WHY FANS AND PLAYERS LIKE DANGEROUS PLAY.

WHY FANS AND PLAYERS LIKE DANGEROUS PLAY. A glance at comments on articles about dangerous hits in football will show that many football players like the violence and the opportunities to show courage. This article quotes a number of players who are opposed to increasing the penalties for helmet-to-helmet hits. Many fans feel the same way. Duffy Daugherty is supposed to have said that “Football is not a contact sport. It’s a collision sport.” I also wonder whether the idea of knocking the other team’s quarter back out of the game is regarded as a little like a checkmate in chess. This article by James Fallows expresses some of the feelings of fans and players. It also includes a link to an audio where players talk about what it’s like to be concussed. Fallows says: “I found the few minutes where he talked about being hurt to be surprisingly moving–and on the whole depressing….The sadness comes from recognizing that these people really are getting badly hurt.”

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One Response to WHY FANS AND PLAYERS LIKE DANGEROUS PLAY.

  1. Elmer says:

    The head-to-head rule still allows most collisions. At least most of the collisions that have not been banned, such as clipping, tackling out of bounds, tackling after the whistle, hitting certain players below the knees. In fact, a head-to-head hit is usually not spectacular, as collisions go, until the stretcher is brought out.

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