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Is this the Rule in football: taking steroids is cheating, but wearing sticky-gloves is okay?

Granted, on frigid days players should use gloves to prevent frost-bite and not have to sneak-on a pair like Packer linebacker Dave Robinson had to do in the 1967 Ice Bowl. 

Back in the 70s when ends (wide receivers) were loading up on stick-um, some cried foul at the unfair advantage and the NFL banned the substance. 

It's no wonder we see so many one-handed grabs today.  Do you think Plaxico Burress made that Super Bowl catch because he has gifted hands?  I don't think so.  These sticky-gloves are making football look sissified.  In warm weather it looks downright foolish.   

I suspect NFL and NFLPA suits made a mountain of money with a manufacturer who had approached them with their cheesy glove idea.  The makers are laughing all the way to the bank, now that the glove trend has spread to colleges and high schools.  At least they're probably made in the USA.  But then the Chinese need jobs too, right fellas?   

Innovative change can improve a sport: face masks; batting helmets.  But cheat-gloves don't improve football any more than driver-heads the size of cantaloupes improve the sport of golf.  They do, however, make a small group of rich men even more rich.

Seeing how the NFL operates today must make old-timers like Joe Kapp and Jim Brown just cringe.  But they know this Rule:  it's not about the game; it's all...about...the money. 

Steven Keys

November 21, 2010  08:15 AM ET

Amen! As a lover of football, having played six years and following so many as a spectator and fan, I am outraged! And it is not just the individual player trying to push the envelope: everybody is in on it. The way the mass of suits (commentators, who so easily forget that they are not the primary show) have a pact of silence. And why is that? Because everybody is getting rich off football as show, less sport. Well, the sport will survive it I guess, similar to the way baseball is weathering their drug problem. But the outcome of it all is simply the cheapening of the sport. And is it any wonder the society is falling apart (I exaggerate not) when the young look to sports for their heroes. Pitiful. That's my opinion. I'm Tom Courtney, Alhambra, California. Thanks for letting me mouth off.

 
January 30, 2013  11:03 PM ET

SI doesn't bother informing us when comments are left on our posts, hence, the 2+ year delay in my response. Now even some QBs are wearing 'em. Maybe more about the money than being dainty. The 'heroes to worship' are getting real scarce these days.

Thanks for reading and the comment, Reggie1.

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