Yes, football is a violent sport. But it’s a selection. (Opinion)

Regarding “Editorial: Damar Hamlin confirmed America the price of violence,” (Jan. 6): After studying the Sunday editorial, I’m fairly puzzled. Damar Hamlin was not the sufferer of a vicious hit throughout a football recreation; he initiated the contact whereas making a routine deal with. It amazes me that a very powerful subject of the day is your lack of expertise about football. Yes, football is a violent sport and anybody who has ever performed or watched a football recreation is aware of this earlier than the opening kickoff. It is a sport performed by prepared members (and extremely compensated professionals) who know the hazards once they voluntarily select to play the game.

I agree with wanting sports activities to be safer in addition to on a regular basis life. If the intent of the editorial was to scale back violence, then why did not you give attention to the harmless people who find themselves injured or killed day by day in Houston and the remainder of America by criminals? I do know that day by day violent crime far exceeds the day by day accidents of football gamers.

Also, you failed to say that Hamlin’s subject might have been a private undiagnosed medical situation that had nothing to do with enjoying football. There was additionally no point out of the slim probability that he might have skilled myocarditis, an irritation of the guts that has been linked to the COVID vaccine and that has largely affected in any other case wholesome younger males.

If you might be actually nervous about pointless deaths associated to preventable causes, then the Chronicle ought to champion not permitting bicycle lanes to make use of the identical roads as cars in Houston. I examine bicycle deaths involving cars on a common foundation. Why encourage a bicyclist, who might or is probably not sporting a small helmet, to suppose they’re adequately protected towards a crash with an vehicle? Football gamers sporting head-to-toe private safety enjoying football are a lot safer than a particular person sporting spandex clothes, sun shades and a plastic helmet, attempting to outlive a crash with an vehicle.

Mark Jenkins, Cypress

Thank you for a superb editorial on “the violent recreation” and the value we’re paying for our habit.

Personally, I refuse to look at a sport that glorifies violence and that, within the course of, is setting a disturbing instance for tips on how to remedy conflicts in society. I take exception to the concept “football will be a lovely recreation” — that title is rightly bestowed on the “actual” football that we name soccer for no apparent cause on this nation, and this nation alone.

Hopefully your article will begin a dialogue on the deserves of football and tips on how to make it safer for the gamers and with a extra healthful message to ship its followers. Sadly, I do not suppose that Mr. Hamlin’s near-death expertise — or, heavens forbid, an eventual actual demise on the sector — will change minds and lead to significant reforms.

Michael Waldau, Houston


Regarding “Smith: A very Texans end. Win a recreation, lose the NFL’s high choose, ditch your coach,” (Jan. 8): This horribly misguided story presents an analogy to Democratic politics. There’s one thing unsportsmanlike if not ethically convoluted in regards to the steered perspective of “dropping to win.” Whatever occurred to the thought of ​​honest play? Surely, had Coach Smith and his Texans employees conspired to lose the sport with a view to get the highest draft choose, it will have been unethical, if not in direct violation of league guidelines. This is what our nice nation has degenerated into: a nation that may cheat to realize its objectives. How would the gamers and the paying followers of each groups have felt, figuring out a Texans loss was phony? Does sportswriter Brian Smith encourage his children to cheat? He must be ashamed for even proposing the thought.

J. Jones, La Porte

Did Lovie Smith get fired by the Houston Texans as a result of he typically misplaced, or as a result of he truly typically received?

Ted Shaw, Cypress

Houston’s narrative

Regarding “He served 38 years for a crime he dedicated at 16. Now, he is discovering his method in a modified Houston,” (Jan. 5): It is your job to chronicle the narrative of Houston. Sunday’s story about Demetrius Johnson by RA Schuetz and Jon Shapley made a refreshing contribution to that finish. They seize the enjoyment of Johnson’s redemption. Houston’s (Fifth Ward) generosity is heralded. Kudos to you and your employees for balancing Houston’s various narrative. After all, all Houstonians are impacted by the narrative our new shops select to chronicle.

John Rezentes, Houston

Battleship Texas

Regarding “From Mardi Gras to movie festivals, listed here are a few of Houston’s greatest occasions coming in early 2023,” (Jan. 3): Now right here is a little one thing to take a break from all of the doom and gloom. The Battleship Texas Foundation is providing dry dock, onerous hat excursions each Sunday on the Gulf Copper shipyard in Galveston. I used to be there this previous Sunday, and what a thrill. Yes, you truly get to go on the dry dock and put your arms on the hull of this grand girl. The guides are extraordinarily educated and had been in a position to clarify all sides of the restore work being carried out. A once-in-a-lifetime alternative. Take benefit of this historic occasion.

Jeff Kesler, Sugar Land

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