March 23, 2013
I'm sure some of you already know, but there was a huge amendment to the NFL rule book this week. There has been much said about to the implications that this will have on the game, but very little has been mentioned in regards to the bigger picture. And for that, my friends, you don't need to be a football fan to throw a red flag (no pun intended).
As of now, the rule states that running backs and defenders cannot collide helmet to helmet, using the crown of the head, in the open field. The rule's intentions seem to support a noble cause: Player Safety. And I don't think anyone would refute the importance of player safety. But then again, couldn't we say the same thing in reference to obesity?
The game of football has been progressively changing within the last decade. The NFL has instated law after law, penalty after penalty, all in an effort to reduce the violence of the sport. Football, is a great parallel to America, because it has gotten to the point that there are just too many rules. In the year 2010 alone, 40,000 new laws were instated in the United States. It seems you can hardly breathe without breaking some kind of law now (if you don't believe me, read through the thousands of laws and you will realize that you are not the perfect citizen you may think you are-it's scary). Football players feel the same way! They are getting paid to go out and hit the opponent as hard as they possibly can...but wait, now they will get in trouble for doing that? It sounds ridiculous.
Just like you my friends, I have the free will to wake up and go to the gym, or instead go to 7-11 and grab a Big Gulp. And let me remind you that these players, who play in the NFL, are big boys. To put it blatantly, big boys have the ability to think for themselves and they have a decision to make as well. Yet, THEY elect to play the violent sport, with the conscience understanding that there is a great probability of getting hurt. So can we please call it what it is? Progressives just want to sip on their wheat grass, sit back on the couch, and watch flag football! And mark my words, whether you like football or not, the NFL is a microcosm of the USA. If you want to understand which way the country is headed, turn on the TV set and watch a game. We Americans claim to be free, but our politicians just don't want us to get hurt....maybe they should decide what we can and can't do....how noble of them. After all, "Big Brother is always watching out for you."
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