To the Editor:
Sports can be very violent on one’s body, as I can attest to for playing football, basketball and baseball in my youth.
I now have spinal stenosis and have endured many surgeries and many doctor bills. However, I’ve watched (once) two men in a wire caged arena, beat each other to death, and they call this a sport?
The NFL, much to their credit, has developed the best head gear money can buy to protect the players from concussions, and any player who takes a “helmet to helmet” hit, is checked by a doctor to see if they display any signs of a concussion before they can return to the game.
Players who are charged with “willfully” making “head to head” contact are penalized, fined and even disqualified (ejected) from the game.
Who checks on the two gladiators, who are punching each other’s heads with lightweight gloves, for anything? If this action was performed on the streets, they would be arrested for assault. We used to call boxers who displayed some concussion traits, “punch drunk.” Well, it’s the sign of a concussion and nobody seems to care what’s going on in the name of “sports.”
I watch a lot of sports and have come to the conclusion that the industry itself has forgotten what the word stands for: Sports equals Sportsmanship.
Teach your children sportsmanship.
David Paul Herda Sr.