Super Bowl XLVII: Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh disagree with Obama:
The man who created the biggest buzz as Super Bowl week in New Orleans began was President Barack Obama, who expressed concerns about the future of the NFL because of its violence and said he’d have to think “long and hard” about letting a child of his play the game.
I am sure that Obama’s comment were made with good intention but the game of football will be alive and well 100’s of years after Obama’s toes are facing north. There is too much money involved to sideline one of America’s favorite sport.
Why do people go to a bull fight? Not to see the bull get killed at the end, they want to see the matador get gored and trampled on by 2000 pounds of beef.
Should some of the rules of football be modified to protect the players; absolutely.
Just take a good look at some of the long range effects the game has had on some of their superstars.
A study was published Wednesday in the medical journal Neurology, surveyed nearly 3,500 retired NFL players who were in the league between 1959 and 1988.
Looking at the causes of death for 334 players, researchers found a high incidence of neurodegenerative diseases. “We looked at all the death certificates, and Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS had significant contribution to their deaths.
The average age of the 334 pro footballers who were in the study died at 57 year old. That is much too early to get thrown out of a game. Studies like this do not showcase the players that were crippled and had a life of medical misery after they either retired or were asked to leave the sport.
I have said it for years. “We are all like icons on a computer screen; after our usefulness has served it course the guy sitting behind the screen hits the delete button and it is all over”. This is what they call loyalty in corporate America and probably around the world.
These statics do not matter to the NFL or the owners of the teams. What matters is the bottom; money. Shoot them up and send them back into the game. Win at all costs.
The sport in of itself is not dangerous enough but we have a few physco coaches out there that put a bounty on the heads of some of the better players for their guys to “put them out of the game”. All I have seen for this outlandish behavior is a slap on the wrist for the nut case coaches.
If some of these guys were on their way to the stadium with only seconds to spare before the game started and they saw their mother laying in the street that just got hit by a semi; they would have to think twice on what to do.
Do any of these people remember the definition of what a sportsmanship is? I don’t think so.
Here is what Mr. Webster has to say:
Definition of SPORTSMANSHIP
: conduct (as fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport
Somewhere way back when; these head hunters lost sight of what the games are all about.
The money will prevail and football will be still kicking around for centuries.