So here is where I am at right now: I really enjoy watching football. I love playing Fantasy Football against my friends. I like the food and drinks that are involved in tailgating (whether it is at the game or just at home). And I really like going to see it live (both high school, college and the pros).
But every year I can't help but feel guilty when I watch it. Every week these guys go out there and play their hardest for our entertainment. And the risks they face are high. The chance of injury is great, especially to the head. Sure they have helmets, but let's face it, concussions are a huge issue for football players (although steps have been taken in recent years to begin to address the issue).
This is why I feel guilty watching. It has become almost what I would call a true guilty pleasure. Because let's face it...if a sport requires you to wear a helmet, shouldn't you really just stop playing it? Wouldn't that be the smarter thing to do?
However I suppose that no one is making anyone play, especially at the collegiate and professional levels. But does that make it alright to enjoy a watching this sport? Seems like a weak argument, no?
Like most of America though I will continue to tune in and enjoy. The slight feeling of guilt might be hanging out in the back of my mind...but a awesome catch or kick return later, I'll forget all about it for a while.
Chris Thomas is a full-time teacher, part-time freelance writing, father of three, and most importantly, a very, very tired man.
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