Originally posted by rudedog:
They should go back to the rule before 2007 and hold the crowd noise accountable. It's not fair to the visiting team to not hear the QB. Especially when the owner built the stadium to hold the noise in. There is also the report that they are using the PA system to help enhance the noise level. I wonder if they looked at that when they supposedly set a new world record? I doubt it!
It's not just the fact that you can't hear anything. Sound is much more than that. Physical pain begins at 125dB. Clink gets to 136dB.
For comparison, 140dBs is the highest recommended level of sound exposure WITH hearing protection. Any more than that, WITH hearing protection, and you could have permanent hearing damage.
Sustained sound levels at 130dBs without hearing protection WILL cause permanent hearing damage. For a quarterback to perform under 130dBs of sound pressure, there is a lot more than just "he can't hear" going on.
I honestly think it would be LESS advantageous for them to play with 12 men on defense in a quite stadium, then to attack the opposing quarterback with physically damaging sound pressure and 11 men on defense.