I half-watched team sports twice today.
We got up early to go to an Irish friend's house,
to eat a full Irish breakfast and watch rugby.
I no longer detest rugby with the virulence that I had growing up,
when I attended a rugby-playing school in Dublin from ages 7 to 18,
but I'm still not interested in the game.
This afternoon, I went to a Chinese New Year's party,
which doubled as a Superbowl party.
I transferred my feelings about rugby to American football when I moved here.
I have many problems with football culture:
the worship of jocks, rape culture, homophobia, concussion.
Even if all of those could be …continue.
In Football, dogfighting, and brain damage,
Malcolm Gladwell writes of the rather startling findings
concerning brain damage that American footballers sustain over their careers.
The constant butting of heads leads to an
enormously high rate of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.),
which has symptoms like Alzheimer's.
It's not just the concussions that cause it,
but all the subconcussive contact.
It's almost as dangerous to one's long-term health as boxing.
I grew up hating rugby and transferred that hatred to American football.
I have no time for the game, which I find violent and repellent,
nor for the jock culture that surrounds it.
Regardless of my feelings about football,
Gladwell's article (as so many New …continue.
I grew up hating rugby.
I spent eleven years at a rugger-bugger school in Dublin.
I couldn't stand the game.
I was a small, unathletic child with no interest in sports.
Rugby, even the modified rugby that they teach seven-year-olds,
was violent and unpleasant and involved running around cold, wet fields.
I had a big operation on my feet when I was 10
and I parlayed that into an excuse never to play rugby again.
I can't remember when I last watched a rugby match,
but it was surely back in the '80s,
as I doubt I've seen one over the 20 years that I've been in the States.
So imagine …continue.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have no use for organized sports.
Watching baseball or basketball bores me. I seem to be constitutionally
incapable of being a sports fan. I'm too much of a watchful outsider to
want to throw myself into rooting for a team.
I actively despise American football. It reminds me far too much of the
rugby of my youth. I spent 11 years at an Irish rugger-bugger school, so I come by it honestly.
The ugly jock culture that permeates football repels me. The veneration of
football in small-town America annoys me. The fans are obnoxious; the
I exaggerate, of course. There …continue.