SCRAMBLING BRAINS FOR FUN
Johann Wagener 4-7-13
Child endangerment/abuse is a form of entertainment in America. Take parents who allow their kids to throw themselves on a field, to chase a ball and bash each others skulls in, in the process. It's premeditated and with full knowledge that their children are being put at high risk of sustaining severe brain damage.
Jack Hoffman just might go down as the biggest star of the Nebraskaspring game.
And he's only 7 years old.
Hoffman, of Atkinson, Neb., has won the hearts of fans and everyone in the football program for his courageous bout with brain cancer. Star running back Rex Burkhead befriended Jack last year and is the captain of the support network known as "Team Jack."
Wearing a miniature Burkhead uniform complete with a No. 22 jersey, Jack ran onto the field late in Saturday's scrimmage.
On a fourth-and-1 play, he took a handoff from Taylor Martinez. Jack started running left, but Martinez redirected him. The little guy turned on a dime and followed a wall of blockers down the field.
Players from the Red and White squads left their sidelines and followed him into the end zone to mob him and lift him on their shoulders after his 69-yard touchdown.
The crowd of 60,174 at Memorial Stadium cheered as Jack celebrated -- a moment that left his father, Andy, misty-eyed on the sideline.
Asked what he was thinking when he ran onto the field, Jack said, "Scoring a touchdown."
And when he broke free and scored? "It felt awesome." And the crowd reaction? "Really awesome."
This again supports Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion that "Americans have the right to be stupid." And it looks like they are exercising it once again.
Rather than denounce the silly (and dangerous) game and protect their children these crazed "sports" enthusiasts are frantically looking for ways to prolong the abuse to be able to continue to entertain themselves. Pop Warner Football Limits Contact in Practices
The issue of brain injuries sustained on the football field has forced a reckoning at all levels of the sport in recent years. Pop Warner’s new rules, which will affect hundreds of thousands of youth football players, some as young as 5 years old, were seen as the latest acknowledgment that the nation’s most popular sport poses dangers to the long-term cognitive health of its athletes.
As scrutiny of the impact of football has escalated, studies have shown that younger players can face repetitive brain trauma similar to that sustained at the college level — and perhaps even more acutely, because their brains are not fully developed and require longer rest periods after injury. Pop Warner officials said they were persuaded to alter their rules by research earlier this year showing that players as young as 7 are exposed to collisions as severe as those at the college level.
Given what we know about the dangers and the consequences of being subjected to this abuse as attested to by the 4,000 plus victims First major hurdle comes this week in concussion lawsuits ,not counting the countless lives that have been lost or shortened playing this senseless game, one would assume that people would come to their senses.
Though, sadly, this seems to be a false assumption.