Preseason football is stupid and I do not like it

Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell was knocked out cold in yesterday’s preseason game with the San Francisco 49ers. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ knee made contact with Campbell’s helmet. He will be tested in the next few days to see if he has a concussion.

In retrospect, it could have been worse: He could have been shot.

Preseason is stupid and unnecessary. I wish they would just do away with it. Considering how much money the owners make in preseason, that will never happen. Tickets cost the same in the preseason as they do in the regular season and if you are a season ticket holder, you’re forced to pay for two preseason games along with the eight regular season games. Another benefit to the owners is that they don’t pay the players during the preseason. Contracts in the NFL are based on a 16 game season.

College players don’t need preseason to get ready to play football, so why do the pros?

Coaches will say they need the preseason to decide roster spots. This is a stupid reason, especially considering that contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed. Teams can cut and stop paying players anytime.

When a player is injured in preseason, it’s an unnecessary waste. Players like Campbell have a finite number of concussions they can give to this game they love. When they get one in preseason, it means one less they can get before they are forced to retire.

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

16 thoughts on “Preseason football is stupid and I do not like it”

  1. I went to this game with two friends. We’re Raiders fans. I’ve been going to the Raiders vs. 49ers game for many years, and yesterday’s game was by far the worst ever for violence among fans. Having said that, I then find out today that there were two shootings, in addition to the 10 or so fights that we saw. Those 10 fights were just the ones that we could see from our vantage point, I’m sure there were many more all over the place. It got to the point where nobody was even paying attention to the game anymore. Everyone was standing up and watching fights pop up.

  2. I went to this game with two friends. We’re Raiders fans. I’ve been going to the Raiders vs. 49ers game for many years, and yesterday’s game was by far the worst ever for violence among fans. Having said that, I then find out today that there were two shootings, in addition to the 10 or so fights that we saw. Those 10 fights were just the ones that we could see from our vantage point, I’m sure there were many more all over the place. It got to the point where nobody was even paying attention to the game anymore. Everyone was standing up and watching fights pop up.

  3. I went to this game with two friends. We’re Raiders fans. I’ve been going to the Raiders vs. 49ers game for many years, and yesterday’s game was by far the worst ever for violence among fans. Having said that, I then find out today that there were two shootings, in addition to the 10 or so fights that we saw. Those 10 fights were just the ones that we could see from our vantage point, I’m sure there were many more all over the place. It got to the point where nobody was even paying attention to the game anymore. Everyone was standing up and watching fights pop up.

  4. I went to this game with two friends. We’re Raiders fans. I’ve been going to the Raiders vs. 49ers game for many years, and yesterday’s game was by far the worst ever for violence among fans. Having said that, I then find out today that there were two shootings, in addition to the 10 or so fights that we saw. Those 10 fights were just the ones that we could see from our vantage point, I’m sure there were many more all over the place. It got to the point where nobody was even paying attention to the game anymore. Everyone was standing up and watching fights pop up.

  5. I see people online trying to blame the beer sales for all this. That’s far from the truth. Too much drinking happens at every game. This time people took things to a new level, and elevated the violence across the board.

    This was a case of a bunch of thugs who support the 49ers, attempting to increase their “rep” among their peers. They want to be the “bully”, so they decided to walk up and down the aisles yelling “F*** the Raiders” and threatening anybody wearing a black jersey. I felt really bad for all the mom’s who also brought their small kids with them. I suspect that these bums waited until halftime, when the ticket scalpers were dumping their tickets for super cheap. Their effort to disrupt everything almost seemed like it was planned out somewhat ahead of time too.

    The stadium was close to an even split in terms of number of fans from either team. When they play this game at Oakland Coliseum, I don’t see all these brave 49er fans yelling and threatening Raider fans there. In fact, you don’t see very many of them attend that game. So when I had these guys yelling at the top of their lungs at my face in the hallway, I asked them,”There are always ten thousand empty seats at the Oakland game. Why is it I never see you saying all this stuff over there?” They know that I’m right. They’re cowards.

    1. I doubt most of these people starting fights were season ticket holders. Most probably bought the tickets cheap on eBay or craigslist. One more reason to do away with preseason games.

      I was at a Dodgers game once when a fight broke out in the outfield grandstand. Play stopped and everyone watched the fight, even the players.

      1. Regarding that Dodgers game you mentioned – imagine being at that game, but seeing that same kind of fight, popping up in a different spot, every 5 minutes or so, for the entire last half of the game. That’s the kind of evening we had on Saturday here. Like you said, the thugs probably bought cheap tickets somehow on the internet or something. I really believe that this time, there was a planned disruption. Those guys knew they were going to get into these fights before they even took a sip of beer that day.

  6. I see people online trying to blame the beer sales for all this. That’s far from the truth. Too much drinking happens at every game. This time people took things to a new level, and elevated the violence across the board.

    This was a case of a bunch of thugs who support the 49ers, attempting to increase their “rep” among their peers. They want to be the “bully”, so they decided to walk up and down the aisles yelling “F*** the Raiders” and threatening anybody wearing a black jersey. I felt really bad for all the mom’s who also brought their small kids with them. I suspect that these bums waited until halftime, when the ticket scalpers were dumping their tickets for super cheap. Their effort to disrupt everything almost seemed like it was planned out somewhat ahead of time too.

    The stadium was close to an even split in terms of number of fans from either team. When they play this game at Oakland Coliseum, I don’t see all these brave 49er fans yelling and threatening Raider fans there. In fact, you don’t see very many of them attend that game. So when I had these guys yelling at the top of their lungs at my face in the hallway, I asked them,”There are always ten thousand empty seats at the Oakland game. Why is it I never see you saying all this stuff over there?” They know that I’m right. They’re cowards.

    1. I doubt most of these people starting fights were season ticket holders. Most probably bought the tickets cheap on eBay or craigslist. One more reason to do away with preseason games.

      I was at a Dodgers game once when a fight broke out in the outfield grandstand. Play stopped and everyone watched the fight, even the players.

      1. Regarding that Dodgers game you mentioned – imagine being at that game, but seeing that same kind of fight, popping up in a different spot, every 5 minutes or so, for the entire last half of the game. That’s the kind of evening we had on Saturday here. Like you said, the thugs probably bought cheap tickets somehow on the internet or something. I really believe that this time, there was a planned disruption. Those guys knew they were going to get into these fights before they even took a sip of beer that day.

  7. I see people online trying to blame the beer sales for all this. That’s far from the truth. Too much drinking happens at every game. This time people took things to a new level, and elevated the violence across the board.

    This was a case of a bunch of thugs who support the 49ers, attempting to increase their “rep” among their peers. They want to be the “bully”, so they decided to walk up and down the aisles yelling “F*** the Raiders” and threatening anybody wearing a black jersey. I felt really bad for all the mom’s who also brought their small kids with them. I suspect that these bums waited until halftime, when the ticket scalpers were dumping their tickets for super cheap. Their effort to disrupt everything almost seemed like it was planned out somewhat ahead of time too.

    The stadium was close to an even split in terms of number of fans from either team. When they play this game at Oakland Coliseum, I don’t see all these brave 49er fans yelling and threatening Raider fans there. In fact, you don’t see very many of them attend that game. So when I had these guys yelling at the top of their lungs at my face in the hallway, I asked them,”There are always ten thousand empty seats at the Oakland game. Why is it I never see you saying all this stuff over there?” They know that I’m right. They’re cowards.

    1. I doubt most of these people starting fights were season ticket holders. Most probably bought the tickets cheap on eBay or craigslist. One more reason to do away with preseason games.

      I was at a Dodgers game once when a fight broke out in the outfield grandstand. Play stopped and everyone watched the fight, even the players.

      1. Regarding that Dodgers game you mentioned – imagine being at that game, but seeing that same kind of fight, popping up in a different spot, every 5 minutes or so, for the entire last half of the game. That’s the kind of evening we had on Saturday here. Like you said, the thugs probably bought cheap tickets somehow on the internet or something. I really believe that this time, there was a planned disruption. Those guys knew they were going to get into these fights before they even took a sip of beer that day.

  8. I see people online trying to blame the beer sales for all this. That’s far from the truth. Too much drinking happens at every game. This time people took things to a new level, and elevated the violence across the board.

    This was a case of a bunch of thugs who support the 49ers, attempting to increase their “rep” among their peers. They want to be the “bully”, so they decided to walk up and down the aisles yelling “F*** the Raiders” and threatening anybody wearing a black jersey. I felt really bad for all the mom’s who also brought their small kids with them. I suspect that these bums waited until halftime, when the ticket scalpers were dumping their tickets for super cheap. Their effort to disrupt everything almost seemed like it was planned out somewhat ahead of time too.

    The stadium was close to an even split in terms of number of fans from either team. When they play this game at Oakland Coliseum, I don’t see all these brave 49er fans yelling and threatening Raider fans there. In fact, you don’t see very many of them attend that game. So when I had these guys yelling at the top of their lungs at my face in the hallway, I asked them,”There are always ten thousand empty seats at the Oakland game. Why is it I never see you saying all this stuff over there?” They know that I’m right. They’re cowards.

    1. I doubt most of these people starting fights were season ticket holders. Most probably bought the tickets cheap on eBay or craigslist. One more reason to do away with preseason games.

      I was at a Dodgers game once when a fight broke out in the outfield grandstand. Play stopped and everyone watched the fight, even the players.

      1. Regarding that Dodgers game you mentioned – imagine being at that game, but seeing that same kind of fight, popping up in a different spot, every 5 minutes or so, for the entire last half of the game. That’s the kind of evening we had on Saturday here. Like you said, the thugs probably bought cheap tickets somehow on the internet or something. I really believe that this time, there was a planned disruption. Those guys knew they were going to get into these fights before they even took a sip of beer that day.

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