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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:06 pm 
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As much as it pains me to say it, I’m drifting away from football. The NFL is sapping all the joy out of it. https://nypost.com/2017/12/22/why-pro-f ... -to-watch/
My 2 cent$. First let me say it was very difficult for me to post this. I'm not looking for any sympathy. Just thoughts from the SteelerFury fan base. That said, this article I found this morning echos my mentality and feelings regarding the NFL and it's continual manipulation of the game the NFL once represented and stood for. I like most here have heard the talk of long standing fans threatening to move on from the NFL. I myself know of many such fans including some of my own family members that have completely stopped supporting the NFL. Going back to the now infamous kneeling demonstration. As veterans of the United States Military they made their choice based on patriotism and their Respect for their country. They were/are disgusted by the demonstration even though they understand that individuals right to do so. Had the individual not been in Uniform it would have been a better tactic is what was conveyed to me. I understand and agree with their point.
Anyway, after the last legal call against the Steelers TE Jesse James "didn't survive the ground" I realised this game has become far too scripted through rule manipulation. Those days of simply crossing the goal line making it a touchdown are now long in the rear view. Those days we all played like crazed lunatics in the backyard are long over. The game has been manipulated into this overly complicated reliance on replay and thereby officiating. I myself disagree with the amount of control officiating has. No one even the officials can tell what a legal catch is anymore. Without great controversy. No one knows for sure the difference between roughing the passer and legal contact anymore because the implementation of the rule varies depending upon what QB is in the back field. Just for a couple of examples off the top of the head. The more the rules have changed and are implemented over the history of NFL the more the game has become unwatchable in my opinion.
Every year there's modifications and/or overhauls of these rules that only benefit the game in a matter that generates longer time in reviewing/officiating slowing the game to an almost complete stop improving sponsorship viewing time generating more $ for the already Billionaire ownership. When will it become more about the sport and less about the revenue? Never. Those days are far long gone. I have already supported the NFL through my purchase of NFL Sunday Ticket for many, many years. Which by the way I did not pay for this season because I resigned with Direct TV. So anyway, I wanted an Authentic T.J. Watt (home) jersey with the DMR patch. Wanted it bad. Can not see myself supporting a what I believe to be a corrupt system that doesn't even care to support their own fan base with a respectable (wholesome) quality product. Like I remember it being.
Some may tell me to shut the hell up and quit crying like a bitch. Others may feel the same way. To each their own. At this point, I want to say this is the last season following the Steelers and by default the NFL. They have managed to completely ruin a life long passion and lifestyle. I've never been divorced but this is what I imagine it might feel like after 40 years of Steelers/NFL loyalty and faithfulness. Sans the half of everything... :lol:
Harder to quit the Steelers than smoking cigarettes for me. Especially the home I've found here at this esteemed discussion forum for the past 8 years. Can't rule out a back slide... ;)
For me this is more about the watering down and manipulation of the game I love more than my walking away from it.


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I agree with the replays and penalty increases. But the real reason the NFL sucks is the lack of talent and shitty teams. Most teams just aren't good. The Steelers have one of the most talented teams in the league and even they went through a stretch where they were almost unwatchable.

I have a theory that the passing rules they implemented 5 or so years ago have shifted the focus of teams to the defensive side of the ball. Just take a look at the composition of the first rounds over the past few years. Teams have heavily invested on the defensive side of the ball. Now, in my opinion, NFL offenses are brutally bad even with the rules favoring that side of the ball. A lot of the premiere talent and resources have been spent on defense.

There used to be a time when I'd be tuning into the NFL today, but instead I find myself watching Netflix instead.

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I hear you CT. I have the red zone channel and still don't watch. I'm more into the Discovery channels like Homestead Rescue and Alaska the last Frontier for example...


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Steelafan77 wrote:
I hear you CT. I have the red zone channel and still don't watch. I'm more into the Discovery channels like Homestead Rescue and Alaska the last Frontier for example...


How's Alaska the Last Frontier?

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StillerInCT wrote:
I agree with the replays and penalty increases. But the real reason the NFL sucks is the lack of talent and shitty teams. Most teams just aren't good. The Steelers have one of the most talented teams in the league and even they went through a stretch where they were almost unwatchable.

I have a theory that the passing rules they implemented 5 or so years ago have shifted the focus of teams to the defensive side of the ball. Just take a look at the composition of the first rounds over the past few years. Teams have heavily invested on the defensive side of the ball. Now, in my opinion, NFL offenses are brutally bad even with the rules favoring that side of the ball. A lot of the premiere talent and resources have been spent on defense.

There used to be a time when I'd be tuning into the NFL today, but instead I find myself watching Netflix instead.


To me, the biggest issue with the league favoring the passing game is that it has amplified the importance of the QB position, and there’s only about 10 legitimate QBs in the league at any given time, meaning 20 teams have very little hope of legitimately contending.

Which is kind of ironic because while they were changing the rules to favor passing, they were also making a big deal about pushing for more league parity, but that’s almost guaranteed to never happen when the league is so dependent on the one position that is also the hardest to fill.


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Steelafan77 wrote:
I hear you CT. I have the red zone channel and still don't watch. I'm more into the Discovery channels like Homestead Rescue and Alaska the last Frontier for example...


i'm more into The Last Alaskans.


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I only watch the Steelers. I used to watch every game I could. It's just not interesting anymore.

The incessant flags, silly reviews (see James, Jesse) make other games uninteresting.


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Louis Lipps Service wrote:
StillerInCT wrote:
I agree with the replays and penalty increases. But the real reason the NFL sucks is the lack of talent and shitty teams. Most teams just aren't good. The Steelers have one of the most talented teams in the league and even they went through a stretch where they were almost unwatchable.

I have a theory that the passing rules they implemented 5 or so years ago have shifted the focus of teams to the defensive side of the ball. Just take a look at the composition of the first rounds over the past few years. Teams have heavily invested on the defensive side of the ball. Now, in my opinion, NFL offenses are brutally bad even with the rules favoring that side of the ball. A lot of the premiere talent and resources have been spent on defense.

There used to be a time when I'd be tuning into the NFL today, but instead I find myself watching Netflix instead.


To me, the biggest issue with the league favoring the passing game is that it has amplified the importance of the QB position, and there’s only about 10 legitimate QBs in the league at any given time, meaning 20 teams have very little hope of legitimately contending.

Which is kind of ironic because while they were changing the rules to favor passing, they were also making a big deal about pushing for more league parity, but that’s almost guaranteed to never happen when the league is so dependent on the one position that is also the hardest to fill.


This.

It's a heck of a lot harder to throw the ball vs run it and the league tried so hard make it easy to even the playing field.

Other thing that ties into is that the NFL believes: More passing= more exciting = more eyes = more dollars

But man so many of these games are awful to watch... So devoid of talent


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We’re the past.

The author is the past.

The NFL doesn’t care about us anymore.

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I'm actually encouraged that there is finally and thankfully some HATE being generated for REPLAY. I've hated it, since they implemented it! I'd rather just live with mistakes, I feel like there are just as many mistakes upon further review! I don't want to stop the game 10-12 times for replays! I'd be happier if they get a few wrong, it's not like they aren't anyways. I'd also eliminate 50% of the rules! I mean who cares about a formation penalty? Then they erase a 50 yard pass because some guys foot was 6" too far back! Or go to Canadian motion rules, better than stopping for every tiny flinch or step. Just make it a goal for there to be almost no flags thrown ever.


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