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February 8, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Can-can. Can knots.

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Cancan. (USPD/

Things should line up straight to continue the dance. Can do so much more if organized with patterns and a steady beat. It seems so simple.

Recently, some football players, doctors, and lawyers are kicking at the structure of the game.

No fuzzy thinking can be flagged concerning concussions. Can anyone doubt that repeated head bashing causes damage?

One look at former boxers is pretty convincing. No secret since 1928. “Punch-drunk”. “Punchy”. “Slap-happy”.”Knocked silly”. “Took one to many to the head”. Common phrases used for the groggy haze of boxers and in reference to brain damage in boxers.

So why all of a sudden the shock at discovering football players who constantly crash into hard helmets, solid bodies, and unforgiving ground get brain damage?

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Not cancan. Although when these are bare and naked each winter, they seem to act pretty liberated. Cavorting free and breezy. Flirty even, before they cover up with their floral summer outfits. ©

For years the threat and potential of career ending injuries and life long damage has been the justification for football player’s huge salaries and bonuses.

Big risk, big rewards, right?

All a gamble. Like with race car drivers: dangerous with a serious risk of a crash, but oh, what a payoff if it goes well. And it can. Any brainiac can see that.

No can can play the game? Good there was plenty of money to put in the banks just in case, right? All of a sudden injured players feel they can ask for even more money for suffering concussions which are more normal than not in this sport they chose to participate in?

Some even can see it as a legal excuse for criminal acts or bad behavior.

How can they say they didn’t understand the risks?

Players have eyes, ears, and can easily read about risks. Oh, well, maybe not the last – but they have family and “people” that can guide them.

Many ordinary people cannot understand why when choices were made, but the results weren’t what an individual wanted, some feel they can complain and demand special treatment.

Oh, well, football fans can expect an additional special fee or tax added to ticket prices to build a “Cannot Play Fund”. Who else can make it, right?

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Apparently, can cans can also be comedians. (USPD/

Is it so difficult to fathom can cans and can nots?

  • Can anyone really expect voters to pick them by saying things like “Pick me because I’m this gender/this race/speak a language just like you“? Cannot understand why saying things like “Vote of me or there’s a special place in hell for you” would even be uttered much less and affirmingly laughed and nodded at. Younger voters do not appreciate threats, older “celebrities” telling them how to think, or assumptions with over-generalizations. These strategies that aren’t exactly can can do – for any political party.
  • Cannot understand why anchors of national morning shows who can talk about so many interesting, entertaining and informative topics would choose to spend a segment talking about “Your most embarrassing pee story.” Grown women. Punch drunk or something that Today morning? Who cares about you going down a slide or sitting on the curb with full pants waiting for mom or wetting while tap dancing? Why would anyone show a young daughter sitting on a potty surrounded by piles of toys even if a co-anchor asked what you did while being snowed in? Can find better amusements. Click. Canned.
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Cannots knowing better to be silent than to reveal one too many punches to the head. ..even in clipped tones.©

Just a few ideas kicking down the road.

Can’t stop grinning over the Broncos can-do spirit. It was almost like watching the home team considering how many of those players did tours of duty here at one time or another. We can too claim them… Just gave them some seasoning here. That can do a lot…all part of the plan….

(Only 363 days until the next Super Bowl. Only know as it’s all over the news here. This is the next game’s location. Good news – bad news.)

Always in favor of more can cans.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Anyone who knows can-can understands the trick is to leave something to the imagination. (USPD/






  1. Carrie Rubin / Feb 8 2016 1:38 pm

    Football is so ingrained in our culture, but I suspect we’ll see major changes in the next decade. At least I hope so. Now that we have more information (though more is still needed), parents can think twice about having their children play. And many are already starting to do that.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 8 2016 3:08 pm

      Have been noticing more Flag Football registration signs up. That’s a good start. Something to be said for not risking damaging something that’s still in the formative stage.
      Thanks for throwing a winning comment

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  2. heretherebespiders / Feb 8 2016 1:59 pm

    We watched the game – so glad that now we have the Six Nations Rugby to look forward to. Rugby players are gong over to the US to try American Football, and doing really well! These guys don’t have ANY protection on the pitch. Maybe a bit of tape to keep the cauliflower ear to a minimum!
    Of course the rugby lads aren’t nearly as massive as the Yanks, either.
    I work with a retired boxer, and yeah. He knows he’s been damaged so is extra careful with his thinking. As I’m the one who has the dubious pleasure of telling the lads when they’ve made a mistake, I can say it is rarely ever him. And I’m glad as he’s the kindest man and I love him 🙂
    Denver was the better team, but wow, that was a boring game!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 8 2016 4:22 pm

      Rugby is serious. Have no doubt any rugby players that get into American football are amazing assets – talk about tough and determined (and not afraid of pain). It would be great to get football here headed back to a game of strategy and skill rather than brute force with one good passer, a couple of receivers, and a poor guy expected to make the final last minute winning kick to the goal. Denver baffled the betting lines – they analyzed the Panthers well and got their quarterback rattled early. (And one of their big defensive guys was out). I thought the halftime show was rather lack luster. Sound system seems to have had a problem.
      Nothing like having a gentle giant to work with. That’s always the one you want on your side.
      Thanks for running in with a comment

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    • sustainabilitea / Feb 8 2016 8:55 pm

      My husband played rugby for many years and quite a few of them got concussions, more than once. Concussions aren’t the only problems football players face. Quite a few can hardly walk when they’re done playing. The problem is that most of them want to play anyway. Halftime show? I’d be happy if there weren’t one. Happy for Peyton, a class act, and the Broncos. I hope Peyton goes out on the top now.


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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 9 2016 9:06 am

        When young, nobody thinks about being stiff in old age. Besides, could be worse: rugby is better than swinging swords or axes, right? Yeah, voting for no halftime show. They could have just run video or cute dog commercials like these that were on Puppy Bowl ( Love that Barkley family. (And Peyton’s a class act)


  3. marthaschaefer / Feb 8 2016 3:52 pm

    Dancing through some interesting topics and news items here Phil as usual. Monday quarterbacking from you is always welcome!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 8 2016 4:27 pm

      Blame it on the naked crepe myrtles. Although it’s not near time, sure seems like some pollen in the air – the oaks are in the middle of throwing off their last year’s leaves (rake. rake. rake). All adds up to fuzzy thinking? Thanks for making the kickoff.

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  4. The Hook / Feb 8 2016 5:55 pm

    Can-can you write brilliantly?
    You sure can!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 8 2016 6:03 pm

      That’s not a canned report is it? From Cannes maybe? Thanks for opening a can of comments


      • The Hook / Feb 8 2016 6:06 pm

        Well done!
        Time to put this conversation in the can.


  5. sportsattitudes / Feb 8 2016 6:48 pm

    Our beloved Football Commish said at his Holyness’ Press Conference before the Super Bowl there is risk in everything, even sitting on the couch. Just ignore the brain damage and get them playing football as young as they can. I have no problem with grown men accepting the fact their lives will be shortened and have no guilt watching them play accordingly. Starting them at 8 years old is what I have a big problem with. It’s a violent sport and always will be. However, there needs to be a hard look taken at when our youth should “enlist” for such a risk.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 8 2016 7:03 pm

      Good analysis of the situation. Society does put reasonable limits on dangerous activities for juveniles – tanning beds, for example. Some parents might reconsider looking at their young boys as future NFL meal tickets. I’d prefer all the draft had a requirement of a completed 4 yr. college degree, too. Adults can make choices and take the consequences. No problemo there.
      But the whisper of concussions/football brain injury as a legal out for actions is unacceptable. It may be an explanation, but it’s not an excuse for bad behavior or crimes.
      Cheers for Wade and the Broncos! Thanks for kicking a comment over this way

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  6. The Coastal Crone / Feb 8 2016 6:58 pm

    Boxers and football players must know the risks. I worry about those younger ones that start out earlier and earlier. But I don’t watch either one. I was disappointed in M. Albright’s comment also and it didn’t make much sense. Missed the thing about peeing. Don’t watch tv that early. You are a can-do blogger.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 8 2016 7:19 pm

      Sometimes you just want to sit down with a cup of coffee and listen to an interesting topic – and something not politics, so I risked it. A whole can of ugly worms. Glad the weather’s clearing and the birds are thrilled beyond belief and singing – that’s much more pleasant these days. Thanks for canning and delivering an delightful comment

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  7. easyweimaraner / Feb 9 2016 4:54 am

    it’s an interesting question, I pondered about this topic too after the last ski jumping accident we had… I’ve found no answer…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 9 2016 9:16 am

      The blogger of Dancing Beastie ( who lives in a Scottish castle also had a bad skiing accident a few years ago. She struggles at times now with difficulties as she didn’t realize she’d whacked her head so hard and should have sought treatment. Her blog is lovely – and there’s dog, too. I see all these kids now wearing helmets when they bike, or skate, or ride or ski and it’s a bit sad they don’t know that hatless feeling as you go along, but caution may be a good thing. Difficult for us hatless wonders to change our ways. So glad you can trot over to chat


  8. Ally Bean / Feb 10 2016 7:33 am

    “Cannot understand why saying things like ‘Vote of me or there’s a special place in hell for you’ would even be uttered…”

    I agree. I wondered the exact same thing. Who exactly jumps up and down, rejoicing about these words, immediately deciding to vote for this person? I thought it was tone deaf, to put it politely.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 10 2016 8:55 am

      So out of touch with today. Sad that there are individuals that thought that so of talk would help. Apparently that campaign is now worried about the misstep. Just totally goofy idea. Oh, well, on with the circus.Thanks for knotting up a comment

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  9. the dune mouse / Feb 10 2016 9:48 pm

    We Canada Hockey without a helmet though we used to. I’m not sure if the worse injuries there are from pucks or punches.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2016 7:42 am

      We used to have a really great hockey team with lots of fans. They didn’t wear helmets either. (And it’s a wild and rough sport. Adults know that when they sign on) I’m pretty surprised these days with all the helmets – soon kids won’t be able to step off the curb without one. On the one hand, you want the kids safe and undamaged, but even psychologist are noting that society may be over protecting kids and that there are lessons to learn by falling down (skinning a knee, hurting a bit, and recovering – the world didn’t end) that are replayed on a larger scale in life. (Like watching what you are doing/where you are going, being careful, planning ahead, cause and effect, overcoming adversity and bad things that happen, that pain hurts and it’s best to avoid it…). Middle ground and common sense with kids. Adults? If they want to bash themselves up for fun – no problem. Just when bad things happen, don’t whine you didn’t know and expect others to “save” you…nor is playing rough games an excuse for bad behavior – and explanation, perhaps, but not an excuse/legal defense. Choices. Game is good. Thanks for skating in with a comment

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      • the dune mouse / Feb 11 2016 10:07 am

        I agree, we have become a nation of fearfulness- (and suing!!) for everything!


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