Re: RUSH LIMBAUGH: YOU DON'T PUT THE NFL IN PINK FOR A MONTH
posted at 10/26/2013 11:04 PM EDT
Rush's "concern" about the chickification of America does not stop with the wearing of pink in the NFL. No, he believes a new system to moniter the impact of hits football players take is also contributing to this terrible trend. Most people would think this system is a good thing since concussions are a bad thing, but not Rush, thoughful person that he is.
"As concerns about concussions and brain injuries in football continue to rise, a new system to monitor the impact of hits football players take on the field each day may help doctors, trainers, and coaches decipher when players may be too injured to return to the field. The Helmet Impact Telemetry System, known as HITS, places six sensors inside a player’s helmet to measure and record the impact of each hit. Some schools, like Georgia Southern University, have already instituted the system in hopes that it will help them better monitor their athletes and improve responses to concussions and head injuries.
To most people, such a system would seem like a positive step toward understanding how certain plays impact players and how we might improve football safety. To right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh, the sensors areanother sign of America’s decline. “It’s being chickified,” Limbaugh said at the end of a long rant last week. “The whole thing. Everything in our culture is being chickified.”
Wednesday, former NFL player Leonard Marshall shot back, calling Limbaugh “irresponsible.”
“It’s very irresponsible,” Marshall, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, said on SiriusXM’s The Agenda. “How about you become the father of a 17-year-old boy who plays in a football game on a Friday night, and is in need of medical attention. It takes 15 minutes for the medics to get there to attend to this kid who gets injured, and your kid dies on the football field. How about being that parent?”
Limbaugh has often criticized rule changes and efforts to reduce concussions and brain injuries in football, largely because he doesn’t believe the “conventional wisdom” about the long-term effects of concussions. He’s called efforts to make football safer a scheme to “poison people’s minds about football” so it will be banned and said those same rule changes are “paving the way” for the downfall of the sport."