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FakingInjuries


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:08 am    Post subject: The Inhumane Beauty of the Football Reply with quote

Bernard Pollard knocks Steven Ridley out cold.

Ridley is on the ground, stiff arms in the arm, in need of medical attention.

Loose ball on the ground is being fought for by numerous players from each team.

Pollard gets up and goes crazy, celebrating his headshot that knocked out another player but caused a fumble.



http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000128926/Ridley-fumbles-after-big-hit


I fear that one day, people will look back on plays like this and wonder how it was legal. I wouldn't ever want to see the NFL get so soft that hits like this are taken out of the game.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does that exhibit "beauty"?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NS922 wrote:
How does that exhibit "beauty"?


It shows how inhumane the sport is, but also how competitive players are.

It perfectly illustrates how animalistic football players are when they're playing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are lots of ways to celebrate the physicality of football. That...is not one of them. Injuries like that are no joke.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NS922 wrote:
How does that exhibit "beauty"?


it exhibits the beauty of the physical nature of the game. it was a clean hit. the problem nowadays is that too many players react by ducking their head when they are going to get hit. It is a relatively natural reaction,but if he doesnt duck his head he will not be out cold. same goes for the Ray lewis personal foul earlier.
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rice wasn't close to do as good as his stats would lead one to assume


okie dokie!!! He only had 1200 rec yards at 40, but he clearly isnt as good as it appears.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GaTechRavens wrote:
There are lots of ways to celebrate the physicality of football. That...is not one of them. Injuries like that are no joke.


give me a break dude. These guys play on the edge all game long. when the wood gets laid on someone they have every right to celebrate, especially when they dislodge the ball and force a turnover in a critical point of a game. Pollard is not celebrating the injury, he is celebrating the play.
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rice wasn't close to do as good as his stats would lead one to assume


okie dokie!!! He only had 1200 rec yards at 40, but he clearly isnt as good as it appears.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clarkfn2284 wrote:
NS922 wrote:
How does that exhibit "beauty"?


it exhibits the beauty of the physical nature of the game. it was a clean hit. the problem nowadays is that too many players react by ducking their head when they are going to get hit. It is a relatively natural reaction,but if he doesnt duck his head he will not be out cold. same goes for the Ray lewis personal foul earlier.


This.

Plus it shows how truly primal human beings are for loving this sport.


I can't believe people bashed Vick for the dogfighting thing. Us fans are doing a very similar thing every time we sit down on Sundays to watch football.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a scary hit. Dude was out cold before he hit the ground. Can't blame Pollard or Ridley for that. It is just the nature of the game. Football players take a lot of risk and many of them don't make nearly as much money as we think they do.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lights Out. Loved it. I'm enjoying every last hit as they come because we'll all be wearing flags soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FakingInjuries wrote:
clarkfn2284 wrote:
NS922 wrote:
How does that exhibit "beauty"?


it exhibits the beauty of the physical nature of the game. it was a clean hit. the problem nowadays is that too many players react by ducking their head when they are going to get hit. It is a relatively natural reaction,but if he doesnt duck his head he will not be out cold. same goes for the Ray lewis personal foul earlier.


This.

Plus it shows how truly primal human beings are for loving this sport.


I can't believe people bashed Vick for the dogfighting thing. Us fans are doing a very similar thing every time we sit down on Sundays to watch football.


no thats so far wrong. NFL players know what the risks are they are not innocent in this. The dogs were innocent in the dog fighting ring. while dogs are primal animals that we have domesticated they have no say in the fighting.

Really bad analogy
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rice wasn't close to do as good as his stats would lead one to assume


okie dokie!!! He only had 1200 rec yards at 40, but he clearly isnt as good as it appears.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the hell is wrong with you people? Laughing

Ridley was convulsing on the ground and could've broken his neck and you guys are saying it's a beautiful part of the game? wat
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NS922 wrote:
What the hell is wrong with you people? Laughing

Ridley was convulsing on the ground and could've broken his neck and you guys are saying it's a beautiful part of the game? wat


i hope you are joking...... mostly everyone sees that hit and cringes, but loves the physical nature of the play, just like people watch NASCAR for the recks and people like hockey fights.
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rice wasn't close to do as good as his stats would lead one to assume


okie dokie!!! He only had 1200 rec yards at 40, but he clearly isnt as good as it appears.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JROD82891 wrote:
Lights Out. Loved it. I'm enjoying every last hit as they come because we'll all be wearing flags soon.


Not cool man.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One can always follow soccer. This is football, its part of the game and part of what these players VOLUNTEER to be a apart of and make a fortune doing. Pollard wasnt celebtrating the injury, rather it was the most crucial play of the game. How can you not fault Pollard for being excited? He changed the game with that hit.

Pollard did nothing illegal or against NFL rules, and he acted out of emotion for a game changing play.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:37 am    Post subject: Re: The Inhumane Beauty of the Football Reply with quote

FakingInjuries wrote:

Pollard gets up and goes crazy, celebrating his headshot that knocked out another player but caused a fumble.


I don't think Pollard knew he'd knocked Ridley out cold. He barely looked at the guy as he was getting up, and then just started celebrating that his hit had caused a fumble.

I don't think the majority of football players, or football fans, actually want to see injuries occur, despite their desire to see tough, physical football. But perhaps I'm putting too much stock in human decency.

Being relieved to see a star player on the opposition leave with a hamstring pull is one thing, being happy to see someone get their brains scrambled or bones broken is quite another. But there's nothing wrong in being pleased about a big, legal hit that changes the course of a game.
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