I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch resident CNN dufus Fareed Zakaira on Sunday.
His guest? One Malcolm Gladwell, a writer for The New Yorker.
His topic: Comparing playing football to engaging in dog fighting, and that college football should be eliminated due to the possibility of injury, specifically neurological disorders.
Zakaira: You compare football to dog fighting. Why?
Gladwell: Yes, I did a piece for The New Yorker a couple of years ago where I said it. This was at the time when, remember, Michael Vick, was convicted of dog fighting. And to me, that was such a kind of, and the whole world got up in arms about this. How could he use dogs in a violent manner, in a way that compromised their health and integrity?
And I was just struck at the time by the unbelievable hypocrisy of people in football, for goodness sake, getting up in arms about someone who chose to fight dogs, to pit one dog against each other.
In what way is dog fighting any different from football on a certain level, right? I mean you take a young, vulnerable dog who was made vulnerable because of his allegiance to the owner and you ask him to engage in serious sustained physical combat with another dog under the control of another owner, right?
Well, what’s football? We take young boys, essentially, and we have them repeatedly, over the course of the season, smash each other in the head, with known neurological consequences.
And why do they do that? Out of an allegiance to their owners and their coaches and a feeling they’re participating in some grand American spectacle.
They’re the same thing. And the idea that as a culture we would be absolutely quick and sure about coming to the moral boiling point over the notion that you would do this to dogs and yet completely blind to the notion you would do this to young men is, to my mind, astonishing.
I mean there’s a certain point where I just said, you know, we have to say enough is enough.
Christ on Friday..
This kook actually believes this goop!
Firstly, just look at him. He looks like a cross between Art Garfunkel and a pipe-cleaner. He couldn’t throw a paper airplane, let alone a football. (Yeah, yeah.. I know. That’s superficial)
Last I checked, those who play football, or any other sport for that matter, do so willingly. They (GASP!) enjoy it. Many get free rides to some of the best colleges and universities, and many go on to the pros to have very lucrative careers. They choose to play.
Does he not understand that in dog fighting, the players, in this case, dogs, have no choice in the matter?
(Frankly, my brain is so scrambled from hearing this type of intellectual, ‘ivory-tower,’ we know what’s good for ya’ liberal thinking, that just having to point out such obvious, absurd notions, is quite nauseating. Such is the intellectual liberal mind in 2013.)
In his analogy of dog-fighting, he specifically uses the example of Michael Vick. He was just stunned by the “hypocrisy” of those who were outraged by Vick’s sick treatment of dogs, yet the same people could enjoy the “grand American spectacle” of the equally violent sport of Football.
This guy is insane. He should be committed to a nut house for his hair-doo alone. He actually believes that college football should be eliminated, so he conjures up his kook-a-zoid analogy that football is equally violent as dog fighting.
Since he used Michael Vick to illustrate this outrageous “hypocrisy” of players and fans of Football, it’s instructive to take a look at just what Vick participated in.
(For the record, I am an ardent animal lover. Not a PETA nut. I just think animals make the world a more wonderful place, and shouldn’t be treated as scum.)
Vick is a sadist. Anyone who would subject an animal to the tortures he did should just die and be placed in the lowest rung of Hell. He trained dogs to kill one another for his (and his thug friends) pleasure. He tossed family pets into the fight pit so his canine gladiators could rip them apart, while he and his morally bankrupt buddies watched and laughed. He and his fellow savages pulled all 44 teeth out of some female dogs so they could not defend themselves from mating. He set up ‘rape boards’ for forced breeding. If a dog underperformed to his standards, he would do one of the following: Pick them up and smash their heads on concrete. Drown them by holding their heads in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Douse them with water and electrocute them. Hang them from a 2×4 nailed between two trees. Or, if he was tired, he’d just shoot them.
Yup, Mr. Gladwell.. Sure does sound alot like what football players endure.
Ya’ always hear of a player or two that, after having a bad game, had their coaches attach jumper cables up to their nuts and zap them to death.
I know many ivory tower liberal intellectuals don’t exactly like athletics. But, this guy gives pip-squeeks a bad name.
He must have gotten his stick-figure ass beaten by everyone when growing up, from jocks to the prom queen.
But, he’s a liberal, so this is all for our own good.
(Full disclosure: I spelled Mr. Zakaria’s name wrong in my initial post. It has since been corrected. Though I really don’t care.)