Originally Posted by 8Mile
I'm a hockey fan, first and foremost. I think association football is a beautiful game. There's too much diving, but I still enjoy it. European hockey players do still get a bad rap in parts of Canada and the U.S. for diving and not being willing to fight, but that's changing.
Rugby is a beast of a game. I love it. I don't understand it completely, but I love watching it. Those athletes are as tough as anyone in any sport.
American football is brutal. Most players have trouble walking by the time they're 40. The concussions and associated mental health issues have led to over 4,000 lawsuits being filed by former players against the NFL. Former players who appeared young and healthy are committing suicide at an alarming rate. One wonders how long before the game changes significantly as a response.
Did you where scientists proved NHL players hit 17% harder than NFL players, but are 20% smaller?
It must be because they have 75% steelier cojones. ;)