Foot Fighting and Dog BallsOctober 22, 2009
Here’s an outrageous thesis from New Yorker fluff-daddy Malcolm Gladwell. The upshot? Football is injurious to the health of a player. Dogfighting is similarly injurious. Lo, some spectators love to watch that stuff. Ergo, maybe they’re the same?
Check out this winning quote:
At the core of the C.T.E. research is a critical question: is the kind of injury being uncovered by McKee and Omalu incidental to the game of football or inherent in it? Part of what makes dogfighting so repulsive is the understanding that violence and injury cannot be removed from the sport. It’s a feature of the sport that dogs almost always get hurt.
True. But that’s not the core distinction between dogfighting and football. Another core distinction is that dogs don’t volunteer themselves to be stuck in cramped rings to tough it out with their enemies.
I have my affections for Gladwell’s work, but then… yeah, well, read it for yourself.