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Sunday, June 16, 2013

18 Game Season?

Wild on Sports
18 Game Season?
By Wild on Sports Analyst Davis McGregor

Once again Rodger Goodell has come to the podium with more unpopular news. This time is a little bit different however. The fans are loving what he has to say while its all the players that are having the problem.

Commissioner Gooddell and the rest of the NFL finally decided to review the entire idea of a pre-season this year. Stating that, ” I hear from fans consistently that they want to make every NFL event more valuable,” and that the pre-season is not of those valuable events for one simple reason. Pre-season sucks.

It’s understandable why teams like to have these exhibition games. They show which players are, and more importantly which ones aren’t, playing up to expectations. And it’s also understandable why the players are so against it too. It’s come to the point where you can barely watch a football game without seeing someone be carried of the field with one injury or another, unless it’s a preseason game however. Players aren’t going 100% in these games so someone being injured in much less likely. If the NFL were to kick two games over from the pre-season to regular season, then that would just add more names to the IR at the end of the season.

One voice that has been speaking out against this move is veteran linebacker James Harrison. He criticizes Goodell and the league as a whole by calling them out for taking the extra money brought in by these games over the safety of players, something Goodell claims to have as his priority. Harrison should know this in particular due to all the fines handed out to him by the commish for late hits and unnecessary roughness. Imagine the money he would rack up in fines if he had an extra pair of games to continue head hunting quarterbacks.

No the preseason isnt the most exciting thing in the world but it does serve a purpose. It allows undrafted players to get a look by the coaches and it allows the rookies to get into the rhythm of an NFL game before they really count.

Bottom line is that as boring as preseason games are, they’re a necessity to the league and moving games to the regular season will cause nothing but confusion and injuries. But for now all Goodell has to say is that, “All options are on the table,” and talks will continue with the NFLPA.


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