Several recent articles in the popular press have discussed the appropriateness of using curse words, including the dreaded f-bomb, in professional settings. Think former VP Dick Cheney's "fuck yourself" to a Democratic senator, or VP Joe Biden's "big fuckin deal" following the health care bill. Yes, it goes straight to the top, folks! The sporting realm has, of course, had its own encounters with spicy language. Rex Ryan is the head coach of the New York Jets football team. In the first episode of this season's HBO "reality" show Hard Knocks, Ryan used an array of 4-letter words during a team meeting. He actually seems quite adept at stringing curse words together in creative, if non-academic, ways. In the days after the show aired, former NFL coach Tony Dungy, a self-described Christian and the "mentor" of Michael Vick, issued some harsh words (minus the spice) regarding Ryan's language. Witness the policing of the NFL's image taken to an absurd level. An improved but still flawed drug policy, an improved yet still tenuous concussions policy, a game predicated on violent collisions...but an obese, obnoxious, gutter-mouthed coach is something to rise up against? As the kids say, or rather text...WTF! Critical consumers of sport should point out hypocrisy when we see it. I love a good intellectual argument and some homestyle (sub)cultural critique as much as anyone...but to hold one's breath for a fundamental shift in the neanderthal-esque culture of pro football is foolish...not to mention dumb as fucking shit.
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