Is This Guy Serious?

Larry Fedora is the football coach at the University of North Carolina and he wants you to know he’s none too pleased with recent efforts to protect the brains of people who hit others with their heads purely for sport and pleasure.

The ESPN web site tells the story:

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is no fan of the rule changes in college football, suggesting altering the game is an overreaction to injuries and will, in the end, have a profound effect on the entire country.

Wow: changes in college football rules are going to have a profound effect on THE ENTIRE COUNTRY?

ESPN continues:

“Our game is under attack,” Fedora told reporters. “I fear the game will be pushed so far from what we know that we won’t recognize it in 10 years. And if it does, our country will go down, too.”

Our country “will go down” if 250-pound teenagers are required to tackle with their oversized arms instead of attempting to impale opponents with their under-endowed skulls?

And there’s more.

Fedora said he’d talked to military personnel who’d suggested the success of the U.S. military was due, in part, to the number of football players who went on to join the armed forces.


Oh, and he also questions the legitimacy of research that connects football and certain brain injuries and insists that all of the people playing football nowadays understand the risks (of the brain injuries he himself questions) and choose to play the game anyway.

There’s more lunacy, too, which you can see for yourself here, but from The Curmudgeon’s vantage point, it looks as if the rule changes designed to give young men a chance to become old men have come too late for poor Larry Fedora.  That brain is already pretty much pickled.




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