Sports Medley; Three “Sports” that Should be Banned 31 Jul 17
are three sports, at least, that have no place in American society:
This “sport” is so destructive to its players that it needs a complete
remake. According to the Washington Post, “Researchers studying the link
between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) found that
99 percent of the brains donated by families of former NFL players
showed signs of the neurodegenerative disease, according to a new
“In all, researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and
the VA Boston Healthcare System examined 202 brains that belonged to men
who played football at all levels and were later donated for research.
They found CTE in 177 of them - 87 percent.
“While they found evidence of the disease across all levels of play, the
highest percentage was found among those who competed at the highest
level; all but one of the 111 brains belonging to ex-NFL players were
diagnosed post-mortem with CTE.”
it’s not only the brains that are affected. The sport has more than its
share of spinal cord injuries and injuries to knees and legs. Young men
who opt for a career in the NFL are sacrificing a long life of good
health, and many of them condemn themselves to the life of a cripple or
worse at the end of their careers. A 20-year-old never thinks that it
“can happen to me,” and are enticed into this despicable career by
dreams of fame and fortune. With the possible exception of pampered
quarterbacks, they are all subject to horrific injuries to their bodies.
there’s so much money in the game for the promoters, advertisers, TV
industry, and the players who last more than the average three year
career that asking that the game be cleaned up and made less injurious
has been a pipe dream. The next time you watch an NFL game (and I watch
most of them), think of the cigar-smoking oligarch owners who are making
billions at the sacrifice of young men’s health and welfare, at
absolutely no risk to themselves.
Parents should take a stand and refuse to allow their children to
engage in tackle football. Further, Pop Warner football should be
against the law. The brains of young children are far more susceptible
to injury than those of grown-ups. Children should never be allowed to
play a sport like Pop Warner tackle football.
postscript, I cringed when Los Angeles politicians fought to bring the
morally corrupt NFL back to the city. I always thought that Los Angeles
was the only truly “major league” city because it did not have an
NFL franchise. A pox on the Mayor and politicians who stood in line and
begged to get the NFL back, and not just one team, but two! They didn’t
have the courage to put it up for a vote of the citizens. I’m confident
it would have been voted down by huge majorities, and I challenge Mayor
Garcetti to put a vote on the ballot questioning whether or not
Angelenos want the NFL here, even though it is now a done deal. But
don’t hold your breath.
Those in office don’t give a Continental what the citizens of their
city think, witness the way they have given bicycle riders rights of way
on all the streets of the city, reduced lanes, and generally made life
miserable for those of us who drive cars, all to force us to use the
inadequate “public” transportation that doesn’t work. Try writing a City
Councilman or County Supervisor. I did. I wrote Supervisor Janice Hahn
and was totally ignored.
Boxing. I’ve been over this before. What two boxers do to one
another would be a felony outside of the ring. Anybody found guilty of
what they do to one another could get 10 years in prison. But when
Emille Griffith killed Benny “Kid” Paret in the ring he didn’t get a
life sentence. Instead he was crowned a “Champion!”
3. UFC (Ultimate Fighting): If boxing is
morally despicable, this “boxing without rules” where opponents may hit
each other when they are on the ground, kick and gouge each other, and
boxing gloves are not allowed, is nothing more than legalized mayhem.
Here’s how LBNElert described a recent match, “Jon Jones reclaimed his
UFC light heavyweight title by stopping
in the third round with a vicious head kick and a finish on the
ground at UFC 214” (emphasis added). How can any civilized society
allow this, much less call it a “sport?” Anybody associated with boxing
or UFC does not belong in polite society. For those who call themselves
“fans,” I’d like to hear their justification for taking delight in
seeing one person batter another senseless. As far as I’m concerned,
anybody who derives pleasure from such a spectacle is sick.