Avid fan that I am, I must still agree with the bulk of these assertions. I
sincerely hope a way can be found to make the game safer. As a parent I've
had to face this reality as my sons mature. I've struggled with my
personally inconsistent position of loving the game but hoping that my sons lack
either the desire or the skill to participate. I've occasionally read
opinions that speculate on the possibility that removing pads and facemasks
might encourage more humane and wise behavior. I think it's an interesting
idea, however there will always be those who act with blatant disregard.
I'm not familiar with any data from rugby, but it might provide some
insight. We all know the game is growing more vicious; I wonder if this is how
the Romans ended up cheering over human death matches? On an unrelated note,
the comparison of graduation rates is a commen theme, but one I think is unfair
and misrepresented. Many players would not attend school at all if they
couldn't play. For an accurate comparison we'd have to focus on just
those who would be in school anyway.