This first weekend since July without a football game is as good as any to talk about the future of the game.
The Deadspin article about removing helmets and shoulder pads from the game and the news that replay officials will probably have more control over deciding what is and isn’t targeting in college football next season provide a pair of points worth discussing.
First on helmets and shoulder pads: Drew Magary admits he’s not the first person to raise this point, and he’s right. Joe Paterno, who played in leather helmet era, suggested getting rid of the facemask before his death, and I’m sure there have been others.
This is a valid discussion, and Magary makes some good points. Continue reading Football without helmets and shoulder pads might make more sense than current targeting rules