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.