Now at NFL Camps: No Tackling
Football tries to protect stars with less-intense training
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
In this June 11, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver gestures during practice at an NFL football training camp in Alameda, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – If you want to see some truly star-studded touch football games, maybe you should try watching NFL training camp. All 32 teams kick off their camps this week, and a lot of them are limiting or outright banning tackling, the New York Times reports. Just this week the Eagles joined the no-tackling club, after a pair of season-ending injuries. "They'll get plenty of hitting in the games," coach Chip Kelly said. "But we've got to get our guys to the games."

Mostly, teams are afraid of losing stars, but the trend comes with the concussion cloud hanging over the sport. Camps are less brutal in other ways these days as well—they're half as long, at three weeks instead of six, and limited by union decree to one session per day instead of two. "I remember working at training camp when the players were allowed one little cup of Gatorade per practice," says Giants co-owner John Mara. "We just didn't know better."

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Aug 4, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
Sports are one of many things that modern societies provide to distract intellectual energy away from all the issues that really make a difference to peace, prosperity, happiness, health, safety, well-being and justice. Fans invest their energy in calling radio stations and analyzing the most miniscule details of sporting events and sports history. Fans attach their allegiance to teams when they have no stake in its profits and no control over its operations. The composition of the team is subject to change at any moment with persons from all far reaches of the nation and world- yet the team is treated as if there is a meaningful connection to some geographical location. These loyalties are so powerful that fans get into fist fights with their fellow man over them. People with so much to unite them, divided by ephemeral, illusory interests. In turn, popular events provide firtile ground for selling such necessities of life as beer and carbonated sugar water. From 1/31/2007: "Why is the Super Bowl so valuable? Commercial inventory for last year’s game on ABC–owned by the Walt Disney Co. –amounted to $154 million, based on a record $2.5 million commercial rate for 30 seconds of airtime. Sprint Nextel paid $12 million to sponsor halftime, a figure that is expected to be topped by PepsiCo when the Colts play the Bears in Super Bowl XLI on Sunday." We often rejoin those with whom we disagree by asking "are you stupid" or "are you crazy", but if one is stupid or crazy one would be the last to know. It is the same with anesthesia! Man-1: "Chief Kessler, hundreds of people are being rounded up by the FBI in Philly, Brooklyn and Los Angeles." Chief Kessler: "Great! We'll discuss it later, the game is starting."
Aug 3, 2013 8:23 PM CDT
It's crazy, tackling is what they really need to work on.
Aug 3, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
And yet, one of these players will make more while sitting on the bench, than a professional teacher will make in 5 to 6 years. I run the ball, I throw the ball, I catch the ball, base/foot/basketball has been good to me.