Oxymoronically, deflategate scandal is overblown

The biggest problem with the so-called scandal concerning allegations that the New England Patriots blew too little air into the footballs with which they played last Sunday is that the mainstream news media have blown too much air into the matter. Did this issue really deserve to be the lead story on all three major-network newscasts the other night? Was there nothing of far greater importance happening anywhere in the world? Come on. Wait! I know what you’re thinking: Deflategate is a big story because everyone is talking about it. My...

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Millions of people think God will decide who wins the Super Bowl

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said something the other day to the effect that the outcome of a football is not likely of any great concern to the proverbial Man Upstairs. Rodgers was responding to a fan who said she found it “a little off-putting” when an athlete thanks God for helping his team win a big game. Said Rodgers: “I agree with her. I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.” Perhaps so, but a new survey commissioned...

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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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