The great thing about the internet, other than Bits and Pieces, is that in just a few moments you can discover the world is a much different place than it once was, or you can find out that it’s pretty much the same, or even both, if you look around long enough.
But it seems that most of the college football rules we are living with today resulted in the high number of fatalities, that would be young men who were killed, playing college football, back in 1905. The movement to reform football.
Yeah, you are reading that right; players killed playing college football in 1905.
So let’s flash forward to 2013, over one hundred years later, and the big news in football is the college players getting paid and the pros getting brain injuries.
And that bullying thing.
I must admit that I did not see that one coming. I never thought I would see a three hundred and fifty pound man claim that he was being bullied in the locker room of a professional football team or even the locker room of the Miami Dolphins.
So once upon a time, President Theodore threatened to kill off college football completely if they didn’t stop killing off players.
We have to decide, as a society, if football is special and above certain rules of civilized behavior and if the men who engage in football, are to be offered any protection from the sport they profit from, that is, if they’re pro football players or members of the Atlanta Falcons.
We already have legalized, to a degree, assault on the football field much as we have in the boxing ring. The sport itself is trying to rein in hard head to head hits as well as protecting the quarterback and receivers more. Will it be enough to mitigate the long term damage that players are limping off the field with each season? Right now the answer is yes.
But there is that unpleasant and surreal bullying incident and now, suddenly, it’s being called to question if certain rules in the workplace for someone making minimum wage are in place for a man making five million dollars a year to play a kid’s game. Right now the answer is maybe.
But the really big question here is whether or not football players at the college or professional level, will be treated the same when it comes to sexual assault or domestic violence. The answer seems to be, not yet.
It will be interesting to see what forces shape the game, which I love by the way, and whether or not the game will survive a certain degree of civilization. I strongly doubt an American president will offer to kill off the game to save lives or the health of the players, without big business approval.
As far as the assault on women by sports stars, well, that’s remains to be seen, if anyone cares as much about that, as they do making money off the sport.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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