Friday, January 31, 2014

hyperbole ahead

I mean, I guess it's okay that football--and by extension other brutal sports--exists, because all those meatheads need a socially acceptable channel for their brutality and penchant for violence, but I bet something so hotly anticipated as the Superbowl brings violent people together and makes them even more violent, even more than a regular game would.  I would love to see some data on the correlation of watching/playing football and domestic abuse.  Let me throw this out as my suspicion:  the more you watch/engage in football, the more likely you are to be a domestic abuser.  Does that seem too strong?  NOPE.  I'm sure this data already exists and I wouldn't even have to look very hard to find it.  Those of us who use our brains have suspected for a long time that domestic violence is more common in families of police officers and members of the armed forces, and sure enough, a week or two ago when a police officer murdered his whole family the news article linked to a study that says exactly that.  And we have been saying the same thing about football players and rabid football watchers, data or no.  When I say "we" I mean mostly me, people who didn't vocally disagree with me when I lectured them about it, and probably my mom.  My mom hates football as much as I do--maybe even more.  Which is really saying something.  You should hear the outrageous things she and I say about football--quite offensive, some of them.  Well, not just football, but the culture of football worship.  And I don't like how once a year otherwise reasonable people seem to agree to not just turn a blind eye, but to slide up next to the crazy people to prostrate themselves at the altar of a sport that entices boys and young men to sacrifice for the rest of their lives the use of their knees, their backs, and their brains in hope of a few short years of glory.  

I guess what I'm trying to say is that our family doesn't watch the Superbowl.  


tipsybaker said...

I guess to recommend Friday Night Lights is wasting my breath.