I don't see concussions turning NFL fans off. Every year the ratings seem to get bigger and bigger as more people watch even with these news reports.
I watched Lions and Saints in the playoffs last year and while it was high scoring I wouldn't call it a good game.
To pick a non Ravens game, one of the best games I saw last year was Browns-Steelers.
Game where McCoy got hurt, Senneca Wallace came in, final score 13-9 Steelers.
That was an incredible game. Great D, nervous, tight and lots of tension, AFC North football I suppose.
If casual fans are not satisfied unless they see lots of scores and long bomb passes then that's unfortunate, I hope they try to get into the sport a bit more.
Yes, people watch the MMA (and boxing), but there's a reason NASCAR is more popular (it is, right?) even though that's just people driving and turning left.
Quoting rock's greatest songwriter here:
They made hypocrite judgments
After the fact
The name of the game
Is be hit and hit back.
And we are all the "hypocrites." The owners, the players, the fans, who love the sport even though the game is too tough for the flesh and blood players.
I was so pleased to see Pollard's quotes. That guy has some giant brass balls to lay it out the way he did. Good for him. May he retire sooner rather than later and be as healthy as possible.
Was listening to a Frank DeFord interview today where he reiterated his stance that soccer is such a boring sport compared to American sports and he doesn't think this country will ever embrace it if we have not already. He talked about how every kid grows up playing it (ie, the soccer mom culture) but nearly all move on to become fans of other sports. Football, by contrast, according to DeFord, is just more interesting, and part of what makes in so is its inherent violence.
He went on to point out that in his opinion Goodell is not disingenuous in saying they want to make the game safer, but it may be impossible to do. It's not like the NFL plays a version of the game that is so different that it becomes unsafe. Yes, they are bigger and faster and hit harder, but it's the same game they play in college, high school and Pop Warner and he pointed out that there are "millions of concussions" happening every year at those levels, too.
I'll add that you hear a lot of NFL players saying they won't let their kids start playing football.
It may be an issue that's beyond the NFL to fix.
Yes BcRaven, you're remembered that exactly
We will never know if Senneca Wallace could have lead the Browns to the winning score but he looked very good for the short time he was in.
And then the Browns put a concussed McCoy back in and they lose the game. Ah Cleveland
Not blaming the player here, that's for the coaches and trainers to make that call
Still a cracking game, AFC North football at its best
A shame for the fans who want fifty points and sixty yard passes every game, entertainment is not just about arcade style scores, it's also about tight nervous games which leave you exhausted as a fan afterwards :)
Turn on Outside the Lines and see why.
They ALL want a piece of that lawsuit pie! Free money to replace the money you have blown post retirement!!
Edit - nevermind they played the clip already.
Basically Jamal was answering a question just fine and then all of the sudden he "can't remember" what they asked him and had to have asked what the question was again. Of course this was a result of the numerous concussions he suffered, that just happened to manifest itself at that very moment on camera!!
Give me a break.
Ain't that the truth. Many smell money and want their share