Good on this country’s football universities for decimating their students’ brains! Plus there’s their commitment to social justice: Consider the lovely racial angle to the current game, detailed here.

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  1. Stephen Karlson Says:

    The Atlantic’s writers have been on the racialized political economy of football for several years now. The article you link to elaborates on the phenomenon. Well-to-do parents have been holding their kids out of football for some time, and seven-player leagues, which used to be the way for small towns, primarily in Texas, to get in on the action, are now the varsity of last resort for small towns in my part of Illinois, where a combination of people leaving the state and fewer kids trying out for football make fielding a standard eleven-player team, even with kids playing both ways, more difficult than it used to be.

  2. charlie Says:

    The same can be said of professional boxing. Just look who does that brain destroying sport…

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Charlie: I almost wrote that in the post: boxing also comes to mind.

  4. dmf Says:

    like the military largely made up of the left-behind and the thrown away, desperate people doing desperate things, hell the better off (too the obscenely wealthy) won’t even pay taxes to support wars now they certainly aren’t going sacrifice their children to the spectacle.

  5. charlie Says:

    One of the links has data indicating 1.1 million high school boys play football. Unfortunately, that means the game isn’t becoming obsolete any time soon…

  6. dmf Says:

    from NYTimes
    “Hours before the sport’s biggest game, President Trump joined the growing ranks of parents anxious over tackle football”

  7. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dmf: Yup. Just saw that.

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