I dont think the crazy flips are lack of drive. Pro's know (or should know by now) that you lose all your power when you leave your feet, and leaving your feet is what causes the helicopter tackles. I recall Sage Rosenfels did it this year (QB...what does he know about running), and lost the game cause of it. Also John Elway did it to dazzling effect in Super Bowl 32 (i think it was that game anyway).This really isn't a poll, but more of a discussion. A discussion between pro sports and amateur/school sports.
When I see these pro football games, I don't see the crazy tackles where someone gets flipped into mid air like I did when I was a kid. Yes I know why it's not as physical now.
Seems that once someone becomes a pro, their hunger/drive disapears. You don't see them as competitive as they were when in highschool.
I'm not all that into sports. Personally, I would rather prefer to watch a school game than pro football.
Same with Boxing, go to an amateur match, that's a big difference than some top billed has been boxers fighting eachother.
I think what you're seeing is more evenly matched events, which takes away the individual effort that you seem to yearn for. Except perhaps for NBA games, which are more individual than College B-ball.