Skip to comments.The End of Football Fast Approaches
Posted on 08/06/2012 7:49:05 PM PDT by Kaslin
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If football dies, then America dies with it.
If it were any other job, where work conditions were such that the average worker had to retire before they were 35 and that the workers in the industry were prone to having dementia before they were 55, would there be anybody here who would disagree with the need for the industry to look at ways to make workers safer?
I’m not anti-football, but there was a time when players could enjoy post-football careers and weren’t at risk of being in senior citizen centers by the time they were 50 or simply blew their head off, because they couldn’t continue to bear their injuries.
Where's my popcorn?
And old-time tackling, where it was done with the shoulders.
If they succeed in prohibiting football, then bans on hot dogs and apple pie will surely follow. After all, hot dogs are full of fat and sodium and the buns are made from white flour, and apple pie is full of sugar, fats and refined carbohydrates.
He’s correct, football will become too boring to watch. It’s going to become like Basketball, with its crooked Refs rigging the games. Professional Basketball is now on par with Professional Wrestling. Football is next.
That would solve it right quick. I've been saying this for a decade.
If we have to replace football, I say replace it with Gaelic Football.....after seeing some YouTube videos, I am shocked the game never took off outside of the Irish Diaspora.
I played the game only in high school, but even there I remember coming home EVERY night after a game or full-pads practice with a headache. Now, maybe that’s just because I was a wimp, but it leads me to be less than enthusiastic about encouraging my son to play.
If you look closely, you will notice that the robots all have Irish and Polish names--the show being from 1963.
or like Not Actual Stock CARS.
What’s the big deal?
Why CAN’T there be a weight limit?
Push limits back to what the average player weighed in the seventies, or early eighties, or whenever everybody thinks the ‘golden age’ was, before everybody started getting concussions.
How does this “destroy” the game?
Or simple Rugby. That’s a rough sport to play, when done right.
Wow I was going to post that Australian rules football [NOT rugby] is a great game - then I saw the Gaelic football video.
They are about exactly the same. Aussie rules has an oblong ball [not pointy like our gridiron footballs], not completely round. And in Aussie rules, the scoring is done by putting the ball thru uprights [center uprights 6, outer uprights 1.]
But the rules are about the same it looks like. In Aussie rules, a kicked ball that is caught earns a free kick [or one may play on] but I didn’t see that in Gaelic.
Aussie rules you have to bounce the ball every 10 meters, can only punch or kick the ball to someone [no throwing.]
Looks cool and thanks for sharing the link.
aussie rules ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqymJpIhpPY
greatest game i _ever_ played
If you think it's hard to explain football to an Englishman, try explaining it, in German, to a German.
Roger Goodell is a pussy. A real man like Pete Rozelle would stand up and defend his sport.
Sort of on topic. What are the odds the SEC will drop Chick Fil A as a sponsor.
The Chic-Fil-A bowl and the ACC-SEC opener sponsored by CFA are two very popular games.
I like the soccer aspect with the round ball, I think it gives the Irish game more of a flow than Aussie Rules.
If you want to get the sense of how good the game is, go to You Tube and search for the 2011 All-Ireland Final between Dublin and Kerry, it literally came down to the last kick of the game.
Weight limits would be a good start in football. And going to leather helmets would work as well. Get back to proper tackling techniques.
I think the game could become safer with changes that remove the advantage of size- bigger field (more routes, rewards agility), fewer downs (more passing & kicking). More important, season-long suspension for charging or head-hunting.
They should institute a rule like in soccer, you commit two personal fouls in a game, you’re ejected and suspended for the next game.
If you accumulate a certain number of personal fouls over a few games, you also would have to sit out a game.
Your brain was trying to tell you something. I think the biggest point that people are missing (from reading the comments, and Rush's listener) is the size and speed of the players. I'm big and fairly fast, but these guys are HUGH and SPEEDIES. The human frame was not meant to take the weight and absorb the punishment.
Do you speak Canadian?
My son and his friends care far more about the English Premier league, and for that matter European soccer in general, than they do about the NFL or college football. I do think football’s days are numbered.
There was a short story in Playboy, back in the 70’s, about “the last Superbowl” ... probably set in the 90’s, I’d guess. Football had been superseded by electronic simulations, which captured the public allegiance. So this last game was played in the rain with a heroic goal line stand and everything.
Whoa...Never heard of it, but that’s pretty wicked.
I got hooked on the EPL several years ago, once you learn the teams and the players, it’s a great league to follow.
Can’t believe already this weekend is the Community Shield, between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Without that 2003 alleged “racial” comment, Limbaugh would be part owner of an NFL team that will slowly lose its value.
It's going to take a government imposed “universal settlement” to stop the hurricane of injury lawsuits that is on the way.
And if parents stop letting their kids play football, the game will completely die from the loss of talent.
The bigger threat is liability insurance that high school and college programs will have to pay, a lot of schools may have to drop football for that.
Although, I don't think that will ever happen here in Texas.
When it was win on Sunday, sell on Monday it was GREAT!
Agreed, loved watching Aussie Football when it was on semi-regular years back.
“If football dies, then America dies with it.”
Yes, you are exactly right!
And oh, by the way, football died back in the sixties.
What they need to do is remove all the pads.
All those safety and protection is actually making players run into each other with higher velocity without worrying about injury.
Remove all that protection and tackling would not be nearly as vicious and dangerous.
Players wear a lot more equipment than they used to. When introduced, those changes were promoted as increasing player safety. Who but a Neanderthal or a brute would oppose a rule against better, safer equipment?
Unfortunately, the real world threw up a roadblock on the path to Liberotopia. Coaches, and players, quickly figured out that better protective equipment all-but implied that players could be trained to hit harder, faster and in places where the old-school guys wouldn't have. In a nutshell: making players wear codpieces, in a competitive sport, legitimates hits below the belt. After all, the new and better equipment will keep the hittees safe, won't it?
If only it were confined to competitive professional sports, but it's not. Common sense says: the "safer" an activity is made, the more people engaged in it will take boneheaded risks and operate on autopilot. Thus, "safety" decreases safety.
Now, we have the sad tragedy of a group of professional athletes who have never been more equipped to be "safe" suffering long-term injuries that their "unsafe" forebears didn't.
Of course, the chances of this little analysis waking up the nanny staters from their own lethargy is effectively nonexistent. The logic of "safety," which forbids them from questioning their favourite hammer, all-but-compels them to end up advocating outright bans.
If this argument registers at all on them, they'll just switch to ban-it mode - as the original post shows. As a piece of unlicensed critical thinking, it'll be swept under a "safe" rug.
having had my share of hits and headaches, i would wonder if yer helmet fit or style wasnt right...
had a helmet one year that felt like it *caused* a headsplitting pain everytime it contacted something...coaches swapped it out and i was comfy [even when impacts caused *stars*] the rest of the season...
the size and speed argument is prolly a part too, but the hitters and hittees are both bigger and faster...at a point i guess it would be signifigant in relation to tissue, but look at the punishment a heavyweight boxer can inflict, AND absorb...of course individual results will vary tho...
and as in most colliding objects, the one delivering the blow usually tranfers more damage to the hittee...
I could care less about a cat fight between El Rushbo and George Will who make their living in the political entertainment industry.
Football is AMUSEMENT for the unwashed masses no more, no less.
Our Republic will survive with or without professional sports.
Our Republic will NOT survive without a healthy working middle class which is something these two elitist propagandists know very little about.
As long as it can be shown that player size and performance is achieved naturally, nothing needs to be done to football.
Football is a contact sport. All such sports carry inherent risk of injury.
Goody two-shoes social engineers are not going to ban football...
I don't know, I have managed to explain to a German in German. Vieleicht brauchst du mehr Übung.
Pro sports keep the populace from discussing how bad the government has become.
It’s possible to do both.
My dear Isabel C. I do love grammar so.
Evidently, you fancy yourself as a bit of a grammarian.
I do not believe that I have committed a grammatical faux pas as the French might say.
If I have violated a grammatical tense or mood, then enlighten me of my transgression.
Exactly which is right out of the playbook outlined in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Then America was dead before I was born, and Ronald Reagan was a figment of my imagination.
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