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November 25, 1905

FOOTBALL AND ITS DANGERS.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(22):1656-1657. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510220042005

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Abstract

Football is not as bad as the Fourth of July. In the first place it costs only ten to fifteen per cent, as many lives and fewer eyes; furthermore, the fun lasts three months instead of two or three days, so we get more per boy. Yet in spite of this evident innocuity, the popular protest against the game, as played at present, seems to be stronger and more general than ever before. Not that the game is waning in popularity, for as usual the attendance at the big championship games is limited to the number of people the grounds will hold, plus as many more as can get in. We hear a great deal about lessening the danger of football by making the game more open, and substituting end runs, trick plays and punting, for the steady hammering down the field a yard or two at a time, with

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