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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: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:40 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

What was Coughlin supposed to say "there is 22 seconds left in the half, everybody out" Give me a break. It's just an unfortunate injury end of story



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:15 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

You know what is funny? That this blog is called football insider. he couldn't be any more outside if he was writing for national geographic.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:12 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

If they don't play the preseason games, and make all that money, and give the advertisers somewhere to advertise, then the players don't make as much either. Preseason is 20% of the games played each year. How many teams can afford theor payroll if they make 20% less revenue? Wake up, grow up, and put on your big boys pants if you want to play a big boys game. You dont hear Thomas complaining that it happened in preseason because he knows the deal. he will make his money this year without playing and come back next year health and lethal and get on with his career. if the coaches are afraid of injury, then hold the starters out. i wish I could blame this injury on the lockout, but I can't. it wasn't a conditioning injury, it was a football collision injury. Shut up and write something of substance. maybe do a little research on how many more or less injuries happen to stars during the preseason. ithink you will find the number alarminly low to support your whining!



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:03 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

This article is correct on many levels, but this is an oft-heard tired argument that decreases my chances of coming to CBSSports.com to kill time. All whiny and no real substance... as a matter of fact as soon as I hit send I will be off to get some fresh takes from Florio from a better designed site...



Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:01 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

the players make millions,owners want to see them play..injuries happen.nice its a giant lol



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:29 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

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.

Man you have to look at the big picture here. It is all entertainment, one play is as meaning full as the next. If a boy or girl on the sideline enjoyed the game then it meant something. You cannot quantify sports or any other visual entertainment the way that you are. In 10 years (heck next year) no one will remember the difference between pre-season and regular season. Why would it make any difference if he injured himself in this game or the first game of the season? What about practice? By your logic they shouldn't practice either. Because that is partially what pre-season games are, tune-ups or practices for the season. So stop all practicing and getting out of bed just in case.



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:18 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

Freeman's right, but for the wrong reason...   i've always hated Coughlin, but i defend his decision to 'use preseason for reps since no OTA'...   it's true that the players can certainly use it...  now if Thomas had gotten hurt WHILE DEFENDING THE PASS, i would have NO PROBLEM AT ALL since it's an area that's crucial and CB's need the practice...   but my problem is that THOMAS WAS HURT ON A CORNER BLITZ!!   does he really need to practice that?  how many Corner blitzes are we even going to have this year?   and isn't the whole point of having all world D-line SO THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO CORNER BLITZ?

guess the equilvalent would be...   if a pitcher blows his arms out in 5th inning, then the coach/manager gets no heat...  but if you use Tim Lincecum (let's pretend he's a decent hitter for argument's sake) for pinch hitting in regular season game and he's gone for the year, then the coach would take ALOT OF HEAT



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:11 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

So Freeman, are you telling me if you were an owner you would not take advantage of making more money? If you were an owner you would say screw the extra millions Pre-season makes? I find that hard to believe. What is the purpose of an owner? To make a profit! Period. The football players assume the risk in the job and lucky them if getting hurt and making millions while sitting out a season is the worst, how lucky are they? With professionals there is always risk to their job and they accept it because it could be worse. They could be serving hamburgers at McDonald's. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:05 pm
 

wrong again Freeman...

Freeman, the part where you say "this is where you say it could happen anytime" and then call it foolish.  It is not.  It is a reality.  The play was a freak accident and an injury like this can happen at anytime regardless if the game counts on the record or not.  Preseason isnt meaningless though. It serves a purpose.  One of them admittedly is for cold hard cash, but also to help teams assess their talent, make roster decesions and as a warm up to the season.  If there is no pre-season, the players would come in to the regular season rusty and still apt to injury.  It is unfortunate when a player goes down, but it is sadly a part of the game and it cannot be changed.  Every sport has a pre-season and football is no different.  I hate the pre-season personally, but I understand what it is and why it is important.




Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:05 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Preseason stinks part 200,000

I think it is much easier for a veteran to get hurt during preseason, because their focus is not 110% on the game.  They have nothing to prove, so they just try to stay healthy.  Thing is, the rookie on the field has everything to prove, so he is playing like it's regular season. 

These two motivation mix is why vets are more at risk to get hurt.



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