President Obama said over the weekend that if he had a son he would “have to think long and hard” before he let him play football. I guess that means Sasha and Malia definitely aren’t playing.
Concussions have become a serious concern in the National Football League. Roger Goodell and company have had serious pressure put on them to make the game safer/more boring for fans at home.
American are the modern days Romans that pack the Coliseum to watch the most gruesome form of entertainment available. Now the masses have finally spoken up against the brain injuries endured in our country’s most popular sport, the diehards are all whining about how soft the game has become.
Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard one-upped the President’s comments in a recent interview with Clark Judge of CBSSports.com.
“Thirty years from now,” he said, “I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where they [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it.
“Guys are getting fined, and they’re talking about, ‘Let’s take away the strike zone’ and ‘Take the pads off’ or ‘Take the helmets off.’ It’s going to be a thing where fans aren’t going to want to watch it anymore.”
It’s hard to imagine a day in age in which football isn’t the most popular sport, although I’m sure horse racing and boxing fans said the same things years ago.
“The league is trying to move in the right direction [with player safety],” he said, “but, at the same time, [coaches] want bigger, stronger and faster year in and year out. And that means you’re going to keep getting big hits and concussions and blown-out knees. The only thing I’m waiting for … and, Lord, I hope it doesn’t happen … is a guy dying on the field. We’ve had everything else happen there except for a death. We understand what we signed up for, and it sucks.
“Like I said, I pray it never happens, but you’ve got guys who are 350 pounds running 4.5 and 4.4s, and these owners and coaches want scout-run blockers and linemen to move walls. At the same time, they tell you, ‘Don’t hit here, and don’t hit there, or we’ll take your money.’ Like I said, I hope I’m wrong, but I just believe one day there’s going to be a death that takes place on the field because of the direction we’re going.”
Is Pollard implying that the NFL’s rule changes are actually making the game more dangerous?