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Obama, The Left and
the National Football League

American Thinker, by Michael Geer

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Posted By:magnante, 2/3/2013 11:09:07 AM

"I´m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I´d have to think long and hard before I let him play football," President Obama said in an interview with the New Republic. (snip) So, why is the Left suddenly laser-pointed on football injuries from the NFL down to college, high school and even Pee Wees?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/3/2013 11:18:36 AM     (No. 9155731)

Football is too violent for young men - but send young women into combat?

WTH?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 2/3/2013 11:36:32 AM     (No. 9155756)

A lot of parents are rethinking football even here in the south. The ones I know are conservatives all. It is not a liberal/conservative decision, it´s a health/concussion/brain injury parental decision. Is football worth the risk?


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dalen, 2/3/2013 11:45:03 AM     (No. 9155769)

I don´t know but it seems to me that this government wants to control everything we do, see, eat - they want us to become soft and weak - it is not a weak nation that will be a leader it is a strong, rough and ready type! We will not prevail with this type of attitude - furthermore - take out the contact in the sport and it is over for the NFL - just saying

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Reply 4 - Posted by: hotcorner, 2/3/2013 11:55:12 AM     (No. 9155788)

Great article - a must read. This is about power and money of the left - with the union bosses as campaign contributors, staff and enforcers. The safety issue is as big a ruse as the killings at Newtown for gun control. The left could care less about safety, dead football players or the nation´s fiscal health. It´s all about power and money. The left is the real threat and most barely see it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/3/2013 12:02:05 PM     (No. 9155798)

Football has given opportunities to countless young men who, but for football, would never have been able to afford a college education. It provides a discipline unlike any other sport, and keeps kids out of trouble.

NFL players go in with their eyes wide open. Anyone who claims differently is either a liar or an idiot.

It will be interesting to see what´s left of this country after Obama is done.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hoosier-luger, 2/3/2013 12:04:28 PM     (No. 9155800)

There is a lot of content in this albeit non-focused, rambling Super Bowl Sunday article.

Football is very much an approach-avoidance conflict -- a contradiction in theory and in fact. And very much symbolic of war --- which is one reason the Lefties don´t particularly like it.

In my family, many of us were encouraged by "the system" (i.e., the quasi-adults comprising the coaches and the fans) to play football -- i.e., if you go-out for one sport, you go-out for them all. Later, most of us have regretted it -- and not because of injury. In fact, almost every kid brings into adulthood the sometimes baggage of a few concussions, many broken fingers, and several other broken bones, as well as minor internal injuries. But the real reason for re-examination later in life is the realization that football was a substantial waste of our time. Tennis and golf would have been better choices - i.e., for use well into and through middle age.

Baseball is also a young man´s game, and a far-better sport qua sport. But very different. Football is a game for just about every kid who wants it. The game of football can be played at many levels without any real athletic ability. Baseball, on the other hand, is a more elite game. There is nowhere to hide -- if you can´t hit or throw, you can´t play -- at all.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hoosier-luger, 2/3/2013 12:09:02 PM     (No. 9155810)

The article mentions the use of tobacco -- supposedly as some sort of analogy to freedom.

As a libertarian, I support individual freedom.

However, the very purpose and function of tobacco (and other additive substances) is to overcome the human will --i.e., the antithesis of freedom.

You decide...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: udanja99, 2/3/2013 12:12:03 PM     (No. 9155814)

Name one real sport that doesn´t have the potential to injure ( or kill ) those who participate in it. I´m with #3. The left wants us to be a nation of easily controlled wusses.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 2/3/2013 12:14:43 PM     (No. 9155819)

Will underhand slow pitch major league baseball be far off?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyVet, 2/3/2013 12:19:28 PM     (No. 9155827)

Something tells me that Michelle and Barack would raise a real wuss of a son.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/3/2013 12:41:26 PM     (No. 9155870)

There is big money in football so the left is very interested.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: noproblems, 2/3/2013 3:24:04 PM     (No. 9156101)

cant agree with #12 at all.

dont need a sport to me discipline, toughness and determination. I was tought that from my father and are teaching that to my kids.

they wont need concussions and lifelong injuries to get those life lessons.

pity those who think they are warriors from playing football, and that high school football was the zenith of thier life.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: noproblems, 2/3/2013 3:26:22 PM     (No. 9156102)

reposted = cant type worth squat

cant agree with #12 at all.

dont need a sport to teach me discipline, toughness and determination. I was taught that from my father and are teaching that to my kids.

they wont need concussions and lifelong injuries to get those life lessons.

pity those who think they are warriors from playing football, and that high school football was the zenith of thier life.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dr fate, 2/3/2013 4:55:10 PM     (No. 9156229)

The sole purpose of the sport of boxing is to knock one´s opponent unconscious. Anything short of that [jabbing, weaving, footwork] is merely a buildup to what the paying customer really wants to see. When is the last time anyone attacked boxing as too violent? Again, in football a concussion can often be a serious, possibly life-changing by-product; in boxing and MMA it´s the whole point of their existence. Anyone who would say otherwise is hypocritical.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Smaj, 2/3/2013 6:02:44 PM     (No. 9156307)

Two things: (1) The NFL is the ultimate meritocracy- you either have the skills to contribute (player, coach, front office) or you´re gone. Progressives ain´t so much into meritocracy, so they want to diminish/denigrate what the NFL stands for in this regard. (2) As America´s most popular sport, progressives see the NFL as a portal to push their agenda. You don´t think the Costas anti-gun rant was coincidence, do you?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/3/2013 9:52:56 PM     (No. 9156585)

#10, you´re right. Like father, like son.

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