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2014-01-31 01:54:09 AM

Oldiron_79: And Im a troll that will say shiat to get a reaction I may not even beleive myself. Lighten up Francis.


I have you in bright pink as a militant homo. Dont tell me you also hate the buttsex!
 
2014-01-31 02:03:13 AM
The rest of the world plays the much less violent version of football, and their populace generally seems less stupid when taken as a whole. Just look at how most of those countries have figured out how to make public healthcare work, while we just make our system even more and more complicated and screwed up. Coincidence?

/That said, I'm still rooting for my Seahawks on Sunday
 
2014-01-31 02:09:19 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-31 02:10:44 AM
duh.  we knew this 30 years ago.  why do we pretend to care now?
 
2014-01-31 02:11:00 AM

phrawgh: I love football as much as I despise basketball but this is sad.
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That's farked up...I see a couple of Medical School Deans on that list.
 
2014-01-31 02:11:53 AM
Even more dangerous than a pleasant swim, at night, in eel-infested waters?
 
2014-01-31 02:12:36 AM
Football is particularly dangerous when you play it like this.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP7Jp0uCN90
 
2014-01-31 02:17:53 AM
It is somewhat dangerous, but the players wear pads. I know. I played it. And yes, it makes your body sore for a day or two afterwards.  Football is the ultimate alpha male sport. It's for the toughest and strongest, both physically and mentally. These men live by a warrior's code, something you probably cannot begin to understand.
 
2014-01-31 02:26:02 AM

phrawgh: I love football as much as I despise basketball but this is sad.
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WTF, Nevada?
 
2014-01-31 02:27:03 AM
How do I know a lot of you didn't RTFA?
 
2014-01-31 02:28:33 AM
Looking back on it; I wouldn't trade any concussion I received as a kid for the life experience and fun I was able to enjoy between them all.  I may have left double digits worth of IQ points on the field but it was worth it.
 
2014-01-31 02:41:14 AM
A lot if farkers sound like fat kids who never got picked and gym hating on football.. The pros of playing are way greater than the risks.

The glory of the win, the respect and bonds u build with teammates. There is no greater way to build a strong character and discipline...

Seriously all kids should play it teaches a lot about life instead of being a neck beard outcast playing wow and being a little birch who is a virgin till 30...
 
2014-01-31 02:42:30 AM
That article was extremely verbose.
 
2014-01-31 02:45:03 AM
No coincidence most these school shooters, weirdos and losers were kids who sit home all day...

Kids are lazy enough have them go out and learn to bond with other kids and experience real sportsmanship.

If you lock ur kid up cause he might gets boo boo I guarantee a lot of times he will end up a fat weirdo who gets bullied and no pussy...
 
2014-01-31 03:09:15 AM

Brainsick: Oldiron_79: Pointy Tail of Satan: Football the most dangerous for kids? Ummmmmm.....no..


"Warning! Keep neutrons away from household pets!"

I had a hand me down one of those when I was a whipper snapper. I seem to have turned out fine.

What's ironic is I have you farkied in red as 'racist' based on several politics threads


Curious.

 I've noticed several people that do this on Fark and I'm not sure why.

One reason could be so you could dismiss something they say, because they are "racist" or whatever, instead of actually debating it properly. But that seems like a lazy way to do things (granted this is fark).

 I suppose another reason could be so that you could understand "deeper" meanings of things posted. I've never been terribly good at that myself and tend to ignore it to keep things simple.

 Not really going anywhere with this. I'm too sick to be very with it right now.

  Just found it curious.
 
2014-01-31 03:17:56 AM

sirrerun: phrawgh: I love football as much as I despise basketball but this is sad.
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WTF, Nevada?


It makes sense.

Neveda=las vegas=prostitution=plastic surgery.
 
2014-01-31 03:28:41 AM
I thought soccer actually caused more injuries per player, because any kind of sideways hit to the upper portion of your lower body while your cleats are stuck in the ground is going to be bad... and most football hits are head on and expected.

Kids have been beating the crap out of each other since there have been kids.  There's a reason they aren't really that strong...it's so they can't hurt each other that much.
 
2014-01-31 05:02:39 AM

cuzsis: Brainsick: Oldiron_79: Pointy Tail of Satan: Football the most dangerous for kids? Ummmmmm.....no..


"Warning! Keep neutrons away from household pets!"

I had a hand me down one of those when I was a whipper snapper. I seem to have turned out fine.

What's ironic is I have you farkied in red as 'racist' based on several politics threads

Curious.

 I've noticed several people that do this on Fark and I'm not sure why.

One reason could be so you could dismiss something they say, because they are "racist" or whatever, instead of actually debating it properly. But that seems like a lazy way to do things (granted this is fark).

 I suppose another reason could be so that you could understand "deeper" meanings of things posted. I've never been terribly good at that myself and tend to ignore it to keep things simple.

 Not really going anywhere with this. I'm too sick to be very with it right now.

  Just found it curious.


For me, it's my alternate to ignore, but I also farkie people I like in green, and trolls in urine yellow


/YMMV
 
2014-01-31 05:31:52 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: More dangerous than, say... POOLS?


Dungeons and Dragons murdered me way more times than sports did when I was kid, from what I heard when I was a kid. I hope I didn't actually get murdered by either one. If I did this would sound crazy.
 
2014-01-31 05:58:00 AM
anongallery.org
 
2014-01-31 06:21:44 AM
The feminization of America continues.
 
2014-01-31 07:02:49 AM
Never really saw the draw of football. The rules don't make it especially fun and it's a terrible bore to watch (although not quite as dull as baseball). I always enjoyed smaller team sports like tennis and the like, when it comes to playing.

/never really enjoyed watching other people run around
 
2014-01-31 07:05:25 AM
Football is one of the most dangerous things you can let your children enjoy.  It also contributed more to my current 'success' if you could call it that than any other thing I did in childhood.  I played every sport I could fit into my schedule, soccer, hockey, alpine skiing, football, hell I even did a year of woodsman which if you don't know what it is look it up, it's the most awesome fringe sport ever.  I was never more part of a team than I was playing football. I was never held to higher standards of behavior,  dress, and citizenship and I most certainly never had as much discipline as I did when I played football.

All that said the risks are real. I've had two 'bad' concussions and nobody even reported or thought about the low level ones 15 years ago.  I think that the only answer is better helmets because it would be a damn shame for the sport to disappear and it's unlikely that it ever would so we might as well learn to do it safely.
 
2014-01-31 07:22:10 AM

orangehat: Activities I took part in during my adulthood that resulted in a (probably or actual) concussion in order of prevalence:DrinkingConcertsReading FarkOffice job


A concussion from reading Fark? You do realise that when we say "headdesk" around here that it's meant to be taken figuratively, don't you?
 
2014-01-31 07:35:31 AM
Rugby. C'mon, America, it is like football for men.
 
2014-01-31 08:06:54 AM
Yes. The odds are against you making it to the NFL so you should just not try. In fact, don't try anything that's hard. Just give up now cause you're never gonna do anything.
 
2014-01-31 08:07:17 AM
A child taking any kind of risk can result in physical or emotional harm.  Therefore children should be taught at an early age to never take risks.
 
2014-01-31 08:11:27 AM

GoldSpider: A child taking any kind of risk can result in physical or emotional harm.  Therefore children should be taught at an early age to never take risks.


Too logical. And they don't teach logic to kids.
Or common sense.

It may be dangerous, but it is definitely stupid. The amount of time, money, and other resources spent on the game, from childhood to adulthood by fans alone is idiotic. If kids bought bubble gum that had trading cards showing the stats on their political representatives, well, if would be a different world. But what they concentrate on is how big this guys is and how many time this guy die this or that. None of which matters to them as citizens in their communities, their nation, or in the world. It's an outlandish waste of time (Yet here I am on FARK) and does more physical harm to kids than drugs, for sure. The kids smoking da reefer in high school aren't stuffing nerds in lockers and the like. They are too busy listening to music and not harshing their mellows. Show me a kid who can have a conversation about the state of their community, their state, or nation and I'll show you a kid that has spent his time doing more than memorizing statistics of beefed up boneheads. Show me a kid who knows (and believes) his local team is the best thing since sliced bread, and I can point to  a shallow, unsophisticated moron.
You know what those morons grow up to be? You can meet them on the sports tab. Many of them live in their own isolated worlds. Fantasy football? Nothing new. The very idea that "WE WON!" when all they did was purchase overpriced beer and hot dogs and scream at people in a stadium is idiotic. The entire fandom is living in a fantasy. A very dangerous one. When I see personalized plates bearing a hint of that fandom, I give a wide berth on the highway. Likewise stickers and clothing. It's a tip off that the person can become dangerously aggressive without notice. Their glazed over eyes staring at oversized screens on their oversized asses with oversized bellies while spending hours and lifetimes not interacting with anyone else who is not a likewise sport zombie. It's a cult. It's not healthy, and none of the fans or participants are anything athletic.
Of course, there are those that will take exception to this and attempt to impart the import of the new age of the gladiator, but their howls will fall upon deaf ears here. I've learned how to block the sound over a life time and the sound of a football game on TV merely lulls me to sleep, oblivious to the drama and stupidity of a game rigged only to impart more wealth to the wealthy and take all of it riches from the masses.
Oh, and enjoy the upcoming game. I'm sure the Doritos competition and bouncing boobies and nonstop gab about who looks good this year will change the world and bring about peace on earth, and good will to men.
 
2014-01-31 08:41:10 AM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: So just feed 'em ritalin and HFCS, keep them inside in front of the TV, and asssume they'll develop stength and determination and character elsewhere.


No other endeavors develop these things. Only football. It is impossible to develop these characteristics without smashing your face into the faces of other children.

Also, stength isn't a thing. Maybe spend more time inside reading? Doesn't really develop determination or character, though...
 
2014-01-31 08:43:22 AM
At first I was going to point out that reading the Atlantic, Salon or Slate are far more hazardous for the young-ins, but I re-read the tagline and subby said "enjoy" which eliminates all three from consideration.
 
2014-01-31 08:46:20 AM

Mralterego: God people are getting rediculous. 99.9999 percent of kids come out fine after playing football.

It's a violent sport but at children's level risk of serious long term injury is less than when their parents drive them to the game...

The pearl clenching what about the children shiat is getting old..

Football builds leaders, teaches teamwork, confidence, and discipline. More than worth the risk.


Q4t. Two 40 lbs kids colliding is not going to do much of anything. Obesity will kill much more of these children's than an imagined threat of concussions. I'm horrified at how sterilized life is becoming for children in this country and it is honestly killing them.
 
2014-01-31 08:50:12 AM

Mad_Radhu: The rest of the world plays the much less violent version of football, and their populace generally seems less stupid when taken as a whole. Just look at how most of those countries have figured out how to make public healthcare work, while we just make our system even more and more complicated and screwed up. Coincidence?

/That said, I'm still rooting for my Seahawks on Sunday


Soccer players never get concussions from heading the ball. Never.
 
2014-01-31 08:51:36 AM

Mralterego: A lot if farkers sound like fat kids who never got picked and gym hating on football.. The pros of playing are way greater than the risks.

The glory of the win, the respect and bonds u build with teammates. There is no greater way to build a strong character and discipline...

Seriously all kids should play it teaches a lot about life instead of being a neck beard outcast playing wow and being a little birch who is a virgin till 30...


You forgot to mention "top shelf vagina"
 
2014-01-31 08:52:55 AM
sports teams = political parties

it's just another way of dividing people into tribes and turning them against each other. Either as players or fans. It teaches "Us vs Them" from an early age and enforces a violent position of tribalism. I would venture to say, though I certainly don't have any data to back this claim, that there is a corelation between fanatical sports loyalty and fanatical political party loyalty. Both are volentarily entered into, yet there is strong evidence to support that they can be entered into throuhg coercion or indoctrination from an early age by a straong parental influence. Both sports and politics supports a "mob mentality" and those mobs on both sides are teetering on a razor's edge. Any slight provocation when the mob is together can turn the gathering into a riot.

The corelation doesn't stop there. Some prominent sports analists flipped their careers around to become prominent political analists. The same AM Talk Radio stations that host political opinion talks shows, host sports talk shows, and they are closely scheduled together.

Now corelation does not equal causation, and i'm not suggesting that sports causes political partisanship. What i am suggesting is that the same type of person who would be a fanatical sports fan, could easily be a partisan politico...
 
2014-01-31 08:54:46 AM

vudukungfu: GoldSpider: A child taking any kind of risk can result in physical or emotional harm.  Therefore children should be taught at an early age to never take risks.

Too logical. And they don't teach logic to kids.
Or common sense.

It may be dangerous, but it is definitely stupid. The amount of time, money, and other resources spent on the game, from childhood to adulthood by fans alone is idiotic. If kids bought bubble gum that had trading cards showing the stats on their political representatives, well, if would be a different world. But what they concentrate on is how big this guys is and how many time this guy die this or that. None of which matters to them as citizens in their communities, their nation, or in the world. It's an outlandish waste of time (Yet here I am on FARK) and does more physical harm to kids than drugs, for sure. The kids smoking da reefer in high school aren't stuffing nerds in lockers and the like. They are too busy listening to music and not harshing their mellows. Show me a kid who can have a conversation about the state of their community, their state, or nation and I'll show you a kid that has spent his time doing more than memorizing statistics of beefed up boneheads. Show me a kid who knows (and believes) his local team is the best thing since sliced bread, and I can point to  a shallow, unsophisticated moron.
You know what those morons grow up to be? You can meet them on the sports tab. Many of them live in their own isolated worlds. Fantasy football? Nothing new. The very idea that "WE WON!" when all they did was purchase overpriced beer and hot dogs and scream at people in a stadium is idiotic. The entire fandom is living in a fantasy. A very dangerous one. When I see personalized plates bearing a hint of that fandom, I give a wide berth on the highway. Likewise stickers and clothing. It's a tip off that the person can become dangerously aggressive without notice. Their glazed over eyes staring at oversized screens on their oversized asses with oversized bellies while spending hours and lifetimes not interacting with anyone else who is not a likewise sport zombie. It's a cult. It's not healthy, and none of the fans or participants are anything athletic.
Of course, there are those that will take exception to this and attempt to impart the import of the new age of the gladiator, but their howls will fall upon deaf ears here. I've learned how to block the sound over a life time and the sound of a football game on TV merely lulls me to sleep, oblivious to the drama and stupidity of a game rigged only to impart more wealth to the wealthy and take all of it riches from the masses.
Oh, and enjoy the upcoming game. I'm sure the Doritos competition and bouncing boobies and nonstop gab about who looks good this year will change the world and bring about peace on earth, and good will to men.


Meanwhile, you're eagerly awaiting the next Pokemon game.
 
2014-01-31 09:15:45 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: More dangerous than, say... POOLS?


Do you really NEED to swim?
 
2014-01-31 09:19:39 AM
That's why I'm making my son become an MMA fighter
 
2014-01-31 09:45:58 AM
if you want to consent to concussions and play football, then that's okay

the problem with peewee is that kids are much more prone to concussions than adults... adults simply get clots of CTE every where, children get massive clots of CTE, and namely it's because they're not built for contact sport - they have no neck strength

as such, i don't think kids should be allowed to do peewee football, i mean hey if you want to play football someday you'll get your chance, but you're still developing - you'd probably develop better doing track or basketball
 
2014-01-31 10:02:53 AM
So don't let your itty bitty children play football.  Other than teaching your kid how to thow correctly or catch with his hands instead of his face, there's not much that they need to know prior to highschool.  Just let them play what they want to and come into 9th grade with whatever athletic talent they have.  If they want to play Freshman year football then let 'em try.  If they're big and strong it'll work out.  If they're not, they probably should try other sports - which if you exposed them to other sports, they'll have some skill in.
 
2014-01-31 10:04:25 AM
Little kids running around like bobbleheads trying to tackle each other is hilarious.
 
2014-01-31 10:24:50 AM
I would never let my kids play football.

Not because of the danger, but because i dont want to have to go to the games.

GODDAMN its a boring sport! Nothing ever happens in football. Its just as bad as watching a bunch of idiot southerners turn left for 3 hours.

No no, my kids will play hockey!
 
2014-01-31 10:25:34 AM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: So just feed 'em ritalin and HFCS, keep them inside in front of the TV, and asssume they'll develop stength and determination and character elsewhere.


You think football allows them to develop anything other than bullying skills?  Bwhahahahahah!
 
2014-01-31 10:26:55 AM

ADHD Librarian: "...Obama now has said twice that if he had a son, he would not let that son play football. What about other people's sons? "

My son doesn't play football, my daughter does. Now I find out it is Obama's fault? I should have known!


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/un-armoured wankerball
//un-armoured non-wankerball
///wankered non-armour ball?


I'm wanking, but not to the ball. How much for the little girl?
 
2014-01-31 10:31:18 AM

Mralterego: God people are getting rediculous. 99.9999 percent of kids come out fine after playing football.

It's a violent sport but at children's level risk of serious long term injury is less than when their parents drive them to the game...

The pearl clenching what about the children shiat is getting old..

Football builds leaders, teaches teamwork, confidence, and discipline. More than worth the risk.


Yeah, you are wrong. The brain alone suffers damage, even when not getting a concussion. You can't inflict the head to that kind of repeated hits and not get damage. These studies also don't count the hundreds of thousands of men who have damage to their knees, back, joints, etc... that does not show up until they are around 40.

Football tears the body up, it is damage that is 100% preventable and that message is getting out. Kids football participation is down 12% last year and looking like it is going to continue to fall. Face it football as we know it is done, it is boxing of the 21st century. Boxing was once the most popular sport in the US, but now it is a side show.
 
2014-01-31 10:32:57 AM

AdamK: if you want to consent to concussions and play football, then that's okay

the problem with peewee is that kids are much more prone to concussions than adults... adults simply get clots of CTE every where, children get massive clots of CTE, and namely it's because they're not built for contact sport - they have no neck strength

as such, i don't think kids should be allowed to do peewee football, i mean hey if you want to play football someday you'll get your chance, but you're still developing - you'd probably develop better doing track or basketball


You are right kids, i.e. any one under 18, should not be allowed to play contact sports like football, yes that includes hockey which has the same pattern of brain and body injuries.
 
2014-01-31 10:58:56 AM
So far in Colorado I think we have had at least 5 or 6 deaths as a result of downhill skiing. Last year, we had around 12 or more. As of this writing, no one died this year from football.  One young man did die a few years ago from football concussion type injury.  As a result, every little league, high school coach of any sport must take and pass a course on concussions.
 
2014-01-31 11:24:07 AM
My kid plays basketball (currently averaging almost 10 rebounds per game), baseball (catcher - in addition to the season, there's also winter skills clinics), and soccer (goalie, usually) during both the spring and fall seasons. There would be no time for football even if we allowed it.
 
2014-01-31 12:25:11 PM
Apparently the writer never heard of "smear the queer"
 
2014-01-31 12:27:52 PM

Brontes: You sound like a curler


My only ride in an ambulance was due to a curling injury to my head. So even curling isn't totally safe.
 
2014-01-31 12:43:16 PM

HighZoolander: [i2.cdn.turner.com image 298x461]

/great book.


Big Helmet?
 
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