Are You Not Entertained?

By DJ Byrnes on March 9, 2012 at 1:45p
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RT: @argzombies My Little Kony~Shamu later went on to kill six children.

Imagine, if you will, a cool Saturday morning in the fall. You wake up, [~*~*~*~TURN YOUR SWAG ON~*~*~*~*~], crack open a FourLoko and hop in the shower. You throw on your ceremonial war-rags. You drink another FourLoko. Somebody hands you a Jeffrey. You're in the zone.

Now it's time to head to the arena, where you will see how the gladiators from your geographical region stack up against  gladiators from another geographical region. You will cheer, you will scream, you will cry, you will fret -- all in the course of a three hour affair. Hopefully it's not your gladiators's turn to be eviscerated in front of 100,000. If it is, no worries, there will always be an unlimited stream of young men willing to trade their livelihood for a chance at glory and your entertainment.

The days of players dying in the midsts of playing football seem to be over; though they're still at risk for for paralyzation. Thankfully for the People Smoking Jefferies, athletes for the most part are like the dogs in Where the Red Fern Grows; they have the courtesy to drag their soon-to-be-carcasses into the wilderness to die alone without burdening anybody with their pity story. 

Make no mistake, I'm not different. I remember crying like the 12-year old bitch I was after reading Where the Red Fern Grows, but I couldn't tell you the names of the dogs. I guess I could Google them, but their exhumed bones have already served their part in my argument that's probably built on fallacious grounds. Such is life in the labyrinth of drug-fueled blazes which is my mind.

Football, by definition, is grizzly in nature. Like those who make a living by climbing into a steel cage and maiming other people, it takes a special breed to survive on the gridiron long enough to harvest robust bags of money from it. If the NCAA doesn't plan on paying their money-generating players, then the NCAA should be doing all it can to protect the gladiators they're banking off of.

When I lived in Montana, I had a roommate who happened to be the second string running back of the Montana Grizzlies, a D-1AA powerhouse. He would play 15-20 snaps a game. He could barely walk on Sunday mornings. Have you ever seen a six foot, 240 lbs. dude walk around like he's an 80-year old riddled with Parkinson's?  It's somewhat terrifying.

That's why I'm a fan of the NCAA's kick-off/touchback rules, but like everything with the NCAA, it wasn't enough. Why even have kick-offs? Strength and Conditioning coaches are basically mad scientists these days. Players are walking merchants of destruction. Why can't the magic diamond be placed at the 25 yard line after a score?

RT @BrettGates: When is Derek Anderson going to have his Peyton-like press conference saying "I truly enjoyed...snorting cocaine in the Flats" #SnowmanFor every Manning, 100 Gleasons.

Come to think, why the hell do we even have extra points? Just make a touchdown worth seven points. 

I know this will touch a tangent with the "AWWWWW MAN, THIS HERE IS FOOTBAW, GET THAT SOFTY BULLSHIT OUT OF HERE" crowd. Fortunately for those people, nobody is coming after their Busch Light or shitty Toby Keith songs. They're also not the ones who will be dead before 50 or paralyzed like Eric LeGrand

It's kind of like how I don't need a scientist to tell me Mankind is fucking this planet up; I don't need a doctor or Malcolm Gladwell posturing as a doctor to tell me football is degrading to the human body. I lived with it. I saw it first hand. 

Everybody has had a hand in frothing the brutality in football. However, as the scientific evidence continues to mount, I think it's high time we've examined every single rule in the game and assessed the risk-reward involved with some of these plays. 

It would suck to lose the "OOOO-H-I-O" kick-off banger, because it's probably the only time the Ohio State fans have showed any originality en masse. However, when you envision yourself as Julius Caesar commencing the gladiatorial games, it kind of loses its luster. Caesar was a prick, so let's not try to be like him.

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hodge's picture

The dogs are Old Dan and Little Ann.

Don't ask how I remember that.

You also forgot the second part of the "OOOOOO-H-I-O" chant, which goes even further to prove your point on football's inherent danger, "RIP HIS FUCKING HEAD OFF."

BTwrestle04's picture

What is this garbage?

DJ Byrnes's picture

This garbage is an arrangement of words on a type of internet website called "a blog".

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

thatlillefty's picture

Just more of the same incessant ramblings from the feeble-minded, pot smoking, flag burning, pretentious know-it-all when it comes to the shadowy world of college athletics: DJ Byrnes.

DJ, please explain to me how you can be a buckeye fan when you seem to hate everything about college sports?

11W, if this comment is out of line then I apologize.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Thank you, Lefty. Somebody has finally pegged me. I've been wondering this hellscape of an Earth for 25 years in search of a definition on my existence, and you have finally fulfilled my quest with a few simple whisks of your fingers. This is why I love the internet.

The only caveat I would argue with would be the word "know-it-all". I apologize if my incessent ramblings have lended you to the impression I am under the impression I know anything about this world. It is as one of my favorite philosophers, @brendlewhat, once wrote, "#firstthingidointhemorning is remind myself I'm a moron, then I spend the rest of the day in denial."

As for my fanship, I love The Ohio State Buckeyes. I drove myself into financial ruin to attend the university. I don't have a problem critiquing my favorite team in the same way I don't mind critiquing one of my friend's when they're acting basic.

I like college athletics, but it's not a fabled unicorn prancing around a field of lilacs like everybody likes to pretend it is. If this notion offends you, then I don't know what to tell you. You'd be the one who'd have to bear that cross of illogic and euphamisms, not me. 

 

 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Like you, the quantity/volume of what I know is very, very meager indeed. The more we learn, the more we come to realize how precious little we actually know. 

But if you're being sincere in that (un)belief, then logically we don't know enough about all of the other worldy activities (entertainment or otherwise) in order to gauge how college football compares on the grand scale of grizzliness, self-destruction, and baseness.

No, cfball is not a fabled unicorn prancing, but what is? I'll take the fractious, pampered $billion race horse that is college football any day over all the other high-and-mighty hobby horses that do-gooders are always trying ram through the front door of my house, thank you.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I feel you on that, Fido. I love football. I just think this would be a simple and easy way to eliminate a lot of dumb injuries. For example, Eric LeGrand might still be able to walk. I think that alone makes it worth it. Not to mention -------IT WOULD GET RID OF DUMB-ASS COMMERICAL BREAKS------. I'm sure advertisers will find more ways to stagnate the game, but this would at least take out one of their pillars.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

thatlillefty's picture

lol, i thought that might get a reaction. Thanks for retort.

I look foward to criticizing more of your articles in the future.

DJ Byrnes's picture

No worries my dude, I can handle it. Although, I would advise there are much better ways to spend your Thursday and Friday afternoons than even reading my ramblings, let alone critically analyzing them.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

thatlillefty's picture

true, but while i'm at the office most of my alternatives include work. And by the end of the week, that gets a little tiring.

Joe Beale's picture

Who'r you callin feeble-minded? Them er fightin words, buster. DJ, I got yer back.

Irricoir's picture

Blind comradeship FTL! The majority of the articles written by DJ attempt to incite some type of emotional response. The constant references toward drugs and alternative lifestyles has run its course with me. Dude looks for controversy and drama more so than any other writer for 11W. His knee jerk reaction of "If you don't like what I write go elsewhere" comments wouldn't be tolerated by most businesses. Sorry that 11W doesn't see the potential problems that can arise by those type of comments. I love a lot about 11W and what it provides to the public for free. I thank you for that 11W. I make it a point to not read anything he posts, but love reading through the comments of several other posters who feel the same way without exactly coming out and posting their thoughts so openly. You may want to evaluate your alliances a little more thoroughly. Nothing personal, just a little journalistic criticism. I will say this about D; He seems to be intelligent and can express his feelings so much more eloquently than I do. It's not the ability to write, just the content.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

+10000 for Irricoir... very well said. Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. Also, don't go trolling for emotional responses and then get pissed off and start deleting comments and closing threads when half the readership disagrees with your opinion. You can't have it both ways.

Furthermore, DJ and Sarah have an affinity for using dry humor. That's fine. But a serious problem arises when you try to mix in dry humor with serious discussion (this topic - injuries in football and how to change the rules - is what I would consider a serious topic worthy of intelligent discussion). I never know when to take Sarah or DJ seriously. These two are fine writers, but I don't think it's unfair to suggest that they may need to hone their writing skills a little, especially in regards to mixing humor and saracasm with serious subjects. There's such a thing as "dry humor overload". I know I just opened myself up to being the butt of a joke in Sarah's or DJ's next Skull Session. Whatever. It needed to be said.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I agree, It just sounds like he's mad at the reader. I can appreciate good humor, but at times some of his stuff sounds arrogant as hell.  Dropping Iowa from the B1G....c'mon man. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

DJ Byrnes's picture

You are all certainly willing to put words to your tears about my opinions, but I won't tolerate this notion that I'm some sort of troll looking to garner reaction. I put this on MY CITY: I will get any limmerick from any of my scribblings tattooed on me. I will never put anything on wax that I don't honestly believe in, and anybody who truly knows me I hope would tell you the same thing. 

If you want the writing on your placemats to be in crayon... the internet is a vast place. If I were burgling your house and putting a sawed-off shotgun up against your temple and telling you "Read this idiotic ranting of mine or I'm killing your family", then I might have some sort of sympathy for any of your complaints. 

Irricor, you've emailed me and I've already told you what the deal is, bro. HumbleBuckeye, I don't really have a problem with you. I'm sorry my writings are erratic. I can't help it. Gluefingers, I don't have an opinion on you.

Group hug on 3?

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

I think I understand you a little better now. I apologize if my words were little harsh. You have been an asset to this site and I can't overstate what you and the other writers have done for it.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I appreciate that Joe -- I have your back too. Unfortunately, there are no "fighting words" on my jacket. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Listen to Burgundy, he sounds like some school-boy bitch.

 

 

Just kidding. But really, they should teach kids to tackle better. I understand that's easier said than done, and probably sounds pretty unsensitive of me. However, I think most would agree that LeGrand isn't paralyzed if he doesn't lunge with his spine parallel to the ground. I realize that the momentum is probably what caused this, but if you tackle like that on a normal defensive play there is still an unfortunate chance you can get paralyzed.

I think not allowing the kick-off team to get 10 yards (maybe wrong?) of a running start would make more sense then trying to eliminate kick-offs all together.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

SaintTressel's picture

For most people, including a lot of really good athletes, head ducking on upper body contact is instinctive. Practicing away instinct is very hard, even moreso if the nature of what you are practicing limits the amount you can practice.

JLP36's picture

I think part of the new rule limited the ko flying start to 5 yards. 

 

JLP36

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Then that is the best new rule IMO. 

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I say leave it at the 20 yard line. Maybe move it back to the 15, uve the return team more time to see whats coming. It's a dangerous game...and that's why we love it. Theres risk involved. It takes alot to play football. Lets not ruin it, by changing all the rules to appease the mothers of America.

I feel sorry for the LeGrand kid, its very sad. It happens though, its very rare, but it does. Maybe we should get rid of stairs because people have fallen down them and been paralyzed. Most cases of guys getting hurt on the gridiron are because they hit with the crown of their head.  "see what you hit"  if you bull your neck at contact, square your shoulders and drive throught the opponent, you probably won't get hurt.  It's like a car accident, when you never see it coming, it usually doesnt hurt, but when you tense up, it's always worse.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Enzo's picture

Someone get a vacuum, DJ has sand in his vagina.

The planet is doomed anyway in a couple billion years when the sun goes supernova. That should clean up the solar system right nice.

hodge's picture

Actually, the sun won't supernova, it's too small.  But, we will be incinerated when the sun becomes a Red Giant, at which point it will burn comparatively cooler, but nonetheless will consume Earth in its expansion.  After it exhausts its fuel supply, it will then die off and become a white dwarf...and in turn, eventually a black dwarf.

But, nonetheless, the sun will end this planet eventually.

Enzo's picture

Thanks for clarifying. Either way, Earth can kiss it's ass goodbye.

Poison nuts's picture

That is exactly whats going to happen...but its sounds like you already know that.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

hodge's picture

What's really depressing is that in, like, 7 trillion years the universe will exhaust all the available gas within it and life will cease to exsist within it--if there is any outside of Earth.  The stars will burn out, and we'll be left with a vast expanse of nothingness.  Furthermore, since the universe is expanding at an exponential rate, there will be no "Big Crunch" that could supposedly provide the impetus for a new "Big Bang."

Oh, the things I learned in Astronomy 161/162 when I wasn't sleeping.

Poison nuts's picture

Luckily 7 trillion is like at least more than two hundred years from now.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

AltaBuck's picture

I think you guys need to read Douglas Adams' The Restuarant at the End of the Universe to get a better perspective on this.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

DJ Byrnes's picture

If the human race is ever exterminated, I'm sure aliens will tap-dance on its grave. I know I would.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

LABuckeye's picture

If the human race were exterminated, you couldn't tap-dance on its grave. Unless you are not human. Are you admitting you are not human? Are you an alien, DJ? 

DJ Byrnes's picture

I'm going to shoot myself in the head tonight to find out. #EVL

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

LABuckeye's picture

For what it's worth, though I don't always agree with your opinions (not that that matters), I love reading your contributions to this site. Most of them are laugh out loud funny.

SaintTressel's picture

Dj, taking away extra points puts us on a slippery slope to a place without Busch Light (or Ice) or Toby Keith. Don't deny this. Otherwise another solid article. Not that I know anything about writing, but your style is awesome.

I tend to think most football players go into the games with their eyes wide open in regards to potential injuries they may sustain, and thus don't find wholesale changes to game to be necessary. I do reserve the right to change this opinion at any time, and I am seriously disappointed if there was a legitimate effort to cover up the effects of head injuries. As a final thought, you too are not the one who will be dead before 50 or paralyzed like Eric LeGrand. I haven't heard of a massive upwelling of support amongst current football players to change the game. When I do, I will take note.

random vocab sidenote-I think grisly is the word you want, not grizzly

Maestro's picture

I have a son, and I won't push him toward football.  If he really wants to play I will let him, but I am not going to push it.  I played for 8 years and my body is certainly worse for the wear.

vacuuming sucks

Pam's picture

As much as I love football, I was relieved when my son showed zero interest in playing. My heart is in my throat everytime I see a kid slow to get up or not getting up.  I can only imagine what their own mothers and fathers must feel like.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm with you two. I also will not encourage my four year old son to play football (I won't discourage it, either).

That said, how do kids reach the point at which they are good enough to play high school football, which is when you really first start worrying about severe concussions, etc.? They must practice a lot, exercising outdoors, learning self-discipline. 

Now, we could encourage kids to pursue less dangerous physical activities. But many team sports pose risks. Cheerleading is the most dangerous sport, even more than football. Soccer is generally safe, but some studies indicate that taking continual headers can be deleterious. Gymanastics or X Games? Ugh, no.

And, unfortunately, kids are likely to be uninterested in some of the safest exercises - spinning? calesthenics? Aeorobics? Good luck with those.  

More likely these days, they live to play video games. In contrast to football, how does a kid become really good at playing video games or social networking? Such activities are definitely safe in terms of risks of possible bodily injury, but are they really "safe" in terms of long-range human development?

Maestro's picture

My son is 4 and already has a Buckeye fooball uniform with helmet and shoulder pads as well as a Buckeye football, Okie State football, Dallas Cowboys football, Browns football among others. The football uniform was gift from my in-laws, F-I-L played football at Okie State, so football is certainly going to be part of his childhood.  I don't see any need for him to play before 5th or 6th grade if at all though, and like I said I will steer him to other sports first.  I am not going to put my kid in a bubble, but the brain issues are my biggest concerns with football.

vacuuming sucks

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Yeah, I kind of stealthily send messages to my son to get him interested in sports like soccer, baseball, basketball - rather than football. But then he sees me get most excited watching football games.

Soccer is safe until the upper levels. The main issue arises when kids get good enough that they're consistently able to head crosses and/or other hard-struck balls, and they practice it all the time.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Soccer is cool. It was the first sport I ever played and probably the one I was best at. 

To solve your quandary, does your son have big hands? Maybe he could replace whoever ends up replacing Tim Howard.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm afraid he's going to be like me: short legs, low center of gravity. I played sweeper and was pretty effective, without having any actual skills, simply by being the meanest s.o.b. out there who could not be rode off the ball.  

I'd be tempted to push my son toward ice hockey if we lived in Minnesota or north of the border. 

William's picture

I played ice hockey for 7 years, it's just like football, sure there's a little more padding and checking really isn't allowed until you're a Pee-Wee, but there's still lots of contact, plus being driven into boards or hitting the ice hard is worse than being tackled into grass. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Oh, yeah, hockey is rough sport, no question. I played a little, myself. 

I'd be nervous about allowing my son to play, but if he loved hockey, I wouldn't discourage it. If he's anything like me physically, though, he'd be dishing out more than his share of punishment simply due to the low-of-center-of-gravity advantage. Hey, us ploddingly slow, short-striding guys have to paid back from losing life's genetic lottery somehow, right?  

DJ Byrnes's picture

I'm going to solve problem by not having kids.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

 soccer if football for girls. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Well thought out and constructed opinion, bro. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Menexenus's picture

My thoughts exactly.  :-)

P.S.  I got your back, too, DJ.  I appreciate your wit *and* your compassion for your fellow man.  Keep up the good work!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Thanks BRAAA

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

William's picture

Go ahead and tell that to Battiston, Cech, Ramsey, Eduardo and the like. Of course football is the king of sports! You have a bunch of obese men getting 30 second breaks after every play, what a manly sport. 

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I guess the difference between soccer and football is a football player doesn't grab his shin every time someone bumps into him. Soccer is in no way close to as physical as football on any level.  I didn't know this was a soccer lovers website.

Obese men getting 30 second breaks? wow. Opposed to running down a field back and forth and faking injuries. take any D1 football player at any skill position and put him on a soccer field and he'd fare just fine. Take any pro soccer player and put him on a football field and he'd be destroyed.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

William's picture

You have never watched soccer, have you? Your claim that any D1 skill position player would fare well on a soccer field is absurd, they actually have to understand how to make runs, as well as ctually be able to kick a soccer ball. Put guys like Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon, Ryo Miyachi etc. on a football field and they'd be just a fast as any WR. Jozy Altidore would probably make a damn fine safety. Not at all players dive, in fact most don't, but from your statements it's obvious that you have no idea what you're talking about. The pathetic thing about football is that at any time you have 9-10 "athletes" on the field, that are obese (OL&DL). The same cannot be said for soccer. Also what is wrong with people that are soccer fans, commenting here? This an Ohio State sports blog, and last time I checked OSU has two varsity soccer teams. 

William's picture

I'd say soccer is relatively safe, until high school. Once you hit the high school levels, it's honestly a lot like football, minus the padding. Saw more broken ankles, legs, concussions, and torn ACLs from soccer during high school than I did during football. Hell one year our opponents goalie was kicked in the temple during a corner kick. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Ouch! That's true also true about h.s. soccer. 

But I was thinking the reason many parents fear putting their kids into football is the risk of life-threatening incidents and/or brain injury.

Certainly, no one wants to see their child have ACL surgery, and some long-term negative side-effects of playing sports unfortunately go with the territory - but I'd be willing to live with those. I'd rather my son grow up to be a physically active, fit, confident, team player, etc., who has a nagging ankle/knee, than a coach potato who has nary a scratch or ache. 

William's picture

Definitely. When playing football and ice hockey there's probably a higher risk of head injury than if one were to play soccer. With that being said, playing soccer I saw plenty of guys headbutting each other in mid-air, getting table-topped after jumping for a header, plus heading the ball from a 30 yard cross just can't be good for you anyway. Then again that's what I miss the most is just playing soccer with your buddies in high school. There's nothing like the camaraderie that comes with playing sports in your youth.

klfeck's picture

Yeah you look like shit in your picture.......

Kevin

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Buckeye in Athens's picture

Not sure if ironic/joke? But if not, please enjoy reading the http://www.elevenwarriors.com/help/commenting-policy.

Denny's picture

I just assume that my future children will be weak and feeble. This makes living vicariously through them less likely.

Taquitos.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

tough crowd today.    just a few thoughts put out there fellas.   not like there is a suggestion to convert to flag footbaw.  

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

I think a lot of it, at least my flak, was sarcastic.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

@Thatlill - that sounded pretty outta line to me.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

DJ Byrnes's picture

It ain't no thing to me. "It's all in the game." The Internet isn't Serious Business to me.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

well thats cool,   seems like he may have been going for shock value rather than the jugular anyhow.   in any case we gotta keep things respectful 'round here lest we devolve to mgoblog.  zing!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

thatlillefty's picture

DJ's writing style and outlandish opinions leave himself open to criticisms of a similar nature

he knows this and i applaud him for at least taking my own comments like a man

schooey's picture

High School football kick-offs are more dangerous because of mismatches in size and strength. I would keep kick-offs in college ball. 

The high school I attended (SE OH) could only get around 15 -20 players. We were awful, and undersized. We had to play both ways, kick-offs etc. and I fully admit having dodged some of those 200 + lbs. county school kids on kick-offs. It is terrifying to see a guy twice your size coming down on you at top speed and you are just starting to move. 

Ahhh, the memories. 

LadyBuck's picture

I came from a tiny school in NE Ohio, and we maybe get 15 if we're lucky most years. It is kind of horrifying to watch them go against DI teams, and try to do anything. 

On another note, there are several sports I would actually catagorize as more dangerous that football. The nice thing about it, is the players have some form of padding. Imagine if we played without them today -that would be truly brutal. But, human nature has always been brutal if you look back at it. Heck, gladiator battles were to the death as were multiple primitive sports. I guess we've just kind of refined it to fit within our culture.

Pam's picture

Second most dangerous sport? Cheerleading.

ArTbkward's picture

Oh boy... here comes the is-or-isn't-cheerleading-a-sport debate.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Pam's picture

If you can get killed or paralyzed doing it, it's a sport. 

DJ Byrnes's picture

The troupes that do tumbling and tossing and the competition-type stuff, then I agree they're engaging in a sport. If they're just standing there, waiving their hands around and recycling one of the 15 chants all cheerleading troupes have, then I don't think they're enganging in a sport. The same way supporters clubs in England aren't engaging in a sport when they're carrolling about player's whorish wives.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ArTbkward's picture

I think that is a good assessment, some of those competitions are hardcore.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Ohio State cheerleaders = beautiful athletes.

USC song girls = eye candy.

Pam's picture

cheerleading has really changed.  The ones art my son's HS do the flips and tossing in the air stuff at halftime of their football and bb games. This year's homecoming queen and king were both on crutches when they were crowned.  He plays football and she is a cheerleader. 

faux_maestro's picture

I noticed this at my high school. I graduated in the mid 90's, they just did the basic cheers and waiving the pom poms etc. About 8 years later I went back there as a teacher and they were doing competitions and during football/basketball games they were doing all kinds of flips/tosses and stuff like that.

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LadyBuck's picture

Quite frankly, I was thinking of wrestling. I have seen people get choked out and black out during matches, dislocated shoulders, seizures, and a whole mess of blood from the sport. It's more dangerous that most casual sports fans would think.

Granted, the real cheerleading (when they do all the flips and tosses and what not) is a sport.

Buck U's picture

I do believe a certain writer needs to turn in there man card.

I played college football and it was only at the D3 level.  I didn't play college football because of any chances of earning robust sums of cash.  I played college football because I loved the game and the violence that went along with it.  The result of my few years playing college football was 4 back surgeries and 3 knee surgeries.  I was confined to a bed for over 3 years while I was having the back surgeries.  My wife divorced me during this time because she couldn't handle a husband that was never going to sustain a "normal" life.  Needless to say, injuries from football cost me a lot and still physically limit me today.  However, there isn't a day that I ever look back at it and wish I hadn't done it are wished the rules would have been different to make it safer.  If I could have one more play, even if it put me down for the count I would want to do it. 

So don't change the rules and I hope the NCAA isn't listening to people that never had any first hand experiences with the game.  

DJ Byrnes's picture

To be fair, I played the game in 8th grade and started like 3 games? We were easily the worst 8th grade team in Baker Middle School history. My wife is still only fictional though, and the only surgery I've had was the time I sliced my finger open when I stuck it too far into the grass shoot of a running motor. (13 stitches and something from the "caine" family from a doctor!!!)

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Denny's picture

Pro tip: there's no such thing as a man card.

Taquitos.

LABuckeye's picture

But, I have one in my wallet! What are you talking about?

Irricoir's picture

/derp Bad joke.

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

LABuckeye's picture

You're kidding, right?

phxbuck's picture

Football is not healthy for the human body, this is a well known fact.  The beautiful thing about humans especially in the United States is free will and the ability to make choices for their themselves.  No one is forcing people to play football and we shouldn't be suprised when people get seriously hurt or act completely floored that this happens.  

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

"God loves violence"  check out the speech fro the warden in shutter island.  

Football is a mans game. The players you see in college are the product of incredible hard work, dicipline, talent, and toughness. Football isn't for everyone. If you don't like what you see, then don't watch football. It's a WAR game, with war-like principles and rules. It's about fighting for territory, working as a team with one common goal, and sacrificing yourself for your teamates to accomplish your goals as a team. 

I'm honestly sick and tired of this soft, weak, generation of kids coming up. It's pathetic. Cell phones, facebook, skinny jeans..... it's a joke. It breeds weakness. The poor tackling you see these days is a product of that soft mentality. Troy Polamalu said it best when he said that hard hits in football is a part of becoming a man as an athlete, if you take that away, whats left?

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

ArTbkward's picture

While this is an interesting perspective, I don't see why the NCAA has any incentive to increase the risk vs reward for these players.  Unlike the gladiators of Rome or the tributes of Panem, the people participating in this are doing it on their own free will for any variety of reasons.  They have God-given athletic abilities and, in most cases, motivation to match otherwise they wouldn't and couldn't play D1 college ball.

Chances are they've been playing the game since they were knee high to a grasshopper and have personally accessed the risk vs reward on a personal level and decided reward wins.  I, personally, do not see any reason whatsoever to feel bad for the players.  If they don't like it, then they don't have to play.
 

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

^This.... it all comes down to choice. Just like boxers, football players know the risks inherent in the sport, and yet they choose to participate. Let them.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I don't like or approve of MMA/UFC, but I'm never going to demand that the gubmint put a stop to it, partly for reasons you suggest.

ArTbkward's picture

Where is the "edit" button?

I meant assessed, not accessed.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Poison nuts's picture

It is not impossible to both love the game of football & at the same time - as a means to make people think - write about issues of safety. Doesn't make anyone a Commie - just a different vantage point look at & discuss on this site...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

hodge's picture

What did Leon Festinger call that?  Cognitive Dissonance I believe?  Every excuse we make in defense of football's barbaric nature we do so that we can rationalize the fact that something that we enjoy is inconsistent with our beliefs.

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

When you compete in a sport at a high level - for example, Division I and beyond - you are most likely going to see long term effects. That's because the vast majority of wear and tear is caused by years of pushing your body to its limits every time one trains. I know shot-putters whose knees are more worn out than your average NFL lineman, distance runners who can't walk without pain, and pole vaulters who have developed disc problems and live with constant back pain.

In football, very few long term effects are from contact and playing (with the exception of those who have relatively long NFL careers) because most practices any more are non-contact and teams rarely hit at full-speed outside of games.

klfeck's picture

This was a negative and condescending blog entry. Hopefully DJ stands for Darla Jane, otherwise the PMS is gonna be hard to explain.

Kevin

OH!!!!!

Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

DJ Byrnes's picture

No stranger has ever successfuly guessed what "DJ" stands for on the first try. Darla Jane is,  without a doubt, my favorite attempt ever.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Noooooooooooooope. (Said in my Dave from Storage Wars's "YUUUUUP" voice.)

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Poe McKnoe's picture

That's also in "Archer".

DJ Byrnes's picture

I have yet to watch Archer. I need to. A lot of people I respect have vouched for it.

*Looks across the room wistfully at the remote* 

 

One day... 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

LABuckeye's picture

I'm guessing Don Juan.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I wish, although I would have never been cool enough to live up to that suave mantle.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ArTbkward's picture

For kicks on a Friday afternoon, I'm guessing Donald James.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

DJ Byrnes's picture

Nope. Close though.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ArTbkward's picture

I'll bet James is the wrong part? 

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

DJ Byrnes's picture

Correct. Please be kind with one of my life's darkest secrets.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

ArTbkward's picture

But of course. 

In this day and age, it could be much, much worse.  Yesterday on the radio I heard about a woman who ran across a child named Ja-a, pronouced Ja-dash-a.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Dance to ja-h music.  

Poison nuts's picture

Yo Donny!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

LABuckeye's picture

Then my other guess is that you are a disc jockey... DJ Byrnes, bringing the funk to the City of Kings!

DJ Byrnes's picture

I leave that to DJ Hightower, who has the coolest job in the world: DJ at the OK Cafe.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

btalbert25's picture

Sports aren't good for your body long term period.  I know friends who played basketball and routinely sprained or turned an ankle, we are 30 now and the thing gives them trouble all the time.  can't imagine what kind of shape they'll be in another 20 years.  I pitched in baseball through highschool and for a couple of years after, never had an injury.  Now I have pain in my right shoulder anytime I run for a long time or play basketball.  My arm hurts for a week if I play softball or baseball now too.  It happens.

Sports aren't good for ya.  I mean they are good in that you are getting exercise and stuff like that, but in terms of wear and tear they can really take a toll.  Add it to the list of things that are fun but not good for you.

jedkat's picture

Hell, college isn't good for the body long term period. I sprained my ankle walking to a party after pregamming and because I couldn't feel it stayed out all night. Damn thing never healed right...ah, college.

 

In all seriousness, I'm gonna push my kids (if they happen) towards tennis or golf. Sports you can play till a ripe ole age and still be competitive.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

faux_maestro's picture

While I agree with golf, at the highest level golfers get serious injuries too (Jack's back, he's also had hip replacements as have Greg Norman and Tom Watson,  Tiger's entire left leg....) so I think the point is that ALL sports carried to the extreem are bad for the body. It's just that some take longer to manifest.

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Buckeye in Athens's picture

Some people lack a sense of humor... 

joel121270's picture

I found it entertaining...hell, the way special teams has been playing these past couple years we would only have to worry about a punt being returned on us and not a kickoff and punt in the same game. Just sayn!

DJ Byrnes's picture

They'd also would have had Ted Ginn for all four quarters in the 07 title banger. The last shred of an excuse I cling to from that debachle. 

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

smith5568's picture

I only played through high school at a nationally competitive program, so my experience is shorter than some. I was "seriously" injured twice in my career. As a freshamn, I suffered a grade IIIa concussion, which created a temporary autoregulatory disorder, and as a senior I fractured my L3 vertebrae, which also created 2 bulging discs. I turn 24 soon and I already feel some of the ramifications from playing (aching knees, back, migraines). All that being said, there is not a day that goes by that I regret playing. Without football I probably would have done many more harmful things to my body (drugs, alcohol, etc.) then i did playing football, and I learned invaluable life lessons which greatly influenced my current life successes.  

I was made aware of the risks very early. Injuries and pain were a part of the game growing up. That is what made me love the game; the mental struggle, the violent fight. I don't think there is any other sport like it, something is different about playing it. 

Don't take away things that make players like myself love the game. I made the decision to play football, there is no one else to blame for my injuries, it is part of it and players make the decision at there own risk. I don't want anyone to protect me from myself.

Simply writing this and reflecting on the experience has my heart rate up and my palms sweaty, wishing I could play another down.  

smith5568's picture

Sorry for the long ramble, just a rather passionate topic for myself.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Very interesting commentary today. Mission accomplished, DJ.

(Daniel Julio?)

0hioState's picture

Putting facemasks on helmets was the last worthy safety regulation for the game of football. 

Leave well enough alone. 

It's football.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Sub Concussive hits are the biggest problem in football. It's not the spectacular-flying missile like hits that are leaving people crippled. Its the constant banging of ones head against another. This can't be addressed because of how football is meant to be played. Chris Henry was diagnosed with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and never had a single diagnosed concussion. We can make rule changes until we are blue in the face but a better course of action is education. Make teams and medical staffs responsible for educating players at all levels. Something as simple as "This is your brain. This is your brain on football" would work. Tell the players the info a lot of people are finding and then say ask if they still want to play. Let them know about all of the risks of the sport, not just the ones ESPN shows.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

SGTBuckeye83's picture

Wow. You are an angry dude. I think DJ needs a hug.

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

ARMYBUCK's picture

Its a good read.  I dont agree with it but thats the beauty of it, I dont have to.  Your opinion is just as good as mine because its just that, an opinion.  Actually, the only thing that Im gonna dwell on for the rest of the weekend is the fact I drink busch light and listen to Toby Keith... Oh well.

Poison nuts's picture

Now that was a damn fine comment on this story!

Signed...

The guy who reads comments and then tells people when he likes theirs.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Johnny Ginter's picture

i was literally going to write a post next week titled "ban football"

dammit dj

DJ Byrnes's picture

my bad dude. i literally breathe a sigh of relief every week when you and ramzy's posts come up and you haven't done a better job than I was planning on doing that friday.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Joe Beale's picture

crack open a FourLoko and hop in the shower.

If you want a good laugh or two, google the phrase "what does FourLoko taste like" or just go directly to this link for a whole slew of milk-through-the-nose hilarious suggestions.

buckeyedude's picture

It's kind of like how I don't need a scientist to tell me Mankind is fucking this planet up;

I don't see Mankind screwing this planet up. I see it making the world a better place for everyone. I guess I'm weird. I look at the glass half full. I'm thankful for the little inventions that make life for everyone more tolerable.

I would HATE to be living in northwest Ohio(even with the mild winter we had this year), in a teepee or hut with no heat. Thank God for oil. Thank God for gas heat. Thank God and the inventors who invented all of the great stuff that makes life better and longer for humans.  

And a I thank God also for college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes.