Originally Posted by crgildart
^^^^Looks a lot like words from someone that's never tried it
Being in the right place and not falling for fake outs (pun intended) or passes, along with a lot of other variables make it more if a high intelligence and high learning curve component of the game than most understand. And, you can die by it if you can't get back up in time to make another play elsewhere. I would agree that too many failed attempts can really kill your offense.
Anyway, back to concussions and the end of football, hockey, and sports entertainment. Boxing and MMA first?
^^^^^^Shot blocking: Tried it, didn't like it, wasn't any good at it, but then I lacked the elite talent level that marks even the most humble 4th liner or 7th defenceman in the NHL.
As for the future of sports, I'm not a fan of combat sports, although I can watch and appreciate boxing. MMA creeps me out, can't watch it at all, and don't care if it goes away, although it appears to be a bit less damaging to the brain than boxing.
Football has such overwhelming popularity that I can't see it as endangered, even though I can't see how to cut dangerous collisions without fundamental changes that surely would lessen the spectacle. I believe hockey can be made safer without excessive "wussification". With modern materials technology, hard-shell shoulder pads aren't necessary, and hard-shell elbow pads never were. Crack down on late hits and stick fouls, and much of the danger disappears without lessening legitimate body checking, puck battles, goal-mouth battles and good, hard board play.
Also, although it's not directly safety-related, why the hell do they allow guys to slash, facewash, punch or cross-check after the whistle? An immediate minor to the instigator (not the victim for defending himself, which is the pattern now) would end the stupid scrums, speed up the game and maybe prevent the kind of escalation that mars so many games. Hockey is not beyond saving. Far from it.