Over the last century, no sport has done more to captivate our attention than the National Football League. However, over the last decade, the game that generations of Americans grew up loving has been corrupted.
What was once viewed as a game is now viewed as a business, plain and simple.
So here is a list of the top five things wrong with the NFL.
This started the whole ball rolling. No more celebrations or expressions make the game a bit more tedious to watch. Sure it’s still a great game, but the end zone antics of T.O. or Ochocinco make the game that much more exciting.
I’m not saying show up the visiting team’s fans, but a tasteful and clever celebration can be enjoyed by all. The players can police themselves.
Listen to the man with the best hair in football.
No not records, I'm talking about the physicality of the game.
If Troy Polamalu speaks out against the NFL, you know something’s wrong. Polamalu (and his million-dollar head of hair) is a total class act, and he believes you have to let the defense do their job. Their job is to hit. It’s ridiculous that defenders have to pull up to make sure a they are fined or penalized.
Players should definitely be safe, but not where the offense has such an advantage over the defense. If we want that to see that much scoring, we can watch the Arena League. I have no doubt that within the next 20-years quarterbacks will all wear red shirts during games to prevent them from being hit altogether.
This is the rationale for an 18-game season...
If the NFL is so concerned about protecting the players, why make the season longer? Oh you want to take some preseason games away? That doesn’t matter, it just cuts players reps short and takes away from their time to rest before the season starts, further increasing their chances of injury. Another clear move that’s all about the money.
In case you haven’t been following the news this season, a lockout seems imminent in 2011. Instead of worrying about adding games to the schedule, hits or anything else, worry about actually having a season next year. No one wants to see replacement players again.
Here we are about to reach No. 1. The previous reasons are all related, and in effect, stem from one thing. Or really one person…
Here's your number one reason why the NFL is going in the wrong direction.
The commissioner of the NFL has done nothing but ruin the game since he succeeded Paul Tagliabue in 2006. He cracked down on the player celebrations and hits. Mr. Goodell is the main proponent of the 18 game schedule.
Most importantly, Goodell has done nothing to quell the fire of an impending lockout. Insiders on ESPN have even claimed that when the commissioner met with players on each team in the preseason, he was questioned, booed and cursed out of the locker room by every team. It was so bad that even in the Colts locker room, Peyton Manning was embarrassed by his team’s display towards Goodell.
Players and Owners should sack Goodell
The obvious move to fix the NFL is to get rid of Roger Goodell. He has ruled over the NFL in a tyrannical fashion that makes Joseph Stalin look like a hands-off ruler. None of the players seem to like Emperor Goodell, and he is not doing anything to stop the sale of PSLs or increasing ticket prices. If there is no season next year the blame will sit squarely on his shoulders.