Just checked out the Dave Pear article over in the m.go.licious and man, what a downer. I never played any sort of organzied football, and the more and more I watch, I'm glad. I've been saying to my wife recently as we watch games that if we ever have a son, I hope he has no interest in playing football. The hits and twists these guys take are unreal and just don't seem worth it for the vast majority of them.
I work in neurosurgery and my wife is in psychology with brain injuries, and this stuff is really messed up. I realize my hypocrisy in watching, but I guess it is what it is to borrow a stupid phrase. Maybe they really should seriously consider some of those suggestions like making any tackle without wrapping up a personal foul or flagging every single helmet to helmet religiously so they take it down a notch. Of course, that isn't what sells, so it probably won't happen.