By Tim Baffoe-
(CBS) It doesn’t matter that we just wrapped up another interesting opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, nor that the Chicago Blackhawks just became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff spot, their ninth straight postseason appearance. Ditto that the World Baseball Classic has been supremely fun as the MLB season is less than two weeks away.
Whatever is happening in the sports world, football will find a way to barge into the conversation. Oftentimes, this is the NFL’s intentional doing. In the offseason, it strategically schedules its combine and draft as major TV events. With the exception of the sad state of the Chicago Bears, free-agent signings become the top stories in NFL markets regardless of what other teams in town are doing.
But sometimes football shoehorns its way into our consciousness in ways the NFL would rather it not. It might be players talking about a refusal to meet with a sitting president of the Unites States. The weekly domestic violence case is also distasteful for the league (but not in an actual moral way). But of late, the most unwanted conversation often has to do with health effects on former players. Within the last seven days, there has been a particularly loud cluster of this.
“I enjoyed every minute of football. I didn’t feel like I was in the game until I got a good pop. Either I got popped or I popped somebody. You’re not supposed to be doing the things we’re doing to our bodies. CTE affects guys in a different way, and you start seeing it even …
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