RANT: Perhaps “football” is game who’s time has passed

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

https://sports.yahoo.com/jon-gruden-leads-wave-criticism-violence-steelers-bengals-mnf-game-060535067.html

Jon Gruden leads wave of criticism over violence in Steelers-Bengals ‘MNF’ game
Jason Owens Shutdown Corner Dec 5, 2017, 1:05 AM

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on “Monday Night Football” was a particularly brutal and violent game between heated division rivals, leading to multiple injuries and scary moments on the field.

The most critical injury involved Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who couldn’t move his legs and reportedly suffered a spinal contusion after a frightening hit early in the game. He left the stadium in an ambulance and is in a local hospital.

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I tweeted my concern for him after that injury which looked very dangerous. 

I thought it was clean hard hitting football with a serious outcome.

Then, as the game went on, there were “cheap shots” and “dangerous plays” galore.

It was more like a MMA cage fight.

This is unacceptable. No wonder Moms, and non-macho Fathers, will not let the children play football. It’s still, like boxing, the lottery ticket way out of poverty.

Have we become the modern day Athenians looking down on the physical Spartans?

Surely, there can be “competition” without “brutality” and with “sportsmanship”!

“on the playing fields of Eaton” comes to mind.

Seems like some NFL players, have roid rage, with the discipline we’d expect out of a teenage boy feeling his oats.

It has to be steamrollered out by the NFL immediately if they want to have an “entertainment product”.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5147821/Pittsburgh-Steelers-linebacker-Ryan-Shazier-improving.html

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Injured player “improving”.

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INTERESTING: Keep “the game” on the field

Friday, January 15, 2016

http://www.sbnation.com/2016/1/10/10743904/steelers-bengals-joey-porter-foul

The late penalty that doomed the Bengals was provoked by a Steelers coach illegally on the field
By Cyd Zeigler  @CydZeigler on Jan 11, 2016, 7:33a 

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In thinking back on that game, there was a lot of action on the field by players not in the game, spectators, and various coaches.

That’s just not right. 

Seems like we need a rule like hockey’s third man in rule. I’d keep the coaches, bystanders, and not-in-the-game players off the field. Like a TWO game misconduct! 

Sorry, but “the game” is sacrosanct. What the players do is what should matter; not anything else.

The various administrators of the game should take steps to protect the integrity of the game.

Basketball coaches are restricted to their “box”.

Ditto for the other sports.

Argh!

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RANT: The Law of Karma

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016-Jan-10

http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/17345/steelers-leave-cincinnati-bruised-battered-and-alive-in-afc-playoffs

Steelers leave Cincinnati bruised, battered — and alive in AFC playoffs

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Did the “gods of football” deliver Karmic justice to the Cincinnati fans for booing and throwing garbage on Pittsburgh Steeler QB Big Ben when he was taken off injured?

And, to reinforce the lesson, those same “gods of football” did it by befogging the brains of the Cincinnati defense. 

How does that line go?

“Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” — Euripides

I always thought it meant “crazy”, but last night I got the true meaning.

A true champion respects his opponent; because in the end, our true opponent is ourselves.

Last night demonstrated that to any who watched.

Well done, “gods of football” for demonstrating STARKLY the Law of Karma — what goes around, comes around.

Usually, exponentially worse.

So, be careful what you wish for others, you might get it back — bigger and harder.

Wow!

And remember the old Cincinnati coach’s quote that was on the locker room scroll: “The key to winning is poise under stress.”

Guess no one read that one!

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