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The Cloud Over Football

Mike09 Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 7:17 AM
I don't see why football should be singled out when boxing is still legal. The object of boxing is to hurt your opponent - knock them out or at least beat him/her into submission. The object of football is to score points, not intentionally injure opposing players. Just as it is now illegal to grab face masks, other rule changes could limit hits that produce injuries: players should wear lighter helmets/less less protective equipment. Heavy helmets and padding only encourage harder hitting. Also, limit the number of substitutions during a game. That way players would be forced to pace themselves - and there would be less incentive to bulk up to 300+ pounds.
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 7:50 AM
Another interesting post. Violence is incidental to football, but essential to boxing, MMA, etc. And you, too, are onto something: more armor may cause more injuries. But I'm not sure about the substitution rule. Some of these 300-lb. behemoths could probably run a respectable marathon.
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Sep 09, 2012 7:50 AM
Another interesting post. Violence is incidental to football, but essential to boxing, MMA, etc. And you, too, are onto something: more armor may cause more injuries. But I'm not sure about the substitution rule. Some of these 300-lb. behemoths could probably run a respectable marathon.

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