Soccer used to be a brutal/violent sport too.
For those of you that don't know much about the game, and think its all "diving" because of the modern game and its rules.
Let me give you a little background on soccer.
Some of the few superstars we knew before Pele were Di Stefano and Puskas, these were highly skilled players, yes they got brutally beat every other game, they didn't wear shinguards also, we had a lot more injuries.
Pele at one point didn't want to play the game anymore, he would get hit over and over in every game to the point where he was depending on pills because of the pain.
It wasn't until Spain 82 (world cup) that FIFA decided to do something about the brutality of the game. Maradona and Jorge Gonzalez were the stars on that world cup, and they got beat so bad that they didn't shine as much as they were supposed to.
FIFA started reviewing these tackles and putting a lot more regulations into the game, to make it safer for skilled players.
Maradona won the next world cup in Mexico, his skill was too much for defenders that were only looking to break his legs and were not able to do it anymore.
What now you see as a "diving" fest, used to be a brutal game, but it had to be changed due to the brutality of the injuries.
When players such as Maradona and Pele missed 6 months, people started realizing something was wrong with the game...
I know, diving has gone too far right now in soccer, but FIFA is also looking at fixing the problem, but the game is safer and that is a good thing.
We all like to be though men that wont admit pain but at the end of the day, a rehab of 6 months is not really something you want to brag about.
I have been in long rehabs and I am all for people making sports much more safer, and yes I decided to write this due to the NFL and NCAA new rules on tackles that have been discussed on these board.
One thing I find interesting in baseball, not much contact, still a good sport.
Teach a kid how to read and he will read, teach a kid how to shoot and he will shoot...
Last edited by Kaka; 03-08-2013 at 11:49 PM.