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January 29, 2013

Can’t a guy answer a question?



The NFL is doing everything it can to stay ahead of the issue, even as former players sue it for keeping them in the dark about the long-term cost of all those concussions.

It should be applauded for its efforts, but yes, if the NFL willfully kept its players in the dark just as tobacco companies willfully kept the public in the dark about the addictive qualities of nicotine, it should be held responsible.

Along the way, it shouldn’t be lambasted for turning the sport into a contest of sissies simply by restricting the right of defenders to lead with their helmet.

I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the way they were tackling back when helmets were made of leather the same way hockey players didn’t board each other’s noggins before helmets were required.

I digress.

Where were we?

Who is Barack Obama to think about, care about, have an opinion about the son he’s never had or a sport in search of its soul?

At the very least, he’s a guy who gets the rest of us thinking about such things.

I’m all right with it.

We’re better for it.

Thank you Mr. President.


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