April 3, 2012

Is it unethical to be an NFL fan?


Football Fans Can’t Help Loving a Game that Sacrifices its Heroes.

Watch this. The whole thing.

Naked football, raw, mic’d, real, heroic—it’s like watching the Iliad, all our time-honored legends come to life:

“Matthew Stafford ( Mic’d Up )

Matthew Stafford threw for 422 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in an epic win vs the Cleveland Browns. Returning to the game after suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder to throw the game-winning touchdown. The moment he arrived…”

The Sunday New York Times, and Malcolm Gladwell, and many of us have wondered if being a football fan is immoral.

“…Malcolm Gladwell wrote that lesser head injuries (too slight to diagnose in the moment but repeated perhaps dozens of times in a single practice) can be just as harmful. And unlike some of the more spectacularly dangerous plays, like helmet-to-helmet hits, the collisions that create these subconcussive impacts are an essential part of the game. It can’t be played without them.

Gladwell is a huge football fan…”

Same question goes for sponsors and fans or rock climbers, or adventurers generally.

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