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August 21, 2015


All This Talk About Training Camp Fights.

by Larry Leek

Carolina Panther’s Training Camp

There’s been a lot of talk about training camp & scrimmage fights lately from coaches, sports broadcasters and analyst’s expressing concern over camp fighting after viewing videos that have gone viral. Could this be yet another tradition that’s always been part of the NFL training camp ritual coming to an end?

With all NFL training camps In full swing, the training camp fights and also the fights that occur when teams scrimmage one another are in FULL SWING as well, But this has always been a common theme that accompanies the NFL’s summer camps.

But now it appears that the word is, that it shouldn’t be happening.or allowed.

The sensitive, liberal media has made statements that it should be stopped with fines incurred for players involved and that it’s just one more reason why domestic violence is at an all time high in the NFL. OH Really?

With SO much change that has taken place in the NFL due to domestic violence and other criminal activities over the last few years it appears now that even the long time fighting that has been going on during the training camp period could be coming under heavy scrutiny.

When you look at the fact that social media is now involved in EVERYTHING, even the video of the fight that occurred between the Cowboys and Rams this week while scrimmaging in Oxnard, CA. came be made out to be much worse than it really was.

This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:

Thru out my entire Football life players fighting during training camp OR scrimmages (during training camp season) have always been a BIG part of the entertainment fans can expect to see while visiting.

Coaches for years have said it’s a way of letting them get it out of their system BEFORE the season begins.

I remember hearing coaches say (naming NO names), “ FIGHT it out NOW & get it out of your system before the season begins, BECAUSE if you get into a fight during the season and it cost’s me a penalty you’re in trouble”.

Now if that plan actually works well I’d say it depends on the player, but still not a bad strategy.

But for the media or ANYONE (coaches included) to think it’s a bad thing or that it promotes domestic violence and should be stopped or have fines levied, is a LAUGHER.

I mean first off last time I checked football in it’s own right IS a violent sport regardless of the fighting so basically the sport itself could promote domestic violence and to try to tame the sport, OR ANY of it’s aspects could in the end damage to overall excitement of the game.

The sport has indeed taken a beating lately, to the point that parents aren’t letting their kids play the game on a youth level anyone for fear of their child getting injured. Youth participation all around the nation is at an ALL time low and in the end, though it will take a few generations to surface, we all know what the end result will be. The popularity of the sport will fall and there’s NO WAY to avoid it unless the NFL and NCAA and parents stop becoming so sensitive or worried about this issue.

There’s no sport out there where injury is not part of the risk. The key is being prepared fitness wise and also having the right protective equipment to reduce the risk, which I feel the NFL and NCAA could address better instead of trying to teach players how to play different from the way they have always played.

But back to the training camp fights. I think that it’s NO big deal what so ever & it has always served a purpose during this time of the season, separating the players from the quitters and the men from the boys. These guys are getting played HUGE dollars to play this game so there’s no reason that they can’t be subjected to the same thing that the players who came before them were and did for much less.

My Sports Mind tells me that they and the media have became just TOO damn sensitive they need to leave the players alone when they are under the guidance of their coaches and quit trying to determine what they should allow and not allow players to do in Non-game situations.

If you think football or any of it’s aspects are too violent then my BEST suggestion is to follow something less violent like maybe water polo.

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?



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