Friday, February 1, 2013

Football celebrates our bygone past of rugged individualism and risk

Not like the namby pamby new days of Girlie-manism, Girls in combat and everybody wins a trophy

Excerpted, Steve Deace, USAToday, "Football celebrates masculinity: Opposing view":
I believe we're so passionate about football because it embodies everything we love about American exceptionalism. Merit is rewarded, not punished. Masculinity is celebrated, not feminized. People of various beliefs and backgrounds — a melting pot, if you will — must unify for a common goal for the team to be successful.

In football, fortune favors the bold, just as it once did in the American frontier...

Yes, football is a dangerous sport. That's why they wear pads and helmets, and of course we should do everything possible to minimize the risk.

But a lot of the work men do on behalf of others is dangerous. And, in many cases, the men voluntarily playing football are not just providing an income for themselves but also for thousands of families whose livelihoods depend on the sport's success.

We used to be a culture that celebrated the rugged individualism of a man willing to take chances with his God-given talent, but then we also used to keep score at our kids' Little League games, and businesses weren't "too big to fail." As a people we are becoming soft — both around the waist and in the head.
Editor's note - Unfortunately, the NFL has been polluted by so much political correctness since Obama took office, it's hardly even worth watching any more.

3 comments:

citizen121 said...

All football problems can be directly attributed to Obama.

John Morris said...

It's interesting you show the leather helmets. Some evidence the game may have been safer back then. Modern helmets do a good job at preventing scull fractures; minor bloody cuts and broken noses. Major brain injuries from high speed hits are not affected and might be worse.

John Morris said...

I came across a guy online who studied boxing fatalities through the early 19th century. Amazingly, actual deaths caused by immediate injury in the ring seems to have held steady in spite if headgear and heavily padded gloves.

Adjusted for the fact that old time fighters sometimes fought hundreds of matches in the actual death rate might be higher.

The too big to fail metaphor seems right- we are trading painful but minor upsets (broken noses) small bank failures for catastrophic collapses.