Let’s not ignore this other connection between football and domestic violence

The one good thing about the current scandal concerning domestic violence among professional football players is that public opinion seems to be running strongly against tolerance of such behavior. But there’s another angle to this matter that also deserves our attention — domestic violence among football fans. Consider THIS: [T]he latest research suggests that negative emotions triggered by events such as a football loss can lead to more serious crimes and behaviors like domestic violence. In a comprehensive survey of domestic...

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You might want to consider this before encouraging your son to play football

Recent polls indicate that worries about head injuries have resulted in parents becoming increasingly reluctant to have their sons play football. That would seem to be a prudent attitude, as THIS indicates: The National Football League, which for years disputed evidence that its players had a high rate of severe brain damage, has stated in federal court documents that it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that the conditions are likely to emerge at “notably younger ages” than in the general...

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Manly men — and even some women — complain that football is becoming feminized

For several years now, I’ve been writing about the gradual convergence of various factors which, taken together, pose an existential threat to football. We’re reaching the point where the most fundamental aspects of the football culture — the violence and machismo —  are under assault. Players suddenly — and litigiously — are aware that head injuries suffered on the field can bring life-long misery. Consequently, new rules have been promulgated, and some players are unclear about which kind of tackles are...

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Patriotic? Northwestern footballers to wear uniforms depicting spattered blood!

Here’s an example of adding insult to injury: As if it weren’t bad enough that the Northwestern Wildcats football team has not lived up to expectations this season, the players will now have to endure the potential humiliation of having to wear uniforms that bespeak a misplaced notion of patriotism. The story is HERE: In its Nov. 16 game against Michigan, Northwestern football players will wear special uniforms as part of the team’s effort to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Naturally, the uniforms, which are made by Under...

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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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