Like what I said

Matt Taibbi is the most important writer in the country at the moment. And in his spare time he loves sports:

IMPOSE A WEIGHT LIMIT. It would be one thing if watching all these 320-pound guys run into each other at full speed were nature meeting nature, a sports wonder of the world. But it’s not: It’s a whole bunch of 260- and 270-pound guys who spend their off-seasons mainlining chocolate pudding, cheeseburgers, and Stanozolol because their position coaches told them they had to make weight or hit the waiver wire. While fans can’t be expected to care about all these lab-fattened players getting sleep apnea, high blood pressure, musculoskeletal problems, and enlarged hearts (that was what killed former Charger lineman Chris Mims, who was 38 and 456 pounds when he died shortly after retiring), they should at least theoretically care about all the time lost to on-field injuries thanks to the extra weight. In whose interest is it, really, to stack 50 or 60 unnecessary pounds on some poor dumb kid from Nebraska or Alabama just so that he can fall on Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, break the starting quarterback’s kneecap, and torpedo the league’s ratings for the year? Not that the genuinely fearsome ass size of players like Grady Jackson isn’t itself a worthwhile attraction, but the NFL wouldn’t lose much with a 300-pound weight limit. And while it wouldn’t end steroid use, it would give us a game that was faster, more athletic, and less likely to feature clashes of limping third-stringers by week 11.

Read the rest of his ideas for improving the NFL here.

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2 Responses to “Like what I said”

  1. Pat Says:

    He should get his facts straight that most teams and players who need to make weight actually need to LOSE weight, not gain it.

  2. indeedindeed Says:

    You’re conflating two different issues. Taibbi is saying that humans aren’t healthy at weights that are average now for NFL linemen. The fact that players are so addicted to food that they struggle to make those already inflated weight goals is another thing.

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