San Jose Bills Fan, on 19 November 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:
Having watched NHL hockey evolve from a helmet-less league to today's game, I also used to believe that the evolution of protective equipment had unintended consequences on player behavior in the form of increased violence.
However I used to always say that the cost of re-learning how to play the game (via removing protective equipment) would never happen because the "learning curve" would be too costly to the sports league in terms of deaths, injuries, lawsuits, etc.
So you and I disagree there.
Anyways NFL Commish Roger Goodell spoke at Harvard recently and made me re-evaluate my position on the effects of improved safety equipment (the point we agree on):
"For those who are suggesting that removing helmets will make the game safer by making players less reckless, keep in mind this fact that Goodell shared in his speech: In 1904, 18 college football players died, primarily from skull fractures. While no helmet can prevent a concussion, helmets prevent fractured skulls."
thats a great counterpoint to my original post, well done.
well let me ask you this, then:
everyone trumpets this doom and gloom scenario -- that the league is evolving into a flag football league.
would non-tackle football be that bad of a thing?
literally every time there is a big hit now, i hold my breath waiting for the yellow flags to fly.
"Hard" hitting is clearly being legislated out of the game.
idk, i've just never watched the game for the "lights out" hits. i always feel bad for the player on the receiving end of them.
to be honest, i watch because
#1) buffalo has a pro team
well, that's pretty much the only reason i watch professional football.