August 19, 2013 12:23 AM

Column | Observers of football should evolve with the game

Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history. Sportswriter Frank Deford calls football “barbarous.” Author Malcolm Gladwell labels it a “dumb … 19th century game.” But it’s that characterization that appears backward to anyone paying attention.

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