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Cory's Corner: I Want The Old NFL Back

First it was what Kirk Cousins was putting on his grill. Now it’s Jay Cutler starring in a reality TV show. 

What’s next? Matthew Stafford bussing tables at Buffalo Wild Wings?

This dead time in the NFL is actually pretty funny. (Although, Cousins seems like a an interesting grill buff.

Not to mention that Kam Chancellor announced his sudden retirement and the NFL hasn’t exactly had a very good break. Chris Borland started a trend three years ago after the NFL tried to pretend that it didn’t know anything about CTE and head injuries.

As we wait for training camps to start, I am wondering what the future of the NFL will look like. Is it bad if I want the NFL to be the same barbaric sport that I have grown to love? The NFL has paid out a billion-dollar lawsuit and more could potentially be on the way.

The question is, can the reward of playing professional football outweigh the potential physical risks involved? Obviously, there are loads of players that say sure because they understand the risks each time they strap on their helmets.

I don’t know what the average fan wants. Does the average fan want the NFL to be über safety conscious and revise the game of professional tackle football or does the average fan want Mean Joe Greene, Ronnie Lott and Ray Nitschke? Like I said before, I want the NFL to keep what put it on the map.

The new NFL kickoff rules have made me wonder how different the NFL will look from 2017. Instead of bulking up with games in London and other countries and games three days a week, the NFL must tone itself down. It must make sure it keeps its core audience instead of desperately trying to reach the casual soccer fan.

The NFL’s image has been dinged in the last few years. The best way for it to repair itself is by getting back to a product that has been recognizable from the start.

Expect violence and hits from the NFL because that’s what the NFL is. The moment that aspect of the game gets taken away, we’re talking about something else completely.

Either way, head on over to E! to watch Cutler’s silly grin on “Very Cavalarri.” It’s everything you expect from the King of Body Language.

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stockholder's picture

I edited this.

Jersey Al's picture

and then get off my lawn!

Turophile's picture

Have you stacked the bodies like cordwood J.A. ?

However much we wish it, the current litiginous climate will ensure the NFL has no chance of slipping back to what it once was. If that "health and safety is king" climate ever changes, then it might get rougher and tougher again, but that shows no signs of happening.

Jersey Al's picture

my comment was sarcasm... Not sure what you were going for with the cordwood...

Turophile's picture

Just an extension of your comment, that indicated a recognition of the film.....no 'ism' of any kind intended.

stockholder's picture

I edited this post.

Oppy's picture

I am now officially befuddled as to what just transpired on this post.

The TKstinator's picture

How close is that to “bonkers”?

Handsback's picture

I watch Green Bay games and maybe a Browns game just to see how they are progressing. I watch more film clips of specific players than actually games. My interest in the NFL was restoked by FFL, but reality is I have less interest in the NFL then at any other time in my life.

Mr.Bigg's picture

I see no broken legs and few torn ACLs in soccer. I see concussions that cripple a 250 lbs strong man in football. The hyper sexualization of cheerleades ran it's day a long time ago. Demonstrations on the field have been happening for as long as I can remember and I remember football from the late 1960's. It sure seems many started having problems with players kneeling soon after Tim Tebow had finished all his kneeling. HOw did that Tebow guy miss out on all this rage about disrespect?

It is terrible that we as fans are constantly reminded that the players and the cheerleaders are human and should not be exploited for our entertainment.

The game and situation around the game has to evolve or it will not last.

Red Foreman's picture

Nice post. Agree with every bit of that.

kevgk's picture

Well soccer is a terrible and boring game, and cheereaders are hardly sexualized, so... get used to it?

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Soccer is a significant source of the concussions today. I have read this whole comment section and I suspect one thing is not true: while we know that football is a significant risk in causing CTE, I do not think the nature and extent of that risk is currently known. Micro traumas are not understood thoroughly yet.

Donster's picture

"HOw did that Tebow guy miss out on all this rage about disrespect?"

He wasn't protesting anyone or anything. He was just praying to God. There is a difference. It had nothing to do with him being white, as many have said was the reason he got away with it. Well many, many black players do it too. Now no one would have noticed if the media didn't zero in on Tebow every time he knelt. The media made it a big deal. Just as the media has done the past few years with the players protests. It would stop if the cameras stopped showing them. I believe the players have a right to protest. But not on the job. But I am going to just overlook it. And enjoy the game they play.

OldTimer's picture

I will watch and support the Packers and the NFL until the Vikings win a Super Bowl, and I hope to be a lifelong fan!

mrtundra's picture

You will be supporting the Packers and the NFL for a very long time.

Tim Backes's picture

The more we learn about head injuries, the less realistic and more negligent it is to say "bring back the violence." I don't know what the future of the game looks like, either, but the NFL has to focus on doing everything it can to protect its players. No game is worth people's brains being addled by concussions.

porupack's picture

Agree with TBackes; the NFL needs to make some efforts toward player safety. TImes have changed, and change is good. Old-school wasn't so glorious....we jjust didn't hear about the dark side. NFL is a lead-by example, and young kids through high school and colleges all follow the football culture, and NFL can still have a highly entertaining product and enhance safety. With some reasonably safety and education, the NFL can then make disclaimers and athletes will then make their own decisions, and some will follow Borland's choice.
Those who want the violence have no shortage of options in USA.
Oh, and if Soccer players would end the writhing drama fake injuries every time there is contact....maybe I could like that sport.

Lare's picture

Agreed. There will always be injuries in a contact sport, but the NFL can eliminate concussions for the most part if they're willing to enforce penalties and suspensions against players that lead with the helmet. That goes for both offensive and defensive players.

Anytime there is helmet to helmet contact with a lowered head, penalize the player(s). If they do it again eject them, if it continues suspend them. We're only talking about 2-5% of the players that do it, once it hurts them (financially) and the team enough they'll stop.

Since '61's picture

The NFL has 3 overriding issues that it needs to address.

Player safety is a priority or parents are not going to allow their children to play tackle football and the pool of available college players to be drafted will shrink to untenable levels. Numerous High Schools around the country have canceled their football programs over the last several seasons. Equipment, especially helmets need to be improved to prevent concussions and other head injuries. Everything else are stop gap measures.

Second is the quality of the product on the field. Every season it seems that the level of play decreases and the officiating even with replay becomes worse and worse. First the quality of play is diluted by the plague of injuries which hit the league every season and the depth is not there to maintain the quality of the starters lost to injury. More practice time is needed to allow all the players to get enough reps to make even the most basic plays. Finally, the officiating makes many games unwatchable and needs to improve.
The most lethal threat to the NFL is greed. Greed of the current group of owners and the league itself. The current commissioner is no longer committed to the integrity of the league or to delivering a quality product to the fans or to protecting the players. He is only concerned about making more money for himself and the owners.

The owners for their part have no incentive to protect the players or provide a quality product for the fans because the money keeps rolling in regardless of how stupid or negligent they are. The owners, who are already billionaires when they purchase a franchise, don't really care if the league remains viable. It is just a revenue stream that they can live without if it goes away tomorrow. In the mean time they just take as much money out of the product as possible for as long as they can. Every business is entitled to earn a profit. But the owners are nothing but examples of hubris and excessive greed at the expense of the players and the fans and even the league itself. As we have seen on numerous occasions in recent years, they can't even enforce their own rules consistently.

I became an NFL fan and a Packers fan because of the excellence I observed watching Lombardi's Packers of the 60s. I have seen plenty of great NFL football in the years since then but nothing close to those great Packers teams. But now and really since about 2005 the level of NFL play and its watchability just seems to get worse by the week. Wherever Lombardi is he must be screaming "What the hell is going on out there?", very loudly and all the time, because no one is tackling or blocking or doing anything except trying to make the highlight reel for the NFL network or for ESPN. Even fans are becoming more interested in their FFL teams than the actual teams. Owner, players and fan loyalty are all gone or going.

Whether the league knows it or not they are in a crisis for survival and the league needs to step back and respond to it. Speaking strictly for myself, I'm down to only watching Packers games and even if I miss part of a Packers game now it doesn't bother me. I can catch it later on tape or not. I can see myself moving further from the game and eventually even letting it go. If the league, the owners and even many of the players don't care why should I? The league needs a hero or heroes of Ruthian or Unitas proportions, and it needs one soon, very soon. Thanks, Since '61

Ferrari Driver's picture

Spot on, '61

DThomas's picture

I think it is a contradiction to write the owners are greedy and they, "… have no incentive to … provide a quality product for the fans because the money keeps rolling in…" If fans agree the quality of the product is declining and more and more of them stop watching, the main source of NFL revenue - TV revenue - will decline. Greedy owners definitely have an incentive to provide a quality product - at least as measured by the number of people watching their product. In an article in Forbes (NFL's Viewership Definitely Dipped, But Not By As Much As It Might Appear"), Brian Goff noted that viewership for "marquee" teams like the Pats, Cowboys, and Packers, held up well last season in spite of the bad seasons for the Cowboys and the Packers. Football fans seem to be getting more particular. As Goff concluded, "Coupled with the Super Bowl viewership data, the Thanksgiving numbers indicate that people are still willing to tune in under special circumstances. Maybe that's something for the league to build on". I think its past time for the NFL to look at the issue of overexposure. It may be inevitable the NFL will continue to lose its popularity - nothing lasts forever - but even with the recent decline in viewership the NFL is still the most popular pro sport in the US by a significant margin.

I’m an old-timer too: I was extremely lucky to have begun watching Packers football the year Lombardi arrived in Green Bay. Of course Lombardi's Packers have a special place in my heart, but I don't think it diminishes those Packers teams by acknowledging the Steelers dynasty of the '70s, the 49ers dynasty of the '80s and early '90s, etc.

Player safety is extremely important. While the number and severity concussions can be reduced I wonder by how much? How much of a helmet "cushion" would be necessary to dramatically reduce the movement of brains in player's skulls when we're talking about world class athletes colliding with each other at top speed? One thing that can be done is to severely penalize players who lead with the crown of their helmets when delivering a blow to another player. In my opinion, the hit like that of Trevathan on Davante Adams should have resulted in a 4-game suspension (and immediate ejection from the game). Instead, the original penalty of a 2-game suspension was reduced by the league to one game.

Oppy's picture

That's a great article by the way. I wish a few select vocal posters around here who continually claim that the player's protests are the majority cause for reduced viewership would read it. It may change some of their rhetoric. I will leave it at that.

Koosh's picture

Leading with the crown of your helmet should be a career threatening move.

Instead bags of shit like Zack Brown the LB, defend leading with the helmet openly on twitter.

zerotolerance's picture

Most excellent post, as always. I agree entirely.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I would suggest that the owners were much greedier and far more exploitative of the players back in Vince's glory days than they are today. I also would suggest that greed is most evident in the rule changes that favor the offense. Owners decided that offense sells. Quality of the play also probably has dipped due to the CBA and practice time, which is due to the union and not the owners. Obviously, talent dilution also has occurred. There were only 12 teams in 1955, with none in the south, great plains, or pacific northwest. Some of your language suggests short-term greed, but I think most of the owners have been owners for a long time and do think more long-term than you are suggesting. I do agree that Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games money dazzled owners and led to over-exposure and decreased player safety. Ditto for moving from 12 to 14 to 16 game seasons: that's driven by greed and it harms the product on the field, especially during the playoffs. I also wonder whether many of the owners (who by definition were already billionaires) aren't really in it for the money.

I agree that the NFL has no choice but to try to make the game safer. I agree that more parents are going to forbid playing football. If that continues, it is an alarming trend.

The officiating doesn't bother me. Not at all sure it isn't better now than it has ever been. The rules could have more bright lines than they do.

Since '61's picture

TGR - a good post with valid points. Ownership was exploitative "back in the day", which ultimately resulted in free agency, NFLPA and CBAs. But the senior Halas', Rooneys, Maras, etc... were still trying to find their way and fend off competition from the AAFL, the AFL and other leagues and fortunately they hired Pete Rozell as their commissioner who brought the league into the modern era both financially and via the media.

I'm not condoning or making excuses for the owners back then but the money grabs were not as obvious and excessive as they are today. Also, there was not as much money to go around back then. Think of value a Packers fan in the 60s, or a Steelers fan in the 70s or 49ers fan in 80s received for their ticket price compared with the value they receive for today's ticket price. Back then they watched teams with multiple HOFers compete for conference and league titles. Today, we're lucky to watch a team with one HOFer. Yes, talent is diluted by the number of teams but as fans we are paying more and more and receiving less and less of a product and the owners don't care, that's obvious.

Do the current owners really need to make all the profits they make without giving anything back to the fans or to their retired/injured players who built the league for them. An $11 billion (at least) industry cannot/will not pay to support the players and families who they failed to protect! As we agreed what type of message is that sending to the parents of potentially future players? Greed rather than common decency is guiding the current owners who are much more aware and better educated than their predecessors about the effects of their game on players and their families. Thanks, Since '61

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I agree with a lot of both of your posts. "Every man [owner] measures his own greed." Somewhere I've read that most owners make their money when the sell the team, not by the operating profit generated by most teams. The return on investment for most NFL teams isn't all that good. Although even if the ROI isn't great, what they do get looks like a pretty sure-fire thing. Hard to tell since the owners don't open their books. Forbes estimated GB's value at almost $2B, and Statista estimated it at $2.55B in 2017. GB is earning something in the area of 2-4% of its current value. But I agree that there is no doubt that the owners' greed has led to a lesser product and to issues with player safety, IMO.

It also seems very difficult for one team to have 3 or 4 HOF type players in their prime. There just isn't enough cap space for it unless a team has a draft like Pittsburgh's in 1974 (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster). It didn't hurt to draft Mean Joe Greene in 1969 (plus Non-HOFer LC Greenwood in the 10th round), add Terry Bradshaw and Mel Blount in 1970, Jack Ham in 1971, Franco Harris in 1972. That's eight HOFers in six drafts. Prior to that, Pitt hadn't drafted a HOFer since 1957 (Len Dawson - and he only threw 17 passes for Pitt) and Johnny Unitas in 1955 (and they cut him and he was out of football until he got a tryout the next season with Baltimore). Pitt's drought lasted until 1987, when they drafted Rod Woodson. [Sorry, I got carried away a bit - I doubt you'll blame me, Since '61.] GB, OTOH, has only drafted 2 HOFers since 1963 (Dave Robinson) and Lofton (1978), and a 3rd, AR, in 2005. Them thars some long droughts. Of course we traded for Favre, and bought Woodson and White.

We probably largely agree on the bulk of the things you brought up, just with different emphasis.

Hematite's picture

I've been a Green Bay Packers fan since 1956 and I will remain so as long as I live.
Over the last decade my interest in the NFL has waned for all the reasons you have mentioned.
Thanks for the excellent post.

Tarynfor12's picture

The last CBA was the beginning of socialistic sports in this country,where players get more for doing less. Every position has become a specialty act and where most aren't very special in their performance of such.

Training camp is nearly a daily simple walk through and players are so fragile they appear to get hurt upon the sight of the field. Sure they look bigger,faster and stronger,though in many cases the Tarzan/Jane description is absolutely warranted...Packer players especially of late.

TV announcers are so biased and many are simply replaying their bad football days in the booth. Referees are either horrible by ability, afraid to look horrible by replay or ensure replay makes the call for them. Whichever, officiating needs a complete over haul.

Prices for tickets,food, beer,parking are not conducive to on field product and the use of the game for political messaging is like a Union donating your dues to a candidate you will not vote for.

Safety is always a needed aspect but in a voluntary endeavor as football, the risks are known and hopefully the pay is equal to the risk and each participant places their price by agreement to the possible injuries, long term and finality perhaps sooner than later at times.

These participants were not drafted as like men going to war but willing and chose to do so long before and endeavored to be part of it for the fame and money while knowing the risk...a Roman gladiator by choice not compelled with no choice.

The game is barbaric and though not designed for a barbaric results as like gladiators of Rome, still acceptance of injury/harm was understood and even more now with CTE.

Attempting to erase injury completely dissolves it's essence and making it a specialty shop for every position diminishes the accolades of each player.

Allowing political platforms to dictate over the game is an eventual suicide and coming faster to any level of fan.

Turophile's picture

Complaining about how things are, is really easy.

Fixing the problems is really, REALLY difficult.

Tarynfor12's picture

It was a problem/issue because the medical aspects were unknown/hidden from the players as like in many things undertaken in other walks of life. But when the know factors are on display and those who still wish to participate do so for a price, the issue or problem is basically fixed. Either you shut it down or you keep it as was with add equipment safety. But don't call it tackle football under flag football rules and expect to hold it's integrity. Call it what it's becoming....glorified pillow fights without the lingerie.

Oppy's picture

Spot on, It's exactly like glorified pillow fights.

Where all the girls in lingerie are taking cortisone shots just to be able to swing the pillow every sunday because they're still black, blue, and swollen from last week's pillow fight... If they're not wearing flak jackets to protect their broken ribs.

Yeah, the game is changing.. but let's be real. These players are still sacrificing their bodies every sunday out there.

The TKstinator's picture

In that case, by all means, add the lingerie!
Too bad Gilbert Brown is no longer playing.

Oppy's picture

shudder

The TKstinator's picture

(In a good way, at least?)

jeremyjjbrown's picture

"I Want The Old NFL Back"

Are you willing to put YOUR lifelong health on the line for that? I doubt it.

Tarynfor12's picture

That's the point...everyone isn't inclined to be a gladiator and everyone doesn't have what it takes to be one. Those that do..choose to and take what they feel is just compensation for the risk...fame and money with each being more or less than another's and having enough consumers to ante into the pot to watch.

WKUPackFan's picture

Injuries are an inevitable result of sports participation, but they are not something that should be blithely accepted. True sportsmen do not take the field thinking that they will be injured, nor are they seeking to inflict injury on their opponents. Players are there to test their mental and physical skills against their opponents, hopefully to gain victory. Sometimes that physical test manifests itself in a tremendously risky collision. However, the intent of that collision is not, or should not be, to inflict injury or permanent damage.

Tarynfor12's picture

" True sportsmen do not take the field thinking that they will be injured, nor are they seeking to inflict injury on their opponents."

Yes, but every sportsman and depending on that sport should know what injury(s) and the risk(s) rates /chances of an injury as it pertains to that sport and that there is always one participant who is irresponsible as to rules.

kevgk's picture

man if I was getting millions of dollars a year and nationwide fame you bet your ass I would, get out of here with that double standard crap

Koosh's picture

Ahh, yes! At what I make currently, no.

croatpackfan's picture

I will try not to preach. But anyone who enjoy in watcing violence should first be informed how it looks like when he/she is the object of violence...

Lets say, all of us can put helmet on the head and at full speed run to the brick wall. After suffering concussion repeat that next month, and again next month. After one full season (4 monzhs) you'll never worry about changing of the football.

Because you'll never remeber how fooball looked like one month ago...

Tarynfor12's picture

It would appear you have already ran into the brick wall and using a helmet mattered not.

I enjoy football and enjoyed it more years ago. I didn't then nor now need to run into a wall to know the damage it can cause and saying those who watch violence in sport by those being paid,willingly to do so, shouldn't unless they run into the wall first is moronic at best.

This is why everyone doesn't and cannot play the game. So, by your measure, those that do aren't smart enough to know the possible harm, after hitting the wall for years in HS/College, or they do and have set a price to do so while others pay to watch. I'm inclined to go with the latter and therefore have no tears for the willing who get paid knowing what may come in result.

Why do you still watch then Croat?

WKUPackFan's picture

No, what he's saying is that you are sick enough to enjoy watching the violence without having any personal experience with the pain caused by that violence. The athletic competition, skill, and strategy are secondary for you. It's all about waiting for that big hit so you can get your blood and guts or mangled body parts thrills.

Tarynfor12's picture

Wrong as usual....I don't wait or hope for the HIT...I just accept that it's part of the event. The skills,competition and strategy are all a main part but the hit is a game changing thing. If you lose your General while strategizing in a bunker, blame yourself for now protecting him enough from recon...lose Rodgers because your OL didn't do their job, don't blame the guy that took him out. Of course we don't won't head hunting..like the Saints...but most hits are due to both parties moving in attempts to avoid the collision...ricochets also involved.

Koosh's picture

"but most hits are due to both parties moving in attempts to avoid the collision"

So wrong. We talkin world class athletes.

So much film on guys doing it the right way.

4EVER's picture

Agreed Taryn! I'll add that most who play in the NFL embodied the brick wall in HS/College. Hence, most NFL players get over running into a brick wall over and over again in 3 - 4 years.

Bert's picture

I have been a rabid NFL and Packer fan since the late 1950's. But I have to say my interest has diminished considerably the last few years. Quite frankly, the games just aren't that interesting or entertaining anymore. The quality of play is ragged, too many penalties and too much emphasis on passing. The rules have made pass defense almost obsolete and have given QBs pretty much freedom to do whatever they are capable of doing. The PI and defensive holding rules are a joke. To make matters worse the owners and players agree to a CBA which dictates limited contact during practice! I'm not advocating violence or injury but unless the game can get back to some basics the NFL will continue to look like a goofy video game rather than professional football. On the other hand I have discovered that Fall hiking in the Northern Nevada and Idaho mountains is pretty darn worthwhile! Much better than sitting on my butt watching a watered down product called the NFL.

4EVER's picture

So true...there are - far to many - Sundays where fundamentals and class take a day off.

4thand1's picture

Here we are talking about football on a football site. The NFL has peaked when it comes to ratings and promotion. I't's the most popular sport in America and probably will be for some time. It peaked for me when I got to see them win SB 45 in Dallas. The rest is just icing on the cake. The only reason I got to go was because the trip was free, I won a raffle thanks to Gatorade and my company. There was no way I would pay the money to see any sporting event, around 10k I figured. If they win another SB, I'll be glued to my TV just like the rest of you, but won't smash it to smitherines if they lose.

PatrickGB's picture

Taryn, I could not have said it better.

Tarynfor12's picture

Thank you but be warned...I believe I rank high on many a fellow commenters sh%t list. : )

4thand1's picture

Remember the old days Cory? KILL THE QUARTERBACK!

ricky's picture

Last year, Anthony Barr tackled Rodgers, and finished the tackle by driving him into the ground, breaking his shoulder blade. Is that the kind of football we're talking about? Or the head hunting of "Night Train" Lane? Or the head slapping move of "Deacon" Jones? Or the vicious tactics that ended up paralyzing several players? Do we really want to ignore the long term effects of repeated head trauma, that ends up causing players to commit suicide, or become so brain damaged they cannnot function? If so, count me out. The game is safer, but still is a hellish way to make a living.

Lare's picture

"The game is safer, but still is a hellish way to make a living."

True, but the players accept the money along with the risk. Most sports professionals make more in a year than many other professionals who risk their lives everyday (law enforcement, firemen, armed forces, construction trades, etc.) make in a lifetime.

The NFL and the NFLPA can make the game a lot safer for the players if they really want to.

4EVER's picture

Helmets with 4 inches of protective material...CAN'T WAIT!

Fordham Ram's picture

Many good points were made regarding the game of old and how the rule changes have watered down the sport but I have to add another one which hasn't been touched on and I don't know why because for me it is the most obvious one of all and has changed the game completely and '61 touched on it and that is the greed of the owners. The ghastly amount of commercials that we are forced to watch during a game has become untenable and totally takes away the flow and my enjoyment in watching a game. I swear sometimes I feel like I'm watching more ads than I am watching the game itself they cut to a commercial so often. They've taken us for zombies staring at the screen. Most here don't like watching soccer, but if you've noticed now that the world cup is on there are no commercials during play. You get to see the whole thing uninterrupted, what a concept. Why can't we enact a law and force the owners to do the same or at least cut down on the advertising. The game belongs to the people not to them and their bottom line. You can say the players want their money and that's what driving this, fine, but soccer players get paid millions too. Maybe I'm being naive, I don't know, but as far as I'm concerned something's gotta give.

As a way to defend myself against the relentless onslaught of TV advertising, especially during night games, I've resorted to the mute button on my remote to turn them off. If most fans resort to this maybe the greed ball owners will back off and put fewer commercials on, but I doubt it. Money is king and as long as the fans keep watching they'll keep drilling us with those moronic Geico and Bud Light ads which I especially can't stand to watch anymore. It's wishful thinking, but who knows, if people start complaining hard enough and threaten to turn off the TV set, and then actually do it as they see their viewership sail into the sunset, maybe someday that day will come.

PAPackerbacker's picture

I'm all for protecting the players from intentional hits that are made to try and put a player out of the game. Injuries do happen, but if done intentionally then the violence needs to stop and the player who made the hit needs to be held accountable. If a dirty hit keeps a player out for 8 games then the player who made the dirty hit needs to be out for 8 games. Keep politics out of the game as well. Fans watch football as a a form of entertainment, not a political statement. If I want to watch politics I will tune in to CNN not football. I have turned off games and quit watching due to politics being involved and will do so again. Forcing a fan to sit and watch politics along with a football game does not work. Stay focused on the game. As for commercials, you are correct when you say money is the king. And to pay for all those huge salaries of so many players it is a way to recuperate funds to pay for those huge salaries. If football games ever resort to pay per view I will be done with watching any games. To much greed is ruining and deteriorating the fan base for sure. There are many reasons why fans are frustrated with football today and I just mentioned a few that have not settled well with me. Oh one more thing, over analyzing a play is another. Come on man, just stick to the basics descriptions that normal fans can relate to.

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