Sports Chat: An NFL Recap
A lengthy period of time between this and my last posting has allowed for the conclusion of the baseball season (congrats to the San Francisco Giants), the start of the NBA and NHL season (seriously Chicago Blackhawks….get it together) and the passage of time in the NFL. Two major themes seem to define the 2010 season: hard hits and no one is any good.
First to tie up some loose ends: no one watched this year’s World Series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. Not even me, but that’s because I work at night. Congrats to the Giants (and the stoners who made the stadium smell like pot in Games 1 and 2 [citation: Jon Heymen’s twitter account]) on winning their first title in San Francisco.
Miami Heat is going to be a beast this year, winning over 60 games. I don’t know if they have enough to overtake Kobe and the Lakers, and they might not even have enough to overtake Boston in the Eastern Conference. But they’ll put a hurtin’ on bad teams with an explosive offense. Miami is top-heavy, which is problem for the team – there’s no better combination of three players anywhere in the NBA (DeWayne Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James) but the rest of the roster is, to be kind, lacking.
Back to football.
After eight weeks, the NFC conference (home to teams like the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys) has a total of zero dominant teams. Everyone has lost at least two games and beyond the box score, every team just has huge flaws. And I am not just using this as a shot at my Bears (who, I admit in the fullest: suck). Green Bay just plays stupid (they commit too many penalties), the Giants are too inconsistent, the Bears have no offensive line. Whatever flaw you want to find in the NFC, you can.
The AFC has a couple of teams that have faired a bit better, record-wise. The New York Jets, more specifically, but they’re a big puddle of middling overall, too. The Patriots got ripped by the Cleveland Browns yesterday, the Dolphins are on an up-and-down ride, the Browns themselves are better than their record but are not playoff material.
So, no one is any good and everyone is juuuuuuust now realizing that football is a violent game that ruins the bodies of those who play it in the long run. Really now….though I have been surprised by the sheer amount of damage these players do to themselves, let us dispense with the ideas of how to make football safer. The best way to do that? Stop playing the game. It’s a violent, contact sport. You aren’t going to make it safe; people don’t watch it because it’s a safe game and there’s no feasible way to make it safe and keep it the same game. You can increase the size of the helmets worn, but the fact remains: helmets don’t keep your brain from getting bruised.
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