Football is supposed to build character, but evidently not in the executive suites. This (I mean the NFL’s smirking dishonesty in refusing to even ask about what the game is doing to its players) is the last straw for me. I’m not giving up much, maybe two games a year, but I’m done with it, period. And I think anyone who can watch pro football knowing what despicable men are peddling it to us and managing it, and watching the players being insouciantly treated like disposable picnic flatware has not a screw loose but a piece missing.
The whole thing, including the corruption of academics at the IA college level, is repulsive, and enjoying it is prima facie evidence of a character defect. Getting off watching real live people get their brains banged into mush is in the moral sewer with dogfighting and boxing. I know, the players are grownups (with college educations from schools with “fine academic programs” of course). I’m not judging the players: I think it would be sick to enjoy watching someone beat his own brains out against a lamppost, and it’s sick to enjoy watching pro football.