Happily, though, loyal readers know that I'm not even remotely liberal.
Just ask my editors, or the legions of Obama's peeved off hopium smokers or the perpetually angry Clintonistas.
But it is true that I did predict the death of football years ago. No magical powers were involved. And I took no pleasure in it.
Yet as the father of excellent athletes, and as an amateur student of popular culture -- including the games we play -- I could see it coming
And now, with the interview last week given by a young man named
Football is dying so fast that the
Professional football cannot be sustained as a great multibillion-dollar advertising platform. Pro football is already losing its iconic All-American status. And once that's gone, the big money follows.
So Mom and apple pie won't be part of the marketing of the
The other football, the iconic football we remember, the game of supposed virtue and heroism, will be gone. In its place will be a betting game, somewhat like roller derby, but without the high cultural gloss.
It's not your fault or your son's coach's fault. It's not my fault. It's not
And it is definitely not Borland's fault. It just is.
If you're an
Quick, smart and powerfully built at 5-11 and just under 250 pounds, Borland had the right amount of violence and leverage and force to make it in the desperate and violent profession.
Great players -- and no one gets to the
And so he quit before his brains were irreparably scrambled.
What caused him to leave was a routine hit during training camp, he told
That's not unusual either. Most football players are concussed at some point, and the higher they go in the sport, the more concussions they suffer.
"There's a lot of vernacular in football about getting your bell rung or getting dinged, and it was one of those instances," he told
What he did was begin to ask questions. And do research. He talked to neurologists and other medical experts, he said. What bothered him was the lack of answers.
"I don't think even the top neurologists truly understand the risks, the connections," he said. "That's what I found out in my research, and it's just too many unknowns for me and there were too many tragedies for me to be comfortable playing."
Studies of the brains of dead
"I'm not particularly interested in having in-depth conversations about it," he said, adding, "there have been enough former players who've suffered and future players whose health might be at risk. So it's important to talk about the information that's available."
The talk the
I'm not against risk or violence in sport as long as the sport is up front about what it's selling. Prizefighting, be it boxing or mixed martial arts, doesn't pretend to be a wholesome enterprise. It is honest. It is about fighting for money.
In a 2013 broadcast titled "Forces of the Left Align Against Football," Limbaugh said of yours truly, "His reasoning, his theory ... is that no responsible parent ... will ever let their kids play football anymore, knowing that they are destroying their brains, that they are damaging their brains, for life."
Limbaugh concluded by saying he knows the media has an agenda.
"I know what motivates them," he said. "I just know. And I hope I'm wrong. If anything is scrambling brains in this country, it is liberalism."
I have long believed that modern liberalism is designed, in part, to scramble innocent young brains and render them for service to the ever-increasing federal leviathan.
But much the same thing can be said about American football and the
Football also relies on the education bureaucracy, to funnel those young prospects forward, so they may take their place in games of ritual sacrifice that we watch on Sundays in the fall.
And watch we do, from our living rooms, our mouths full of beer and potato chips and dip, cheering as those young heroes smash their heads again and again.