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[News] Late For Work 1/29: Will NFL Exist In 30 Years?

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Guide to all of the crazy prop bets. Flacco says cold weather Super Bowl stupid. Ali inspires Ravens.

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Pollard is right, its going to be hard to justify paying big $$$ as a psl owner when i don't recognize the game that i grew up watching.
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I'm curious as to how many of these injuries occurred because of lack of due diligence on the part of team physicians not sitting a guy down rather than a hit?
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What's interesting is with the increase in mobile and hand-held media, TV viewership (and soon, contracts) are dropping and that does not bode well for an NFL in Thirty years!

Another factor is that I'm 63 and I believe we'll see a franchise in London before I reach my 68th (gawd willing) birthday!

Somehow, that seems like it will cause more problems that it's worth! Think of a Saturday or gawd forbid, a Thursday game after a jet-lagged "Red-eye" from London to Chicago on Sunday! And, what about West Coast teams?

But, progress must go on! I'm just happy I was around in the late 50s and early 60s to see the NFL and AFL do their things before the merger and to see our Colts in their heyday!
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I think that the equipment will evolve in the next ten years to answer the injury problem and eliminate the rules used to try to limit dangerous contact. Perhaps something like a helmet that better absorbs the kenetic energy released on contact, and a complete body armor type setup for most (or all) of the body replacing most pads.

Sci-fi you say? Perhaps, but the game of football is akin to our base need to compete on a grand scale, so our desire to see the best and strongest compete is not easily dismissed. We would find a way, the money is certainly there to do it. When I played college ball long (very long) ago a safety weighed about 160-190 lbs tops, today that's a joke. With the money spent on football, technology will catch up.

Just my opinion.

GO RAVENS!
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Hey our Defense has come up big these whole playoffs. they had force at least 2 to 3 turnovers in each game
ind-2 held to 9
denver-3 21(by Offense)
patriots-3( 13 to tom Brady)

out team is just at a high right now and the team is playing great football, bring home that Lombardi! GO Ravens!! love my ravens.
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Joe comments should have been more directed toward defending the Fans. Football can be played in 10 degree weather, fine. But I'm spending $13,000 to go to NOLA for 5 days. I'm not going anywhere where I'm going to freeze my butt off, like Detroit, NY, etc.
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As someone who volunteered numerous summers with the mentally challenged, and who has a father who devoted a career to helping them, I'm offended by Flacco's use of the word 'retarded'. I get it was a mistake, but as a face of a franchise, you choose your words better than that. I hope Joe thinks much more clearly on the field Sunday evening.
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Turned on the tv and it was on the media day for san fran. looked at the tweets at the bottom and they made me mad from all the stuff they said.... I just keep saying be like Joe don't care about them o.o........lol
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i disagree with flacco. i would love to see some superbowls played in cold weather. the ravens play well in cold weather and i see it as an advantage. go ravens!!
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Defense wins games! I think our defense will perform better Sunday. Jim Caldwell will make adjustments as he sees it, and destroy the 49ers defense.
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i disagree with joe too, i love the idea of cold super bowls. although i seriously hate dome super bowls, a super bowl should never take place indoors, no sick fireworks, the jet fly over, all that stuff, should be even bigger and better for the super bowl, not taken away from the game completely for the biggest game of the year. and 3 years in a row the bowls been in a dome and i think its ridiculous how they cater to these pass-happy dome teams even in the sb. lets toss out the super dome and just have it at metlife this year!
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i hear what BP is saying and I agree that the roger goddell NFL is a joke...but where are the atheletes going to graduate too? MMA... will be the new option for many but there are not a ton of wrestling scholarships and the are no MMA scholarships....

that beign said... the NFL (however watered down it may get) will always be a viable option at earning a scholarship and possibly a lucrative paycheck some day... it will be a way out for some and it will continue to be one avenue for success...

As long as we can say that about the NFL.... people we keep playing and people will keep tuning in (We will complain the entire time) but unless a better option comes along people will be tunning in now and 30 years from now!
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Obviously a regrettable choice of words, however he immediately retracted it in that same answer. And for anyone who lives in Maryland knows he is one of the biggest supporters of the special olympics of Maryland as he is front and center each and every year for the annual polar bear plunge to benefit the cause. He made a simple mistake in his choice of words that all of us are susceptible to.
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I agree with Joe. First of all, these teams have put through so much effort to make it to the Super Bowl. They should be able to play in nice weather or at least weather that isn't miserable. As fun as it would be to watch it from home, I'd be mad if I paid thousands of dollars for a ticket only for it to be so cold that I feel like I'm gonna be frostbitten. I've been in frigid, windy weather before in the nosebleeds. 4 layers of clothes and it's still torturous.
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I agree with Ravenwildman, we've been slowly watching the game evolve over time. Helmets keep changing every 5-10 years. The rules are being tweaked constantly against the part of the game where collisions to the head are much more likely. We wonder why it's a QB league now, and a passing league, and its because of the RULE changes. Quarterbacks of a bygone era took blows to the head and got clotheslined tackled.

The fines in general are Pavlovian in nature, they are trying to condition a response with a negative stimulus. Unfortunately, people are way more stubborn than animals in some ways, and take way longer to learn in this manner. I agree with Pollard on this as well, make helmet to helmet hits that are questionable calls reviewable.
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This is so exciting. Our window has just opened and it is because of another player who is at the top of his game in a short 5 years. Just like Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco has come on strong. His 5th year. Another similarity to the 2000 team.
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There is absolutely no chance that the NFL will dissapear. The amount of money invested into this and the number of people who want to continue this is insane. As long as owners and players are making this much it will continue. The fans care about safety, but not enought to boycott games, and so people will continue to pay and owners will continue to rake in the money. Its a self sustaining life form. Plus there would be rioting in the streets by fans.
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