Jay Evensen: Is football having an existential crisis?

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  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Aug. 11, 2017 7:13 a.m.

    Football players choose to take those risks. Most go through withdrawals it long term damage. Some people get aneurysms and die from that. Any accident is tragic. Boxing is not as popular. Some people tell of how soccer is safer. Rodeo is dangerous for a few seconds getting bucked off the bull or wild horse as well. I could never do it. But people choose to take those risks. As for not drinking water for some time malt coaches realIe that is not smart and you need to stay hydrated when you are thirsty.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 11, 2017 12:21 a.m.

    Football is now the king sport in Utah. More kids playing it now, and teams like Bingham and East are beating national powerhouses. It is God, the flag and football in the deep south. One thing football allows that other sports don't is widespread participation. In an average high school football game more than 30 players (and often as many as 40) will get in the game vs. maybe 8-10 in a basketball game , 0-12 in baseball and slightly more in soccer. Parents like to see their kids play and not sit the bench. It is also popular in the Polynesian culture which is growing in Utah and in mainland USA. Further, while baseball is a dying sport among African-Americans, football remains popular and about 75% of the NFL is African-American. It is here to stay and I suppose technology, improved coaching techniques and medical improvements will help with CTE.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 10, 2017 8:56 p.m.

    Pro football is an atrocity. It should be banned.

    99 of 100 players are ruined for life. This is not a game. This is gladiatorial brutality. It's got to stop.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 10, 2017 11:28 a.m.

    Football is a violent sport. You can't totally take out injuries. The rules have evolved a lot over the years to protect players. And they still continue to evolve. Most concussions come from heads hitting the ground. Not all, but most.

    The most concussions, per capita, are with women's soccer. The rules are trying to make the sport safer. There is new helmet technology being used this year in the NFL that will help also.

    Also due to rule changes, coaches need to adapt and change their coaching techniques as far as what they teach their players to do. That is the biggest hindrance to safety for players. Especially in the Ute Conference. The education process is on going but, coaches still want to teach techniques that are now illegal because that is how they were taught to play.

    BTW, Rothlesburger should have retired five years ago. He's not been effective for at least that long.

  • Scott1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2017 9:38 a.m.

    They should just start wearing those inflatable bumper balls for uniforms. That would make it a lot safer.