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    A Gentleman's Game: NFL vs. MLB

    Baseball has always been referred to as a "Gentleman's Game." Cheap shots, such as the famous hidden ball trick, are generally considered "Bush League." A bunt attempt during a no-hitter is another baseball no-no. On the other hand, and possibly only up until now, the NFL has never incorporated these unwritten rules of the game. My question is two-fold. First, why have the "rules of the game" been different in football than in baseball? Second, is SpyGate and the rise of Roger Goodell changing this to make the NFL more of a Gentleman's Game?

    The unwritten rules are indeed quite different. Take the A-Rod/Blue Jays case in point. Alex Rodriguez yelled something during a pop-up to a Jays' infielder, causing him to miss the ball. A-Rod helped his team, but was immeiately condemned as a "dirty player" who somehow violated the ethical norms of baseball. The Jays' even felt the right to throw at him in retaliation. Meanwhile, other players around the league leaked their own thoughts that A-Rod was dirty for throwing elbows to break up double plays, etc.

    The A-Rod/Blue Jays situation is not much unlike the new revealations about the Jets' D-Line's "illegal" attempts to shout out false signals to the Ravens' offense. On Mike and Mike in the Morning, they discussed how such attempts to create offensive penalties have been commonplace in the past. However, attempting to now use a rule written somewhere, but probably rarely enforce until this season, the Ravens are accusing the Jets of wrongdoing.

    Ok back to baseball. After a player hits a game-breaking home-run, the commentators scrutinize how many seconds the batter has spend admiring the distance of his hit. A slight delay in running the bases might be interpretted as "showboating," and the next batter could receive a beanball for his teammate's unsportsmanlike conduct. But wait, there are rules for beanings too! When a team retaliates a beaning by throwing at the other team, they are seemingly only permitted, by baseball etiquette, to hit a player of equal stature.

    We have already seen the NFL crackdown on showboating. Terrell Owens' antics in desecrating the Dallas Star have been condemned. Even Chad Johnson has toned it down from the last few seasons.

    The written rules in the NFL are clearly changing. Roger Goodell and SpyGate have brought this to a forefront. Excessive celebrations have been prohibited. The NFL is monitoring unfair practices regarding technology. The refs are seemingly going to enforce the rules against baiting the Offensive line.

    My contention is that we will see the unwritten rules of the NFL change as well in the near future. These ethical norms will prevent baiting practices, video surveillance, and endzone dances without the need for such things as League sanctioned radio frequency monitoring.

    But I believe it will go beyond what we are seeing now. I think players will develop a code of play that will go beyond what can be seen by the league, the fans, or even the refs. For example, we can all see the pile of players that follows a fumbled football. Former players have told stories of the scratching, kicking, and punching that goes on under the pile, in the fight for the football, while the refs peel off players. In the future, such conduct might be considered to violate the ethical norms of football.

    Is this movement good for football? A resistence has already formed. The Extreme Football League (is that the name of it) was created in an attempt bring back the oldschool style of hard football, but that hasn't seemed to take off. I believe that a change in the ethical code among players is changing, but not to the point where we will be calling football a "Gentleman's Game."

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    Baseball is a game for young boys.

    Who in the hell can watch all those mid-afternoon games on weekdays, anyhow? Retirees?

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    Everyone knows that gentlemen use performance enhancing substances....oh yeah--some in the NFL do as well.

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    In baseball, if a few guys hit home runs...you bean the next guy. Gentlemen indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntonio_JetFan
    Baseball is a game for young boys.

    Who in the hell can watch all those mid-afternoon games on weekdays, anyhow? Retirees?
    Umm, what is this 1930? Other than the Cubs who routinely has weekday afternoon games?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batmans A Scientist
    Umm, what is this 1930? Other than the Cubs who routinely has weekday afternoon games?

    That's a good point. Baseball was probably an interesting sport in the 1930's.

    Compared to football and basketball, baseball is

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    Baseball is alot of things.....a "Gentlemen's Game" sure as hell isn't one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntonio_JetFan
    That's a good point. Baseball was probably an interesting sport in the 1930's.

    Compared to football and basketball, baseball is
    Baseball is great, nothing like comin home and having a game to watch everynight.

    Basketball is a joke, bunch of premadonna cry babies that are wanna be thugs

    did you see Carmelo Anthony's homothug club punch last year aginst the knicks?
    N.B.A. =fake tough guys

    If it wasnt for gambling Baseball would be the biggest sport in the country

    I love to gamble so i put football before baseball, but there are those 2 sports than everything else

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