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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quote of the Day | September 28, 2008: A Football Team Is Not an Open Society

From Roy Blount Jr.'s 1974 chronicle of the Pittsburgh Steelers, About Three Bricks Shy . . .

Anybody who has played pro football can appreciate, I suppose, an openness to be jolted at an insane level of force. But there are strict channels for such things in the NFL. A football team is not an open society. It is a society at war. And whereas, on most of the scenes of Rolling Stone covers, the writer's instincts may well be to loose all the demons and let oppressors and anal compulsives worry about the consequences, in pro football the consequences are likely to discommode not management but the visceral, flavorful types -- the players.

The clubs control the players' schedules, pay, job assignments, and even medical care (consider the paranoia-inducing possibilities of that last factor). Labor organizer Tom Keating had had trouble enough with Raider management to know the risks of stirring things up uncontrollably. I was careful all year not to appear to be interfering with the Steelers' advance toward the Super Bowl. Noll's stance impressed the necessity of this upon me.

"If it hurts the football team . . . "

Tags: Roy Blount Jr., About Three Bricks Shy

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