“Football was a much more dangerous sport when we played than it is today,” he writes. “Unfortunately, many of us from that era are now paying the price. I’ve been lucky so far and count my blessings daily. However, I realize I have some of the same risk factors as others who played on the gridiron. I continue to exercise, eat right and take supplements for good brain health. I have several aches and pains but I, basically, feel good and try to maintain a positive outlook on my future. I believe football is a safer game now. On one hand, I don’t like how new rules have changed the game I knew and played but if the changes truly make the game safer, then it’s worth it! I’ve always maintained (and sometimes with great controversy) kids shouldn’t play tackle football until junior high for a few reasons. In many cases, they are not well coached and, more importantly, not properly equipped. A child running around on a Pop Warner field with a sloppy helmet isn’t cute to me … it’s an outrage! Also, recent research points to young brains being at the highest risk of lasting effects from trauma. Young, developing brains cannot withstand that kind of hit without some repercussions sometime in their life (according to research I’ve read).”
That kind of reporting is also an exercise in selective outrage: The same level of media-driven anger has not been hurled at the airline industry, which has goosed federal law into making it legal to price-gouge for airline tickets during a natural disaster. Until they got caught, airlines were brazenly charging anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for short flights from Miami to Atlanta to flee the hurricane's wrath . Price-gouging is a far more insidious form of theft — it represents the rich stealing from the poor, not vice versa. Where are the TV reports shaming the execs or middle managers at Delta who illegally profited from Irma?