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Gold Pinstripes

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  1. Not every college fanbase, It's kind of important to remember not every FBS program has this situation. And despite the lopsided coverage, D1 is a minority when talking about the college football playing schools in this country. And there are countless great stories of coaches on these smaller programs doing superb work, and passing it forward, Unfortunately, it will always be easier to sit in a cubicle and churn out the same basic story about the Ohio States of the world. Countless great coaches, every bit as talented as the big names we see on the sidelines, work in anonymity in smaller towns across this nation.They like money just like the rest of us, but enjoy having athletes the full four years, and making a difference in their lives. Location, and family considerations factor into their decision as well. For every D1 scandal, the daily work of the overwhelming majority of college football programs still carries the day.
  2. The headline make it sounds worse than it really is, the head coach just needed to tone down the intensity of the practices. H.S. Coaches across the country have already reduced the number of full contact practices.
  3. Good thing we've never had a training death in basketball.
  4. Severe accidents happen in all walks of life, hate to break this news to you. And yes, high school football does build character, I guess the former players saying so are all lying.
  5. Of course, I have remorse, but this situation has happened many times. And let's not compare losing a life as a soldier to a severe knee injury.
  6. The NFL can definitely make the game safer without these idiotic rules changes. What some don't understand is the fact this bad rule can easily be called on good tackling form. There has been this mistaken notion the NFL has become more violent in recent years, and that's factually incorrect. What's changed is the exploding media coverage of any serious injury, and the hand-wring has been over the top.When you start diluting the product, fans will start staying away in droves. Even veteran TV announcers are sensationalizing injuries today, it really changed last season. This helmet-lowering rule will be an absolute disaster in the regular season, just mark my words.
  7. It's football, folks. And Bridgewater was aware this could happen at the high school level.
  8. Don't know if there are any studies about the legions of successful people who played football and used those life lessens in the process. I didn't need to document anything since I don't live in an echo chamber, relying on CTE research which has a long way to go. The 900 pound gorilla in the room is the significant numbers of those former players excelling, and they aren't that difficult to find. All I'm asking any writer to do is stop making assumptions without the facts, but the media has been doing that for a long time, in both the sports, and non-sports areas. Football's "toxic culture" is a pure myth. For every bad player and coach, plenty more are doing the right things, or staying out of trouble. The inspirational stories just aren't being reported. Candidly, I seriously doubt you or anyone on this board can even approach the quality and quantity of my experiences in this matter. I've had the kind of insider access most can only wish for, which is why I find the generalizations so amusing in this matter. If anything, reading most of these responses just confirms the influence of the unbalanced reporting, and horrible job all levels of football has done in explaining the positive attributes of the sport. And I also believe some people with negative attitudes about the sport either played another sport, and were jealous about the funding and attention for the other, or former player bitter about how their career turned out. Getting back to the player safety conundrum, problems are made to be solved, not lamented over with some kind of defeatist attitude. We'll be able to make the game safer without losing the essence of the sport, and it's a plus for society in the end. Won't be back until tomorrow, good luck digging out of the trench!
  9. Well, I was poor, and still found a way to make the unpaid internship work. Life isn't fair people.
  10. Of course, and I've identified talent early on in young employees making the minimum wage, seeing the similar level of passion successful people have. My guidance played a role in their confidence and later success. I can always tell who is going to make it, and who is going to fall by the wayside in my business. Don't need any studies for that.
  11. I'm not a former player, or coach, and have no relatives playing the sport. So my objectivity is beyond question. My "titles" are the numerous accomplishments I've achieved as a successful person. I have mentored interns who went on to succeed, the way I was by others. Unpaid internships often tell you who really has the commitment to make it, as opposed to others. My evidence is simply based on the four decades plus of seeing football at all levels across the country. I've witnessed first hand what others don't see reported online. I find it impossible to believe there's been some kind of coordinated effort to deceive me all these years. Candidly, I'd put the variety of my experiences, and insider access, up against anyone in the nation. Obviously, there have been unfortunate serious injuries in football, just like other sports. Check out the deaths in auto racing, but nobody is suggesting killing that sport. Football remains on the plus side of the ledger, a big problem has been the poor job all levels have done in explaining the positive aspects of the sport, and those chickens are coming home to roost.
  12. Asking an NBA star to adapt to football's physicality is no different than asking an NFL star to train with NHL players. The NFL star could hit, but the lack of elite skating ability would doom him.
  13. No, my evidence is as solid as a rock. People need to stop relying on the internet for 100% of their information. And the nature of football requires training in tough conditions, with no assures of a winning record. You're confusing what I said before.
  14. Like I've said before, we can have the best of both worlds. Enhanced player safety, without eroding the foundation of the game.
  15. Yes, mistakes were made in the Stringer death, just like mistakes have been made in working conditions of other professions. LeBron James is a fantastic athlete, but the physicality he'd be facing in a full contact scrimmage would rock his world big time. Comparing the pushing and shoving in the post to real hits in the ribs, knees, etc. just isn't a valid comparison.
  16. I've never said football is the panacea to all the ills of the culture, but it is generally a positive activity, which benefits those involved in the long run. Your examples of CFB head coaches and high school programs out of control simply cannot compete with the legions of head coaches and H.S. programs which have produced so many successful people later on. Countless coaches in all levels of football have proven you can be a winner, and do so with class, but it's not the type of story which tends to be widely reported. It's the same thing as someone bringing up incompetent doctors, and forgetting most aren't that way. Your continuing overreach about CTE without more facts neglects the glaring reality of former players doing well after the sport on an intellectual level. I'm not a cruel person, but Ryan Shazier(and others) aren't teenagers, and just happened to be injured doing what they loved. It's the inherent risk of NFL football, just like high speed crashes and severe injuries are a natural output of racing. So people like me are just going to buckle down, point out what the media is forgetting, and continue to enjoy a sport which has been an overall plus to our society. Player safety can definitely be handled, we have the smart people to make it happen. Technology will eventually allow us to see exactly where current players stand on brain health, what the baseline is, and when it's time to walk away from the game. And that's fine, the sport is growing rapidly across the globe, and some of those players will not only be attending college here, but playing in the NFL as well.
  17. My worldview is quite informed, and some in your state are the ones getting left behind. And by the way, I support people of all colors, and believe in equal rights for all. If you're a young writer with a limited knowledge of a topic, it's only fair to do the research before making assertions.
  18. Bo Jackson loved football, I'm sure he would tell us, baseball was easier to prepare for.
  19. Nobody is denying there aren't risks, but it's the assumptions without the facts which are troubling. And it is a problem which can be reduced, this isn't a binary situation. Much research has to be done.
  20. There is a grand canyon's worth of difference between doing basketball drills to exhaustion in an air-conditioned facility, and a football practice in pads with contact in 95 degree weather. Nearly every NBA player would quit early.
  21. And you have a zillion times greater chance of ruining your shoulder if you decide to become a pitcher in baseball.
  22. Tragic accidents happen all the time in other fields of work, like construction. It's called life.
  23. Yep, and he had the freedom to do what he wanted. For James, it could have easily turned out differently if he shredded a knee in his rookie year.
  24. Yes, I've listened to hundreds of interviews of former players, and my experience has shown the vast majority were authentic. And I've also spoken to countless former players myself, and the success stories cannot be overlooked. From doctors, lawyers, business owners, and coaches, many of these former players are excelling mentally. That has yet to be explained by the anti-football crowd, and it won't. We still don't know what level of CTE begins to adversely affect a person. As for the older guys having problems, that's sad, but many of them played before we had anywhere close to the amount of knowledge about this issue we have today. And it's also worth noting, the players who were smarter about reporting head and other injuries many years ago, were likely better off later. And lest we forget, because this always seems to be left out, playing college football is a decision made by players who are virtually all old enough to make the decision to join the military. I'm definitely not painting a wide brush, but after more than four decades of experience with the sport across the country, I have the gravitas to speak about this topic. When I read these poorly-researched stories by folks just out of college, it's depressing, because there are parents who read this stuff as fact and are preventing their sons from playing a sport which will likely enrich their lives. Oh, the safety hurdle will be managed, I can assure you of that. Football has been a part of our sports fabric for too long, and the answers are too obvious. The wrong path is to erode the sport's foundation with idiotic rules changes. The right path is technology, medical advancements, coaches pulling players earlier, and on the NFL level, players actually getting involved in their own safety. Bjorn Nittmo is a sad story. But so is baseball's Ray Chapman, and the minor league coach killed by a line drive. And numbers of basketball players have dropped dead of heart problems over the years. Football is an inherently violent sport, and we have to come to terms about that. When Ryan Shazier was seriously hurt last year in that Cincinnati game, I was saddened, but also noticed the wrong tackling technique which caused the injury. But by the start of the second half, like many fans, I was able to compartmentalize the situation, and enjoy a physical two quarters of football. Where we are today is nothing like Theodore Roosevelt's era, where plenty of players died or were paralyzed on the gridiron.
  25. The overwhelming majority of baseball and basketball players would quit if the nature of their sports required that level of training. LeBron James would struggle to survive an NFL training camp.
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