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President Obama: ‘If I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.’
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[quote:The Sonic Dreamer:MV8yMTIxNDg2XzM1NzkzMDE2XzIyNEYzNDU1] Football, the game which is played ONLY in one nation on the entire planet: The United States of America. Why? Because football requires a type of mental toughness that is rare in this world. Football requires mental, physical, and emotional toughness. It is a violent sport, but it is controlled violence. And, nobody is forcing these players to play this violent game. The players are well aware of the risks and dangers, but it is American bravery and guts that make them eager for the game, not in spite of the controlled violence...but because of it. Compare and contrast these statements made by the quisling milquetoast Barack Obama regarding the most American of sports, with the original "Rough Rider" Theodore Roosevelt, the President who saved the game from extinction by those who claimed it was too violent: http://www.history.com/news/how-teddy-roosevelt-saved-football article: "How Teddy Roosevelt saved football" (actually the game was extremely violent back then...with dozens of Americans actually dying each year!) [/quote]
So now the Prez will influence the NFL??
I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much.
I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they're grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies. You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about.
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