In baseball, purists dominate. Nearly 25 years later people are still complaining - rightly - about the American League designated hitter rule. Yesterday the Brewer's starting pitcher, who has hit four home runs this season, had two hits. Baseball is a game with only limited strategy. Why remove the biggest decision a manager has to make...whether to pull his pitcher for a pinch hitter?
And I won't even get into how the steroid generation of baseball players ruined baseball statistics. In the 1990s, we had formerly light-hitting second basemen hitting 40 home runs.
Those who promote the NFL don't have the same sense of history as baseball fans. During my lifetime, I easily remember the 14 game season and the feat. In 1978, the NFL went to 16 games. I remember O.J. Simpson rushing for 2000 yards in 1973. Then when in 1978, when the NFL went to 16 games that feat became easier and was accomplished four additional times. When it goes to 18, that feat will be even easier..though I have to wonder about the punishment on a running back asked to play 18 games in a season.
I know the extra two games is meant to replace two pre-season games. I'm all for shortening the pre-season, but I don't see the reason the regular season has to be two more games. Isn't a season lasting 5 plus months long enough? The physical burden and possibility for injury is going to go up. The odds that a Peyton Manning suffers an injury goes substantially up in an 18 game season.
Why go to 18 games? The reason is simple. It's about the money. The owner sees two more regular season games and the TV money that goes along with that. But in the end is it really worth it if you inflict damage on to what is already a great sport. The notion that the NFL won't go through a down period like the NBA and major league baseball has is wishful thinking. Moving to 18 games may help the finances in the short term but in the long term will inflict damage to the game by making injuries to stars more likely, watering down the importance of each regular season game, and wearing down the enjoyment that we football fans experience during the regular season. It's like eating pizza every night. After awhile you get tired of it.
An eighteen game season? NFL, please say "no" to this idea.