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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
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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: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:54 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

How do you still have a job Freeman?  I mean really, how does CBS justify paying you for your idiotic opinions?  I'll fill you in on a well known fact Freeman, preseason football doesn't stink....you stink.



Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:35 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Why this an article?? This is something we all know already, its almost like saying the sky is blue or the earth is round. If this was a top 15 offensive player i might undertand but a CB..Dont care

Offenses write checks. The defenses cash them.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:12 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

What a stupid, short sighted article.


Tom Brady was lost for the season in '08 in the 1st quarter of the 1st game. You think that wouldn't have happend in the 1st quarter of the last pre-season game?   Come on.

Crap happens, all the time.  This includes pre-season, post-season, regular season, off-season, etc..etc..etc....



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:06 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

What a really stupid article,pre season matches are played not for money but because it would be ludicrous to send players into competition without any MATCH FITNESS,the players can train for ten years but they always need MATCH FITNESS as their final preperation before the start of a season,I could just imagine the injury toll if you just threw everybody into full combat without any MATCH FITNESS under their belts.Every major sporting team on the planet has a pre-season,not for the money but cos its a necessary evil.

 




Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:50 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Avoided?  This could happen to a guy walking out to get his mail.  Maybe if instead of playing this preseason game like you suggest, he's practicing during the time he would have been in the game anyway and pulled the same injury.  The only way these guys will ever be safe from football injury is if THEY STOP PLAYING FOOTBALL! 



Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:06 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Why this an article?? This is something we all know already, its almost like saying the sky is blue or the earth is round. If this was a top 15 offensive player i might undertand but a CB..Dont care



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:42 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

in a tailgating lot accross from mccormick place in chicago it is 20.00...it all depends where you park. I am sure if you park in the lot it is much more expensive...if you can but 100.00 parking? Where the hell are you getting that???!!



Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:41 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Injuries are a part of the game....its the same as legistlating SAFETY.....How has that worked out for the USA



Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:22 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

based on your argument we should skip ALL of preseason, and oh yeah, they could get hurt while PRACTICING as well, so lets cut that out too!! they can get hurt working out inn the training room, ok no more working out guys!1...lets watch some fat out of shape, had no practice dont know the plays profesisonal nfl football.....your an idiot.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:00 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

And once again Freeman shows why he has no reason writing for this or any other sports publication. 


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