Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What is Happening

The NFL announced this yesterday: NFL passes rule against lowering head to initiate contact with helmet.

Details: The NFL has made a major rule change aimed at player safety, banning all plays on which a player lowers his head to initiate contact with his helmet.

“It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent,” the new rule says, according to the NFL. “The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field.”

Phew, I thought. That's long overdue, given the data that exists about concussions/head trauma and CTE. Make it illegal to hit the head, and make it illegal to hit with the head.

Common sense, right?

Much to my dismay, I took a quick look at the comments section following this post on Pro Football Talk (please note, this is a superset of idiots, not one idiot):
It will be digital touch soon, maybe they can have teenagers play then as well.

Well might as well play two hand touch. 

Is this the shark? Is the NFL officially jumping it with this latest rule change?

How many years are we from breaking out flags and dropping the pads?

So basically, another rule that ends football as we know it.

This rule changes do NOTHING except make it impossible for viewers to watch a game.

…AND another rule…IF you are caught head slapping your teammate during warm ups, or after a great play, its an automatic ejection! DO NOT TOUCH THE HEAD.

Just another nail in the lid of the NFL coffin.

Nearly all concussions happen on plays after the ball is snapped. See where we’re going?

The NFL needs to stop giving in to the media. Boxers get punched in the head over (that’s the whole purpose of boxing) and over with no helmet and no one is taking shots at them.

The couch warriors are outraged, all right. Outraged that the league is being forced by liability concerns (because come on, we know that's why) to take head trauma seriously.

It's outrageous that the game should have fewer head injuries because by god, head injuries are entertainment, America!

I'm trying to think of something funny to say about people who are absolutely incapable of a coherent thought, but I've got nothing, because I'm really concerned that these people are taking us all down with them.

Tomorrow: something light and amusing, like photos or something.

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