Over at Esquire, check out Tom Junod on the NFL’s theater of pain.
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theater of pain
Well...this is unsettling stuff.
Honestly, I don't think Football is going to "go away" because there is just way too much money tied up in the whole thing and it's not exactly like America is a society that puts that much of a premium on human life and/or healthcare anyway.
But what I do think is going to slowly but surely happen, is we're going to start seeing this become a) a more intensely regionalized game, with the bulk of its popularity being in the Deep South and certain Rust Belt pockets, and b) a sport played largely by those who feel they have limited options/come from economically depressed areas. Think some bastard child of Hockey (the regional element) and Boxing (the economic element).
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Today (Game 1)
RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.79)
RHP Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.83)
1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
Today (Game 2)
TBA (Bryan Mitchell seems like the best bet)
RHP Bud Norris (12-8, 3.92)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
RHP Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57)
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.22)
1:05 p.m., FOX
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-9, 3.91)
RHP Chris Tillman (12-5, 3.36)
8:05 p.m., ESPN
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