This may wind up being really rambling and incoherent as I've had a few drinks. So apologies if my logic is faulty. To my mind in its current state, this all makes perfect sense to me.
There's been a lot of talk this week about brain injuries in the NFL. I wish we'd just stop using the word concussion altogether. These are literally traumatic injuries to the human brain. Anybody who this week either wrote on the internet or in print media or spoke in a public forum that the concern over these dangerous hits were tantamount to reducing the NFL to flag football needs to be dressed in pads and then receive a helmet to helmet hit from James Harris after he's had a ten yard running start. Once you've regained consciousness (if you regain consciousness), you might have a different opinion about the seriousness of these hits. There's something inherently offensive to me when couch potatoes start to insult the manhood of guys who play a game that literally shaves two decades off their life spans (the average NFL player only lives 58 years), concussions or no. I know a lot of guys weighing in on this issue have never played football in their lives. I know a lot of them have only played high school football. Some may have played college football. Virtually none of us has played in the NFL and taken the shots these guys take, colliding with some of the biggest, most powerful, most well conditioned (when Herm Edwards isn't your coach) athletes on the face of the earth.
So the League is trying to figure out how to deal with concussions. One of the ideas that they are supposedly going to implament to curb all these vicious helmet-to-helmet hits is suspending players from the following game. Well, what if they just kick them out of the game they're currently playing? If a pitcher throws at a guy's head, he get tossed from the game. How is this any less dangerous? I've seen NFL players ejected from games for "fighting." I use quotation marks on the word fighting because is there anything more ridiculous than two guys in suits or armor trying to punch each other? If throwing a punch on a football field can get you tossed out of the game, why can't knocking somebody unconscious carry the same penalty? If a player knows they could wind up ejected from the game, that's an immediate consequence to the hit. It's also a blow for the team if key players can't compete.
Everybody remembers the hit Trent Green took in 2006? He was unconscious on the field for what, seven minutes? Seriously, when I saw that hit I thought he was dead. I was having dinner a few days later and Trent and his wife happened to be at the same restaurant. He looked like he could barely walk. His wife had to drive their car for him. The brain trauma he suffered in that game was severe. (Nobody will ever convince me that hit couldn't have been averted.)
Also, the NFL has got to really crack down on PEDs. Having superhumans running around is going to compound the problem.
And I am rambling. . . .