The so-called, “war on football”, is a joke in 2 ways. Here’s why –
Can We Fix Football Before You Kill It?
First off, many of you freaking out about how bad football is for children, quit kidding yourself. You still tune in every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Not to mention, if you live in the south, you probably attend a game on Friday. That alone makes your complaint seem awfully disingenuous. You are also ignoring the fact that every major sport comes with inherent risk. Basketball players risk their knees, baseball players risk their arms, soccer can have collisions just as violent as football, and hockey is arguably even more physical. Do not forget that these other sports also have concussion issues. Head trauma is a sports issue, football is just a major contributor. We need to identify the risks in all sports and see if there is a plausible solution, because I think most of us can agree that sports can play a positive role in a child’s life.
Why Are You Protecting Football?
I get it. Like me, football dominates your weekends from late September to early February. College, Pro, the occasional ESPN high school game. You cannot get enough. Or maybe you only watch on Sunday’s. Either way you truly love football. It is visually appealing, easy to follow, and you can even bet a couple games on the weekend with your buds. Be honest though, it is inherently violent and wildly unforgiving. The NFL is symbolically understood to mean “Not For Long” when referring to a player’s careers and the only position where you do not see a sickening amount of “recycling” in the league is QB. Dan Le Batard of ESPN, who openly admits he is a huge football fan, has gone as far as comparing it to modern day cock and gladiator fighting. So if you are denying that football has a problem. You are lying to yourself. The proof is all around you.
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 10, 2015
Sadly, this is just one, of the far too many examples. The solution however, is not to take a side and yell at the other. The solution is to ask for more research, because things like what occurred in the tweet above should never be a part of sports. Whether it is better equipment, less games, or if we really need to restrict kids from playing football until a certain age, we just need to know more.
Either way, the outrage conventions are not helping anybody. Greater division among us, as fans, does not fix anything. It only makes issues worse. The whole purpose of this debate is to find a fix, not to be on the “right” side of things. There is an argument to be made for both sides, but what is most important is finding an answer to better serve the children of the future because sports help shape character. They also create academic and career opportunities, so I am not willing to abolish them because of a minute level of risk involved until I know a whole lot more. I hope I am not alone in that sentiment.