Big hits create bigger confusion these days in NFL
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#1 Nov 11, 2008
The hits --and the celebration of them-- are the main reason I only watch one game a year now.
The older and more decrepit I become, the less I enjoy watching physically gifted young men prematurely tear down their bodies. One need only look at the brain impairments sufffered by linemen, or crippled, truncated lives of Daryl Stingley and Johnny Unitas'(to name just a couple) to be aware of the implications of excessive force.
Then there's the blood curdling cheers from any sportsbar when these hits occur. I'm no milquetoast --I've had my share of fights and confrontations, but glorying in meaningless violence where the consequence can be death or permanent disability is something I can't get into.
Similarly the thuggishness the Chuck Daley Pistons brought to the NBA and the idolization of players who acted as if they would be robbing convenience stores if they didn't have contracts has diminished by ardor for professional basketball (as fond of the Spurs as I was, taking Steve Nash out during '07 playoffs was unconscionable).
I'm waiting for spring trainging: Baseball is about the only sport where both sides in essence say "You do your absolute best and I'll do mine and let's see who wins."
Unlike football where, for example, the rusher tries to hurt or harm the passer and receivers take blows designed to get in their heads, or basketball where a lay-up is often rewarded with a take-down, there are only a couple of occasions when baseball allows anything similar (runner taking out the man covering second or home).
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