Re: Why players are now fined and/or suspended for head to head hits
posted at 12/22/2011 6:18 PM EST
I'm gonna leave the retired NFL Players off to the side...
Simply in regards to the NFL Players playing in the here and now, and the NFL FO's overall stance...I think the whole thing is a bunch'a b#llsh#t.
I agree with AZPAT & everyone else who prescribes to the notion that these guys playing in the NFL within say the last 25 years or so (for general argument's sake), know full g#d-dang well the inherent risks with playing this game. In terms of this, they're right: You're a man making excellent money, and playing a gladitorial sport wherein fans laud you with degrees of envy, respect, fame- And you KNOW that you LOVE it. And you should....SureInTH beats playin' for the fryolator team at Burger King for 10 bucks an hour. Like they said=In light of weighing ALL of these exceptionally coveted positives for playing Pro Ball, Grow up & take some responsibility for the health risk vs money & fame reward that comes along with it.
Now THAT being said, It'll be interesting to me exactly how these same posters that share my similiar sentiments up above, respond to the following point... I've read (RE: NFL Players potential to sue The League FO for the surfacing of terrible long-term injuries)- From these SAME posters, things like: "You go where the money is," and "Stop laying this burden at the feet of the NFL...Accepting the paycheck accepts the risks...No big secret there." ~~
Be-cause, HERE is the problem that The League's Front Office mandates have created THEM-selves; The new wrench, that they themselves, decided to recently throw in the machine of this greater situation...
THEIR (NFL FO's) stance, And THEIR specific actions to try to curve the potential probabilities of devasting injuries and serious long-term health consequences which might arise, Has been to by and large=Lay it on the feet of the players playing the game ON the field. Rather than attempting first & foremost, curbing the health risks through what would be a laughably far more successful means, BY mandating The Entire League to wear those state-of-the-art Impact deflecting helmets, along with those Concussion abating mouthguards (something absurd-like 150% reduction in concussions), The NFL Front Office has decided to ad hoc change the lightning-fast game, then fine players ten thousand +
dollars every single time that they make a split second on-field decision, OF which in such crazy large part, the split second body movements of guys down on the field, Simply can and DO negate many attempts by a given defender to alter his hit/tackle, into a "Perfectly Legal" One.
And so they just fine the player. And as a logical course of action which hopefully can result in the greatest probability of success to abate the potential for serious short-term and/or long-term injuries, Doing it THIS way, Is Absolutely Insane. Outright st#pid. The very SAME culpabaility which the players NEED to have, Is the same amount of culpability that Each Team needs to have, and Absolutely THE very same culpability that those in charge of the entire League's Operations, NEED to have and be responsible for. No doubt. EVERY-one's responsibility. But it's not that way...The manner in which The League FO has presently set up the responsibility, Is by lying it squarely on the split-second reactive play of a single Individual Defender's head, playing the game.
And that part's fine... But to make it stop there, is utter garbage. You're a big-boy: You take some responsibility with full knowledge of the personal consequences of playing this game- What the short and long-term risks are (i.e. injuries) & What is expected of your play, and How you play (i.e. fines). That's o.k....no problemo.
But same goes for The specific Team Personell- these players are TOTAL cut-throat competitors, And many times their sheer competitive drive outweighs certain less-obvious degrees of them realizing that they're hurt, or slightly hurt, or whatever (within a game, and within the span before a Sunday game); So jesus kr!st, It's actually your job to make this determination because You CAN set these personal "on-field competitive" feelings aside, that many times a player negates. YOU let Colt McCoy back in Cleveland Browns personell & trainers & coaches...And JUST like James Harrison who actually made the high hit on McCoy, You yourself, will be punished for your own failings in what was subsequently YOUR responsibility after-the-fact, and on the sideline.
Finally-Same for you Goodell, ya sc#mb#g=You know FULL well that there are certain & specific types of SUPERB equipment changes along with mandates setting up certain degrees of fail-safes that a team HAS to abide by, If and when someone's full health is questionable...
....And until you do ALL these things, I have ZERO problem if & when an NFL Player playing today in the 2011 Season, sues your #ss 10 years down the line.