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2012-02-14 03:30:26 AM  
Translation: Football players may have new call letters one day.
 
2012-02-14 04:01:56 AM  
I like how the author assumes that if football and fantasy football go away college kids will binge drink less and and production at work will rise. These people are going to find an excuse to binge drink/slack off at work no matter what happens to the NFL.
 
2012-02-14 04:05:12 AM  
I say we award the writer of this article an honorary Jake, because he's just throwing shiat out there that he knows is bad, and no one's catching any of it.
 
2012-02-14 04:16:15 AM  
It sounds like the writers of the article got a little bored about halfway through and started trolling, "binge drinking will cease," etc... However, they do make a really good point about the possibility of a class action lawsuit against the NFL and subsequent lack of insurance for football everywhere. I've been wondering how long it'll take before some sort of concussed players vs. the NFL lawsuit happens for a while now.
 
2012-02-14 04:51:57 AM  
That started to hurt to read after a bit..
 
2012-02-14 04:58:52 AM  

logggur: I've been wondering how long it'll take before some sort of concussed players vs. the NFL lawsuit happens for a while now.


Probably would've happened sooner if the concussed players weren't brain damaged.

/wait, what?
 
2012-02-14 05:02:12 AM  
The thing is, every past player in the NFL can be paid off and the league will still keep going and make a fortune. It's not a real threat.
 
2012-02-14 05:27:27 AM  
files.sharenator.com
You can pry Tim Tebow's cock from my cold dead hands.
 
2012-02-14 05:46:05 AM  
Closed it after two paragraphs. Never seen such steaming load of speculative crap in my life.
 
2012-02-14 05:54:09 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: I say we award the writer of this article an honorary Jake, because he's just throwing shiat out there that he knows is bad, and no one's catching any of it.


At the very least he deserves one of these.

aravan.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-02-14 06:06:15 AM  
the future of the nfl truly is in doubt. there is so much money wrapped up in football that it's possible that the economy will grind to a halt, as we spend more and more time and money on football. the high attendance at football games will cause the country to tip over, like what happened to guam when we had too many soldiers stationed there.

also, people will probably respond to the possible risk that cell phones can cause cancer, and will stop using them. also, the dangers of drink/distracted driving will finally be hammered home and we will stop losing 50,000 people a year to traffic accidents (in usa). finally, the sandusky scandal has revealed just how distasteful it is to be coerced into sex, and all sexual crimes from date rape to forced rape to statutory rapes will finally stop.
 
2012-02-14 07:20:08 AM  
This is stupid. We'll just get robot players.
 
2012-02-14 07:31:29 AM  

Freak: Closed it after two paragraphs. Never seen such steaming load of speculative crap in my life.


Thats about how far I got. I've never read a Grantland article that wasn't Bill Simmons writing it, now I know I wasn't missing anything.
 
2012-02-14 07:38:31 AM  
I know I stopped watching the NFL some 20 years ago.

I got better things to do with a sunday.
 
2012-02-14 08:04:34 AM  
Football's best argument; You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public- PT Barnum

It's an awful game. There are really no recreational football leagues because no one wants to play the game. Admittedly there are exceptions for highly modified football inspired games that rarely require any "football" equipment. Actual Football is a game played by boys for something else. Nearly every other sport has grown men (and women) that still play simply for fun. There are not a lot of people who play football at any level (except perhaps children's leagues) "for the love of the game". It remains primarily a spectacle with participants willing to make the sacrifice for their HS, University or fame/money.
/ I watch the damned drama too.
 
2012-02-14 08:24:31 AM  
FTA: People - American people - might actually start calling "soccer" by the moniker of "football."

mlkshk.com
 
2012-02-14 08:30:10 AM  

Ablejack: Football's best argument; You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public- PT Barnum

It's an awful game. There are really no recreational football leagues because no one wants to play the game. Admittedly there are exceptions for highly modified football inspired games that rarely require any "football" equipment. Actual Football is a game played by boys for something else. Nearly every other sport has grown men (and women) that still play simply for fun. There are not a lot of people who play football at any level (except perhaps children's leagues) "for the love of the game". It remains primarily a spectacle with participants willing to make the sacrifice for their HS, University or fame/money.
/ I watch the damned drama too.


Come to Britain. We've survived with no money in Football for almost 30 years.
 
2012-02-14 09:03:17 AM  

Ablejack: Football's best argument; You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public- PT Barnum

It's an awful game. There are really no recreational football leagues because no one wants to play the game. Admittedly there are exceptions for highly modified football inspired games that rarely require any "football" equipment. Actual Football is a game played by boys for something else. Nearly every other sport has grown men (and women) that still play simply for fun. There are not a lot of people who play football at any level (except perhaps children's leagues) "for the love of the game". It remains primarily a spectacle with participants willing to make the sacrifice for their HS, University or fame/money.
/ I watch the damned drama too.


Or, you are just a douche who thinks that everyone that doesn't like what you like is an idiot. Yeah, that seems like it fits.
 
2012-02-14 09:10:54 AM  
While the author makes a ton of horrible, nonsensical comparisons, he is correct that lawsuits could end the current league as we know it. Notice I said "league," not "game." I could see the current league getting sued out of existence, and another version of it acting as a new company.

One thing the author is missing is the recent Purdue University study of an Indiana high school. What that study found is that the "big hit" concussions aren't the real problem; the real problem is the multitude of sub-concussive hits that players accumulate.
 
2012-02-14 09:13:12 AM  

Ablejack: Football's best argument; You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public- PT Barnum

It's an awful game. There are really no recreational football leagues because no one wants to play the game. Admittedly there are exceptions for highly modified football inspired games that rarely require any "football" equipment. Actual Football is a game played by boys for something else. Nearly every other sport has grown men (and women) that still play simply for fun. There are not a lot of people who play football at any level (except perhaps children's leagues) "for the love of the game". It remains primarily a spectacle with participants willing to make the sacrifice for their HS, University or fame/money.
/ I watch the damned drama too.


I don't disagree that football is a fairly brutal game....but they do have adult flag football leagues around the country. Some sports don't really translate in adult leagues. It's sort of like adult hockey leagues...They have them...but they aren't tremendously popular to any "non hockey people."
 
2012-02-14 09:13:22 AM  
Want to reduce head injuries? Take away their helmets.
 
2012-02-14 09:14:33 AM  

Dahnkster: [files.sharenator.com image 580x715]
You can pry Tim Tebow's cock from my cold dead hands.


lmao

leave football alone damnit
 
2012-02-14 09:16:43 AM  

Ablejack: Football's best argument; You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public- PT Barnum

It's an awful game. There are really no recreational football leagues because no one wants to play the game. Admittedly there are exceptions for highly modified football inspired games that rarely require any "football" equipment. Actual Football is a game played by boys for something else. Nearly every other sport has grown men (and women) that still play simply for fun. There are not a lot of people who play football at any level (except perhaps children's leagues) "for the love of the game". It remains primarily a spectacle with participants willing to make the sacrifice for their HS, University or fame/money.
/ I watch the damned drama too.


Totally right. There certainly aren't 3-4 adult flag and tackle football leagues operating year round within 10miles of where I live.

As for your equipment argument, you're a bad troll and you should feel bad about yourself.
 
2012-02-14 09:17:06 AM  

mrtoadswildride: Ablejack: Football's best argument; You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public- PT Barnum

It's an awful game. There are really no recreational football leagues because no one wants to play the game. Admittedly there are exceptions for highly modified football inspired games that rarely require any "football" equipment. Actual Football is a game played by boys for something else. Nearly every other sport has grown men (and women) that still play simply for fun. There are not a lot of people who play football at any level (except perhaps children's leagues) "for the love of the game". It remains primarily a spectacle with participants willing to make the sacrifice for their HS, University or fame/money.
/ I watch the damned drama too.

I don't disagree that football is a fairly brutal game....but they do have adult flag football leagues around the country. Some sports don't really translate in adult leagues. It's sort of like adult hockey leagues...They have them...but they aren't tremendously popular to any "non hockey people."


They also have "semi-pro" leagues which are basically club leagues and not professional at all. And yes they are full-pads, true football, for adults.
 
2012-02-14 09:17:38 AM  

Some Michigander: Or, you are just a douche who thinks that everyone that doesn't like what you like is an idiot.


Your own words are currently applying a hell of a lot more to you than they are to him.
 
2012-02-14 09:20:04 AM  

Orgasmatron138: One thing the author is missing is the recent Purdue University study of an Indiana high school. What that study found is that the "big hit" concussions aren't the real problem; the real problem is the multitude of sub-concussive hits that players accumulate.


Which I think only reinforces his point: the league (and colleges and high schools) can do all it wants to penalize the big hit plays, but it's the game of football as-is right now that causes those sub-concussive hits out. In order to take those out, you need to go to flag football. (I just had a horrifying image of instant replay in flag football, with pixellated zoom-ins on the Velcro tab, with the broadcasters trying to guess when the hooks actually released the loops.)

So yeah: if a major class-action suit comes along, at any level, not just aimed at the NFL that takes on an organization like the NCAA or California's High School athletic association, you could see a massive domino effect that could undermine the NFL and football-as-we-know-it without actually touching the NFL itself. If it's determined that it's the basic fabric of the game, as it is played right now, that causes the problems, then we could easily see the end of football in the next decade.
 
2012-02-14 09:22:33 AM  
What dopes.

The brain injuries are a result of the hard plastic helmets. Without those, football is more like lacrosse, rugby etc. Take a look at the Lingerie League -- http://www.lflus.com/ -- 4...3...2...1..if you absolutely had to, faced with the game GOING AWAY, you could lighten up men's equipment to similar extent (garter belts optional, except for QBs).

In fact, as blows with/to the head are legislated out of the game, I think we will see a natural move away from the hard, battering-ram helmet into something lighter, perhaps using advanced materials like those in motorcycle helmets. But that will mean $$$.
 
2012-02-14 09:23:31 AM  

Mike_LowELL: Some Michigander: Or, you are just a douche who thinks that everyone that doesn't like what you like is an idiot.

Your own words are currently applying a hell of a lot more to you than they are to him.


When someone starts a comment by calling people who like football stupid, it's entirely appropriate to respond in kind.
 
2012-02-14 09:26:25 AM  

logggur: It sounds like the writers of the article got a little bored about halfway through and started trolling, "binge drinking will cease," etc... However, they do make a really good point about the possibility of a class action lawsuit against the NFL and subsequent lack of insurance for football everywhere. I've been wondering how long it'll take before some sort of concussed players vs. the NFL lawsuit happens for a while now.


Phrase that you put in quotation marks: "binge drinking will cease."

Phrase in the article: "less binge drinking."

Do you even know what quotation marks are for?
 
2012-02-14 09:30:20 AM  

Daveman: Orgasmatron138: One thing the author is missing is the recent Purdue University study of an Indiana high school. What that study found is that the "big hit" concussions aren't the real problem; the real problem is the multitude of sub-concussive hits that players accumulate.

Which I think only reinforces his point: the league (and colleges and high schools) can do all it wants to penalize the big hit plays, but it's the game of football as-is right now that causes those sub-concussive hits out. In order to take those out, you need to go to flag football. (I just had a horrifying image of instant replay in flag football, with pixellated zoom-ins on the Velcro tab, with the broadcasters trying to guess when the hooks actually released the loops.)

So yeah: if a major class-action suit comes along, at any level, not just aimed at the NFL that takes on an organization like the NCAA or California's High School athletic association, you could see a massive domino effect that could undermine the NFL and football-as-we-know-it without actually touching the NFL itself. If it's determined that it's the basic fabric of the game, as it is played right now, that causes the problems, then we could easily see the end of football in the next decade.


The author did himself a bit of a disservice by stretching onward with hypotheticals in order to make the article longer, but I don't understand the vitriol against the thesis of the argument. Sixty years ago, the biggest sports (as mentioned in the article) were baseball, boxing, and horse racing. One is in decline, another has essentially been replaced (with plenty of help from medical evidence showing that repeated blows to the head make it an unsafe sport), and the third is nonexistent 362 days a year. If (as the article points out) it is found at some point that schools and universities (the feeder system for the league) are liable for the injuries and long-term effects sustained playing full-pad tackle football, it's done. All those world-class athletes who play American football will defer to other sports, most likely basketball. And as a huge fan of the NBA, I would be perfectly okay with that.

Some Michigander: When someone starts a comment by calling people who like football stupid, it's entirely appropriate to respond in kind.


Eh, in the event that everyone discovers football truly is a dangerous sport that can't be played in its current incarnation without risk of sustained injury (where every hit causes some kind of damage), then yeah, I think of The Simpsons clip where Bart and Homer are ramming their heads into each other while wearing metal buckets and laughing about it. Think that's what he was going at, and yeah, I'd be hard-pressed to believe that football in any incarnation where you need pads is anywhere near as popular recreationally (organized or non-organized) as soccer or basketball.
 
2012-02-14 09:30:46 AM  

the_freelance:
In fact, as blows with/to the head are legislated out of the game, I think we will see a natural move away from the hard, battering-ram helmet into something lighter, perhaps using advanced materials like those in motorcycle helmets. But that will mean $$$.


Or the Beebe helmet will be standard
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2012-02-14 09:30:48 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: I say we award the writer of this article an honorary Jake, because he's just throwing shiat out there that he knows is bad, and no one's catching any of it.


This...

It's becoming pathetic in journalism that trolling is the norm. Jason Whitlock, who's become the "shock jock" of sports writers, trying to generate a buzz by making comments that always have racist undertones, is a perfect example.

What happens is these writers need to fil time, so they take a page from news report, and add as much sensationalism into their writing b/c people have too many options to get their news and information elsewhere. Hell, most of the time you can subscribe to twitter and FB feeds, and get information straight from the source, rather than read crappy editorial and rumor pieces.

The NFL is never going away, b/c it's a modern day Gladiator style showcase, and rather than guys fighting for their freedom, they are giving up their bodies for "financial security", which we all know means more gold jewlry and impregnant gold diggers across the country...but still, if the leage minimum was just under $600k last year, who wouldn't play the sport for that kind of cash?

Musicians don't sue their record labels everytime they run out of cash due to poor financial management, b/c the label made tons more on their music than they did themselves, that's how the corporate business machine works.

Yeah, today's players make a lot more in gauranteed earnings than the vets, but to blame the NFL is becoming an old excuse fast. Should the NFL give a little more in pension or healthcare? probably, but there should be some blame put on players as well.
 
2012-02-14 09:32:06 AM  
Anyway, people can feel free to disagree with the article, but I would just like to point out that this isn't just some Grantland hack as many are supposing; Tyler Cowen is one of the world's most influential economists (new window). And his stuff is perhaps the most readable of any of them, other than maybe Steven Levitt (the Freakonomics guy).
 
2012-02-14 09:36:24 AM  
FTA: "Losing thousands of college players and hundreds of pro players might produce a few more doctors or engineers."

Lulz.
 
2012-02-14 09:42:27 AM  

FinFangFark:
The NFL is never going away, b/c it's a modern day Gladiator style showcase, and rather than guys fighting for their freedom, they are giving up their bodies for "financial security", which we all know means more gold jewlry and impregnant gold diggers across the country...but still, if the leage minimum was just under $600k last year, who wouldn't play the sport for that kind of cash?


I commented to my father last week while watching football "you know, every time football is on I can't shake the idea that I should be lounging on a recliner and wearing a toga while watching". He answered "But you gotta admit, the pay is substantially better now than in old Rome, eh?". "Damn right! Toga time it is then!".

/CSB
 
2012-02-14 09:42:32 AM  

Mike_LowELL: Daveman: Orgasmatron138: One thing the author is missing is the recent Purdue University study of an Indiana high school. What that study found is that the "big hit" concussions aren't the real problem; the real problem is the multitude of sub-concussive hits that players accumulate.

Which I think only reinforces his point: the league (and colleges and high schools) can do all it wants to penalize the big hit plays, but it's the game of football as-is right now that causes those sub-concussive hits out. In order to take those out, you need to go to flag football. (I just had a horrifying image of instant replay in flag football, with pixellated zoom-ins on the Velcro tab, with the broadcasters trying to guess when the hooks actually released the loops.)

So yeah: if a major class-action suit comes along, at any level, not just aimed at the NFL that takes on an organization like the NCAA or California's High School athletic association, you could see a massive domino effect that could undermine the NFL and football-as-we-know-it without actually touching the NFL itself. If it's determined that it's the basic fabric of the game, as it is played right now, that causes the problems, then we could easily see the end of football in the next decade.

The author did himself a bit of a disservice by stretching onward with hypotheticals in order to make the article longer, but I don't understand the vitriol against the thesis of the argument. Sixty years ago, the biggest sports (as mentioned in the article) were baseball, boxing, and horse racing. One is in decline, another has essentially been replaced (with plenty of help from medical evidence showing that repeated blows to the head make it an unsafe sport), and the third is nonexistent 362 days a year. If (as the article points out) it is found at some point that schools and universities (the feeder system for the league) are liable for the injuries and long-term effects sustained playing full-pad tackle football, it's done. All those world-class athletes who play American football will defer to other sports, most likely basketball. And as a huge fan of the NBA, I would be perfectly okay with that.

Some Michigander: When someone starts a comment by calling people who like football stupid, it's entirely appropriate to respond in kind.

Eh, in the event that everyone discovers football truly is a dangerous sport that can't be played in its current incarnation without risk of sustained injury (where every hit causes some kind of damage), then yeah, I think of The Simpsons clip where Bart and Homer are ramming their heads into each other while wearing metal buckets and laughing about it. Think that's what he was going at, and yeah, I'd be hard-pressed to believe that football in any incarnation where you need pads is anywhere near as popular recreationally (organized or non-organized) as soccer or basketball.


It's because that equipment is expensive. It would probably cost near 800 dollars to deck someone out in equipment. But you don't regard indoor soccer as separate from the popularity of normal soccer just because they don't have a huge field to play on.
 
2012-02-14 09:43:39 AM  

the_freelance: In fact, as blows with/to the head are legislated out of the game, I think we will see a natural move away from the hard, battering-ram helmet into something lighter, perhaps using advanced materials like those in motorcycle helmets. But that will mean $$$.


Linemen have a much higher incidence of concussion syndrome/CTE/brain damage as a result of many smaller impacts repeated 60 times a game, 20, 50, 100+ games in a career. Unless they make helmet-to-helmet hits in the trenches illegal as well (and good luck enforcing it), you've corralled the problem from 22 guys on the field to just 8-9.

I remember hearing on the news a few months ago that some brain doctors analyzed the risks of head trauma to youth boxers, and they found that even with the best "brain-buckets" (padding), the head still has to take punishment beyond what it's built for. The money quote was something like "We should encourage parents and children to avoid sports where crushing blows to the head are rewarded."
 
2012-02-14 09:51:04 AM  
jewelry and impregnanting

jeez...I need some coffee.
 
2012-02-14 09:53:06 AM  
If they remove the facemask and make a softer helmet, players won't lead with their heads and will be forced to properly tackle with their shoulder.

/There, I fixed it.
 
2012-02-14 09:53:31 AM  

Dr Dreidel: the_freelance: In fact, as blows with/to the head are legislated out of the game, I think we will see a natural move away from the hard, battering-ram helmet into something lighter, perhaps using advanced materials like those in motorcycle helmets. But that will mean $$$.

Linemen have a much higher incidence of concussion syndrome/CTE/brain damage as a result of many smaller impacts repeated 60 times a game, 20, 50, 100+ games in a career. Unless they make helmet-to-helmet hits in the trenches illegal as well (and good luck enforcing it), you've corralled the problem from 22 guys on the field to just 8-9.

I remember hearing on the news a few months ago that some brain doctors analyzed the risks of head trauma to youth boxers, and they found that even with the best "brain-buckets" (padding), the head still has to take punishment beyond what it's built for. The money quote was something like "We should encourage parents and children to avoid sports where crushing blows to the head are rewarded."


Where going to be a future society where everyone walks around with a gel or kevlar based helmet.
 
2012-02-14 09:55:40 AM  

I_Fly_Planes: If they remove the facemask and make a softer helmet, players won't lead with their heads and will be forced to properly tackle with their shoulder.

/There, I fixed it.


Pretty much this. Dunno how that would work for the line of scrimmage, but making the head more vulnerable is the only way they'll be more careful with their own heads...
 
2012-02-14 09:56:34 AM  

I_Fly_Planes: If they remove the facemask and make a softer helmet, players won't lead with their heads and will be forced to properly tackle with their shoulder.

/There, I fixed it.


You know, at first I thought this idea was a bit juvenile in trying to find a solution to the problem. But, if you watch old football games, back in the leatherhead days, you didn't see people leading with crown to make crushing blows, there was WAY more form tackling.

So, I'm actually softening (pun intended) up to the idea. But we know the next thing will be to mandate short hair, b/c there will be some douche linebacker that will pull someones dreads and will set a new trend.
 
2012-02-14 09:56:40 AM  

Some Michigander: It's because that equipment is expensive. It would probably cost near 800 dollars to deck someone out in equipment. But you don't regard indoor soccer as separate from the popularity of normal soccer just because they don't have a huge field to play on.


That goes back to the point of the article. In order to play football and master football as it is played in pads, the brand of football that is the most popular and profitable spectator sport in the country, you need those expensive pads and that expensive equipment. If schools and universities can't be used to subsidize the cost of that version of the sport (because of the legal issues incurred), to develop those athletes going from ages 14 and up and push them into the NFL brand of football, then it's done. I don't think that's disagreeable.
 
2012-02-14 10:03:45 AM  

FinFangFark: But we know the next thing will be to mandate short hair, b/c there will be some douche linebacker that will pull someones dreads and will set a new trend.


It's already been done, and the rule in the NFL is that the hair is a part of the uniform and therefore fair game. That rule is unlikely to change.
 
2012-02-14 10:18:12 AM  
My eyes are bleeding after I read that steaming pile, and not just because I injected heroin into them.
 
2012-02-14 10:23:23 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: FinFangFark: But we know the next thing will be to mandate short hair, b/c there will be some douche linebacker that will pull someones dreads and will set a new trend.

It's already been done, and the rule in the NFL is that the hair is a part of the uniform and therefore fair game. That rule is unlikely to change.


I remember Polamalu being yanked by the hair and it being called a penalty a couple of years ago. And I was watching a few minutes of a HS State Championship game a few months ago, and saw some kid that took the next step in the 'evolution'. His hair was so friggin' long, his entire uniform number was covered.

/csb
 
2012-02-14 10:26:25 AM  

buckeyebrain: AdmirableSnackbar: FinFangFark: But we know the next thing will be to mandate short hair, b/c there will be some douche linebacker that will pull someones dreads and will set a new trend.

It's already been done, and the rule in the NFL is that the hair is a part of the uniform and therefore fair game. That rule is unlikely to change.

I remember Polamalu being yanked by the hair and it being called a penalty a couple of years ago. And I was watching a few minutes of a HS State Championship game a few months ago, and saw some kid that took the next step in the 'evolution'. His hair was so friggin' long, his entire uniform number was covered.

/csb


Wow, I remember the public school I went to in the late 90s wouldn't allow hair on guys past shoulders. I went to my nephew's 2 a days last year, and there was a muslim kid was a full Rip van Winkle beard and hair to his ass. I guess I'm getting old.
 
2012-02-14 10:27:13 AM  

charliebear: Or the Beebe helmet will be standard


That's Mark Kelso.
 
2012-02-14 10:30:17 AM  

AdmirableSnackbar: FinFangFark: But we know the next thing will be to mandate short hair, b/c there will be some douche linebacker that will pull someones dreads and will set a new trend.

It's already been done, and the rule in the NFL is that the hair is a part of the uniform and therefore fair game. That rule is unlikely to change.


Yup. Guys get taken down by the dreads all the time. I remember one where the DB (Packers, I think) was left HOLDING ONE OF THE DUDE'S DREADS. He just tossed it aside after the play like a used condom.
 
2012-02-14 10:53:35 AM  

Shakes999: Freak: Closed it after two paragraphs. Never seen such steaming load of speculative crap in my life.

Thats about how far I got. I've never read a Grantland article that wasn't Bill Simmons writing it, now I know I wasn't missing anything.


Also got as far as the second one. There could be guys dying on the field, and there would still be a line of people trying to make it on a team.

That said, do something about the damn helmets and face masks. These things are like bowling balls with cages on them now. I go back to what Gordie Howe said about the prevalence of head shots in today's NHL-said something along the lines of the high sticking and the blows to head didn't happen nearly as often in his prime because 1) no one wore helmets, and 2) payback was a biatch.
 
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