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Dear Americans: Whatever You Do, Donít Ban College Football
PJ Media ^ | MIchael van der Galien

Posted on 05/26/2012 6:42:51 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien

Banning college football is un-American.

Being European, I can’t help but wonder over recent debates in the United States about the NFL and college football. Increasingly more analysts believe that these sports should be banned, or at least ‘reformed’. The latter of course meaning that they’ll lose what makes them unique and appealing to sports fans everywhere.

Now, make no mistake about it: I’m just as convinced as the average Joe that football is a very dangerous sport indeed. But why did this fact take analysts by surprise?

I still remember the first time I watched the NFL: I was shocked – shocked. These weren’t athletes, they were gladiators. Anyone not blind could see that they were out to hurt each other and that the crowd loved them for it.

Once I got into the NFL, I started watching college football too. It was just as great, if not better, simply because it’s less commercial. These youngsters were trying to prove themselves; they wanted to be the best they could possibly be, while hoping for a professional career in the NFL. They were willing to run through brick walls to reach their goals.

Of course, they too were taken off the field regularly. One had a concussion, another a broken leg. Some of the injured players were probably scarred for life. That much was clear.

But that’s their choice. What’s more, their freedom to make that choice is what makes America… America. That’s what that great country of yours stands for: the freedom to pursue your own happiness, regardless of what know-it-alls think.

That’s why I can’t quite wrap my head around articles such as this interview in Slate about college football.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: collegefootball; football; nfl; sports

1 posted on 05/26/2012 6:42:55 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien
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To: Michael van der Galien
Personally, I think that before anyone bans football, they should require helmets and padding for soccer, especially since the players seem so fragile.
2 posted on 05/26/2012 6:59:42 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Michael van der Galien

Well my school (Old Dominion) just jumped full force into division 1A football and I donated a good bit of money to make that happen and the school is planning a stadium upgrade in the tens of millions. Furthermore, we just bolted our regional conference for a national one. I can tell you if they ban college football, there will be riots in Norfolk. Texas and Alabama would probably seccede.


3 posted on 05/26/2012 6:59:59 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: kosciusko51

4 posted on 05/26/2012 7:04:49 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Michael van der Galien

Football may change, but it’s not going anywhere.

It’s too ingrained into the American culture. You would see full out riots before you would see in banned.

Just think about it, what would people do on Thangsgiving to avoid talking to drunk Uncle Jack? Americans NEED football.


5 posted on 05/26/2012 7:05:12 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: wolfman23601

Don’t forget Florida. We have UF, FSU, and UM.


6 posted on 05/26/2012 7:10:53 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: kosciusko51

That’s great video. Christiano Ronaldo is a great player, but he’s a whiny bitch.


7 posted on 05/26/2012 7:13:59 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

And USF, UCF, FAU, FIU etc. I really think this whole football thing is just a Northeastern intellectual elite attack on Southern culture. Problem is it is also strong in the Midwest and California.


8 posted on 05/26/2012 7:15:43 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601

I agree. College football is bigger than the pros down here. Jax can never sellout the stadium, UF always does. Especially UF vs. UG in JAX.


9 posted on 05/26/2012 7:22:34 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: 1rudeboy
Only slightly off topic, as this is a discussion of concerning "football".

;-P

10 posted on 05/26/2012 7:43:03 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Michael van der Galien

The only thing I would like is to quit calling it College football.

It is no longer for the students it is big business. Still don’t want it banned.


11 posted on 05/26/2012 7:43:46 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kosciusko51

Only slightly off topic, as this is a discussion concerning “football”.

;-P


12 posted on 05/26/2012 7:44:26 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Maybe we could find a way to outsource college football to the ChiComs.


13 posted on 05/26/2012 7:47:28 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Alright. In any event, banning college football seems to be a non-starter. As others have noted, it is ingrained in the culture. For instance, have you seen the ESPN documentary Roll Tide War Eagle? Can you imagine the state of Alabama allow football to be banned?
14 posted on 05/26/2012 7:50:22 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: kosciusko51

Dang, I need to proofread more before I hit post. Sorry for the fracture grammar.


15 posted on 05/26/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Michael van der Galien

I like the idea of reform in that it could lead to more football.

Right now, you have athletes who pretend to be college students, who after they graduate are discarded like used facial tissues, with only a tiny minority becoming professionals. The rest are condemned to minimum wage jobs after losing four productive years with no pay at all.

Instead, universities should hire them as athletes to represent the school playing football, as “minor league” teams that are affiliated with professional teams. They are not students and can have an entire career as a minor leaguer, as professional athletes, earning enough to live on and even do well with a school sponsored endowment investment retirement fund.

This would cost the universities a lot of “free money” they get from the sweat and injuries of their athletes, which is very unfair if you think about it. If an athlete results in a university making several hundred thousand dollars, then he should get something out of the deal.

And spare us all the crocodile tears of “NCAA rules” and “the spirit of amateur sports”, which is hooey and they know it. They get all the money and the ex-athlete gets to live as a cripple on skid row for the rest of their life isn’t very fair.


16 posted on 05/26/2012 7:57:59 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: central_va

Lead cleats and poisoned Gatorade...


17 posted on 05/26/2012 7:59:37 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Michael van der Galien

OK...don’t bann it...just pay the semi-pros who are already playing.

It’s all a subset of the NFL...those guys aren’t in college for an education...so give them a living while they pretend they are students.


18 posted on 05/26/2012 7:59:54 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

No one is making them play football, and they know the physical risks. Many wouldn’t be in college if it was not for football. They can choose to become educated or not.


19 posted on 05/26/2012 8:03:25 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: kjo

...those guys aren’t in college for an education...

And when they graduate, most of them don’t have a high school education.


20 posted on 05/26/2012 8:07:57 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: wolfman23601

first college football game- 1869 Rutgers 6, Princeton 4- both in NJ


21 posted on 05/26/2012 8:21:36 AM PDT by capt B
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To: Michael van der Galien

Without college football, millions of Southerners will have nothing to talk about.


22 posted on 05/26/2012 8:24:48 AM PDT by EricT. (The GOP's sole purpose is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.)
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To: Michael van der Galien

If inroads are made by the nanny-staters into stopping youth football (it’s for the children, ya know) it will metastisize. Then it will just be a matter of time before it eats away both college and professional ball.


23 posted on 05/26/2012 8:29:32 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: kosciusko51

I think you are right...confrontation...grab face...fall down...act like a drama queen. Lather, rinse, and repeat.


24 posted on 05/26/2012 9:14:18 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: EEGator

Except that the two things have become almost mutually exclusive. Oddly enough, if they were treated as minor leaguers in school, if they wanted to get an education, it would probably help.

Today they are under great pressure academically, with grade requirements, eligibility limits, financial limits, grants, loans and aid packages, etc. It really screws a lot of them up.

Reforming it would guarantee them a steady, performance based income, so if they just wanted to play ball they could; or if they wanted to take courses as well, they could. It might take them longer to get a degree, but no sweat. They wouldn’t have to go deeply in debt, nor fight for scholarships and grants, etc.

They would stop being expendable slaves to ridiculous rules.


25 posted on 05/26/2012 9:26:00 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: A Strict Constructionist

Yeah, it really should be recognized as the NFL’s minor leagues or farm system. The athletes should be paid (yes I know they get scholarships and whatnot). I honestly prefer how baseball and hockey do it with proper farm systems.


26 posted on 05/26/2012 10:07:52 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Michael van der Galien; humblegunner
From your "about" page:

"In September of 2009, Michael joined David Horowitz’s NewsRealblog. First as contributor, later as assistant managing editor."

So - Mikey. How's that workin' out for ya?
27 posted on 05/26/2012 10:40:16 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

28 posted on 05/26/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT by humblegunner
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