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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: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:26 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Freeman, you have to get in football shape and real live games is how you get to that point.  If you do not do preseason, scores more get hurt.

Also , you have to build continutity with offense and defense and this is a necessary evil. 

why do they make these OUTRAGOUS salaries?  Things like this can happen. 

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:57 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Was he on your fantasy team?

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:28 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Injuries to a player can happen anytime! Preseson or regular season! It sucks regardless!

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:28 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Pre-season games allow veterans to get into "football" shape. It allows rookies to see real time game action. It allows offenses and defenses to get coordinated during real game action. It allows QB's to get timing down with WR's. It allows coaches to see draft picks perform in "real game" action.  Yes, lets cut out pre-season football that way teams wont get into sync until week 4. Good idea.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:17 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

The players need preseason and they need the heat to train.  If you don't think so, ask Super Bowl winning coach Brian Harold Billick.  I rememeber after Viking Korey Stringer died from heat stroke, many people were still adamant how important heat was for individuals to get ready for professional football.  Billick also was an O-coordinator for the Vikes until 1998.

In this day and age, preseason football is a waste of time.  The players that make the team should be drinking mojitas instead of playing in these meaningless exhibitions.  On the other hand, coaches are still angry about the National Football League expanding from fourteen games to sixteen games in 1978 and the reduction from six preseason games to four.  Need to be sure we have the best team possible. Money mouth

On the third hand, inuries are part of football and players are going to hurt.  I can't see that it makes a difference if a player gets injured in Week One or in the preseason.  At least with a preseason injury, there are contigencies because of the large roster size.  The immobile player can still be held from injured reserve in the preseason.  Once the regular season starts, the rosters are limited to 47 or whatever number of players and injured reserve limits the availablity for the player to return..

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:13 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Did Allen Iverson write this article? Preseason=Practice for the players, and we all know how AI feels about practice.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:44 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Mike I usually enjoy reading your articles but you are completly out of yourt mind on this one. You can do better. C'mon man!

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:37 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

You have got to be kidding you cant cut the preseason to just two games. how do you evaluate your draft picks in just two preseason games. You have to get those guys on the field in a real game like setting. Practice against your own teammates just wont get it done.  The roster is over 100 and those games help all the coaches pick the cream of the crop.   I really feel four good preseason games is just about enough as far as your star players that you have you should not play them more than three series of a preseason game. Just leave the rest of the game to evaluate fee agents and new or young draft picks who have not seen real time action.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:25 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

He tripped over JPP.. He could have hurt himself tripping over his cat at home, too. That said, someone was going to get assigned to write the "preseason causes injuries" article by CBS .. I doubt Freeman thinks he came up with a revolutionary realization thats going to change the NFL when he wrote the article. And, well it got a lot of hits, which is all CBS cares about.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:22 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

I really think you write crap like this just to get a rise out of true fans that have something between their ears. It has become very obvious that you don't have a clue. Its not about money its about getting ready for the regular season.

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