Rugby is a way better game, the thing that I find strange about the Stateside version of Football is the need for loads of padding. Rugby is all the action, much of it similar as far as tacking goes, albeit minus the protective gear.
And besides the deaths that Frenata mentioned, many were getting serious and/or permanent head,neck and spinal injuries. I've seen Rugby on TV but don't know much about it. I know the way NFL players line up at the start of each play, they are pretty much smashing each other head on, so the potential for the head, neck and spinal injuries is pretty great. When you've got two 350 pound giants smashing into each other, they probably need air bags! There are still quite a few injuries even w/ the padding. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't Rugby players generally better built than our 350 lb football players? (Thick from head to toe w/ muscle rather than a mix of fat and muscle?) And they seem to run around more (plays don't stop as often) so they are not necessarily taking forward-facing hits all the time? (Or am I thinking of Australian-rules football?) Anyway, I think the American fans just got tired of the game being stopped to take some poor, permanently injured or dead soul off the field. Kinda kills the mood in the stadium.
Hey! Where's the baseball thread?
nimi, did you watch the Rockies vs Astros on Thursday night? That was, if not the best, one of the best baseball games I've ever watched. Biggio got his 3000th (and then some) hit, the game went into overtime, then ended with a walk off grand slam. Doesn't get much better than that! You would have thought you were watching game 7 of the World Series!