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Offline Bob Goodman

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Re: Defenseless defenders
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2017, 06:52:58 PM »
For the sake of conversation and really nothing more, does this seem to be the case of excessive rules to anybody else?  Consider criminal law, there's multiple laws that are extremely specific like OUI or DUI yet there's laws that probably already cover OUI and DUI by simply combining reckless driving and public intoxication.  There's manslaughter and then there's vehicular manslaughter
Yes, it does have that feel.  However, I understand this one's motiv'n.

It's part of the att'n lately to acceleration of the contents of the skull.  First they looked at players hitting w or being hit on the head.  Then looking at video they saw lots of cases where something may have been called a hit on the head that wasn't, because the hit was high and caused the head & neck to rattle in rxn.  So now they're asking, what can e done to prevent players' heads from rattling because of a hit on another part of the body that causes the neck to move?

But even if they deal w that, how are they going to deal w heads hitting the ground?

I have a not-serious suggestion for how to deal w the head-rattling hit situations w/o depriving the players of the opp'ty to catch each other off guard: a "proof" block.  In baseball some umpires honor a "proof" tag where the fielder sweeps the ground in front of the sliding runner w the glove that holds the ball, calling it an out w/o an actual tag.  A proof block would have to be something like the same thing, where the blocker who has an opponent dead to rights by his approach says "boo" or something, and then the opponent has to, I don't know, take a knee or something.
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Re: Defenseless defenders
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2017, 02:25:28 PM »
I ran some statistics on another post that nobody seemed to notice at all.

Considering the following.  NFL was founded in 1920 which is nearly 100 years if you want to keep this simple but if you want to get technical let's say the organization is 97 years old.
Now, back in 1920 they didn't have 32 teams or a roster cap of 53, but to make this simple let's run the number of the maximum number of NFL players (if they only played for one season and retired).

97(years) x 32(teams) x 53(players per team) = 164,512 possible NFL players who played 1 season in the NFL.

Number of brains they have analyzed = 87

Number of high school football teams (2012-2013) = 14,048
Number of high school football players (2012-2013) = 1,088,158
Number of NCAA college football players = 73,660

% of HS to NCAA Division 1= 2.6%
% of HS to NCAA Division II = 1.8%
% of HS to NCAA Division III = 2.4%

Estimated probability of competing in professional football 1.5%


So let's put this into perspective...all of this fear and hoopla about brain injuries is based on:
1. The highest level of the sport
2. A sampling of only 87 brains which equates to some astronomically small number compared with the possible number of NFL players.

There are roughly 10 times as many kids playing HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL (nevermind youth or college ball) than HAVE EVER PLAYED IN THE NFL period.
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