Originally posted by RishikeshA:
Maybe teams will concentrate on offense knowing the days of hard hitting defense are long gone. I've always felt the Arena Football League is what the game is evolving into. Fans right on the field, the expense and upkeep of billion dollar stadiums gone, slick arenas with 20,000 seat capacity. Forty game schedules and kids loving it. Football has become too violent for the masses, just as the gladiators in ancient Rome had their day, the NFL as we know it may slowly disappear. The sign post will be when high schools start dropping the program. I can see in the immediate future the 49ers stopping an opponent with a hard hit and the refs throwing a flag and there goes the game and the season.
Bingo. There are already movements afoot by what you could say are NY Times "Intelligentsia" types to ban tackle football at all levels...but they're not stupid, they know that if they go after youth / high-school football then they will essentially begin to starve the talent that college and the NFL needs. They'd love nothing more to ban tackle football and have these kids play soccer.
These are the people who need to protect us mouth-breathing rubes from ourselves, because we're just too damn stupid to know any better. They do it under the guise of "safety", hence the hyseria over concussions. And while there may be some who truly think head injuries in football are an epidemic so the sport needs to be banned, I believe the underlying theme is simple hatred of a game that is male-dominated, doesn't make exceptions for the not-so-talented or the weak, a game that is
violent and for the tough, and worst of all a game that is militaristic and uniquely American.