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Violence In Football Plays Out Sunday On National Television

September 14, 2015

This story struck me for two reasons.

First, it is symptomatic of our nation’s larger problems that so many people hunker down in front of a television to watch a bone-crushing sport.  That is something that concerns me.  From obesity that is on the rise to the culture of anger and violent acts from road rage to shootings it seems most apparent the last thing we need is something else to stir the base instincts.   The boorish behavior of football on Sunday is sadly the way folks conduct their daily lives.

Second, I really do not understand how people make a choice to cloister themselves inside on a fantastic Sunday afternoon when the sun was shining.   To watch—in far to many cases–violence that caused injuries.

It took all of 14 minutes for the first concussion to occur, another 25 for a star Jets player to tear up his knee, and three and a half quarters for a player to be carted off the field, motionless, as teammates, opponents, fans and many thousands of TV viewers looked on.

Bowles and the Jets emerged victorious over the Cleveland Browns, 31-10, while the violent pastime that the N.F.L. peddles and packages brilliantly and without shame was on full display.

Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown sustained a concussion on the Browns’ first series. McCown tried to dive for a touchdown and was hit by linebacker Calvin Pryor. He fumbled away the ball and was forced out of the game.

The Jets’ Antonio Cromartie wrenched his knee in the second quarter and was carted off with a towel over his face, presumably to hide the contortions caused by the pain.

As I sat down to write, I noticed that two youth football teams were finishing up a scrimmage on the field where, only 45 minutes ago, McCown had been concussed, where Cromartie and Mauldin had been carted off the field.

These young players are supposedly part of a dying breed, as parents say no to football.

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