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Abstaining From the NFL

The air chills, the humidity departs, the school bell rings, the Canada Goose Outlet shofar blows all signs that the football season has begun to eat my Sundays. Or would be eating them if I hadn’t resolved, unlikemost Americans(even most women), to opt out of the NFL this year.

I am here to report that I survived my first two NFL free weekends. It was a strange experience, canada goose deals as if I’d delayed the sun setting for four hours. What could I possibly cheap Canada Goose plan my Sunday around?

News flash: watching football is a time suck. Studies have shown there’s 11 minutes of action in canada goose coats a game that takes three hours. So even though I’ve tried to convince myself that I canada goose black friday sale can be productive during the game checking e mail, folding laundry, even working out that’s still a lot of wasted time trying to not waste time.

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So instead, on the NFL’s opening Sunday afternoon I cooked dinner a real dinner, with different dishes and a complicated Canada Goose Outlet recipe. I helped Canada Goose online the kids with homework, with the attention span to actually help.

But my newfound free time is merely a by product of my resolution. Why have I chosen to abstain from pro football? I have four downs Canada Goose Parka of reasons:

First down: head injuries. Thesad talesof retired NFL players who suffer brain trauma from repeated concussions are now legion. Yes, there’s a new settlement for them but that $675 million is going to be spread over 60 years and thousands of former players, with an additional $91 million going to canada goose replica research and medical monitoring. (And this is all just a fraction of 1% of the revenue the league will make in the next two decades.) Plus, the NFL gets to keep secret the information it’s compiled on brain injuries and football. Should I be watching for entertainment a hazardous activity when its effects https://www.thecanadagooseoutlet.com on the entertainers are being swept under the turf?

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Third down: if the NFL didn’t exist, would college football be so corrupt? And this is where canadian goose jacket I’ll admit it: My weekends have not been entirely football free. suburbs. And more important, my college alma mater, Northwestern, once a doormat, is at last nationally ranked.

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When I tell my friends I’m not watching the NFL, they say college football is far worse, because you can add the slavery of uncompensated players and a corruption of academic mission to the head injuries and performance enhancing drugs. True. But isn’t the NFL responsible for the dynamics buy canada goose jacket cheap of canada goose coats on sale college football? It’s the league that forces players to go to college, essentially turning big time conferences into its farm system and giving the NCAA a cudgel to keep collegiate athletes in line.

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Fourth down: I’m pushing the demand curve in the right direction, just a little. So many of the arguments about the NFL end with a sigh of, “Well, it’s an unstoppable force, so let’s try to fix it rather than end it.” But that feels Canada Goose Coats On Sale like surrender. Small actions add up, and you might as well start somewhere. I know canada goose my one hybrid car isn’t going to stop global warming, Canada Goose Jackets but I’m telling the auto industry that I’m willing to pay extra to help the planet. My canada goose clearance refusal to watch the films of Roman Polanski canada goose clearance sale won’t stop him from making films, but as the father of daughters, I’m not going tohelphim. We can either surrender to a demand curve or try to make a small difference. Let others sue. Let others rant. I’ll just go for a bike ride on a beautiful fall day.