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Obama: "If I had a son, I wouldnt let him play football"


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#76 xerxes

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

Poor kid can't even ride in the car under this logic! ATV's and go karts are definitely out of the realm of possibilities! Being a kid just isn't as fun as it used to be! Just living out their wild side killing people on the video games.............seems logical


Actually no. This logic is a simple matter of risk vs return. Let's use stock investment as an analogy. In theory, potential return should be proportional to potential risk. For example, Greek government bonds are north of 10 percent because there's a higher potential for default. Thus, a higher return must be offered to offset this risk. Conversely, US government bonds are south of 2 percent because despite our inexplicable inability to manage our fiscal problems, we're still the safest game in town.

So football has a high risk profile due to the high contact nature of the sport. Add that in with inexperienced youth league coaches who may not always have safety in mind, and it's a fairly high risk proposition. Even in professional sports, the average baseball player makes more than the average football player and baseball is mostly guaranteed money.

But realistically, the vast majority if not all of our sons aren't playing professional sports. So the rewards of sports activities, learning about character and teamwork and having fun and the like. Well it's not like football is infinity better at these things than other comparable sports. There is no offsetting reward to compensate for the higher risk.

In short, playing football is a bad investment precisely because there are other sports that could achieve similar results with lower risk.

#77 PhillyB

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

so wait six pages and not one person has brought up the fact that the real quote was "I'd think long and hard before I'd let my son play football?"

jeeeeesus god

#78 FugginPoo

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

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Manly Man

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or Girly Man?


Of course the guy wearing Mom Jeans and throwing like a girl wants to destroy football.

#79 rodeo

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

THE MARINES STILL USE BAYONETS oh what he said something else and i'm arguing against shadows oh well back to flamin hot cheetos.

#80 beastson

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

Smh off-season

Just like that manti teo poo. Not Panthers news at all

#81 Davidson Deac II

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

Smh off-season

Just like that manti teo poo. Not Panthers news at all


Not true. I heard that our third string linebacker tweeted something today that could be taken as mildly insulting towards our 4th string corner back. :)


Oh and the probowl is on, if anyone cares.

#82 PhillyB

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

PEOPLE FALL ON ICE AND GET HURT BAN FIGURE SKATING LOL AND PUT MICHELLE KWAN IN JALE

#83 Happy Panther

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

If my kids wanted to play football I would support him.

My kids like to play golf, cook read and relax.

#84 micnificent28

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

is this a nothing left wing ploy to take jabs at obama thread?

#85 chknwing

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

whether they play football or not. Many members of this forum should wear a helmet :)

#86 pantherclaw

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

Football is the modern day form of gladiators.

I don't know how many intelligent men would really want their sons to play football.

That being said, my son will be able to make his own informed decisions. I will not tell him what he can.and can't do when it comes to sports and work.

#87 pstall

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

But he did say he would allow his daughters into combat. Huddle section crossover post accomplished.

#88 Green Eggs and Cam

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

The pussification of America starts at the top.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

I say let your kids play want they want. If you dont want your kids playing football, you shouldnt be supporting it in any way. Dont want your kids to play the sport then go find another team in another sport to pull for.

#90 BigBoss

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

The greatest experience in my life was varsity football. How could I ever deny my kid such an opportunity? He'll know the risk and it'll be completely his choice. I can't make any parent raise a kid any way, but man I want my boy to enjoy the greatest sport in the planet first hand.


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