If there’s no foul, then there should be no harm.
Still, let’s back off the backlash against the targeting rule and recall why college football erred on a side this year.
There’s this thing called the brain. It’s rather vital to life, and it sloshes around in cerebrospinal fluid, inside a hard skull, without buffers.
Helmet technology improves, but the brain still sloshes into a hard skull when someone’s momentum is suddenly, even violently altered. Bigger, faster and stronger players keep getting better at suddenly, even violently altering each other’s momentum.
Yes, a hard stand on hitting’em high might cause players to hit’em low, but has a knee injury ever caused brain damage? Has a torn anterior cruciate ligament caused long-term neurological damage, with potentially fatal consequences?
If we’re too worried that football won’t feel like football any more, then our priorities are as misplaced as Lane Kiffin in a major head-coaching gig.
The targeting rule as we know it is new. This first year will be the worst year, but our beloved regional pastime will adapt.
Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at firstname.lastname@example.org.