Meaningless games

There shouldn’t be preseason in sports

By James Paxson, Sports Editor

“Practice doesn’t make perfect; only perfect practice makes perfect,” said Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi. No matter what a person tries to excel at, they need practice and need repetition to make it perfect on their road to become the greatest. In every sport there is some type of preseason; whether it is preseason games, scrimmages or exhibition matches.

Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo was injured in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. (Image from atomicsports.com)

Before these preseason events each sports team practices for weeks and play simulated games against each other before playing a game that does not matter against another team. With so much practicing before the preseason what makes the need for having these risky games?

The games have the extreme risk of having key players on the team getting injured and possibly being out for the entire season. There should be no need to put players in an opportunity where teams can’t use them in the regular season that matters.

According to cbssports. com, National Football League (NFL) football players Tony Romo was injured in a preseason football game and will be out for the first six weeks of the regular season. Romo, the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, has a broken bone in his back and is out for six to ten weeks. Romo hurt his back scrambling away from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennet, in a preseason game on Aug. 25 against the Seattle Seahawks. He has been the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for over a decade and led them to a division title two years ago.

This occurrence of losing a key team player in preseason games has become common in the NFL. The worst part of the injuries is young college undrafted players who are fighting for a job, but sadly get injured in games and then lose their opportunity.

Preseason injuries is not only isolated to the game of football; the baseball preseason is a month long and has over 25 games that do not count for anything. More players in baseball get injured or lose energy by playing a full month before the regular season. With all this exerted energy being used before the season; this explains why players are exhausted near the end of the season. For players, fans and the regular season, all sports need to cut back.

There are two solutions that can help solve the problem; eliminate the preseason or cut all starters out of the games. The simple solution would be to eliminate the preseason and just have teams practice against each other before the regular season. The second solution would be beneficial to all players, have the veterans and starters sit out the preseason. This way all the players fighting for places get a fair chance and no veterans get injured. The preseason is pointless, there is no reason to have a team’s best players risk their careers on games that have no effect on the season.