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Cheering Sports Injuries: Why Americans Can’t Have Nice Things

My new article.. it's a short critique of our violence-tolerating/endorsing/loving culture.. and its numerous manifestations..


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For me it's not the violence

For me it's not the violence, I like a real tough mans sport, Rugby. For me it is all the sheep falling for the hype and commercialization of american football. It is embarrassing to see so many allowing themselves to be manipulated. It gives very little hope in the strength of an individual to resist being a follower.

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Love Rugby

After having worked in Australia and the Middle East, with folks from many countries where Rugby is played and played well, I appreciate now that the pads on American football players essentially encourage the players to use their bodies as weapons. When you know you can inflict more damage than you will take when making a tackle, it makes for a different game.

Rugby is about strength, athleticism and speed just as American football is. But those three attributes are not as broadly distributed and specialized across the team members as they are in American football. It makes for a more honest game.


Rugby takes much more courage than American football. No fenders to provide safety, lol.

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Thank you :)

for another enlightening take on the American culture's hypocrisy on violence...this time using one of my favorites - football

I used to love football (like everyone else) but, in my advanced age, I have come to despise it as one of American "passions" which allows the fan to bury his/her head every fall while violence committed in our name continues...all while paying felons, who beat their wives and girlfriends, millions of $$$ to "beat up" on each other....sigh



To be fair....

I don't think people were cheering BECAUSE Schaub got hurt, but rather because it would force the coaching staff to put in the backup quarterback - something they had previously refused to do even once it became plainly obvious that Schaub sucks and needs to be benched. In essence, they were expressing frustration with the direction of the team. Hardly the bloodthirsty, violence-loving mob you're portraying them as.

That being said, it still reflects poorly on Texans fans (especially after the incident of one fan showing up at Schaub's house and berating him). They should know better than to cheer at that moment and they should realize how it's being interpreted by other people. The right thing to do would have been to shut the hell up while he's on the ground and then clap for him once he's taken off the field.

I don't play, I commission the league.

well.. to be fair.. I HARDLY

well.. to be fair.. I HARDLY think I portrayed them as a "bloodthirsty, violence-loving mob." Though, as evidenced in the video I hyperlinked, this is HARDLY an isolated incident. I'm a sports fan. I get that folks were disappointed with Schaub's performance thus far.. but..thousands of people DEFINITELY cheered BECAUSE he was hurt..a situation which offered the prospect of a new/better chance at winning what's ultimately a silly game.