Football is about controlling that anger, harnessing that aggression into a team effort to achieve perfection!
The NFL draft has come and gone, which is good because the hype really beat me down. Preseason is almost over, which is good, because the hype really beats me down.
After 2 preseason games, however, I fee pretty good about my this upcoming season.
I'm a Cowboy fan, but there are certain things I hate about professional football (i.e., NFL). I thought it a good time to vent a little about what I don't like about the NFL game.
1. I hate the prevent defense. All it prevents is your team winning the game. Giving up yardage only hoping to prevent the "home run" seems like a failed bit that should have fallen out of vogue years ago, but the Cowboys have particularly enjoyed learning the hard way of its foolishness.
2. Perhaps the thing I hate most about the NFL is the guys with tons of hair protruding from the back of the helmet. White guy, black guy, it doesn't matter. I hate it. Per the rules, the hair is part of the uniform and can be used in a tackle. I would use nothing else when bringing a guy down, perhaps that would be a deterrent. NFL players can't trick up their uniforms or wear unauthorized equipment, but they can let their hair grow down their backs so we can't even read their names on the back? Silly.
3. I've already gone on record about cheer leading, but I hate coming back from commercial and enduring the uncomfortable lingering camera shots on the cleavage bearing cheerleaders.
4. The sideline reporter is a failed bit. The ladies on the side are there to add a feminine touch, but it's an unnecessary person on the payroll as we could get that information without the illusion that we need that person. Plus, the sideline reporter can actually whip you (e.g., Tony Siragusa).
5. I'm whipped by how they feel they have to trick up Monday Night Football. In particular, bringing in the spare pop music icons to assist Hank in asking, "Are you ready for some football?" has got to stop. Hank Williams Jr. was fine by himself. Plus, the player self-introductions is annoying as they announce their school. One guy will give "The U" and another "Slooge High School, Slooge, Texas" and some such. Go back to just flashing thumbnail pictures with name and position underneath, and perhaps college (since they all have one).
6. The pre half-time coach interview is a whippin. They are so cliche and predictable. "Coach, you're down 14 points, what do you need to do in the second half?" "Well, we need to protect the football, make plays on defense, and execute on offense. If we can control the clock we'll be okay." "Thanks, Coach." Please, stop beating him and us down with that foolishness.
7. Another thing that whips me, a commentator that labors the time of possession stat and its importance. This is particularly important to them because it gives your defense a rest, if you have the ball a lot on offense.
Am I the only one that knows that time of possession is not as important and number of plays run? Give me that stat. Why, because 3 runs versus 3 passes uses the same amount of real life time (same play clock, etc.), though the former uses more game clock (assuming the runner doesn't go out of bounds). An incomplete pass will stop the clock, but a team could have 5 "three and outs" whereby all plays were incomplete passes and the other team could have 5 "three and outs" whereby all plays were runs up the middle. The teams' respective defenses get the exact same amount of rest time and the offenses ran the exact same number of plays, though the time of possession will be severely lopsided. Nobody cares about time of possession. Tell me the number of plays run!
8. This is a small one, but what's up with the Cleveland Browns moving to Baltimore and changing their name, but somehow a new team is created ... a team with their name AND their history? How can we have a new team created with a 50+ year history? I will always want the Browns to lose and the Ravens to have more success just because of that historical revisionism.
9. I may not get a lot of support here, but I hate the "fair catch" rule. There shouldn't be any such thing. I'm all for letting a guy catch the ball, like with a receiver, but how much fun could it be to see the guy have to catch the ball and run with it.
10. Another rule change I'd want to see would be getting rid of the awarding of a "catch" when the receiver is pushed out of bounds prior to landing with the ball. Hey, if you're out, you're out. How you got is immaterial. I'd be willing to allow a receiver to only get 1 foot in bounds to constitute a catch to appease the whining receivers.
11. The pass interference call is a beat down. This is almost as bad as the NBA foul, where it could potentially be called on every pass play, or not called, or called the other way. I just hate that even commentators recognize the wisdom in just "throwing it down the field, hoping for a penalty."
12. Silly, tricked up, or "throwback" jersey games seem to be a curse upon the Cowboys. Let's just go with the silver helmets and white or blue jerseys, the way God intended it. I know it's another jersey to con the fan into buying, but please don't put them on the field.
13. The thing that beat me down more than anything last year was the media's obsession with Terrell Owens. I noticed it while in St. Louis the week T.O. had an overdose. It's not just the Dallas media that can't get enough of the guy. Stop beating us down with T.O. talk, particularly that which has no relation to the game of football whatsoever.
14. I also hate the anti-Cowboy bias, particularly with regard to the Hall of Fame.
15. Of course, an easy target is the ridiculous salaries, especially for the rookie who has yet to prove himself. However, I will admit that football is not like other sports where the money is guaranteed. A player can be cut, so the only guaranteed money is the "signing bonus," which is merely a few million for some of those guys.
16. Yet, even worse is the profits the owners must get and I'll have to say it's bad bull they still make money off what former players did, though the former players got/get very little in comparison with what everyone else involved is getting.
17. Lastly, I miss the days of real rivalry. The Cowboys used to really hate the Redskins and vice versa and the game was better for it. Now, there's little team loyalty as free agents are courted by the highest bidder.
Plus, there's less passion for the game. So, win or lose, the teams shake hands and hug and get in touch with each others' feelings. Where's the anger at getting humiliated on the field? Where's the revenge for last year? Where's the aggression that motivates a physical game? Football is about controlling that anger, harnessing that aggression into a team effort to achieve perfection! It's not about bolstering one's reputation and playing for the next free agency contract.
You feelin' me? What whips you about the NFL?