No Question About It, Football Is a Blood Sport

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All football fans, myself included, have a problem. The beloved game, gloriously embodied by last night's incredible drama, is an act of cruelty, and nobody who is sensible or honest can pretend anymore. No less a figure than President Obama has acknowledged the new reality of football's barbarity in an interview with The New Republic in which he doubted whether he would allow his sons, if he had any, to play the game. Malcolm Gladwell claimed that he wasn't watching the Super Bowl this year, because it's just too sickening. They're right. You can read the gruesome details in Tom Junod's article in Esquire's February issue, "Theater of Pain," which everyone who watches football should read. The money quote to me is the following:

According to a study conducted by the...

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