Frump’s been frumping about boxing and MMA-related subjects quite a bit lately, so how could we pass up the chance to log a quick post on the NFL’s recent foray into that growing market?
Now, as I’ve chronicled before, I’m certainly no expert on the “fighting” sports, hockey included. However, notwithstanding the apparent beatdown delivered by Johnson here, my gut tells me that the uproar amongst NFL fans is related more to the relative novelty of the event itself rather than any observed skill.
After all, I imagine most hockey fans would jeer such an outburst — and not out of distaste for the utter lack of sportsmanship displayed. No, they’d probably just be expecting more. More than what they might expect from a tiff between the cast of Disney on Ice, at least, and certainly to not see the players, let alone officials, break it up.
All that said, I’m not suggesting an NFL season already infused with the controversy associated with something like helmet-to-helmet collisions is losing any popularity contest amongst fans of “violent” sports. Far from it.
But if some of the hottest stories around the league — in back-to-back weeks — are going to be Cortland Finnegan’s tap-out and Richard Seymour’s devastating right hook, well, why not capitalize on the trend?
Then again, perhaps they already are.