I know that MgoBlog prides itself at being a high(er)brow message board. We try to keep content north of the intellectual Mason-Dixon line. I'm not sure how this will go, so if I get positive feedback, I'll start similar posts in the future. If not, I'll change the OP to some gif of Kate Upton or something. I think there are a lot of issues we could get into about college football and Michigan that could prompt some good debate.
Today I want to ask what your take is on the perception, and in turn reality, of the sport of football. Junior Seau has been the latest in a growing line of incidents that have created buzz about the safety of playing football. Being such a tidal society, this issue is being hammered quite a bit in the media. What are the concerns that this could either fundamentally change or even destroy the sport of American football?
If you missed the recent news, Kurt Warner has stated that he does not want his children to play football. Warner's statements are echoed by many parents today, but how prevelant a number? Prior to the last year or so, I think that number has been pretty low. Chronically cautious parents have always held their kids out of contact sports, but when does the average parent take notice of the medical information coming out linking football to depression and suicide. What has to happen before the average parent decides they would rather have their son play soccer or basketball, and forego high school football. Could this type of a movement sweep the legs from beneath the powers that are the NCAA and the NFL? Are there any other factors, such as class action suits, that could directly cripple those same powers?
So... is there such a thing as the NFL or NCAAF in 10 years? How about 50? If so, does it even resemble the game that we grew up knowing?