As you approach another Super Bowl, I always think a clear September afternoon MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants, and asked me if I am a father of shit. For the second year, I was lucky, my 13-year-old son Will to take a giant game. We started the day routes run around the tailgaters in the parking lot. We all tried a couple of short field goals in the fan zone outside the stadium. Four in a row! Once the game started, we explain the nuances of a conversion to two points in the friendly British guy to our left, when eaten, the home side too much and embraced. We wondered if we experience a piece of history: Hopeful Giants rookie quarterbacks Daniel Jones played in his first game at home. The Giants cruised to a 24-3 victory. Sure, Wills Giants have not won a game for two months and a half. But at least he had in September. As a parent, I try to take these trips not allowed: I’m sure my son will remember forever that day, as I can imagine that my father the handful of NFL games and I visited when I was a child in 1980 and early 1990 . But these were innocent days. At that time, football fans were unaware of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease with brain trauma football connected. A famous 2017 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 110 of the 111 donated brains of former NFL players to investigate signs of CTE showed; several high-profile former players who were found dead by suicide, they have the disease. The worrying risk of brain damage has forced some of the players today, sooner than they would have to withdraw another. Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly announced on January 14 that has aged out of the game 28 As a journalist has strengthened a lot written about the risks of playing tackle football, I would not let play. Fortunately, his paternal genes have now been excluded any temptation. But I should be O. K. watching her play? Not his eyeballs help support a company that we know the participants can damage? This is high on the list of other reasons to tune how the ominous stain NFL domestic violence cases. Or the apparent blacklisting of a player, Colin Kaepernick, for a peaceful act of protest. Or a sudden lack of African-American head coach: three companies, as opposed to seven in 2018 about 60% of NFL players are blacks. No owner of African-American majority. Fans, they say things like security support of the players and the freedom of expression and racial equality. But pro football is still the most popular sport in America and digital TV and vision is increased by 5% during the regular season. On Super Bowl Sunday, as the most important annual exhibition of mass hypocrisy America, about 100 million people tune in to her. As a sports journalist, the ability to park myself in the print magazines Super Bowl tasted, I am even more at risk. I have just presented my son to problem gambling, write about it is part of my work. People have a healthy appetite for cognitive dissonance, says Jim Taylor, a psychologist in the Bay Area sports and special education. With football to watch, “I am the joy of other people who suffer to win,” he says. “There is no doubt.” There home contradictory thoughts in our brain: Football is dangerous; We love football. To facilitate this inherent conflict, it is cold calcium stop or at least cut back on consumption can minimize or speak with their risks. Perhaps, you say to yourself, actually make a better helmet technology or more severe punishment for his head before Addressing for a safer game. Not to mention that violent collisions are inevitable. “We tend to be hedonistic beings,” says Taylor, “and select the path that makes us the highest joy.” If we bring our children into the mix, we will go to greater lengths calcium blocking disadvantage. “It’s not just a co-conspirator, now my kids do a co-conspirator, I am,” he says. “There is no greater cause of dissonance to think that we are our children to hurt.” But giving up football-watching is associated with costs. They sacrifice potential bonding experience with your children. You lose a common language with friends and colleagues. “I can be at a party and say, ‘How was it these Vikings’ strike and an IM conversation,” says McNulty Michael Bennett, professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, who grew up in support of South Dakota Minnesota Vikings. “If the bridge is lost, it can be difficult.” However, McNulty watches the game stops. “Not all people support the sport would not be the Harms happen,” he says. “To say that we are accomplices of the law and is justified.” When considering the ethical dilemma of watching football, my mind wandered to a fifth grader’s science project. He was in New England Brandin chef on a helmet to helmet hit in 2018 Super Bowl, Max Gorenstein, leveled the son of one of my friends in the neighborhood, grew curious about the effects of head trauma football. So, just to science, he explained the basics of the CTE, and has raised some of the players with the disease on a card with a football field afflicted. It has two heads Jell-O Fishing: In a normal brain, and with reddish spots that tau proteins that kill brain cells and represented signal CTE. draft Max took a first prize. I wondered if his research had changed its football viewing habits. Not really, it turns out. While Max does not want to play the game, it continues to attract for the Detroit Lions (his father Doug grew up in Michigan). But does watching football with more concern for the players. “I think I will start to look less,” said Max, now 12. “I feel guilty because I know that football can be harmful.” Doug injected a parental dose of skepticism. “I know Max loves football,” he says. “I can not imagine that it is not observed in the course of time. I do not need or necessity. The players have to take adults who have decided on important risks. And at the end of the sport is not going away.” Even if my son Will was fifth grade science project is not football, is also familiar with CTE. “Every time you get hit in the head players, it is difficult to influence their future,” he says when I ask him about it. “They can become depressed.” But he does not feel bad about watching and much would be ticked off when I cut him out of the sport. He is also, I discovered, unhappy that went unsigned by the 2016 season on the treatment of the NFL from Kaepernick. “Everyone is allowed to have political opinions,” says Will. “It could have different political views that the owners, but that does not mean you should not have a job. It would be different if he had sucked. But he does not suck. He wore a team to the Super Bowl.” But this is not enough to reconsider the his fandom. “It ‘s just a part of it,” says Will. “It ‘s the only thing I did not like about the NFL. That does not mean that I should boycott the giant guys”. His analysis is not so different from mine. There is a lot of do not like football, but there is still so much love. Just as I feel a bit ‘of guilt, what I observe, I continue to vote on week after week, often with my impressionable teenager at my side. It means football days as the yield MetLife. Although you might in other ways, Will combine deep love for football, it is now part of his personality. It would be his downfall Sunday routine change to leave the game, but only provoke the anger of the parents can not bear not my heart. What I realized, though, it is that it is easy to be no spectators O. K .. When my son is older, I engaged him in age appropriate conversations about the reality of the sport better. Football can bring us joy, but it is not authentic. And I would not do right by my son but to keep both the good and the bad, I must speak with him. It now seems unlikely, but perhaps when older than him and learn more about these topics, you will make a choice other than that you feel at the moment so sure. This knowledge is not my dissonance that prevent overdrive. Aware that I. The 49ers from me and will see the leaders with Will, a plate of nachos between us, I still have a nagging feeling, a desire for someone to calm me I reach out to Ira Hyman, a professor of psychology at Western Washington University , who has sworn off Fus “As someone who has taught my students about the risks of repeated head injuries, I’m not good looking,” and ask him to give me right: I’m a hypocrite? Hyman says I take comfort in my calcium security operations. Educating the public could lead to positive changes. “I’m not a hypocrite going to call,” she says with a friendly laugh. I suspect that to be nice. This looks 2020 issue of time on February 3. illustration image copyright by Alex Nabaum for TIME
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