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Feb. 6, 2017 — Against the unsightly backdrop

Yesterday’s Super Bowl might have showcased some of the best football you could ever imagine, in terms of execution, tactics, and gumption.

And yet, culturally, does it even matter anymore?

The game of football is being played in a climate which is very unfriendly for its very existence as a past time in two to three decades. Youth participation in many places is so low that leagues and teams have had to merge, and there are places in this country where competition surfaces which used to have gridiron on them now have soccer goals on either end.

I keep telling people that football is on its way out as a major spectator sport in this country. Then, I have to re-remind them that track cycling was the major indoor sport in the United States for most of the first two decades of the 20th Century.

Tastes do change. Think about how many people know who the heavyweight champion of the world is in boxing, vs. the heavyweight championship in mixed martial arts.

Tells you something, doesn’t it?

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