You know, I was hoping the big news of the week would be the start of the college football season. The only thing that could overshadow it was Texas A&M leaving the Big 12. Welp they announced their intention to do so. Now that it’s official, the Big 12 must look to expand, which is more than what they did last year. Everyone is saying that BYU is the most likely candidate, and they are being very careful with their words . Even though they have been talking with the Big 12. Will it happen? Who knows, but there will be a boatload of speculation in the meantime. Well and Oklahoma is looking to take the lead in blowing up the league. Let’s hit up the Crib Sheet while we wait: Continue reading Crib Sheet: Conference Armageddon Again
With the Eric LeGrand injury as well as the big fines being dropped in the NFL, I figured I would take some time to talk about violence and football. Ever since I was a kid, the mantra of football has been to hit the other guy harder than you. Not only does it provide a physical advantage, but also a mental one. With the way things are going, the physical part of the game will go away. I don’t think the sport will be the same.
I played little league football and I was pretty good. No, I wasn’t quarterback, but I was big enough as a lil ‘un to plug up holes and do a decent job of blocking. The best coach I ever had was from little league and he always said to hit the guy harder than you. That’s the battle on the line of scrimmage. If you push, you will win. That’s the way it’s always been. Once the other team knows that, it starts to wear them down emotionally. It’s the spirit of the competition.
In high school, I moved up to varsity during my sophomore year and eventually started both ways a year later. Hey, I got real big. There are two moments I remember. The first one was hitting a guy so hard in practice that he bounced a yard back from me and quit the team the next week. The other one was in a game. It was 4th and goal, the run was coming my way, and I was looking right across to the guy I had to block. Before the snap, I knew instantly that I was gonna blow the guy up. I did and we scored. There is no better feeling on the field when you beat the other guy that way.
The last couple of weeks once again shone the light on just how violent football is as a sport. In terms of collisions, it’s right up there with boxing and maybe MMA. I knew that going into little league, I knew it in high school, and I know it today. I’m okay with it, too. The risk was there from the beginning and will still be there in the end. That’s why the latest rounds of attention doesn’t mean much.
Every couple of years, a football player gets hit the wrong way and ends up paralyzed. What usually follows is about a month of attention from the media and the sports media about how football is too violent. After about a month, the attention goes away. Even with the science of concussions and hits maturing into a full study, I can tell you that we won’t remember it a month from now.
Both sides are filling the airwaves with crap and the quicker it goes away the better. On one side, you have people who’ve never played football talk about how the sport should be banned. There may be an actually ex-footballer in they’re talking about how serious a hit can be. The rule of thumb with those guys is that the more mainstream the show, the more they abhor the violence. I’ve heard on TV how terrible it is and I’ve heard on podcasts how it’s just the flavor of the week.
The other side of the talk are employed football players. You’ll see some guys say sorry, but you’ll see other guys talk about how they don’t know how to do it differently. James Harrison even said he might retire because of the recent changes. With football players, you’ll hear about how they don’t want to change and how it will turn into Arena football if they make more big hit changes. While rule changes may tilt things that way, it won’t fundamentally change football. It’s just a matter of two sides claiming the extreme until people get tired of it.
So when you go out and read about how concussions kill or that they are putting on a pink dress, since there are already pink gloves, on football. Just sit back, relax, and take a breath. Football isn’t going to change for the worse and no one is going to die on the field. The only time to really be worried if there ends up being enough push to ban football. Even then, it’s alright because there’s always MMA. We are wired to enjoy violence without killing anyone and we’ll get our fix eventually.
It looks as though the NFL cracked down on concussions and big time hits, doling out suspensions for head on collisions now. What does this mean for college football? Probably the same type of suspension. I’m not sure they will completely lock down like they do in the NFL. I’m guessing that this sport may be going away in the next 15 years, or at least it will turn into more of an arena style of play. Even for the colleges. Now check out the Crib Sheet:
- Looks like Kansas State’s leading receiver Brandon Smith is out for the year with a broken leg suffered from last week’s Nebraska schilacking. Chris Harper will have to step up to fill the role. We’re going to wait and see about the Oregon trasnfer.
- We’ve heard of backups on the field, but backups for mascots? That’s what Georgia had with “Russ” when UGA VII died unexpectedly. Welp last Saturday saw the return of the starter in UGA VIII. He’s officially registered as “Big Bad Bruce” but he’ll be UGA VII for everyone here on out.
- Right before his potential start in the NFL, Colt McCoy will have his jersey retired at Texas. He’s the sixth player from Longhorn country to get his jersey retired and it may be the last one for awhile. Even though the guy never won a national championship, he has won more games in 4 years than any other in college football history. That deserves the rub.
- After a bad call by a couple of suspicious replay officials in the BYU and San Diego State game, the Mountain West Conference decided to ban host school employees and alumni from working the replay booth at the games. You see? The mid-majors can act just like the big boys.
- Your new Ole Miss mascot is: The Rebel Black Bear. Okay, so it was from a William Faulkner story and he went there so it makes sense. We can’t help but think that Admiral Ackbars would’ve been a better fit. Oh, and there is some controversy with the name still.
- Michigan will play Alabama in 2012 at Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium to open up the season. Looks like Jones will be filling the stadium all year with college football games. Hey, the NFL talent sucks right now so he’s gotta put butts in the seats.
- Another coach banned Twitter for his football players. This time it’s Butch Davis and North Carolina. He needs to ban them from talking to sports agents. While he’s at it, he needs to ban assistants from talking to sports agents, too.
- The Nebraska Regents approved the Big 12 settlement deal and will pay about $9.25 million and $8.755 if they make a BCS bowl. So long and farewell Cornhuskers.
- Get your claws ready, Missouri Tigers fans, ESPN College GameDay is heading to Columbia. Did you know it’s the first time they’ve been there? It’s about time, too, as I think they’ve been to Manhattan and Lawrence before.
- Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was left paralyzed from the neck down due to a tackle he made against Army last Saturday. It really sucks when this happens but players have walked again from this kind of injury. Let’s hope he can get up off the chair real soon.
- Local sports radio guy Kevin Kietzman has been on Nebraska fans for the last couple of weeks. He’s talking about how unclassy they really are. Welp after a Nebraska fan vandalized a Texas fan’s car and Nebraska’s own Niles Paul shut down his Facebook page because of heckling, I say I totally agree with Kietzman. Nebraska fans just aren’t that classy at all.
- Pace University football player Danoy Henry was killed by the police in a freakish accident. The police were saying that Henry tried to escape the police and ran into another officer, which led to officers firing into the car and killing him. The other side says that the cop jumped on the hood and fired. We may not know whatever happened and this is certainly a tragedy.
- Former Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins is now the proud owner of an official government complaint regarding the $15,000 in exercise equipment that was loaned to him. He may have to foot the bill for the equipment or at least be subject to the penalties regarding the law he may have broke in accepting gifts as a public official.