For those of you about to watch a little football over the weekend, does the "sport" induce brain damage not only to the players but also to the viewers?
After a weekend of listening to the blather on the tube, many viewers tend to believe that “college” players are really student-athletes and that NFL players can step back into society on Sunday evening after a week, after a near lifetime, of banging heads.
The Ray Rice case probably should cost Commissioner Roger Goodell his job one of these days. Hearing the report that Rice had dragged his girlfriend, now his wife, out of an elevator after “rendering her unconscious” did not arouse any curiosity in Goodell. Biff-bam-pow. It sounded like one of those phrases John Madden and the lads used to chortle on the compliant networks not so long ago.
“Got his bell rung.”
X-rays of autopsies to follow.
Just think about it while watching the “amateurs” and the “professionals:" the know-nothing impulse of Goodell and his league regarding Ray Rice and now-wife is not the first or perhaps most widespread scandal facing the NFL.
These people have been ducking the clear evidence of damaged players for generations. Men had their uniforms taken away when they could no longer compete, and soon afterward an alarming number had another clubhouse - a rest home with burly attendants to care for them.
For many years the NFL relied for brain advice on its medical advisor, Dr. Elliot Pellman, who was not an expert in neurology, and who resigned in 2007 after articles by Alan Schwarz in The New York Times and other sources.
I had already posted this article when things got worse. The front-page story in the Times by Ken Belson said the NFL is admitting that one-third of its former players are likely to have brain damage. In case you missed it:
Until recently, the NFL's position was that players did not have brain damage. Rather, they were rendered unconscious. Big difference.
What happens to players still getting hit early and often by other behemoths? Do they left-hook their companions, or strangers, and dump them halfway out of an elevator and nudge them with their feet?
At the moment that ugly video surfaced, the two NFL scandals were joined. Does football make players violent long before brain damage is confirmed -- via an autopsy?
Have a nice violent weekend.
9/13/2014 06:35:04 am
As I recall, there was a big push for Schwarz to win the Pulitzer for his reporting on this. I suspect he deserved it.
9/13/2014 09:18:53 am
Remember the opening scene in North Dallas Forty? Player reaching for his pills, Monday morning.
mike from whitestone
9/13/2014 07:09:46 am
9/13/2014 09:17:12 am
The owners love a guy who makes them money.
9/13/2014 11:24:46 am
Today, things are often being relabeled the new” this” or the new “that”—eighty is the new sixty, or in the HBO show Orange is the New Black.
9/13/2014 12:24:28 pm
I remember Jos. Welch's remarks to McCarthy -- turning point.
Craig N. Oren
9/14/2014 02:20:33 pm
just can't stand to watch football any more -- a sport that's given me many exciting moments over the years. I confess I skim the coverage in the newspaper, but don't watch or go to any games. And there are plenty of other things to do on a Sunday afternoon.
9/15/2014 01:34:29 am
This piece is the Joe Friday kernel of it all -- straight, short, and posing the relevant question in a way that wraps it all up. The rest is commentary.
9/15/2014 01:37:19 am
Good to hear from both of you.
9/17/2014 01:11:08 pm
In a comment above, George wrote, "Even former NFL players have doubts about letting their sons play."
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.