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The Fragile Legs of the National Football League

 

Ask a sports reporter about the future of the NFL (such as the way Peter Robinson asked Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal on this week’s Ricochet Podcast) and one usually gets a recitation of the latest Nielsen ratings. Yes, football dominates today’s airwaves. But that is like complimenting a paint job on an old home where the timbers in the basement are a rotting mess of leaking water and a banquet for termites. The old place has charm – but for how long?

If you don’t like the building metaphor and wish to stick with sports, the National Football League is a thoroughbred racehorse, beautiful, sleek, and very powerful and yet dependent on very fragile legs that are sometimes asked to bear up to ten times the pressure of the horse’s weight. A slight bump, an entanglement with another animal, a sharper than anticipated turn and it collapses into a fall that is over 80% fatal.

As Peter noted in the podcast, more and more parents are saying “no” to the sport. Participation in youth leagues has been steadily declining, losing almost 40% of its participants since 2008. This has led to a decline in the high school game as well, but with the reductive nature of sports (most kids bail on organized sports by the time they turn 15) it’s off a more modest 3%.

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Okay, so I had an idea. It doesn’t seem like the Long Poll questions are blowing anybody away. I’ve seen a lot of comments suggesting what the question should’ve been or why the available answers are poor, etc. And as it happens, to the right of Long is Peter Robinson. I know Peter’s questions are […]

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 I and many others have been enjoying the discussions with @danagould one the site. Are there any plans to have this lovable lefty on the Flagship Podcast as a guest? If this “pinko that likes to think-o” wants to hear more from thoughtful, reluctant Trump voters, he might as well discuss the issue with our […]

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We are exactly one month out from the 2016 Presidential Elections. You’d think everything the Right has — and especially the Ricochet podcasts — would be aimed at beating Hillary Clinton — the most corrupt, most dishonest, most dangerous, most foreign-entangled candidate since Obama. But you’d be wrong. In the flagship Ricochet Podcast, Rob Long […]

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NO SPOILERS I was walking my dog earlier today and listening to “The Ricochet Podcast, Ep. 286: No Spoilers.” When my nine year old son went with friends from school to see the latest Star Wars two days before my wife and I were able to, we were properly armed against any accidental plot point […]

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Greetings from Israel. Much reading and podcast listening on my trip (thx Ricochet!) Wanted to share a Goldman Sachs Entrepreneur Summit Podcast which interviewed the CEO of a new company I hadn’t heard of until Rico’s recent podcasts (they advertise on Ricochet): Casper, a fascinating start-up with over 100 employees angling to revolutionize (disrupt) everything sleep. Since […]

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A fun-loving friend of mine recently took a trip to the Sin City of the South. Somehow, she ended up joining some friends in a club where the dancers get down to their skivvies. Being the sweet and zany girl she is, she naturally ended up on stage — fully clothed — and soon had a […]

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Time and/or our beloved Ricochet commissar editors have taken the Ricochet podcast dream guest voting string off the main page and relegated it to the dustbin of the archives. Which means it’s time to tabulate the results. First of all, let me say that I heard all of you who voted. Let me also say […]

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We all greatly enjoy listening to our Ricochet podcast all star hosts, but could they be getting a little squishy soft? Peter Robinson – I heard one of your early claims to fame was a speech on East Germany. Isn’t that right, Comrade Robinson? James Lileks – Could Al Franken really have won reelection in […]

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