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Obama says those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change to try to reduce some of the violence and that may make it a little bit less exciting, but those of us who are fans won't have to examine our consciences quite as much.
Our conscience? I watch football with a clear conscience as I think most of us do. If you have to examine your conscience because of the violence in football, I can only imagine what the violent culture in your hometown of Chicago that led to 513 murders last year is doing to your conscience.
Mr President, no one wants to see players get hurt and that's why the NFL and NCAA have already put new rules in place that have reduced the violence. Many fans already think the game is being sissified by some of the new rules. Am I wrong in thinking football fans, parents, coaches and players would prefer to see improvements to the equipment in order to make the game safer rather than see you, league offices or competition committees create more rules that change the game we love?
President Barack Obama said if he had a son, he would have to think before he let him play football and suggested he--along with other football fans--watches football against his conscience.
safety is number 1 concern, which can happen with BOTH rule changes and better equipment
This post was edited by GoHorns 1 15 months ago
If you don't want to risk getting hurt, don't play.
If you don't want to risk getting in a plane crash, don't hop on a plane.
If you don't want to risk getting a shitty haircut, don't go get a $5 haircut.
I agree that safety is and should be a priority. The leagues have made a concerted effort to implement new rules that ensure the players safety and those changes are very noticeable. Outside of safer equipment, I'm not sure there's much more they can do without altering the appeal of the game. If someone thinks they can do more, I'd be interested in hearing what it is.
This post was edited by BigD4UT 15 months ago
Exactly. Personal accountability is lost in today's society.
I don't agree with WB a whole lot, but he's dead on.
These kids who we recruit, and especially the ones who make it to the League, know what they are doing. While they may not realize the long lasting effects of a concussion, at the end of the day, they put themselves out there and know that it could all end with one hit. But they still play and most play with a great passion and reckless abandon.
The President should work on decreasing the deficit and balancing the budget, not on making football "safer."
Every NFL player knows about the concussion risk but they still play anyway.
Haha. Before doing that, a person really needs to understand that $5 haircut may cost $25-$35 and additional time getting someone else to fix it.
WB is dead on point, maybe BO should worry more about passing a budget than making football players Wussies too, what are you gonna do make the NFL play two below?
This post was edited by texas_d11 15 months ago
Mr. President, with all due respect you're out of your element! Please stay out of it. This goes for all politicians in both parties!
Why did you post this?! I just made a 30 day commitment to no negativity @ church today! :)
LOL at whoever down vote me.
Joe Paterno's idea was probably the most interesting.
Take away facemasks and go back to leather helmets. I'm guessing players would stop leading with their heads.
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Look above for the question and full answer he gave. The interview is found here.
He was asked a question in an interview, and he answered it. He said nothing that could be reasonably construed to imply he was interested in using his office to force a change or campaign for a change. He merely referred to the likelihood of gradual change (which we have been seeing for the last several years) and referred to the governing bodies as being the ones needing to look into the situation.
That hardly seems the sort of statement to make one say that he is paying too much attention to matters that are outside of the scope of his duties.
This post was edited by bierce 15 months ago
I've heard that before but didn't know it was from Paterno.....The idea certainly has some merit
I think the horns defense has already started to stop violence by not hitting.
If you think a human life is more important than property, don't try to rob my house
And if you don't want to die from random violence , stay out of Chicago
Our great stadiums will lay in waste in a decade or two and we won't even be watching the sport as it will look more like flag football by then. Who's gonna pay to watch that?
And as I think of it , the President throws like a girl. See him throw out the first pitch @ an Orieles game. Could not even say who his favorite player was on his beloved White Sox. Current or former. Plain ass brutal.
^^^^^ wake the hell up!!! Is anyone home?
Its pretty obvious that he isn't paying much attention to any scope of his duties other than the next election; but that's a different topic. The most distracted president of our generation.
Wild Bill was correct. Its up to kids if they want to play football. It's not a choice if someone in Chicago wants to walk the streets and take the chance of being wasted. It is an option if they want to play football or any other sport.
Thanks for the down vote. If you throw like a girl and never played even Pop Warner football stay out of it. Oh, that's right he can't help himself. He knows everything, Just ask him.
I thought the halo rule protected everyone.
Outlaw guns AND football? Next thing you know, he is gonna want to outlaw rocks and unkind words!
The effiminate son-of-a-gun isnt doing enough damage to the economy? Now he is going after football, too? Argggghhhhhhh.
Yes, I am being sarcastic. ... A little.
Who knows, our society is tolerating everything else he is screwing up, maybe we will at least draw the line at football!
Not trying to make this a political post, but I agree with what's been said. The President of the United States has no business making new rules for football or any sport. There are MUCH more important things to worry about.
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