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Comment 13 Sep 2016

I think you're giving me too much credit. I'm not arguing that football is less debilitating for its players than MMA, and that's why I draw my line between the two sports. The difference for me is purely aesthetic. 

Similarly, I would happily shoot a majestic elk in the face if I was going to turn it into delicious charcuterie later, but I wouldn't shoot a rhinoceros for sport if there were a billion of them. It's not about the animal, or the suffering it endures; it's entirely about the form of entertainment I'm getting out of it. I'd justify doing just about anything for food, but killing purely for pleasure strikes me as sadistic.

And please don't think that I'm judging anyone for enjoying MMA. If you find a nobility and an honor in it, then I'd say it's moral for you to enjoy it. For me it would be immoral, not because my standards are higher than yours, but because it looks like a human cockfight to me.

Comment 13 Sep 2016

Well, Chic didn't go so far as to say that UFC should be illegal. I'm not trying to speak for him, but since I agree with his post, here are my thoughts.

Yes, I am a huge fan of football, and yes, football is extraordinarily violent. But perhaps I'm wrong to like football as well? There are a lot of things about me that aren't great. Once I watched a tourist fall down in a huge puddle and I laughed for fifteen minutes.

To me, the difference in the sports is the spectacle. I find a grace and beauty in football that makes the violence not just palatable, but exciting. To me, UFC is just two dudes trying to injure each other. I find it gross and embarrassing. Others don't, and I'm not going to tell them that they're wrong, nor advocate to make the sport illegal.

Perhaps I'm a hypocrite, but people make distinctions all the time that others find hypocritical. Wearing leather but not fur. Eating pigs but not dogs. Shooting deer and eating them but hating trophy hunting. Violence is inherent in life—no one can exist without at least killing a plant for food or killing bacteria every time they take a shower—but except for your Ted Bundys and Jeffrey Dahmers, we all draw a line somewhere.

Comment 19 Jul 2016

If you're interested to know, here you go:

Short answer: Abusers don't just hit women, they seek to dominate them in every way possible. Hard to leave a guy who can beat the crap out of you and who flies off the handle when you fail to nourish his ego in every little way possible.

Comment 12 Jul 2016

A: He said another assistant coach had come to him in the early ‘90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had—someone had come to him as far back as early as the ‘80s about seeing Jerry Sandusky doing something with a boy.

Q: Did he identify who the other coaches were that had given him this information?

A: The one in the early ‘90s, yes.

Q: And who was that?

A: Greg Schiano.

Q: Greg Schiano?

A: Yes.

Comment 08 Jun 2016

This is not a helpful comment.

Comment 18 May 2016

Hear, hear, Chic.

Comment 18 May 2016

Yes, yes, yes, Urbanbuck.

I spent exactly zero seconds being mad online about the Penn State scandal, but so long as they haven't yet accepted a proper level of shame, it's fine to continue to attempt to shame them. It doesn't mean you can't donate to a worthy charity in the other 24 hours of the day.

And I think your Germany example is a good one. They faced up to what they did; Japan didn't, and neither did Turkey. In those latter two cases, their collective denial has caused further problems.

Getting the Penn State apologists to accept what happened is a fine goal, however implausible it might be. It's certainly no worse that posting gifs all day.

Comment 15 Mar 2016

Of course we do. If we preferred to watch Zeke run track, he wouldn't be at an elevated risk of blowing his head off in 25 years. Lionel Messi and Steph Curry aren't enough for us because we want, at least partially, to witness athleticism expressed through violence. I for one first started loving Zeke when he lit that dude up on special teams his freshman year. Did the dude he lit up suffer brain damage? I dunno, but I cheered like hell.

Comment 14 Mar 2016

• But you can get CTE from college or high school football too.

• People, especially young people, don't always make the right decisions, and as a society, we tend to try to protect each other, especially our youth, from the worst of those tendencies.

• People subject themselves to all sorts of things for money or the promise of it. We have laws to help slow this race to the bottom as well.

• An average NFL player makes a pittance compared to an average NBA or MLB player.

That said, I prefer to let 'em play if they want to, though I wouldn't know why I wouldn't have "sympathy" for someone whose brain was irreparably damaged because assholes like me incentivized their risk-taking.

Comment 30 Jan 2016

Barry Lyndon

Ex Machina

Role Models

Dawn of the Dead (either version)

Welcome to the Dollhouse

...tried to mention movies that people hadn't mentioned before. Lots of good stuff above. And although it's not a movie, The Simpsons seasons 3 through 8 were the best thing that humanity was ever blessed with.

Comment 30 Jan 2016

Y Tu Mamba Tambien

Terminator 2

Talladega Nights

Let the Right One In

The New World

Comment 30 Jan 2016

The first 45 minutes of Wall-E

Spirited Away

Groundhog Day

Under the Skin

Exit through the Gift Shop

Comment 18 Nov 2015

I don't understand why you have to tell me to lighten up. Who said I was angry? But I am happy to bow out, lest we devolve into something like this:

Comment 18 Nov 2015

Ole Buckeye: Or you could move to France! The ground floor is the zeroth floor there.

Comment 18 Nov 2015

No, there are four seasons between. 2015 - 2011 = 4. Look at this way:

2015 = zero seasons ago. It's zero seasons in the past. It's the present! How many seasons ago was 2015? Zero! This is still 2015!

Surely you would say that 2014 was ONE season ago, yes? You wouldn't say it's two seasons ago because you're counting 2014 + 2015. So don't include 2015 when you count back to 2011!

So, 2013 = two seasons ago

2012 = three seasons ago

2011 = four seasons ago

Comment 18 Nov 2015

That's just as terrible, DJ.

2014 was one season ago.

2013 was two seasons ago.

2012 was three seasons ago.

2011 was four seasons ago.

Comment 18 Nov 2015

This is some terrible math, DJ.

5 - 1 = 4.

2014 was one year ago.

2013 was two years ago.

2012 was three years ago.

2011 was four years ago.