Sports In America Analysis

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PRESCIENT (Feb. 01, 2013) In 1976 James Michener wrote SPORTS IN AMERICA. He made the statement then "...I might allow my child to play football, but I wouldn't encourage him to play." I asked this fall on this blog; won't this be a critical year in football history? (FOOTBALL AT THE CROSSROADS). Seems like the year proved the point...Continued head injuries, lawsuits, dementia, suicides, pretty brutal stuff. The game is brutal. Still many love the "lions vs. the Christians". Many think the rules are unclear or limiting. My guess is another influence is on the forefront, similar to Michener's. "Mommas don't your boys grow up to be football players." This is not new, yet making more sense. It bothers me however that the great life lessons…show more content…
If the savage control the game, to hell with it. If there is a "...turning loose of the steering wheel" then wrecks will occur, and as good people abandon the game a lot will be lost. Every time an Incorrigible is recruited, selected, hired, etc., a good kid will be eliminated,…show more content…
Same for coaches, administrators, owners, all the way up and down...Face it--there are people that aren't capable of benefitting from the great life lessons of football, and all sports. They use the game only for self gain. Many become millionaires only to squander the money. Bankrupt in short order, having gained no worthwhile skills, and having done only damage to society...Once again, who plays is important. People must be screened on a person by person level. Race should play no part in who plays. It does seem true that the more white kids drop out, the more black kids will fill the slots. It seems logical that if we fill the slots with incorrigibles, albeit good players, we will eliminate a lot of great black kids, whose only chance may be sports. Save the game for kids who, having learned important life lessons through their only available avenue, i.e. sports, go on to worthwhile citizenry, and make rules that protect them. Begin with performance enhancing drugs control. Lance Armstrong said he would not have been accepted if he had declined to use drugs. If the top (pro sports) demands usage, the news will flow to the
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