Gladwell on Football and Dogfighting

About a month ago I decided the best thing that could be changed in the sport of football would be to get rid of the helmets. It would bring the sport back to tackling by wrapping a guy and would result in less head injuries. Reading Malcolm Gladwell’s recent masterpiece for the New Yorker has strengthened my position on the matter. Here is a small portion of the article for you to sample:

In the nineteenth century, dogfighting was widely accepted by the American public. But we no longer find that kind of transaction morally acceptable in a sport. “I was not aware of dogfighting and the terrible things that happen around dogfighting,” Goodell said, explaining why he responded so sternly in the Vick case. One wonders whether, had he spent as much time talking to Kyle Turley as he did to Michael Vick, he’d start to have similar doubts about his own sport.”

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2 thoughts on “Gladwell on Football and Dogfighting”

  1. Hi Brett-thanks for your excellent article on Tiger on BPSports.net http://www.bpsports.net/bpcolumn.asp?ID=687 I could not find a spot to leave a comment there but wanted to thank you. I think yours is the best thing I’ve read… a great reminder that we are all human and not immune… Thanks for your call for us to respond with love in action instead of fascination or judgment. We will continue to pray for Tiger!

  2. Thanks, Melisa, for your kind words and for also giving me a heads up that the column is up! I’ve been out and about all day and didn’t realize that it was posted yet.

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