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Exploding Vole, The
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There was an incredibly annoying op-ed in last Sunday's LA Times Opinion section by a professor in media studies at some school in the Carolinas, arguing that American newspapers were forcing the World Cup down readers' throats when they didn't care about it.
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The rest of the English-speaking world doesn't view American football like that. The rest of the English-speaking world wonders why the enormous great pansies have to dress up in shoulder-pads and crash-helmets to play a game that involves far less contact than Rugby League.
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But American football does do better than rugby league in some respects. I doubt if there'll ever be a best-selling video entitled "Wendy does Wigan".
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It would depend which Wendy. Wendy James out of Transvision Vamp, possibly, but certainly not Wendy Craig out of Butterflies.
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What's the longevity of rugby players ? Pro wrestlers and gridiron players have the shortest lives, I reckon. Most die in their 60's. I figure rugby is a lot healthier due to less zero-to-60 hitting, and more running all over the pitch.

I love gridiron, but playing it is nothing short of suicidal, and parents who let their kids play it are complete imbeciles. Have your kid go into Ultimate Fighting or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or amateur-style wrestling if you want them to be tough. Hell, even boxing. But as boxing is dangerous with shots to the head, gridiron is just as dangerous with shots to the knees and internal organs.

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Have your kid go into Ultimate Fighting or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or amateur-style wrestling if you want them to be tough. Hell, even boxing. But as boxing is dangerous with shots to the head, gridiron is just as dangerous with shots to the knees and internal organs.
Plus, you're treated like chattel and your contract is more of a concept than reality, meaning that your salary and health insurance can be taken away at a moment's notice, and there are always thousands of guys willing to take your place.
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Don't know the answer to JV's question, but there was a very interesting (and quite depressing) article in the LA Times recently over how a disproportinate number of former Pittsburgh Steelers had died in the 50s (and younger).

18 have died since 2000.

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I was being kind when saying they died in their 60's.

The boxing game is obviously more disgusting, but as bad a shape as Ali's in, he's still 64. There's a lot of old boxers. Not that many old football players.

For gridiron to be safer, they'd all have to start dressing like hockey goalies.

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They're not dying in their fifties as a result of injuries on the field, they're dying in their fifties as a result of the massive amount of steroids their coaches gave them in the "Schwarzenegger years" in the 1970s to bulk themselves up to those incredible sizes in the first place.
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Certainly a factor, but not the only one. Read the article, if you have not already.

It is quite strange that a quarter of all former NFL players who have died since 2000 were Steelers, given that they are 30 teams (and were at least 16 when all of these guys were active).

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I read in one of the papers a few days ago that 56 per cent of Americans had no idea the World Cup had been taking place during June and July. Of course, you could flip that one on its head and view it as a mild surprise that 44 per cent of Americans knew the event was going on.

It's probably for the best that the US public don't embrace football and the World Cup en masse, given what would almost certainly ensue as a result.

[ 21.07.2006, 00:03: Message edited by: Citizen Smith 2.0 ]

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I don't think the US is embracing soccer, but I think the US is embracing the World Cup.
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I would have thought that there might be some sort of curiosity of the event by the Americans just based around the sheer size and scale of the event, especially as it now dwarfs the Olympics.
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The final drew more viewers than Game 7 of the NBA Finals--that's a big deal.
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