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lw38
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benjaminimuffin
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The NFL is too soft

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/10/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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lw38

Pro

As an avid NFL fan, I believe that the NFL has become way too soft of a sport. There's a reason why the players wear pads and helmets. It helps them to stay protected, but yet the NFL and specifically referees go even further to protect them with all of the dumb penalties such as "hit on a defenseless receiver. How in the world can they be defenseless if they have the ball?? According to nflstatistics.com, through 5 weeks of the season, there has been a total of 1057 penalties called. In 2009 through week 5, there was 947 penalties called. Call me crazy but I enjoy hard hitting fast paced football. That is slowly deteriorating before our eyes.
benjaminimuffin

Con

Sure, bone-crushing, skull-fracturing violence might be more entertaining...

But consider the players. These new regulations are all about avoiding serious, damaging injuries.
Debate Round No. 1
lw38

Pro

But the problem is that injuries are part of the game. The NFL can police it as much as they want, but nothing will ever totally prevent Injuries. Every single player knows the risk that they are taking by playing professional football, going against the biggest and best players In the world every week. All these flags for helmet to helmet hits are ridiculous. I know a player is able to be injured on any play, but the game is so fast that the defensive players don't have much choice but to get them down anyway possible. Players shouldn't be penalized for something they can hardly control.
benjaminimuffin

Con

Better safe than sorry!

And you say this is "penalizing" the players. I wouldn't define extra protection as penalizing. These measures seriously reduce the risk of injury. Injury is something that most people try to avoid.

What is so terrible about a little extra padding here and there? Back in the 70s, concussions and serious spine injuries among football players were common. Since then, additional safety precautions have led to an incredible reduction in the amount of cases.

If I didn't know any better, I'd think you WANT the players to be injured. Or at least, express indifference regarding their safety.
Debate Round No. 2
lw38

Pro

I am not at all saying that I want the players to be injured but it is just ridiculous how players are penalized for some hard hits that are clearly incidental. It slows down the pace of the game and gives the offense an unfair advantage because now more than ever there is a high possibility for a roughing the passer or unnecessary roughness penalties. The NFL is arguably more popular than ever before, but these safety issues will only become stiffer and the game will slow down to a snail's pace
benjaminimuffin

Con

Bottom line, the safety of a player is far more important than your desire for a fast-paced game.

There comes a point where safety needs to be valued over entertainment

Anyways, that's all I have to say. I understand where you're coming from, but this isn't Ancient Rome. The safety of these modern-day gladiators should be held in high regard. We are more civilized than that.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
Blade-of-Truth
If only the NFL allowed bare-knuckle boxing, took away all padding, threw in some kangaroos injected with adrenaline, and had topless cheerleaders... yeah. Then it'd be hard as fvck.
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Vote Placed by 9spaceking 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: pro moved the goal posts away and didn't prove the NFL being too soft, since con effectively rebutted pro with the fact that the injuries were very heavy and dangerous, thus the protection were needed. The penalties are an irrelevant argument to the resolution.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro used sources, Con didn't. Spelling and grammar is tied. Pro seems like he would be better off watching Game of Thrones than Football.
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Reasons for voting decision: Tough debate to judge, since it wasn't debated well (no sources, not in order, ETC) Conduct goes to Pro for a rude remark made by con. S/G tied. Sources tied. Overall, what made me vote for Pro was, in the beginning of the debate, Pro specifically said he only cared about helmet to helmet penalties ETC. Con never really built a good case against that. Pro made a case for his position. Overall, a 4-0 win by Pro.