Talked to Urban Meyer, Brady Hoke, Mark Dantonio and Bret Bielema about recruiting Ohio football
My story from Monday’s Ohio State practice and interview with the new head coach. Personnel updates included.
Chuck Klosterman explains football’s danger doesn’t threaten its popularity because the two are not intertwined – even though it seems they should be.
I tend to agree.
Bonus points for the obvious-yet-often-overlooked comparison (actually, lack thereof) between football and boxing. The continued existence of the latter would seem to remove any doubt the former will live on despite the concerns arising now about the effects of concussions.
Many people casually suggest football owes much of its popularity to violence and gambling, but I think those are mostly tangential influences. They help, but they aren’t at the center of the appeal.
The larger influence comes from the strategy and the athleticism, the sense of community around it starting at the high school level and the episodic nature that lets us watch pretty much every one of our team’s favorite games at roughly the same time every week and thus develop a significant familiarity with it (and those with whom we watch).