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The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:51 am
Edited on: August 23, 2011 9:55 am
 
Or maybe it's part two million.

On Monday night the Giants' excellent defensive back, Terrell Thomas, tore his right anterior cruciate ligament. He's out for the season. It seemed that on the play his foot tripped up, leading to Thomas falling into a teammate. I saw the play and thought he sprained his ankle. But it was obviously much worse.

The play happened with 22 seconds left in the first half.

Twenty-two seconds.

Last year Thomas was one of the most underrated players in all of football leading the Giants in tackles. He's ferocious and speedy and now he's gone for the year because of a dumbass, meaningless preseason game that players don't need and owners only have because preseason is a cash cow.

Now, this is the part where you say: he could get hurt anytime. It could've been in the regular season. It could have been in training camp practice.

I hear those silly arguments all the time. If he'd been hurt in a regular season game at least there was a purpose to it. The game meant something. Getting hurt with 22 seconds left in the first half of preseason game? Tell me that means something. It doesn't.

Cut the preseason down to two games, which is what I want to do, and yes, Thomas still gets hurt. But you're cutting the odds of injury down significantly. (And Giants coach Tom Coughlin should not have had Thomas in the game during such a meaningless period to start with.)

The only reason there's preseason is because owners make huge profits off of it. They get to charge $8 for popcorn and $25 for parking with very little overhead. There's no bigger money making scheme in all of sports (except for maybe personal seat licenses).

I think owners have made profit-loss calculations that say a torn ACL here, a season ending shoulder injury there are worth it because the preseason generates them so much cash.

So another player goes down in preseason. One more reason why these games stink.
 
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2013 5:13 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Life is Good



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:55 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

$25 for parking?  Get real!  Try $47.50 or $100 in Chicago.  It hasn't been $25 for over a decade.
In about 15 seconds, I found Soldier Field parking for September 25's game between the Bears and Packers for eight dollars. In fact, I could get Soldier Field parking for the entire season for $65. Sounds like you're getting ripped off big time.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:50 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Preseason should be free!!! It should give those who can't afford or can't get a ticket a chance to see their favorite players.
It essentially is free. Go on StubHub sometime. Teams are almost giving away tickets to their preseason games. For example, the San Diego Chargers visit the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. I can get tickets to that game for four dollars. Less than the cost of a movie.

The Green Bay Packers, the defending Super Bowl champions, have tickets available for their final preseason game against Kansas City for seven dollars. The cheapest ticket to a Packers' regular season game is $104.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:43 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason doesn't stink

The only reason there's preseason is because owners make huge profits off of it. They get to charge $8 for popcorn and $25 for parking with very little overhead. There's no bigger money making scheme in all of sports (except for maybe personal seat licenses).
Wrong, Freeman. The reason there's preseason is because teams need the games to figure out which of their reserves and young players have the ability to make it in the NFL someday. If it were only because of profits, there would be no preseason in either the NHL or the NBA, because I'm pretty sure those leagues both struggle to make money on the preseason.

The NFL actually needs preseason more than any other professional sport, because of roster size and the NFL's system. In baseball, a club can send its top rookie to its single-A affiliate and monitor his progress until it decides he can help the top club. In hockey, same thing, a team sends its rookies to the AHL or ECHL. The NFL can't do that. Their minor league system is college football, and you can't send Curtis Painter back to Purdue to get him more experience.

The same is true for the NBA, but an NBA roster has just 15 players maximum. An NFL team uses at least 25 players in the first quarter alone and has 53 players total. There's no way an NFL coach is going to be able to tell if a player can contribute without seeing him in a game situation. In the NBA, you have 82 games, and about eight or nine a season will be blowouts, one way or the other. That's a perfect time for Mike D'Antoni to get the Knicks' reserves on the floor. In the NFL, you have 16 games, and almost all of them are very competitive. Maybe you get one or two blowouts, but by then, all you're doing is taking a knee. Tom Coughlin isn't going to get to see what his players can do when they're just taking a knee.

The NFL needs preseason. Keep it at four games. It's unfortunate that this happened to Thomas, but that's part of life. He got hurt in a game the players and coaches both badly need.



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:01 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Yes, everyone hates pre-season. No kidding. We as fans just get so excited for "real football" to begin because we've been without it since early February. Us NFL fans are like kids waiting for Christmas to come. We just want to explode with anticipation to just get the season started. I'm sick of all the NFL network re-run games and highlights that they've been playing since then but the pre-season is a nessesary evil. NFL teams need these games to evaluate their new talent and depth. Who's going to make the 53 man roster. The new players need to acclimate to their new organization, learn new schemes and get timing down. All the players need to fine tune their game and work towards getting in game shape. The owners already charge regular season prices for the 4 pre-season games so increasing the season to 18 means your starters are now playing a full game when they're not quite ready ready yet instead of only a half. I believe this would cause way more injuries to our stars early in the season. That's a much worse scenario than the handful of unfortunate pre-season injuries we see. No matter what; every pre-season some players will get hurt. 2 games, 4 games, some one's getting hurt. How many players get injured during pratice? Are we going to quit prctices too because some one might get hurt there? We are going to yell at the coach and say "come on, how could you have him practicing at this point?" I know we're all super exited for real football and we're busting at the seams with excitement but everyone just relax and enjoy the pre-season for what it is. Mostly boring. Bits and pieces can be enjoyable. It's like foreplay. We're just having some fun and building some aticipation for what we all want. Penetration."Real Football" will be here right around the corner. 



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:29 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

100% agreed.  Tom Coughlin & his staff is to be blamed on this one.  There is no need to have Thomas out on the field with such little time to go in the first half.  Injuries are part of the game, still Tom better get ready, it appears it will be a long year & i the G-Men miss the playoffs, good by TC, I won't miss you.Cool



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:08 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Big lead near the half and the coaching staff still has the proven studs on the team still playing....The coaching staff is to blame for this one. Can't fault a player for playing hard.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:59 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Maybe we should cancel the whole season and let a computer create stats and records.  Then the same computer can crown someone champion.  That way no one will get hurt and we can all still talk about stats and championships.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:37 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

What a whiny, bitchy New York fan...

This is football.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:27 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

If you don't have pre-season might as well tell undrafted rookies, late round draft picks, and such to basically go home because they don't have a chance. And if there were only two pre-season games, chances are guys like him would be in even later because they have less of a window to fine tune or get ready if they need it.


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