The latest trend in the NFL is players throwing protective gear into the stands out of anger. In week 2, it was Brandon Jacobs throwing his helmet. This past Monday night, it was Nick Collins who threw his mouth guard at a fan who reportedly yelled a racial epithet at him.
Obviously this raises a lot of questions about fan safety and player behavior. But the largest question it raises is this:
Would you rather get hit by a helmet or a mouth guard?
Initially, it seems like a no-brainer. A football helmet is big and hard and a mouthpiece is small and pliable. Obviously, the chances of sustaining serious blunt force trauma is significantly higher when a helmet is thrown.
But, at the same time, you have a better chance of seeing a helmet coming at you and either catching it or moving out of the way. Plus, a glancing blow from a tossed helmet might sting for a minute, but it won’t cause any serious longterm injuries.
A mouthguard is small. You may not realize it was thrown at you until it hits you. And it is wet. And it smells terrible. If you get hit in the head because you are not looking, you will be left with a trail of spit and mouth blood dripping down the side of your skull. If you see it coming and try to catch it, you will be left with spit and mouth blood on your hand. Either way you lose.
So, in the final analysis, SportsCracklePop has decided…
It is preferable to be hit by a thrown football helmet than a thrown mouthguard.
Share your thoughts in the comments if you’d like.