NFL living in Narnia despite results of damning study

With so much money, time, and energy invested in the NFL, it’s going to take more than one study to create major change. Recently, CNN reported that a study found CTE present in 99% of the brains they tested or 110 of 111 players tested. Football fans didn’t flinch.

There are a few reasons for this. One of which is scientific and almost irrefutable; the families that agreed to have the players studied had already assumed that CTE was present due to symptoms that had presented. These families then donated the brains of these players. They found out what they already expected, and probably deep down, already knew.

“In a convenience sample of deceased players of American football, a high proportion showed pathological evidence of CTE, suggesting that CTE may be related to prior participation in football.”

Exact wording in the outcome of the study.

Notice the use of the word ‘may.’

According to the study, no families donated brains that were not presenting symptoms. That is more than enough reason to refute the claim that the NFL “has a problem” on its hands. It makes sense, it’s logical, and it subtracts from the validity of the study.

Another reason football fans didn’t flinch; Narnia.

Yes, that Narnia. The one that C.S. Lewis created. The same one that is only found from bypassing a closet full of Professor Digory Kirke’s clothes.

If you were to traipse by the wardrobe, in this case, jerseys, pads, and helmets, you will probably find the land of CTE where Narnia used to be. It would be there, solemnly quiet, growing stagnant, disallowed to speak for itself. Maybe they exist together.

Narnia, of course, had Lucy. No one believed her at first. Either this case study is just another boy who cried wolf, or it’s another Lucy; bereft of convincing speech, bankrupt of the right words, devoid of conveying the warning.

Changing the minds of the men with billions of invested dollars will take the most cunning and logical Digory Kirke we have ever seen. Who will listen to Lucy? For sure, not the NFL fan.

“They know what they’re getting into when they sign up for it.”

“They get paid millions.”

“It has more to do with genes than football”.

With Jamal Adams’ recent comments and the crowd’s reaction, it’s easy to see where we stand as a society.

Most fans use these convenient excuses along with the fact that the study is literally not reliable. There is just not enough evidence to prove that football is what causes CTE.

Sound like something else? Something where “The Lucy” may have been a younger, skinnier Al Gore?

Football is too important to be stopped. It’s an interwoven part of the American lifestyle that may never slow no matter what the consequences may be. If we are spending our Sundays binge watching men scramble their brains to grow old and have a diminished existence so be it. They are being compensated for it, right? I mean, they knew what they were getting into when they signed up for it!

Excuses are the nails that built the house of failure, but as long as that house has a TV…

For now, nothing will change until the evidence is so over bearing that we won’t be able to stand the heat.

If you know what I mean.

Start the discussion

to comment