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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 5, 2011 / 1 Nissan, 5771

The NFL stats no one wants to claim

By Renee James




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I never really bought the whole Mars / Venus explanation that author and high school graduate John Gray claimed would explain the difference between men and women. I understand that our gender-driven instincts may not be entirely aligned but different planets? Isn't that a little extreme?

Then I read about the study by actual Ph.D.'s David Card and Gordon Dahl that may change my mind. Maybe we are that different. Between 1995 and 2006, Drs. Card and Dahl tracked the wins and losses of the following NFL teams: the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. That makes them exactly like millions of football fans. But they did something else. They noted when the teams lost a game they were favored to win, and checked the reports of domestic violence in those cities on those dates.

The depressing results of the research show that domestic violence assaults in those particular areas increased by about ten percent when the local NFL team lost a game they were supposed to win. A ten percent increase. For a football game, for God's sake.

Note: if a team was predicted to lose, and lost, women could breathe easier. The research indicated no measurable increase in reports of attacks against them.

I suppose the good news for men in general about these despicable results is that the researchers claim that it's broader-reaching than it appears. Any number of unexpected and disappointing events could result in the same kind of uptick in violence. A speeding ticket on the way home is probably enough to set some men off and result in an assault on the woman waiting at home.

The whole report is really too disturbing to contemplate. The researchers took a long hard look at how men behaved in the jurisdictions that follow these "home" teams, and the police reports submitted to the National Incident-Based Reporting System. They found that from the last hour of the game in question, through the two hours following the loss, the reports of violence were higher than usual. (The idea of "usual" is sad enough. Now this news.)

But they examined it even more closely. When a team unexpectedly lost to a "rival" team, the rise in domestic violence reporting was twice that (20%) after the same kind of loss to a non-rival team (8%).

And what if they played badly? Also not good news. If a team was in playoff contention, and they had four or more sacks or turnovers; or they lost 80 or more yards to penalties - well then, some men just couldn't quite deal with that either. Card and Dahl tracked a 17% increase in violence while the local team in playoff contention lost and performed miserably on the field.

I don't quite know what to think about this. It appears that some men are so connected to an unexpected NFL loss that they beat up a woman because of it. That they get so angry over a team losing yards that women need to fear them. What on God's earth do they do when they have to deal with actual tragedies? Kill someone?

I have a suggestion. The Madden NFL 2012 videogame producers announced that the updated game will include players who suffer concussions and get sidelined. That added component may help young boys play the game more responsibly. It's a "teaching tool" to illustrate the safest way to deal with this kind of injury.

The next edition should have an additional "teaching tool" that includes a message about the loathsome, criminal, sickening behavior of any man who ever attacks a woman. Maybe it can remind men that it's only a game; that the women in their lives may suffer concussions - or worse - at their hands if they can't control themselves. Maybe if an NFL player looks straight into the camera and tells violent men to get some help, it will bring a moment of clarity to some. Not to all - no doubt. But since the NFL contributes to problem, maybe it can contribute to the solution. Any drop in the sobering statistics reported by Card and Dahl counts as a win.

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Renee James writes social commentary and resolves daily to keep up with her blog: It's Not Me, It's You. Her essays have appeared in 101 Damnations: A Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells and May Contain Nuts: A Very Loose Canon of American Humor. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Morning Call and other Tribune newspapers, as well as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Women's Quarterly and Tango Magazine.


Previously:


You think education prepares kids for their futures? Stacks of cash say otherwise
Is lowering the drinking age to 18 really such a good idea?
The goods news: You've earned a degree. The bad news: You didn't learn much
Mark Twain, Snooki, and the decline of American literature




© 2011, Renee James

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