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15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 8, 2011, 18:45  Blue 
 
Belly Flop wrote on Sep 8, 2011, 17:36:
Well, American football is cool if you like wearing armor, but the US rugby team has made it all the way to the Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand that starts on 09/09/2011. I wish them all the best as they aren't wearing helmets and kevlar ;)

I realize you are joshing, but the fact is the padding makes American football *far* more dangerous than most other sports, including Rugby. A quick bit of research on the infallible internet says that from 1930-2006 there were "1,006 direct and 683 indirect fatalities resulting from participation in all organized football"
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_issues_in_American_football ), while "In the 110 years that rugby has been played, there has [sic] been only 71 recorded deaths in the sport" ( http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_deaths_have_there_been_playing_rugby ).

This is nothing for a football fan to be proud of, but I hear this stuff about pads making the game so safe, but the fact is they promote collisions that are far more violent than if the players were unpadded.

Seriously. God bless 'em, they are reslly starting to be competitive in a non-primary american sport and we love seeing 'em play in this tournament. Please support your team

I am glad you brought this up, as I have not seen it reported anywhere... I will try and find a way to root them on.
 
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