Monday, March 2, 2009
On football and progressivism
Here's my latest ESPN.com column, a follow-up to a piece I wrote several months ago about a high-school football offense called the A-11. It has now essentially been banned by the rules committee of the National Federation of High Schools, for reasons that, at least to me, seem to have more to do with concerns about progress than the claims of bad sportsmanship purported by the critics in the piece. I happen to think football is the closest thing we have to a national game in this fragmented modern age, and I also think the fight over the A-11 is an interesting metaphor for our times.