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School Board Member Wants Football Banned

October 8, 2012 by  

School Board Member Wants Football Banned

If a school board member in New Hampshire gets his way, Friday night football will get sacked. Paul Butler of New Dover, N.H., wants to see the fall pastime banned.

Butler, a retired surgeon, is a new member of the school board. He hopes his position can have an impact.

“I’ll do my best to try to convince the other members of the school board that it’s a dangerous game and that we should abandon it,” Butler told 7News in Boston. “Football, unlike hockey, unlike lacrosse — both of which are violent games — football is the one where the head gets repeatedly banged.”

Butler hopes his proposal will be voted on soon.

The idea is catching on with some parents, like Mike Wasserman.

“They love the game and it’s a hard thing to say, ‘you can’t play anymore,’ after you’ve been playing your whole life, but it makes me nervous,” he said.

Football has also come under attack in Massachusetts with the publishing of neurosurgeon Robert Cantu’s book Concussions and Our Kids.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • phideaux

    Nanny state Nanny state.

    • Vicki

      Can’t have the slaves hurting their masters property doing silly things like playing games.

    • FreedomFighter

      OMG lets ban jump rope too, due to repedative sports injury.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

  • pete0097

    Villanova tried that. A past president didn’t like football so she dropped it. A couple of years later, after the alumni stopped giving, she got the boot and football came back.

  • JimH

    If the schools ban it, maybe the park districts could start a league.

  • Doc Sarvis

    I played football and have loved the game all my life; still I can understand this point of view (feeling the lingering injuries as I get older). I have also been concerned about the large cost of football programs to schools in equipment and travel (and the fuel used for all the traveling fans). Sure it is often a good revenue sport but it also is a big chunk of a school’s budget.

    • eddie47d

      Several sports can be dangerous and especially football yet they should not be banned. Work can be dangerous too but if you want to live and enjoy life you have to take risks. A better project for the Doctor would be to ban wars which actually injures thousands and can even kills millions. Think of the savings to taxpayers too.

      • duane

        Oh crap eddie47d, for once we agree on something. This cannot go on please!!

    • momo

      @Doc, did you use a helmet? If not, that would explain alot.

    • Benjamin Fox

      Give me a break, want knitting classes instead?

  • steve

    politics is dangerous yet he has no problem playing that.

  • RivahMitch

    Yeah… let’s put all the little boys on drugs and get them to stop climbing trees (might fall) and wrestling and start playing with dolls… the better to produce nice meek little sheeple.

  • rb

    The doctor has a valid point. In comparison to other sports, football tends to produce the most significant long term injuries to young athletes. No one said sports in general should should be banned. The suggestion was made that perhaps it would be beneficial not to offer a sport that produces so many long term injuries to young athletes.

  • Sirian


    • rb

      I guess there is some confusion here. I believer the doctor mentioned football here. Football is not all encompassing. There was no anti sports indicated. Just anti football. One sport.
      It’s a shame though. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if someday a school was judged by it’s accedemic performance instead how good a sports team is? Oh wait….that would put a spotlight on the real problem then wouldn’t it.


    Mankind is composed of those who want and understand risk and those who simply enjoy the fruits of those who take the risk. Football is a game played with risk, soccer, rugby and other contact sports are played world wide, the risk and rewards all all understood by the players and fans, getting injury in pursuit of the goal is not unusual but there are always the nay sayers…
    There is always a group advocating no risk, no physical risk, no finanacial risk, no confrontional risk is aceptable to these kind of folks and sitting on their hands is acceptable as long as someone elslse has prepared the way and there is little or no risk. This is descriptive of a moderate, a fence sitter and a parasitical existence, let the other guy take all the risk and then neutralize the accomplishment in order that any parasite can live in the safe zone. Make a hero and then tear them down, it’s a societal risk for all who want to take the risk to accomplish.

  • Paul

    This is a preliminary set up to help lawyers tap another money resource. The Lawyers are behind all of this. Remember Tobacco, a legal product in which the users knew the risks. What happened? Hundreds of years of English Common Law (for those who don’t know that is one of the foundation of our legal system)were overturned. The renewed assault on football is in preparation for another class action suit by the lawyers. The most dangersous sport? Bicycling. Football is no more dangerous than other activities. Mountain climbing, snowboarding, skiiing, etc. Will this ever end?

    • Rick

      Paul, It will end when we get enough to ban Lawyers. Just thunk how much better off we would be without them. They self Perpetuate. If they were all banned then anyone could do what they do and without all the grief and loopholes.

  • Viet Nam Vet 67-68

    Whats next with these Lunatics, stop this stop that its too dangerous, whats next cars and trucks how many people die from car and truck accidents? Same lunatics want to ban guns because some Idiot picks up the gun loads it and then cocks and fires it and blames the gun. If he or she didn’t have a gun they would hack or stab you to death, run you over with a car or hit you in the head with a hammer or blunt object. We live in a world of Death and Destruction and nothing has changed, the Man has killed, murdered, raped, mamed, decapitated, hung, burned and basically tried to wipe people off the face of the earth since time began. Vollyball, I broke a guys nose in vollyball shoud we ban Vollyball, badmitton, why I could launch a Birdie into your eye and put it out should we ban badmitton? Get a life, your going to have aq heart attack thinking about this!!!! Viet Nam Vet 67-68

  • alpha-lemming

    This just in……

    Dover NH school budget must be increased because protective head-gear, knee, and elbow pads will now be mandatory if you wish to participate in the chess-club.


    As an athletic trainer, I work directly with the kids, especially those who get injured. All sports involve risk of injury. The problem isn’t with the sport, but rather with school adiministrators that refuse to understand, coaches that refuse to understand, and parents that refuse to understand. By refusing to understand, I mean sports medicine advocates have talked to these groups until “blue in the face” about injuries, how to prevent them, and how to manage them, yet they still refuse to do what’s needed. School administrators, or the leadership of club sports refuse to spend the money to have adequate care available. Some coaches don’t listen, and if they do, think they know more and do what they want anyway. Some parents push their kids, or allow their kids to push themselves beyond reasonable limits. Some parents don’t listen to advice from medical professionals and an injury gets mis-managed causing risk of further and more serious injury.

  • Benjamin Fox

    Walking down the streets where I live is a risk of injury, this idot on the school board needs to get his head out of where the sun don’t shine. I was 4’10″ in high school and played varseity football and basketball and never had a fear. Went to the Marine Corps where you can really get hurt bad and after boot camp was 5’7″ and played Division Football with the really big guys, also Division Basketball so size doesn’t matter, the heart does. I played sports until age 62 and yes, I got injured once, my old knee gave out or I would still be playing, leave the kids alone, better then on the streets making trouble and going to jail, if it wasn’t for sports might have been where I ended up?

  • Henry

    Ban football and they will find something else to do that will be just as dangerous or more so. (i.e. soccer, hitting the ball with the head)

  • J.

    Why does a professional football player make more money than a collage graduate?

  • box-bb-car

    Ideally, I would like to see it out of the schools. Not eliminated, however decoupled from education. This applies to all sports. If the sport matters to the child, or his/her parents, they will find a way to continue playing. For me, it was bicycle racing, on my own dime, my own time, all the while working and going to school. I did not detract from the school for my past time, nor did I detract from my sport because I was on the lower runs economically. I believe the same can be said of any sport (or other ‘extracurricular’ activity

  • mtbearusa

    In high school (class of 73) I was 5’11″ & 180 lbs, with an athletic build. I wrestled and my wrestling coaches were also the football coaches. You can believe they tried to persuade me to play football. However I felt FB was too dangerous so I refused. It seems to me the proper approach is like that: education and choice, not banning or censorship. The situation today reminds me of “Harrison Bergeron”.

  • tim

    Another [expletive deleted] who can’t let our kids do something they love. How many more of thier freedoms are you gonna take away from them. You wouldn’t have any problem with your’e kids going off to war, but football!!! OH NO!!! Our kids are loosing more and more freedoms everyday. I just wish my kids would have been able to do the things I did when I was growing up. The gov’t is taking away the land, more and more everyday!! They own 85% of the land in nevada. Thanks harry ried!!! If not the gov’t, people have fences around thier land because they have to worry about law suits!!! Kids don’t have anyplace to go anymore!! Look at california, hell you can’t ride a dirt bike because it’s noisy. Parents like this are stopping our kids from enjoying the freedoms we once had. Our grandkids won’t have squat by the time these idiots get done taking away everything. Then they wonder why there are so many gangs and kids in trouble!!!! It’s got to stop!!!!!

  • DetroitWheel

    This is a travesty but in the condition of this DICTATORSHIP we have in Washed Up Land and all the crooked politicians racing to give us Agenda 21 and Communism I guess New Hampshire wants to be top of the list with the Devil Worshipers in Washington. They suck wind and Communism doesn’t let children have these awful programs. It might make them free thinkers for heaven’s sake!


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