"This "evolution" is an ignorance birthed out of a lack of knowledge of the sports history."
Excuse me? You have the wrong guy with that statement. My knowledge of the sport and its history is just fine.
The evolution is plain to see. Is it drastic? No, it's subtle....and there's a reason it took place.
Don't take offense. I appreciate the pioneers of the sport as much as the next guy, but I'm not gonna ROMANTICIZE with them the way I think you and some others here do.