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Football’s League of Denial Concussion Controversy Is More Than a Century Old

Last night marked the debut of League of Denial, the PBS documentary on the concussion epidemic currently affecting American football from the pee wee leagues to the NFL Hall of Fame. We didn’t get a chance to watch it, but we’ll give you our take when we do.

In the meantime, these “Tweets of Old” are a brilliant reminder that this red hot controversy is nothing new.

It’s a bit of a wake-up call to realize that journalists in 1905 reached the same conclusion we’ve reached today: yes, “concussions of the brain” and “broken backs” are a problem—but good luck reforming football, because “the only way of reforming a bad dog is by cutting his tail off close behind the ears” (poor dog!!).

We’ll see if this doc makes a difference.

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