NFL players can no longer lower their head to initiate contact. It's the so-called "targeting rule," which during my middle and high school school years was also known as "proper tackling technique." "Put your helmet on their numbers" they'd scream, then blow their whistles a few minutes later to make the whole team run laps because someone was pussy and ran out of bounds to avoid a tackle. Those safeties ran in like hired guns, and spear tackled like, well, literal spears. I understand the safety reasons for the rule. I have two sons and no intent to ever let them play football, due to safety concerns and my own, extensive experience with concussions. But that doesn't mean I'm not at least a little bit sad. Since I read about the rule change, I've been watching videos like this: Focus: What did you do in your youth that there's no way in hell you'd be able to get away with today? Alt. Focus: The pendulum always swings back. As the NFL turns into flag football, something is going to fill that violent sports void. As the NBA turns into the social justice league, something is going to fill that skilled sports void. As the NHL -... nevermind, no one cares about them anyway.... Point being, eventually the pendulum will swing back. What do you think will come of all this?