Are you sure that those really were the Steelers playing on MNF last night? You know, if the NFL does become unwatchable for you, then you'll have omitted watching MLB, the NBA, and the NFL -- leaving only the NHL to watch. Not that that's a bad choice, of course.
As far as the rule changes are concerned, I'm really glad that I own several DVD collections of the AFL and NFL, and of football that was played in the 1960s and 1970s to watch just in case I end up going down the same road as you.
Yeah, the Steelers are bad this year, as I expected, which is probably part of the reason for my malaise. However, I do currently find college football to be more entertaining to watch than the NFL. I am following the NFL more out of habit and for fantasy football.
And Johnny, I do understand the need to make the game safer, and I support that. However, some of the things I find that are making the game less entertaining have nothing to do with safety. The pass interference rules, current replay system, and way too many stoppages with commercials have nothing to do with safety, but are instead either poorly implemented ideas or just a money grab. There is no flow to the games anymore. And some of the safety measures have been taken too far. A blow to the head should be a penalty, but is it that hard to differentiate between that and an accidental light brush to the helmet that the players do not even notice, but both are a 15 yard penalty?
The college replay system and pass interference rules are far superior to the NFL's, IMO. A questionable bump of a receiver should never result in a 50 yard penalty, and the NFL's replay system takes far too long for reviews to occur.
Scott, hopefully the NHL will not go down this path, but I do see the money grab becoming more of an issue there, too. A co-worker with Red Wings season tickets stopped by my office today because he received his tickets yesterday. He always offers to sell me his tickets to the Habs game at face value, and wanted to let me know that his last row seats in the corner of the arena for the two Habs games (and two Leafs games) are now $58 each! These are for seats that sell for $32 for a normal game and were only $24 a couple of years ago. He knew I wouldn't want to spend $116 for two seats (plus another $15-$20 to park) where you can barely see the far goal, but wanted to make sure before he offered them to anyone else. So, I will be watching the Wings - Habs games on TV, and getting my live hockey fix from the OHL's Plymouth Whalers, where two center ice seats only cost me $24 total, including parking.
Edited by Scott Merryfield, September 17 2013 - 12:58 PM.