Chuck Klosterman: Well, that's true. Look at , for example.
Chuck Klosterman (it’s right there in the title)
Chuck Klosterman: You've got bigger guys moving faster and they are still colliding in the same way they always did. On the one hand, football is certainly less dangerous than it was at the turn of the century. I think it was who . And that's probably true.
When I was watching a couple of weeks ago, the quarterback from West Virginia who's Miami's wildcat quarterback now, there was a moment when I thought he was dead. Did you see ?
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Chuck Klosterman: He didn't do anything. He was just on the sidelines and went down. I was watching that game and for a second I thought, "What if I just saw this guy die? What will that mean?" Now, he didn't. He was OK, or relatively OK. But the thing is, when someone dies playing footballI'll bet it happens in the next five yearsit's going to be a huge story and it's going to be shocking. But ; . There are these sports that people die in and I don't know what we are going to do. Make helmets bigger with more padding? Maybe that will help. They can keep extending these rules that really penalize anyone for going to the head or using the head in any way, although they've extended that rule as far as it can go.
The thing that will be interesting is, is there some relationship between the increase in concussions and steroid use? I don't have any evidence besides anecdotal, but it seems to me that part of the reason it seems to be happening more and more is because you have bigger guys moving faster. The change has been pretty dramatic. If you look at was like , the change is much more dramatic than it was from, say, the '60s to the '80s. So something has changed. Something is raising the velocity with which these guys are moving around the field with this greater mass. But while people are really interested about steroids in baseball, they're just not as interested about football, because we kind of expect football players to be big, fast, violent guys.
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Chuck Klosterman: People want sports to feel important. I do. I think all sports fans do. So they like to find guys where you can find meanings that go outside of the game and that's why a given athlete's public persona matters. When we think about it, sports are the one thing that's totally quantifiable. It shouldn't really matter what someone acts like because his success or failure can be calculated in a really sort of indisputable way. But it doesn't operate that way.