- April 22nd, 2018, 6:40 pm
olldflame wrote:Current rules are lame. Not enough concussions. They need to bring back the FLYING WEDGE.
(That was sarcasm BTW.) If they don't address safety issues, the time will come when we won't have football to kick around any more. Already a growing number of parents are refusing to let their sons play.
This addresses my post to a T. Concussions have always been there, we are just acutely aware of them now.
People choose their sport, MMA, Hockey, and football. More knowledge of the risks is good. Let players make a wise choice. If you make the choice the consequence is potentially there with full knowledge. What needs addressing the most is what has been lost the last several years and that is tackling or hitting with basic HEADS Up skills.
Maybe we need QB like chest protection for batters in baseball, just in case.
Some many areas hold the potentialto be micro managed but if you change the number of mound visits per game it still essentially alters nothing.
Safe football is a myth --- safer --- but at what cost.
Let some walk away with full knowledge. Those who play will be fully invested.
Solution 1 is to stop hitting that causes concussions or,
2 hit because that is what football is ....
Rules have changed over the years without altering the basics of the game (I love recalling Bubba Smith and many others).
It is a fast sport and beginning to legislate that is the end of the game.
There is risk at every position ans especaially those involved with the speed of the game.
What about tackling below the knees? Hitting a receiver while he is in the air or the act of a catch? Wrapping up a player and driving him into the ground?
Maybe we can soften the ground or esatblish speed limits. Hey, maybe even just make it touch in certain circumstances to allow for some form of contact.
The biggest risk is the loss of a fan base that expects competition and the full contact of it.
Penalties for the blatant of impulsive hits (GRONK) and fines. Money talks to the pros. At college level you miss a quarter or two.
No denying it is a dangerous game. It always has been. When rules begin to take out the heart of a game it will fade.