If there is one thing you can always count on, it’s the innate ability of human beings to do stupid things. When football is involved, go ahead and take that stupidity to the next level.
In this week’s edition of Stat on the Back, I’ll take a look at Stanford’s 44-14 win over Washington State.
Number of the game: 2
Another game, another rout for Stanford football. Here’s Stat on the Back’s take on this week’s numbers.
Number of the game: 12
After three games, the Stanford football team is right where it wants to be–sitting with a perfect 3-0 record and boasting the nation’s longest active winning streak, currently 11 games dating back to 2010.
The Stanford football team began its final preparations for the 2011 season on Monday, with a no-pads practice that lasted about two and a half hours.
Back in February 2008, high school football players all across the nation signed on the dotted line and swore their allegiances to the best college football programs in the country. After all the hats were firmly atop the heads of the recruits, Rivals.com ranked the top 50 recruiting classes in the nation.
I’m not calling for a ban of contact sports, because I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. Sports, as I’ve stressed time and time again, play an enormous role in my life and in the lives of millions of people. What I am asking for however is that we invest as much time reforming the contact sports culture as we do watching athletes writhing in pain. Get rid of the “if you can walk, you can play” mentality, and lecture players from an early age on the dangers of head trauma. Big hits look cool—until they turn into aggravated assaults.
Quite simply, the human brain cannot handle the continuous high impact that football entails. And while helmets properly support the head and prevent injuries like skull fractures, they do not protect the interior of the head at all.