If you look closely, you will notice that the robots all have Irish and Polish names--the show being from 1963.
There was a short story in Playboy, back in the 70’s, about “the last Superbowl” ... probably set in the 90’s, I’d guess. Football had been superseded by electronic simulations, which captured the public allegiance. So this last game was played in the rain with a heroic goal line stand and everything.
I remember walking into a bar outside DC in 1987 and seeing Joe Jacoby and R.C. Thielmann from the Redskins’ “Hogs” sitting there slamming back a few beers...at lunch. Right before training camp.
Anyway...Jacoby was the left tackle and the biggest of the Hogs at 6’6”, 305 pounds. He looked like a monster. His size was one of the big reasons that the Skins’ feared “counter-trey” almost always ran behind him and left guard Russ Grimm. When those two pulled, nobody could stop them.
Jacoby was the only Hog that ever broke 300 pounds. Jeff Bostic was an All-Pro center for years and I’m not sure he ever got much over 260, if even that heavy. Those guys were the most fearsome offensive line in the league for years while averaging around 275 or 280 pounds. Nowadays I think they’d be considered small at the Division I-A college football level, much less in the pros.
Will is right to a point, because these guys are doing things at the limits of the human body’s capabilities and there does seem to be an issue with CTE and football players. Football has always left a lot of broken bodies and broken men in its wake. But government is NOT the answer.