Fresh Start_2.4: Helmet Rule
Where have we gone as sports fans that we allow such ineptitude in the biggest sports league in this country and that we except such behavior from the league.
Roger Goodell has allowed the NFL to become a running joke of sports leagues with the tag line “what next can we mishandle next?”
First it was the concussion fiasco, where the league openly denied and hid evidence that football damages the brain, then had (and still has) a problem with players taking advantage of various polices including substance abuse and physical abuse. Only to make that issue worse — they mishandled the way that they themselves manage the offenders. Starting with Ray Rice, then Josh Gordon, Greg Hardy, and the list goes on for pages. Then “deflate gate” that has since become a mockery (if it wasn’t already) with the news of the Steelers deflating balls in a preseason game against the Eagles THIS YEAR. Bet you didn’t hear about that until just now. And, when he thought the NFL could get worse, we had simultaneously the Kaepernick flag stuff (which still hasn’t gotten any better) and the league making the definition of a catch more confusing then a Sunday edition crossword puzzle. Now ladies and gentlemen, I come to you with news that it hasn’t changed and it might get worse.
Over the summer the NFL has instituted a new helmet rule. In theory it would help w the league become more player friendly since the Boston University study and to save the image of the game. While also teaching proper tackling and extending players careers. Instead it has just confused the living hell out of everyone. Nobody understands the rule. Not players, coaches, or referees. It’s too soon to know if it cuts down on the number of concussions per year, but I think it’s safe to say that the NFL has found a way to invent its own version of pitching changes. This rule will become the same annoying that pitching changes are — actually it might be worse.
Throughout the league, flags will be a flying with the amount of head to head collisions. Some, which are accidental trying to avoid a penalty. Some a ridiculous judgement call (like the one in Oakland), and some that make sense but still annoy us at the core because it’s changing the fabric of the game.
So, funny enough, the NFL tried to get out of it’s own way with this rule and will instead replace the first 20 minutes of a broadcast with this helmet rule jargon.