Hazing is stupid. Hazing belongs to a different time -- 1780, maybe. It's one of those unfortunate fads we should have outgrown by now but somehow failed to.
Think about it. If you want to join my group, my team, my fraternity, you have to pay your dues. So we'll do dumb stuff to you, and the weaker among us will get carried away with our temporary power, and whack the crap out of you.
I salute Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio for banning the hazing of rookies. Rookies still are subjected to the harmless stuff, participating in a talent show and carrying a veteran's helmet. But they aren't going to be taped to a goalpost.
It's 2011 in Jacksonville.
The theory behind hazing is that by submitting to a demeaning ritual you'll feel as if you earned your place in the new group/team/fraternity. Wow. Somebody shaved my head. Now I know what it's like to be a man.
It's a foolish theory.
And no, I've never been hazed. I couldn't join a fraternity. I wasn't the type. Plus, I don't own khaki pants.
In training camp NFL rookies play at a level to which they aren't accustomed. That's big-time talent they share the field with. You don't think that throwing blocks and fighting through them, catching passes and trying to stop others from catching passes, running and tackling and throwing and hammering and competing are dues enough?
Football is real. Hazing is contrived.
What year is it where you live?