Originally Posted by Digger
These players were completely unaware that an aggressive contact sport could result in brain injury?
No, they knew they were facing some risk, but the league downplayed how serious the risk is. If I'm a smoker, and the tobacco companies tell me that cigarettes are risky, but the most it's going to do to me is give me wrinkles and a cough, am I not allowed to be angry when I get lung cancer? If my team doctor says I'm cleared to play after I've had a concussion, and I'm not fully recovered, is that my fault? These people are medical people, I'm assuming they have my
interests in heart, when obviously they don't, because they are pressured from all kinds of people to get me, the star, back on the field, so they'll cut corners, except the corners are my health and safety. I signed up for a contact sport, not to be lied to about something the rest of us take for granted -- that my doctor is telling me the truth about my health.
Originally Posted by Gib
The recent suspensions of some players and a Coach helped but didn't go far enough.
The NFL is a socialist organization. To punish one team (my own, in the effort of full disclosure) means you also have to dish out to others. Without dismantling this whole season, what more did you expect them to do? Sean Payton, Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita were suspended for up to a season. The Saints have been fined, and lost draft picks. What do you want them to do? Shut down the league for a season? You can't just take a team out of the league without serious problems for the rest of the league. Would you dismantle one of the most popular and money making franchises? What would you rather have happen? What about all the other teams, sports, athletes who admit to participating in the same sort of program? Charles Barkley says he was involved in a bounty program as a NBA player. Do you only care about football players? What kind of punishment would you dish out to them?
Originally Posted by Irizary
I think it's pretty tragic, and I think American football should probably not be allowed in schools and clubs for minors because of the head injury risk.
Probably never going to happen, but schools do limit the number of full contact practices students are allowed to have because of the risk.
Originally Posted by SomebodyElse
It's funny how the risk of maiming and death is what makes it exciting to its fans, but of course the NFL recognizes no relationship between the cause and the effect. Way too much money at stake, and most fans will abandon football if the NFL takes steps to eliminate the risk.
People said this when the NFL brought up eliminating kick off returns (they compromised, made it the 30 yard line), and fans moaned and then didn't care once the sport came back. We're called "fanatics" for a reason. A change in rule (kick off returns, fines for big hits) doesn't matter to us when it comes to the big game. I think it's rude to assume that fans only watch the game because of bloodthirst or some desire to see death or something. That's not why I watch the game. Sure, a great sack is always nice to see, especially because it's so rare, but that's not what does it for me, that's not why I care to waste a whole sunday afternoon. I want the big plays. I want the athleticism, I want to see epic performances. I want to see an epic catch and then a long lanky guy run the entire length of the field in seconds to score the game winning points. It's only about 3 minutes out of that whole weekend (if you count Saturday for College, Sunday for Pro and sometimes a Monday night game), but it sticks with me. I want big defensive stops! Goal line stands (re: Nick Fairley and the other SEC monsters vs Oregon)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3-nw_ua8jI
I like defensive players making big offensive plays! Taking balls, nice screens, all of that! (re: Tyrann Mathieu, The Honey Badger, LSU Heisman Nominee)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4zbJPowJX8
excuse the ****ty music, but you know, when the saints won the superbowl, there were some AMAZING close calls, jumps, pick sixes!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLM3o3faXWk