There's nothing quite like a small town high school football game. The Lights Come on, and it's almost like it attracts all the town's people together for a community event.
October is one of my favorite months for this very reason. The Leaves turn colors, there's a snap of cold in the air, and watching all out competition is interesting.
Well, it seems like "America has just woken up to the fact that football is a dangerous sport." A recent Sports Illustrated article comes on the coat tails of the NFL's newest ruling, "Don't Hit TOO Hard."
The article (Click Here) says the hits are too hard for developing boys, and could cause short term and long term consequences.
As a teenage advocate, I'm all in favor for analyzing any activity to ensure the safety of our students, but where were these safety rules before? Did we just not know about the hits in football? Did we keep our fears isolated inside of the protective helmet?
OR….is there something else going on?
Most of us remember the days in HIgh School when the football team ruled the school. They could get away with missing class, have tutors to help with their subjects, or just make bad grades all together and end up passing the class.
We know football has always been dangerous, and there is a certain risk when you decide to suit up and hit the field. So what gives? Why all of the sudden the scrutiny over whether it's dangerous or not? Could it be the same people who held football players in a deep seeded contempt in High School are actually making the rules now?
Or is there something real here?
We all know life is hard. We know there are inherent risks when we drive cars, but we haven't decided to outlaw cruising down the interstate to get to work. We know planes crash, but I heard yesterday there are over 900,000 flights that take of from Chicago O'Hara airport alone. So what gives with Football?
(I'm halfway joking about the popular football/nerd scenario)
But what if it's a bigger – deeper issue.
What if this idea that football is dangerous, so we need to make more rules, actually stems from a worldview that says or thinks there is a way to make the world perfect?
If we could only govern the behavior of all professional athletes, then the world would be right.
If we could only make sure everyone abides by this rule or that one, THEN the world might be perfect.
It's almost like we have a reactionary sense about us. Whenever anything goes wrong, if we can go back, point our finger at who or what is responsible, and govern that thing; then we've learned our lesson.
Bad stuff is going to happen until the world stops spinning, and the Utopian Heaven is in place!! The only hope we have for injuries to stop, disease to be healed, and the world to be perfect is through the light of a worldview that provides such.
But in the meantime, we're going to hear how dangerous football is for the next couple of weeks. We're going to be privy to the stats and injuries of a few, while thousands have played, are playing, and hopefully will play this great American tradition.
What say you?