I would like to take a moment to tell you about something that is near and dear to my heart, and that is football. This season there has been a lot of whoey being made about tough hits in football and how the NFL is cracking down on them. I think the hits on the field are being over sensitized, over analyzed, and over dramatized.
Now I am not talking about the helmet to helmet hits as they are bad and cause concussions, I am talking about the everyday hits that are happening. I saw a call on Sunday during the Colts-Eagles game that was thrown for a hit on a “defenseless receiver” even though it was a legal hit and the receiver had caught the ball and ran two yards and was anything but defenseless. The receiver got hammered by three Eagles defenders and left the game on a stretcher. Yes I feel sorry for the guy who got hurt, but at the end of the day football is a contact sport. And everyone who puts on the helmet and the pads is aware of the risk. And if you are not aware of the risk, you don’t need to be on the field to begin with.
I was born in the 1970’s and began watching football back then when men were men, and there was hitting in football. There were no rules for hitting a defenseless receiver or a hit on a quarterback. The game was played and it was good because there was hard hitting. Remember the Steel Curtain defense? Hell most of the defenders from the 70’s are in the Hall Of Fame and they didn’t get there by not hitting people.
Fast forward to today and there are all kinds of rules on when you can and when you can’t hit someone. Hell now they even have a rule for offensive players hitting defenseless defenders. As a result of Hines Ward from the Steelers going out and actually blocking and hitting defenders (which no other receivers in the NFL today block like he does) the NFL made a rule about hitting defenders who are too stupid to watch out for a blocker about to hit them. So let me get this straight, you can’t hit a person who is dishing out hits all the time? Now this season they want to stop the hard hits period and I have had enough.
You can get hurt playing any sport that is out there to be played. You can break bones or blow out your knees in a basketball game. You can destroy your legs in a soccer game. In diving you can hit your head on the diving board and drown. In bowling you can blow out your shoulder. In hockey you can lose teeth and mess up your whole body. In baseball you can get beamed with a pitch or a line drive. In MMA or boxing you can get your bell rung and just beat the fuck up. Even in curling you can fall down and bust your noggin all up. Hell even in flag football you can get hurt. In every single sport there is a risk of getting hurt. EVERY. SINGLE. SPORT. Everyone who plays sports knows there is a risk (well except the Special Olympics) to get hurt and the participants all know the risks.
I mean taking the hitting out of football would be like apple pie with no apples. It would be like a pizza with only the crust. Imagine Christmas with no gifts, Thanksgiving with no turkey or ham, or a blow job with no happy ending. What is next, fighting a war with no bullets and only using paintballs? It just does not make sense, hitting is a part of the damn sport. Deal with it.
I guess what I am saying is that football is a contact sport and the hitting needs to stay. It is as much a part of the sport as the football itself is. Don’t mess with my game. Leave it alone. I enjoy watching a game with some hard hitting on both sides of the ball. If you take out the hitting from football, you will have countless numbers of fans suffer from severe depression and suicide. And this will cause more carnage in the long run than that of any injuries suffered on the field. So please keep this hitting in football.
If I wanted to watch a game of football without any hitting, I would watch some of the picture below. Well I may watch the below any ways but not for the hard knocks, but more for the hard knockers.