This continuing “Guest Series” is being authored by Terry Ott and will delve into the Canadian Football League and the issues revolving around it and brain injury. His process began nearly a year ago, but Mr. Ott picked up some steam with the release of“League of Denial”. He has since found himself running into dead-ends and basically being ostracized for taking a journalistic angle on this as it pertains to the CFL. We are thankful that we can provide a space for his writings and only hope that someone who is reading this can further his cause. You can read PART 1 HERE and PART 2 HERE and PART 3 HERE and PART 4 HERE and PART 5 HERE and PART 6 HERE.
It has been my pleasure to post the stylings of Mr. Ott over the past few weeks. The guy has worked hard on this basically “paying it forward” so perhaps one person will run with the information. I admire his spirit and “sticktoitivness”, thank you, Terry!
AND IN THE END…THE CULTURE MUST CHANGE AND/OR THE FALL OF THE FOOTBALL EMPIRE
“In this sort of feminized atmosphere we exist today guys who are masculine and muscular…kind of old-fashioned guys run some risks.” -Brit Hume, Jan. 13, 2014
You know, I don’t really care much for the brand of “news” that FOX espouses and yet this is the second, and last time I will quote from it.
Because what Brit Hume recently said deserves to be discussed. Even though his comments may be a mile wide and only an inch deep and were not referring to the “manly” sport of football, they may in fact strike to the heart of the civil war now going on in pigskin circles regarding concussions and brain injury.
On one side of the debate are what the League of Denial authors rightly called the deniers, and the other side would seem to be the whistle-blowers. The deniers see the whistle-blowers as silly sissy Marry la-la’s trying to wreck football and the whistle-blowers see the deniers as Neanderthal numbskulls, old-fashioned guys well past their sell date.
Perhaps these are the risks that can befall the old guard, the deniers. That of being accused of being out of touch, thick, ignorant of the facts, or worse.
But does that make the whistle-blowers, those alleged soft, girly man, nanny-state purveyors “feminized”?
Well, if it means caring about football and employing common sense in a brutal arena, then sign me up for NOW, now, man.
Because pro football as we now know it is in danger-yes, real danger.
Danger of being law-suited and legislated out of acceptable existence.
And, as I have previously pointed out, shutting up about it is just plain dumb and ensures football will be KIA.
The lawyers smell money – that’s real money – and the government will most assuredly act, and maybe even in a Draconian fashion, if pro football does not get its brain injury prevention and after care act together very soon.
The NFL and their broadcast partners are joined at the hip. For the most part, this ain’t good because neither hand wants Continue reading