Over at Esquire, check out Tom Junod on the NFL’s theater of pain.
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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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LHP Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.41)
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RHP Michael Pineda (3-2, 1.95)
RHP Drew Hutchison (8-11, 4.68)
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RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 2.47 with New York)
LHP J.A. Happ (8-8, 4.40)
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