What about parents, teachers, coaches etc. Sports stars are not the only possibility for a role model and IMO don't deserve to be someone's role model unless they're contributing to society outside of the game.
Again, I'm not stating that guys who are from the south cannot play in cold weather. My point was that it's an evaluation point for scouts. The Browns worried about Manziel's ability to play in the cold and snow. They still drafted him.
Name me an NFL team that doesn't play in cold weather. Yeah, the SEC has had the most selections but NFL scouts still will compare a player's ability to play in cold weather. Traditional cold weather teams, which is just about everyone except the domers and FL/CA certainly evaluate guys this way. I'm not saying they pick them directly because of it, but it's not overlooked.
My initial point was that you can overcome a recruiting disadvantage by pointing it out.
Good read with this one. The national perspective on football players right now is not very favorable. I've heard a lot of folks on radio or tv discussing that these players are put on a pedestal and that's an accurate statement. When people are elevated in status like some of these guys they tend to not care about their actions because they know it will get cleaned up somehow.
The unfortunate thing here is that it's a very small percentage of these guys actually doing the wrong thing. A vast majority of players are paying forward and keeping a clean nose but we don't hear about them.
The argument against playing in warm weather is that NFL scouts look for players who can play in cold weather. You can't play in the NFL and not play in cold weather. I wouldn't draft a kid who has been playing in Florida his entire life if I'm the Green Bay Packers.
The SEC still has Kentucky, Vandy, Mississippi State and Tennessee has been pretty bad the last few years. Those teams always end up upsetting someone (like LSU this weekend) and NW and Purdue will do the same.
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I couldn't agree more. My wife and I just moved to the DC area about 6 months ago and the cost of living is ridiculous. Since we've had our first child in the recent months we've decided to move back to Ohio when she's done with active duty.
I really hope they do away with them. Thursday is college football's night. I didn't even watch a single second of the NFL game last night.
I really thought that Vatican article was about someone in the church smuggling a butt load of cocaine. It probably would have made for a more interesting story had that been the case.
Classic case of a sweet headline drawing you in for a disappointing article.
Fitz, you've won the internet for today. Congrats!
Even worse, kids call it a hashtag now instead of the pound sign.
Dude, it's a VW Beetle. There is nothing cool about that.
Similarly, I think it would be easier to prevent head injuries in soccer than in football where the players are actively trying to hit some one.
Disagree. Advances could be made with helmets in football. Nobody is wearing a helmet on the soccer field.
Wussification of society and all that . . .
This also has to do with society taking zero accountability for their choices and actions. Sure, there are risks to every thing we do. We analyze that risk in our brains and make cognitive decisions whether or not the reward is going to outweigh the risk. NFL players make the decision for millions of dollars to put their bodies on the line. Likewise, parents make the decisions whether or not to allow their child to play sports. Having said that, the folks who make these decisions now want others to pay for them in some way or another while they take zero accountability for that choice.
You'd have to think soccer players are hitting each other without helmets. One could even argue that football is actually safer because of the protective gear.
I wasn't allowed to play football until the seventh grade and it was possibly the best thing my parents ever decided. Professional athletes enter into a career where they should be aware of the risks. I don't think the rules of the game inside the lines need to change but the NFL should certainly be liable for players' health after they're done playing.
My heart goes out to that kid and his family. It's unfortunate that these things happen but hopefully we can learn from it to the point where these coaches get off their high horse and put a kid's health and well being before their own.
I bet Hove gets to 1,000,000 stickers in the next 2 years. Must be nice to be a MOD.
Ha, it would make sense for Oyster to respond that one.
20 year olds today are about as mature as freshmen in high school 15 years ago.
I can agree that the conference and OSU need them to be strong but I still won't root for them.
I share your views. It used to be awesome to see them lose because it didn't happen as often. I still will never cheer for them in a game but if they knocked off a top 10 opponent not named Ohio State I don't think I'd be all that upset about it.
If they ever decide to play Francisco Lindor. I'm tired of hearing about the guy for years now and never seeing him on the field.
I think it's similar to this.