Football is Dangerous Business (excerpt): “Examining the brains of dead, relatively young former NFL players, scientists discovered damage similar to “what might be found in the brain of an 80-year-old with dementia.” Football is bad for your health, but it is good for the bottom line, which might explain why the National Football League’s response to this latest study is reminiscent of the best work from tobacco company flaks in their heyday.”
Meanwhile, a Kentucky high school football coach has been charged with reckless homicide in the death of a 15-year old player. According to witnesses, the coach repeatedly withheld water from the thirsty boy during a training session in 94 degree Fahrenheit weather. Another player had collapsed during the training, but he recovered. I listened to an interesting radio show about this topic on NPR where former coaches and players weighed in. They all agreed that the reckless macho football culture has got to go.