“It’s weird being a photographer because you really have to divorce yourself from the image. After a while the early photos of mine that keep coming up and appearing in exhibitions or in books no longer give me the feeling that I’m looking at a family album anymore. I had to let go of them as personal moments or else I’d be living in the past, and who wants to live in the past? I need to keep the wheel moving forward.”—Ryan McGinley’s Menagerie
Rather than wait for our courts to gradually wake up, state legislatures should accelerate the process by adopting laws defining and criminalizing something we can call “flagrant sports battery.” This could protect not just N.F.L. players, but athletes in high school and college. These laws would not apply to customary hard hits, personal fouls or the normally accepted aggressive play that is part of the game. But they would proscribe aberrant conduct like hit lists and bounties, and penalize other malicious actions. For instance, the Tennessee Titans’ Albert Haynesworth raking his cleats across the face of a defenseless player in 2006 (it took 30 stitches to close the wounds).
This story by the NY Times seen below is absolutely chilling regarding the story of 6 foot 7 enforcer Derek Boogaard and his unfortunate demise at the hands of fighting. I love hockey and what it represents despite never playing the game aside from the afternoon road hockey games back in Canada. You know the toughness and the grit that comes with being an enforcer but more often than not, the reprecussions aren’t really something (as a fan) you worry too much about. Now that the mounting scientific evidence comes out, I wonder how this will affect the side sport of enforcing and fighting in hockey.
Seeing and hearing a lot of friends growing up playing hockey in hopes of make it to the NHL, it’s both a fascinating and sad the extent people will go to. I mean that’s the power of hockey knowing that somebody is willing to battle multiple times a night to get a coveted spot. The power of sports not just in hockey but globally has this immensley powerful impact, it’s just sad for some, the reward is a costly one.
If you’re a sports fan (regardless of whether the NHL interests you or not), take the time to read this. It has definite carry-over to another highly combative sport and the NFL.
Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer
"What Eugene's Reading" is a fresh approach to micro-blogging. Thinking outside the box of the Tumblr game. Actually after finding this Tumblr and "What Eugene's Eating", I realized that your entire Tumblr conglomerate is pretty on point.
Hey man thanks… I find context to be so important these days in an age where we’re bombarded from some many different angles. Each blog hopefully frames things as clearly and as concisely as possible.