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Comment 13 Dec 2017

What I find most interesting about this whole question/issue is that the media and NFL leadership seem to think people are watching less football because of how violent the game is. However, I think it is the exact opposite, I think fewer people are watching the NFL because the game is being overpoliced by the league. There are too many personal foul penalties (especially on hits to the quarterbacks) and too many commercials (the maddening score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence). 

In my opinion, the NFL is unknowingly driving fans away while thinking they are trying to draw them back in.  

Comment 07 Dec 2017

Well if you read the articles I posted you will see that he stands up for Iloka, calling the hit on Brown clean. So not sure your argument holds much weight.  

Comment 07 Dec 2017

Fair point Hodge. But to expand on Brewsters sarcastic comment regarding workplace safety. I currently work in an extremely stressful job with long hours that require me to sit for extended periods of time. All of these things are factually proven to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease, yet no workplace safety changes are being implemented for my profession and I am not making what NFL players do. These are very real issues that impact more people than the NFL.  

I know these are the risks that come with my job and this is what I have to do at the moment to provide for my family. I don't see anyone clamoring for safer working conditions for me to avoid a potentially massive stroke in 15 years and can't function anymore. 

The issues I pose above are just an example that I hope shows how the "working conditions" point is a bit flawed.  

Comment 07 Dec 2017

They would have a hard time due to assumption of the risk. Now the risks are known by players and the NFL has taken reasonable efforts to limit the risks. 

Comment 07 Dec 2017

I respect your opinion but think you are being a bit dramatic. The game has become much safer since pre-2005 football and that style of game wasn't a dominance-submission Thunderdome. 

Hard hits do not equal dirty play, which I think is missed by some people at times. 

Comment 07 Dec 2017

Litigation is much less likely now because the information is available and players are making informed decisions. My understanding was that the biggest issue in the recent lawsuit was that the NFL hid/ignored medical evidence of certain injuries. That is no longer the case. 

Comment 07 Dec 2017

I completely agree that the game should be made safer, but in my opinion there is a line between making the game safer and fundamentally changing the game. Recently it is getting close to crossing the line of fundamental change. You make it sound like being uncomfortable to that sort of change is bad, whereas I would say that being uncomfortable to that sort of change is a persons personal choice.  

Comment 14 Sep 2017

I think as fans we should definitely move on. However, as a player I would want this (along with any other loss) to haunt me and be part of my motivation to steamroll everyone until I have earned vengeance.  

Comment 08 Sep 2017

Madaris, I have read the briefs for the NFL and for Zeke and I can surmise that the judge here was ruling that the NFL violated the hearing process spelled out in the CBA by not relying on "credible evidence" as was spelled out in the CBA, as well as violating settled case law that applies to a CBA, the hearing process and an Award, regardless of who enters into the agreement. Some of the things the NFL appears to have done to violate its collective bargained processes AND the law include: (1) not providing an adequate opportunity to present evidence - Henderson and Goodell did not hear testimony from the NFL's own investigator and excluded the presentation of certain text messages which were pertinent; (2) timely availability of evidence is provided for both parties - NFL denied access to their investigators notes; and (3) parties must be allowed to cross-examine witnesses - Tiffany Thompson was not made available for cross-examination. 

None of this means that Zeke wins, but this is enough to show a reasonable basis of his winning on the merits and an injunction is needed to prevent further harm.   

Comment 08 Sep 2017

I agree with your statement in some instances, but I don't see this as one. Reading the facts in the petitions, there are some pretty eye-opening things the NFL did that would give me pause and make me lean towards granting the preliminary injunction. There is plenty of case law that could support a possible vacatur of the NFL's ruling.   

Comment 08 Sep 2017

Actually, there is some language in the CBA that requires a fair hearing and a ruling based on "credible evidence." The facts in this instance that question the credibility of the evidence, when read with the relevant case law, would make it hard for a judge not to grant the preliminary injunction. 

Comment 15 Aug 2017
Football is a contact game with numerous collisions like this during any given play. You have to experience them outside of an actual game setting. My opinion is this is a completely safe and necessary drill.
Comment 04 Aug 2017

My one major issue with the NY Times article cited above is that people miss the selection bias in the study - even though the author and doctor states "there's a tremendous selection bias". All of the brains tested were from individuals and families who thought they suffered from CTE. The study simply proves that if you think you have CTE, you probably have CTE... 

Comment 04 Aug 2017

I would argue that football is a sport where people are aware of the risks and can make the decision to play a sport that is inherently dangerous. I would also argue that while the player base may become smaller, the level of talent that reaches college and the NFL will not be vastly different than it is today. Perhaps you will lose some players who as children decided to play another sport, like soccer (and still risk concussions), but overall the level of play will remain similar.

Comment 04 Aug 2017

Some of the greatest things in life involve risk and potential consequences. There is enough information available now for players to make informed choices regarding the risks and rewards of playing football. It will never be a safe activity, but let everyone can make their own choice - don't make it for them.

I suffered a severe concussion in high school and probably numerous minor concussions throughout my playing career. I do worry about how well my brain will function as I age, but I don't regret anything and don't want to see the game changed.

I was listening to Herm Edwards speak the other day on Mike & Mike and he said at least 95% of the former players he speaks to would not change a thing, even knowing the risks involved. 

Comment 02 Aug 2017

I would argue that a quality coordinator is the biggest reason contributing to a team's success and I think you can see that through the coaching changes made during Urban's tenure. Coordinating, offense or defense, is less of a science and more of an art. It requires a coach to develop a game plan, read your players/the situation, identify the opposing team's strategy, analyze how your game plan may be altered, and make appropriate adjustments or coach up your players. Most of this must be done within the flow of the game and perhaps all while trying to set up key calls later in the game. Some people are better at this than others and it can have a huge impact on a teams performance.  

Comment 26 Jul 2017

Fitting tribute, Ramzy. Very sorry for your loss.

I lost my father when he was only 42, otherwise I have been pretty lucky to have not experienced others pass too soon. However, as I approach the 19th anniversary of my dad's passing and my impending 30th birthday, I feel like I may just now be putting life, and how truly short it is, into perspective.

Pieces like yours, Ramzy, help to reinforce my evolving perspective. Thank you.