So, the Emperor is concerned about violence in football? Men voluntarily getting together to play a rough-and-tumble game troubles him, but killing innocent men, women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and who knows where else; torturing suspects; allowing police officers to exercise unrestrained force against people; none of these practices bother him? But as the state is defined as an institution enjoying a monopoly on the use of violence within a given territory, is his concern about the voluntary violence in football grounded in the need to protect the state’s monopoly from outsiders?
While the Despot-in-Chief is on the topic, does he have any opinions – to be enforced by Executive Order, of course – about overtime rules, celebration penalties, the BCS system, or modifying the “fair catch” rule? Does he offer a point spread for the upcoming Super Bowl, and will penalties be invoked against Las Vegas gamblers whose predictions differ from his? Does he have a pre-season pick for the 2013 NCAA National Championship, and should we award the glass football right now, thus preventing all of the violence that would otherwise arise in the upcoming season?10:47 am on January 29, 2013 Email Butler Shaffer