Cashy's tells it.........
NFL today, Det over 27.5 side total
- Published: 09 October 2014
I’m not going back to the leather heads of the NFL or the mask less goalies of the 196o’s but the amount of equipment supported by today’s contact sport athletes, needs review. It’s a fact that today’s NFL player is more willing to tackle head first or jet their entire body into another players without a second thought. An NHL hockey player will lie flat out to block a 100mph slap shot because he’s armored up like a Sherman tank.
I single out these two professional sports because they accumulate the most injuries or concussion cases. Now I’m not a doctor or have any medical experience what so ever, but it’s clear as day to anyone paying attention. In order to stop concussions and major injuries these sports have produced equipment that protects the body from impact but impacts the body it protects. Confused, don’t be. Remember the leather helmets of the early days of the NFL ? Which would you rather get impacted by, a solid hard plastic, or a soft leather pad. Look, you don’t try to punch a person in the far head, enough said.
The NHL got a clue in the 1980’s with mandatory helmets for all players. Now if they could just take it one step further and do the same for face shields. The problem I see is all the equipment and protection they have makes player take chances not because they want to, but because they can, and without fear. That’s where it all changes.
The players in the NFL are too big and fast. The speed of an NHL contest has triple from the 1970’s. The athletes are torpedoes, well armed and quite dangerous. These leagues need to soften up their players before their brains become mush. Start by softening up the equipment.
Funny, as a kid injuries were few and far between and weren’t major sport stories. Now just the amount of injuries makes it a huge story. Soften the protection, change the mind set, and lesson the injuries.
Cashy the King