Ban boxing? How about banning idiots from the Legislature instead?
Here's an easy one. Danny Wells. This guy is a new member of the House of Delegates. He was a sportswriter for the Charleston Gazette. He retired from "fulltime" activities at the Gazette sometime ago. However, he still manages to pollute the media once in a while with a column in that paper. Prior to being in the Legislature, his biggest claim to fame was his constant whining like a little baby about the Charleston Civic Center not having a clock. I guess he's not smart enough to wear a watch, although, after years of constant whining, even babies sometimes get their way. The Civic Center recently installed a clock. For those who want a picture of this waste of taxpayer dollars, you can check out his bio page at the Legislature here.
I heard a saying one time that fits Danny Boy to a "T." Those who can, play. Those who can't, coach. Those who can't do either, become sportswriters. In the February 27th edition of the Sunday Gazette/Mail, Danny goes on one of his moronic rants advocating the banning of the sport of boxing. He references 12 deaths in "Toughman" contests since 1979 as his basis that it needs banning (along with boxing in general). I guess he missed this link showing 5 people died in 2002 alone, playing football in the U.S. I found that link in about 1.2 seconds of searching on the Internet. Those are 5 deaths in one year, directly related to playing football, such as violent blows to the head. This doesn't include deaths like heatstroke, or complications from natural causes exacerbated by vigorous physical exercise. Five deaths in one year for football, compared to 12 deaths in 25 years from Toughman contests. Using 2002 as a basis, that would mean there were 125 deaths in football from violent head trauma (and remember, that's not counting the other football "related" deaths like heatstroke, heart attack, etc.), while there were only 12 deaths in Toughman contests for the same time period. Where's his rant about banning football?
Maybe someone should just ban Dan.