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Brian Tarcy
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Brian Tarcy

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Football with Joe Theismann and the creator of the NFL humor prediction website Whatzgonnahappen.com

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I have seen the enemy of healthy older football players and the enemy looks a lot like me.

I am a fan. I love the NFL and if a player from my team puts a big hit on a player from your team, I am as thrilled as if I myself put that hit on you. Plus, neither one of us gets hurt so it's actually better. And then to celebrate, I drink the beer that is advertised. As for the players involved...

Oh yeah, I tend to forget about them.

The truth is that lions versus humans would sell better. But that's about it.

Take a survey of how sports is marketed and you will find violence. NASCAR crashes, hockey fights and baseball beanballs are ESPN "highlights." But as tempting as it is to blame the broadcast monster in Bristol, I cannot because I know the truth. I am to blame. I watch this stuff, so they put it on TV.

I watch because it is exciting. I absolutely don't want anyone to get hurt. And I am sad if they do. But I have grown to expect that the leagues, which make millions of dollars off of the players, would do everything they can to assure the player's safety.

Have they done enough to help the players who were unprotected in the past? No, and that's shameful. But I do believe that all leagues now are interested in safety.

I am skeptical enough to say safety might not be the first consideration but it is up there, more because of economics than ethics. But a lot of effort is put into safety now because stars - real stars like Tom Brady or the late Dale Earnhardt - are proven to be worth huge dollars to their respective sports, therefore they are worth protecting. If a third stringer happens to get protected too, that's a bonus for everyone. And that's my theory on how it works.

By Brian Tarcy  |  October 28, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  | Category:  Concussions , NFL , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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