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Dr. McInerney says spiking kickoffs "may save someone’s life or limb." What's your take on the doctor's opinion?
A doctors’ group is scheming to fundamentally change the way high school football is played in New Jersey. They claim kickoffs are “the scariest part of the game” and must be banned immediately.
The Medical Society of New Jersey’s Committee on Medical Aspects of Sports will announce today their plot to spike kickoffs in high school football games played statewide, reports NorthJersey.com’s Darren Cooper. It is anticipated that the doctors will suggest teams start possessions at the 20 or 25-yard line so no bodies collide on returns.
“The kickoff is the scariest part of the game,” said committee chairman Dr. Vin McInerney. “It’s just not right and it doesn’t make sense anymore … Two teams are coming at one another full force like gladiators.”
Coaches across the state say they’re not convinced that eliminating kickoffs is going to reduce injuries and increase the safety of this full-contact sport that comes with its share of risks.
“I think if you do that, they have to eliminate punts as well and then you’ve really altered the game,” said Wayne Hills coach Chris Olsen. “I know people are trying to look for an answer for all the injuries, but I would hate to see them alter the rules of the game to that effect.”
Don Bosco coach Greg Toal acknowledged kickoffs are brutal, but says eliminating them isn’t the answer, especially when the same types of injuries “can happen on a defensive back trying to tackle a running back.”
At least one congressman and one former NFL player are expected to cheer on the anti-kickoff contingency today as they lobby state officials to make high school football less of a full-contact sport.
Ticked-off about quacks and bureaucrats trying to make football a kinder and gentler sport? Here are a few folks to contact:
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) – He is expected to attend the meeting today and lend his support to the doctors’ assault on high school football.
Tel: (973) 523-5152 – Main District Office
(202) 225-5751 – D.C.
Dr. Vincent K. McInerney – “I don’t think it will diminish from the game.”
Tel: (973) 694-2690 or (973) 694-2290
Medical Society of New Jersey
Main switchboard: (609) 896-1766