Thursday, January 30, 2014

Should Congress decriminalize football for medical reasons?

It's a scientifically known fact that the recreational use of football can lead to broken bones and traumatic brain damage. It has even been linked to obesity and heart attacks. And yet many young people indulge in this pastime. President Ford even admitted to playing football when he was in college. While I wouldn't go so far to insist that recreational uses of football be legalized, the federal government should at least allow football to be regulated for medical purposes on the state level.

Ok, so this is obvious satire. But over a century ago, President Teddy Roosevelt had considered pushing a ban on football. Aren't you glad he didn't do that? Shouldn't adults be allowed to decide what sort of risks they take for their own pleasure?