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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The End of the NFL...For A While?

In light of the NFL season coming to a close, and especially given the looming threat of an increasingly likely lockout, I want to post some comments Hines Ward made prior to the Super Bowl because, while I don't particularly like the Steelers (too rapey), I like that Ward usually speaks pretty candidly about the hypocrisies of the League's administration.  Also, I think he has a very strong point here.  For context, NFL players were shown an instructional video outlining the new guidelines regarding what types of hits are appropriate, and which ones are illegal and therefore subject to heavy fines/suspensions.  Those guidelines are notoriously ambiguous, and the fines levied, very player-specific (though often deservedly, given certain players' histories).

Here's what Ward said: "Man, nobody paid attention to that video. We don’t know what they want. They’re so hypocritical sometimes. They came out with these new helmets that are supposed to stop concussions. If they care so much about our safety, why don’t they mandate that we wear the new ones? If they’re so worried about what concussions will do to us after our careers, then guarantee our insurance for life. And if you’re going to fine me for a hit, let the money go to veteran guys to help with their medical issues. To say the league really cares? They don’t give a fuck about concussions. And now they want to add on two extra games? Are you kidding?"

Doesn't bode well for next season...

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