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December 15, 2012


"Crazy Legs" Birnbaum

I too once loved football. I now hate both the sport and its culture. I hate football for the reasons you describe, but also because I find it over-specialized and boring. It's hard to respect athletes who play only offense or defense, but not both. It's hard to respect a sport in which so many games are decided in the last seconds by a non-athlete, i.e. a placekicker, trotting out on the field. As more and more parents rightly keep their sons out of the game, I'm quite sure that within our children's lifetimes, football will either be changed radically, or it will be marginalized, as boxing has become marginalized, and deservedly so.

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