Is there a connection?
In case you’re unaware of today’s JAMA report, 110 of 111 NFL players were found to have CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Now this is a select group, deceased players whose brains have been donated to Boston University, but if even every other dead player since the study began was found to be clear, that would still mean 9% of NFL players have dementia.
The stories are horrifying.
Even Tyler Sash, who played safety for the Super Bowl winning Giants in 2011, had it.
How long before people stop watching football?
They’ve already stopped playing.
People think everything’s forever.
Like the answering machine; like rock and roll; like baseball. I remember when football was a second-class citizen to baseball, when the latter was truly the “National Pastime.”
Now I’m not saying baseball will disappear, the internet has taught us that everything marginal survives to a point. I will say that the NBA and soccer and e-sports dominate the minds of millennials and younger, and the boomers refuse to accept this.
But the boomers gave up smoking. It’s rare to find a boomer who didn’t used to puff. But they stopped. When they saw it killed.
And these same boomers are racing to electric cars. Which conservative voices keep saying are propped up by subsidies and will never triumph.
Tell that to BMW and Mercedes, German companies who are doubling-down.
And to Volvo, which is going all electric, albeit hybrid, soon. They got the message. Along with self-driving cars.
When are the owners and the public going to get the message about football? Continue reading