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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.”