12/2012 6:39:47 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: Olog-hai
Keep kickoffs...

...ban the Detroit Lions.

11 posted on 12/12/2012 6:41:53 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: Newbomb Turk

>> We are witnessing the wussification of America.

Maybe the National Football Leage can change its name to the Mom Warner League.


12 posted on 12/12/2012 6:43:18 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Newbomb Turk

Welcome to the new Am3rikka.


13 posted on 12/12/2012 6:44:31 PM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Olog-hai

I tuned in a local sports talk show the other day and they were talking about this. I honestly thought they were doing some kind of comedy bit.

One proposal they talked about was after team A scored, team A would be given the ball on their own 30 yard line and the play set to 4th and 15.

I thought, is this supposed to be funny? I don’t get it.


14 posted on 12/12/2012 6:45:03 PM PST by DManA
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To: Olog-hai

Who is the pussy that is proposing this? Or, what is her name?

What crap!


15 posted on 12/12/2012 6:50:43 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: unixfox

Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.

Is it me or do all major sports commissioners suck (Stern, Bettman, Goodell, Selig.)


16 posted on 12/12/2012 6:52:38 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Olog-hai

You are right. It makes no sense.


17 posted on 12/12/2012 6:54:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: laweeks

god-awful female announcer on ESPN?

Thought, at first, you were talkin’ about Chris Collinsworth.


18 posted on 12/12/2012 7:04:02 PM PST by lesko
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To: Newbomb Turk
Next watch for the Prius NASCAR series sponsored by Kotex.<<<

LMAO...YESS!..Restricted to 35 MPH with women drivers PMS’ing....The wrecks on the corners will be good...But the fights in the pits will be better...Think about it...*G*.

19 posted on 12/12/2012 7:08:56 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: Olog-hai

The chickification of football is accelerating faster than Rush predicted.


20 posted on 12/12/2012 7:09:00 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Neither my mother nor my sister approve of this alleged chickification. I showed them this story and they were quite adamant in their disapproval.


21 posted on 12/12/2012 7:11:22 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Just go to Flag football and be done with it.


22 posted on 12/12/2012 7:12:42 PM PST by Venturer
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To: relictele

The reset is coming, and degenerate Americans with a license to steal issued by State bar associations are not going to be pleased.


23 posted on 12/12/2012 7:13:04 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Olog-hai
All they need is 22 fans. Give them a shirt and helmet and let the fun Begin.
24 posted on 12/12/2012 7:14:07 PM PST by Domangart
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To: eyeamok

Spot on


25 posted on 12/12/2012 7:14:16 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Newbomb Turk

Next watch for the Prius NASCAR series sponsored by Kotex.
_____________________________________________

Now that’s funny.


26 posted on 12/12/2012 7:17:10 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: Olog-hai
So, during the time when traditionally there would be a kickoff (or perhaps even punts), the players will be on the sideline crocheting? Doing needle point? Making flower arrangements?

Video killed the radio star - Lawyers killed the NFL.

27 posted on 12/12/2012 7:18:52 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: cripplecreek
LOL...That's funny!!... but I hope you're not talking Golf...That could leave a mark....

on you!..From us that play it...*G*

28 posted on 12/12/2012 7:21:22 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: Olog-hai

This is not a surprise.
My grand kids told me this week that in PE they have to wear helmets.
I said what do you play “well dodge ball”, they use a nurf ball.
We are turning all of our people to sissies.


29 posted on 12/12/2012 7:22:55 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Olog-hai

Eventually the NFL will ban tackling and move to a “tag football” format. Only tagging can only be done with a limp wrist. You must tag gently and in a feminine manner. Tagging with a slap will earn your team a 15-yard penalty.


30 posted on 12/12/2012 7:23:50 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: svcw

That’s insane. Next thing you know, they’ll have them trying to dodge dandelion seeds that are floating through the air . . .


31 posted on 12/12/2012 7:26:45 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

If there really is a problem with concussions, maybe they should make the guys where the concussion-proof helmets for kickoffs. They make look ridiculous, but they supposedly work.

Or maybe they could do kickoffs without helmets — that should keep people from thinking they are indestructible.


32 posted on 12/12/2012 7:28:37 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Olog-hai

Let’s just have the coin toss, game over. Nobody gets hurt.

(Tossing Nerf coins would be even safer.)


33 posted on 12/12/2012 7:36:09 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
At this point, soccer and cricket seem more dangerous. (Well, at least with cricket, the pitcher tries to hit the batter with the ball.)
34 posted on 12/12/2012 7:42:19 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

There’s always the CFL - lots of kicking there!


35 posted on 12/12/2012 7:44:50 PM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Olog-hai
If they have statistics, which they claim they do, that a lot of concussions happen on the kickoff

Geez, why don't they just dress football players up in panties and skirts if they don't want them to play football.

36 posted on 12/12/2012 7:45:25 PM PST by mtg
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To: mtg

“Geez, why don’t they just dress football players up in panties and skirts if they don’t want them to play football.”

That would be the Democrap caucus in Congress.


37 posted on 12/12/2012 7:53:30 PM PST by narses
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To: Olog-hai

They’re doing this because this isn’t the same football Butkus played. The quality of the athletes has changed. Players now are significantly heavier, and actually move faster than they did even 10 years ago, to say nothing of 30 years ago. Back in the 70s, the Steelers and Packers were formidable teams, but put that same team up against their 2010s counterpart, and they’d look puny. When you have a 300lb lineman who can do the 100 in under 12 seconds, he’s going to be packing a lot of kinetic energy when he hits the ball-carrier, and that raises the risk of concussion along with other injury.

This is the same kind of thing that has happened to boxing and car racing. With car racing, it was crash severity; as the cars got faster, they did things like mandate engine size and various safety devices to minimize the severity of the crashes and the resulting injuries. With boxing, the advent of the modern boxing glove greatly increased the risk of brain injury because now it doesn’t hurt so damn much to hit a guy in the head as it did with bare knuckles. Now football is getting it: the athletes are so well-suited to the game now that the safety equipment is no longer adequate to protect other players. It sucks, but it’s a foreseeable result of the drive to have better players.


38 posted on 12/12/2012 8:12:54 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: narses

Dumb question, but would there be so many concussions if people didn’t wear so much plastic padding? Are what necessitates so much padding the helmets themselves? Has anyone compared the likelihood of serious injury, including concussion, between playing football with hard-shell helmets and so much padding to playing football with only soft-shell helmets?


39 posted on 12/12/2012 8:17:26 PM PST by dangus
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To: relictele
I grew up in the bad old days when we had high dives, monkey bars ,swings, big slides, etc. I've have lived on Japan and I can say they have the best public parks. If the parks in the U.S. were like the parks on japan there would be a gang of lawyers hanging around handing out their business card.


40 posted on 12/12/2012 8:40:26 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: laweeks
you're blaming women for this now?.....men are wussifying themselves quite nicely by themselves....

look at all the dandies in sports today....pretty boys in pretty clothes...

41 posted on 12/12/2012 8:56:59 PM PST by cherry
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>> the guys where the concussion-proof helmets for kickoffs.

Screw that. Give the receiving team shotguns.


42 posted on 12/12/2012 8:59:38 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: BBell

Ah, the good old days... :)


43 posted on 12/12/2012 9:00:07 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Newbomb Turk

The XFL had a no fair catch rule. You either caught it and ran, or you let the kick hit the ground. There was no waiving for a fair catch. Now that was just begging to get somebody leveled.


44 posted on 12/12/2012 9:04:48 PM PST by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: political1

Helmet-Cams and “He Hate Me”; Two EXCELLENT things about the XFL (or maybe that was a different incarnation of 2nd tier pro football...)


45 posted on 12/12/2012 9:11:46 PM PST by Husker8877
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To: Olog-hai

The NFL is the new GM, IBM, Xerox, etc. They are now nothing but an organization doing nothing but managing an organization.

GM forgot they built cars. IBM forgot they build computers and software. Xerox forgot they were technologically advanced and handed their products to Jobs and Gates for free.

Sears, JCP, Kmart, etc (Walmart is next to follow this trend of entropy) forgot they were retailers.

The NFL has now forgot it’s a game. At this rate the cheerleaders will be wearing pads and the players the skirts. Let’s just turn it into flag football.


46 posted on 12/12/2012 9:22:54 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: political1
Now that was just begging to get somebody leveled.

Which was the point, they thought this would drive ratings up

47 posted on 12/12/2012 9:23:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

Its worse than that.........they can not play chase......they can not play tag (except two fingers on the shoulder only), when they use the swing they can not twist.....
Fortunately my daughter encourages her kids to skate board, climb, surf, snow board.......


48 posted on 12/12/2012 9:30:30 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: cherry
you're blaming women for this now?.....men are wussifying themselves

No, the NFL commissioners started this garbage a few years ago by allowing female announcers into the players' locker rooms (yeah, like they'd let guys into the Dallas Cowgirls Locker room to interview them, right!). And then it continued into all these other wussifying phases.

49 posted on 12/13/2012 6:46:09 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Little Pig

Don’t worry. Give the liberal scum a few years and they will call for an outright ban on football. This is par for the course for these types - banning kickoffs and/or football is unAmerican, which is to be expected from liberal wimps.


50 posted on 12/13/2012 7:12:57 AM PST by ohioman
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