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12-06-2012, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Buck Aki Berg View Post
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Thought this could make for an interesting debate as hockey fans continually voice their displeasure about rule changes designed to reduce injuries. Good to know that it isn't just hockey that's looking at these types of changes - we shouldn't feel so alone anymore.
18 years ago, the NFL was suffering from a decline in scoring. They responded by moving the kickoffs from the 35 to the 30, which would encourage kickoff returns and therefore increase offense. At the same time, they allowed two-point conversions for the first time in NFL history, which added another dimension to the game.

Part of the reason that the NFL has continued to grow and be strong across the board is because the powers-that-be never look at the game as a finished product. This attitude extends all the way back into the early 1930s, when a bland and plodding product paled in comparison to the open college game, continued into the 1950s when the passing game really opened up, into the 1970s when the defenses began to choke the game, and up through today. The opposite end is MLB, which regards everything as flawless and yet continues to lose ground year by year.

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