Football remains a blood sport in which the players are collateral damage for the owners, the advertisers, the networks, the alcohol industry, the ticket buyers and the tv audience. They are gladiators sacrificed for the amusement of the cash carrying fans. Football has been correlated to military aggression and war. Studies have indicated a relationship between football and domestic violence.
... in the minds of search committees there is the lingering question: Can she manage the football coach?
(Donna E. Shalala (b. 1941), U.S. educator and government official. As quoted in the New York Times, p. C4 (October 20, 1994).
At this time, Shalala was the U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as the former Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin. She was speaking of the reluctance of University President search committees to select women candidates.)
A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.
(Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. "Citizen Goetz," Harper's (New York, March 1985).)