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(ESPN)   Obama says he's not sure if he'd let a son of his play football, which means that Vince Lombardi is now President and Bill Cowher's chin is Secretary of Defense   (espn.go.com) divider line 67
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2013-01-27 03:15:40 AM
Wait, did President Obama just admit that he did father a baby boy in High School just as WND claimed he did?
 
2013-01-27 06:50:04 AM
Cowher's chin would invade Syria tomorrow.
 
2013-01-27 06:52:10 AM
www.usmagazine.com
He may be the leader of the free world, but I am not sure his opinion on this subject would matter much.
 
2013-01-27 07:53:24 AM
This headline meme needs to die. That said, I love football, but I don't want my son playing it.
 
2013-01-27 08:19:25 AM
You guys realize professional football is fake, right?  The outcomes are scripted in advance now.  I mean, it used to be real back in the sixties, but they changed it.  That's why I started watching basketball.  I don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about the officiating in basketball.
 
2013-01-27 08:46:51 AM
Watch the Pro Bowl carefully. Thanks to concussion lawsuits that style of play is going to be what you see in the real games before long.
 
2013-01-27 09:21:16 AM

Mike_LowELL: I don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about the officiating in basketball.


www.mildenhall.af.mil
 
2013-01-27 09:25:12 AM

mr_a: He may be the leader of the free world, but I am not sure his opinion on this subject would matter much.


She is in charge. I haven't seen a black man so whipped since Django Unchained.
 
2013-01-27 09:57:30 AM

Mike_LowELL: You guys realize professional football is fake, right?  The outcomes are scripted in advance now.  I mean, it used to be real back in the sixties, but they changed it.  That's why I started watching basketball.  I don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about the officiating in basketball.


I was amused. Have a funny.

I saw Lombardi (the play) recently. In it, the 2 main characters (Lombardi was one of them) talked of how the father of the other and Vince himself wouldn't let their sons do what they did. Interesting view of the man if it was true.
 
2013-01-27 10:54:21 AM
The President's son would make a great running back, the Secret Service are awesome lead blockers.
 
2013-01-27 11:15:36 AM
I won't let my son play football. TBI scares me.
 
2013-01-27 11:53:27 AM
Well since he doesn't have any sons, it kinda makes this a moot point.
 
2013-01-27 11:58:09 AM
I don't have a son, but if I did I wouldn't let him play either. I only played 8 years and I experience some of the symptoms, to a much lesser degree than the headline cases. I've never been diagnosed with anything, but rather I've begun to notice them.

Does that make me a hypocrit? Yeah, maybe it does.
 
2013-01-27 12:00:38 PM
i'm still bothered by the fact that people are insist on pretending we didn't know we were watching, playing, enjoying a gladiator sport for the past few decades. as if all those impaired and demented retired boxers and players didn't exist or weren't dying in their 50s. that football kills people is not new news. parents have been holding their sons out for decades. the whole tbi/concussion and football thing feels like the whole tobacco and cancer thing. it's been clear forever no matter what the nfl lawyers would have you believe.
 
2013-01-27 12:02:33 PM

browneye: Well since he doesn't have any sons

that he admits or supports, it kinda makes this a moot point.

ftfy...
 
2013-01-27 12:03:24 PM
I'm a football fan, and I wouldn't let my son play football.
I like hockey, but I wouldn't let my son play either.

I guess if he wants to play a sport it will be basketball or European Flopball.

I'm betting he'll pass on all the team sports and focus on Science Club and Pornography Club, like I did at his age.
 
2013-01-27 12:05:31 PM

Krymson Tyde: I don't have a son, but if I did I wouldn't let him play either. I only played 8 years and I experience some of the symptoms, to a much lesser degree than the headline cases. I've never been diagnosed with anything, but rather I've begun to notice them.

Does that make me a hypocrit? Yeah, maybe it does.


Actually, I'd argue it makes you the opposite of a hypocrite. You played, realized there are long term consequences, and wouldn't allow your son to make the same mistake.

It's watching other people's sons play football and enjoying it that makes you a hypocrite. :P

/Go Ravens! Woot!
 
2013-01-27 12:12:57 PM
Sooo he's OK with letting his daughter onto the field as he only has daughters?
 
2013-01-27 12:15:01 PM

born_yesterday: Krymson Tyde: I don't have a son, but if I did I wouldn't let him play either. I only played 8 years and I experience some of the symptoms, to a much lesser degree than the headline cases. I've never been diagnosed with anything, but rather I've begun to notice them.

Does that make me a hypocrit? Yeah, maybe it does.

Actually, I'd argue it makes you the opposite of a hypocrite. You played, realized there are long term consequences, and wouldn't allow your son to make the same mistake.

It's watching other people's sons play football and enjoying it that makes you a hypocrite. :P


not that it hasn't gone that way already, but in the future it will only be the sons of the poorer families that play football. look at who boxes now.

and no worries for Tyde, nick saban will protect them. after all, as soon as player shows signs of traumatic brain injury not being a contributor he'll medical hardship scholarship their ass in a bama minute.
 
2013-01-27 12:24:31 PM
I think EVERYONE should play football. It should be mandatory to get a voter card or food stamps. If OBAMY don't like it it must be good. Besides after 12 or 15 concussions they will ALL be ripe for indoctrination into the Republitea Party. 42  FRISCO RED hikehike.....
Seriously ...I wouldn't let my dog play in the Dog Bowl!
 
2013-01-27 12:26:24 PM
In the last paragraph it sounds like Obama is advocating some sort of compensation plan for college football players. I agree with him on that
 
2013-01-27 12:30:06 PM
Geez... there's a lot, and I mean A LOT of derp in those comments.

Note to self, stay out of ESPN comment sections. Almost as bad as youtube.
 
2013-01-27 12:36:20 PM

mr_a: He may be the leader of the free world, but I am not sure his opinion on this subject would matter much.


Not sure if trolling or joking, but just in case....

Teddy Roosevelt actually intervened directly in college football because the game was thought to be too dangerous (players routinely died on the field), so there is actually a lot of precedent for a President getting involved in something like this. Here is a more detailed article about that.
 
2013-01-27 12:43:01 PM

HMS_Blinkin: mr_a: He may be the leader of the free world, but I am not sure his opinion on this subject would matter much.

Not sure if trolling or joking, but just in case....

Teddy Roosevelt actually intervened directly in college football because the game was thought to be too dangerous (players routinely died on the field), so there is actually a lot of precedent for a President getting involved in something like this. Here is a more detailed article about that.


i believe mr_a was suggesting that since obama would just be the father, that his opinion wouldn't matter as much as that of mom's. michelle's opinion would be much more influential, since well, moms always decide what their boys can or cannot do.
 
2013-01-27 12:48:07 PM

A Fark Handle: i believe mr_a was suggesting that since obama would just be the father, that his opinion wouldn't matter as much as that of mom's. michelle's opinion would be much more influential, since well, moms always decide what their boys can or cannot do.


I figured, but no one had actually mentioned the historical precedent for Presidents being involved in football, so I thought I would post that story.
 
2013-01-27 12:54:18 PM

A Fark Handle: HMS_Blinkin: mr_a: He may be the leader of the free world, but I am not sure his opinion on this subject would matter much.

Not sure if trolling or joking, but just in case....

Teddy Roosevelt actually intervened directly in college football because the game was thought to be too dangerous (players routinely died on the field), so there is actually a lot of precedent for a President getting involved in something like this. Here is a more detailed article about that.

i believe mr_a was suggesting that since obama would just be the father, that his opinion wouldn't matter as much as that of mom's. michelle's opinion would be much more influential, since well, moms always decide what their boys can or cannot do.


Yep, just joking.
In my house it would have been:

"Dad, can I do <whatever it was>"
"Its OK with me, but ask your Mother"
"Mom, can I do <whatever>? Dad says it's OK with..."
"No"

Case closed.
 
2013-01-27 12:54:31 PM
I'll let my son play if he wants. I will not encourage it like I always assumed I would before I actually had a son.

A shame too, I was really looking forward to living out my dreams through forcing him to play a sport he didn't like and that could potentially cause him life long physical problems.

/I'll still watch it, no one forces them to play and there isn't a single player who doesn't know they could die on the field or suffer lifelong debilitating injury after they're done playing
//of course in 10 years they'll be playing 2 hand touch or flag football so maybe I'll stop watching by then
 
2013-01-27 12:54:38 PM

A Fark Handle: i'm still bothered by the fact that people are insist on pretending we didn't know we were watching, playing, enjoying a gladiator sport for the past few decades. as if all those impaired and demented retired boxers and players didn't exist or weren't dying in their 50s. that football kills people is not new news. parents have been holding their sons out for decades. the whole tbi/concussion and football thing feels like the whole tobacco and cancer thing. it's been clear forever no matter what the nfl lawyers would have you believe.


I'm 100% aware that the 2 sports I watch (NFL and MMA) are both protratced suicide. I'm the survivor of several horrific instances of watching people die and/or finding gruesome scenes of death. I'm staunchly anti-war, and would never let my kid(s) participate in such activities, yet I'm somewhat captivated by them. All of this is part of the human condition, and probably nothing more.

/yup, I'm drunk
 
2013-01-27 01:01:11 PM
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/ having a seat
// hope the secret service are gentle
 
2013-01-27 01:03:58 PM

the biggest redneck here: A Fark Handle: i'm still bothered by the fact that people are insist on pretending we didn't know we were watching, playing, enjoying a gladiator sport for the past few decades. as if all those impaired and demented retired boxers and players didn't exist or weren't dying in their 50s. that football kills people is not new news. parents have been holding their sons out for decades. the whole tbi/concussion and football thing feels like the whole tobacco and cancer thing. it's been clear forever no matter what the nfl lawyers would have you believe.

I'm 100% aware that the 2 sports I watch (NFL and MMA) are both protratced suicide. I'm the survivor of several horrific instances of watching people die and/or finding gruesome scenes of death. I'm staunchly anti-war, and would never let my kid(s) participate in such activities, yet I'm somewhat captivated by them. All of this is part of the human condition, and probably nothing more.


i don't disagree. i heart college football, but i see the warts. it's just annoying to me the cognitive dissonance that the american psyche seems to twist itself through. it's fine to enjoy strategic violence, just admit that's what you're doing.
 
2013-01-27 01:10:11 PM

A Fark Handle: the biggest redneck here: A Fark Handle: i'm still bothered by the fact that people are insist on pretending we didn't know we were watching, playing, enjoying a gladiator sport for the past few decades. as if all those impaired and demented retired boxers and players didn't exist or weren't dying in their 50s. that football kills people is not new news. parents have been holding their sons out for decades. the whole tbi/concussion and football thing feels like the whole tobacco and cancer thing. it's been clear forever no matter what the nfl lawyers would have you believe.

I'm 100% aware that the 2 sports I watch (NFL and MMA) are both protratced suicide. I'm the survivor of several horrific instances of watching people die and/or finding gruesome scenes of death. I'm staunchly anti-war, and would never let my kid(s) participate in such activities, yet I'm somewhat captivated by them. All of this is part of the human condition, and probably nothing more.

i don't disagree. i heart college football, but i see the warts. it's just annoying to me the cognitive dissonance that the american psyche seems to twist itself through. it's fine to enjoy strategic violence, just admit that's what you're doing.


Couldn't agree more. The Neanderthal in me loves the violence, though. In fact, knowing the results of such activities makes it that much more dramatic... and I have a disabled daughter, so I know how tough it is to care for a loved one that can't do for themself. It's sick, man, it really is.
 
2013-01-27 01:21:10 PM

HMS_Blinkin: mr_a: He may be the leader of the free world, but I am not sure his opinion on this subject would matter much.

Not sure if trolling or joking, but just in case....

Teddy Roosevelt actually intervened directly in college football because the game was thought to be too dangerous (players routinely died on the field), so there is actually a lot of precedent for a President getting involved in something like this. Here is a more detailed article about that.


That was an interesting read. That subject would make a great documentary.
 
2013-01-27 01:30:27 PM
Great. Now all those redneck SEC states won't vote for Obama in the 2016 electoral college.

Alert Nate Silver!
 
2013-01-27 01:32:38 PM

A Fark Handle: i'm still bothered by the fact that people are insist on pretending we didn't know we were watching, playing, enjoying a gladiator sport for the past few decades. as if all those impaired and demented retired boxers and players didn't exist or weren't dying in their 50s. that football kills people is not new news. parents have been holding their sons out for decades. the whole tbi/concussion and football thing feels like the whole tobacco and cancer thing. it's been clear forever no matter what the nfl lawyers would have you believe.


I think sometimes we forget how far along medicine has come in what seems like a short 20-30 years since the 80's. I genuinely think that in the 80s we thought as long as there were helmets, then the head was protected and that there were no TBI symptoms once the stars cleared. But when you see a lineman with knees the size of basketballs that can hardly walk and dying when they are 55, you know something was afoot. So as a society, we knew, but we didnt know. You know what I mean...
 
2013-01-27 01:36:11 PM

Krieghund: I like hockey, but I wouldn't let my son play either.


Hockey doesn't even come close to football in terms of risk for head injuries. I would never even dream of letting a kid play football, but I would outright encourage hockey. Football builds head on collisions into every play of every game. Severe injuries, head and otherwise, are routine. In hockey, they happen, but a good deal less often.

It's also incredibly fun, and every position is a skill position. There isn't a whole subset of guys whose job it is to mess you up as much as they can.
 
2013-01-27 01:37:13 PM
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2013-01-27 01:46:10 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-27 01:47:17 PM
Maybe he said he wouldn't let him play with the nuclear football. That's what they call "the button". That's a sensible position.
 
2013-01-27 01:53:55 PM

cptjeff: There isn't a whole subset of guys whose job it is to mess you up as much as they can.


mcgarnagle.files.wordpress.com

/Hired goons?
 
2013-01-27 02:07:32 PM

born_yesterday: Krymson Tyde: I don't have a son, but if I did I wouldn't let him play either. I only played 8 years and I experience some of the symptoms, to a much lesser degree than the headline cases. I've never been diagnosed with anything, but rather I've begun to notice them.

Does that make me a hypocrit? Yeah, maybe it does.

Actually, I'd argue it makes you the opposite of a hypocrite. You played, realized there are long term consequences, and wouldn't allow your son to make the same mistake.

It's watching other people's sons play football and enjoying it that makes you a hypocrite. :P

/Go Ravens! Woot!


That's what I meant. I'm a huge fan of the game, but wouldn't let my son play.
I was distracted during my posting because I was playing Lego Star Wars with my daughter.
 
2013-01-27 02:10:26 PM

Krymson Tyde: I don't have a son, but if I did I wouldn't let him play either. I only played 8 years and I experience some of the symptoms, to a much lesser degree than the headline cases. I've never been diagnosed with anything, but rather I've begun to notice them.

Does that make me a hypocrit? Yeah, maybe it does.


Not really. You have grown and learned from experiences. That isn't hypocrisy. Now if you were out playing yourself on a regular basis and actively involved in getting other kids involved, there might be an issue.

I myself would probably not forbid it (that creates its own issues), but I would certainly discourage it as much as I reasonably could. I would, however, encourage any child of mine to get involved with a flag football league if it were an option.
 
2013-01-27 02:15:50 PM

kudayta: cptjeff: There isn't a whole subset of guys whose job it is to mess you up as much as they can.

[mcgarnagle.files.wordpress.com image 720x540]

/Hired goons?


Have only ever existed at pro or just below levels and there are very few around these days. And they only go after other goons or players taking cheap shots.
 
2013-01-27 02:25:30 PM
I love these headlines so much
 
2013-01-27 02:32:39 PM

kudayta: /Hired goons?


The NHL, through a bevy of rule changes to speed up the game and make it more "skill" friendly, has undergone a paradigm shift where your atypical 6'6, 260lb neanderthal-on-skates is literally a wasted roster spot* and largely a thing of the past. Fighting still happens, but it's rarely involving the goons who only get a few minutes of ice time a game with the sole intent to either f*ck things up or seek retribution for something that happened earlier.

As for the main topic on hand, yeah, I wouldn't want my son to play football either, and even hockey I'd have some reservations about...but largely too because of how goddamn expensive it is so he better damn well be "all-in" on his decision to play that sport.

/*some exceptions, like if you're the Sabres and signed John Scott this offseason
 
2013-01-27 02:37:23 PM

Killer Cars: John Scott this offseason


Dude, he's been dead sinc ethe pilot, and didn't even show up after Season 1
 
2013-01-27 02:41:30 PM

Krymson Tyde: born_yesterday: Krymson Tyde: I don't have a son, but if I did I wouldn't let him play either. I only played 8 years and I experience some of the symptoms, to a much lesser degree than the headline cases. I've never been diagnosed with anything, but rather I've begun to notice them.

Does that make me a hypocrit? Yeah, maybe it does.

Actually, I'd argue it makes you the opposite of a hypocrite. You played, realized there are long term consequences, and wouldn't allow your son to make the same mistake.

It's watching other people's sons play football and enjoying it that makes you a hypocrite. :P

/Go Ravens! Woot!

That's what I meant. I'm a huge fan of the game, but wouldn't let my son play.
I was distracted during my posting because I was playing Lego Star Wars with my daughter.


Awesome.
 
2013-01-27 02:47:31 PM
Everyone's forgetting that in Kenya by "football" they mean what we call "soccer"
 
2013-01-27 03:08:11 PM
I need to stop reading the comments on these articles. I'm losing faith in humanity.
 
2013-01-27 03:17:17 PM
He wouldn't let his son play because Trayvon was to skinny anyway. In my opinion, once the first lawsuit goes against the NFL, colleges will start to drop football programs. Too much legal risk.
 
2013-01-27 03:19:29 PM

whither_apophis: The President's son would make a great running back, the Secret Service liberal media are awesome lead blockers.


FTFY
Yep, if Obama had a football-playing son, he'd look just like Jovan Belcher...
 
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