Trump thinks football has become too wimpy

  If the sport of football faces an existential crisis these days, it’s best known by the initials CTE, which stands  for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease found in people who have had multiple head injuries. The National Football League has taken steps to guard against CTE by adopting rules against excessively violent tackling, but that seems not to have stemmed a growing trend among parents to keep their sons out of the gridiron sport. Indeed, at least a few promising young players have voluntarily...

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Is football doomed?

  The question in the headline above is perhaps overstated. Football does not currently face actual extinction, but there’s plenty of evidence that it’s in decline of late in terms of attendance, TV ratings and, most importantly, participation. And let’s not have it said that the controversy over conspicuous protests staged by Colin Kaepernick and certain other players during the playing of the National Anthem is a major factor in the fall-off of public interest in football. Dismay with Kaepernick’s actions has...

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Time for my annual complaint about the F-word

  Ordinarily, I don’t post anything on this subject until later in the summer, but I’m prompted to go early this year because of something I heard the other day on ESPN. It was a rambling bit of nonsense by some moron who apparently felt a need to use the word “football” in almost every sentence he uttered. This is a fairly common penchant among people associated with the gridiron culture. They seem to fear that their credentials will be called into question if they don’t use the F-word at least six times a...

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Is death of former Bears player another nail in football’s coffin?

  When I heard the other day that Rashaad Salaam, a Heisman Trophy winner in college and a former running back for the Chicago Bears, had died in an apparent case of suicide at the tender age of 42, the first thought that came to mind was a three-letter abbreviation rather than words. Sounds like CTE, I told myself. Those letters stand for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas. Further research on Salaam’s head will determine if CTE was the cause,...

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The curious overuse of the F-word

  It’s that time of year again when I’m obliged to register my annual complaint about a certain pet peeve — namely the odd penchant among people associated with the gridiron culture to use the word “football” seemingly six times in every sentence. I’ve been beefing about this for years now, and a search of the Internet shows that I’m not the only person annoyed by it. But the problem persists. Broadcasters, coaches, players and others involved in the sport have to remind themselves every few seconds that the game is called “football.”...

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