Monday, 3 December 2012

The Football Discussion

A couple of days ago....some football player from the Kansas City Chiefs ended up in an argument with his girlfriend.....then shot her.  He went to the stadium....where he had a brief talk with the management, and then killed himself in front of them.  Hours later....sports announcer Bob Costas got into a discussion on the air....then proclaimed if this guy had not had a gun, then he would not not have shot the girlfriend....thus life would be better than what happened.

I paused and pondered over the commentary.

By Sunday, there were some comments over the mental health of the football player.  Over the few years of football that he'd played (he was twenty-five this year).....he had various issues from concussions.  He was mixing pain-killers and booze.  He wasn't exactly able to grasp his direction in life or feel any emotions.

Rather than go in the direction as Bob Costas....I'd go the other direction....that football probably is heading toward a discussion over impacts and concussions.  I'm of the mind that between 2025 and 2030....we will eventually agree that football impacts are dangerous and harming people.  Yes, we just might outlaw high school football, and then onto college football.  All you need is three or four states to implement some tough rules, and football would start to dissolve.

Will Costas be upset by this?  Yes, because football paid for his salary and his profession.  The gun discussion?  It doesn't work well when you star to talk about impact and brain damage.

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