Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Four score and seven years ago, Pete Rozelle brought forth on this playing field, a new game, conceived in contact, hits, and Ronnie Lott, and dedicated to the proposition that all players were "in play." Now we are engaged in a great civil war, with the current players, and the lawyers suing over CTE, dementia, and other ailments caused by collisions that most experts calls "car crashes", on each play. We are deciding whether any league, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those (like Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, and others who we don't care to mention) who here gave their lives that that nation [er . . . league] might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. [Bill Walsh Field] The brave men [Paul Hofer, Hello], living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored [players] we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion [or in the case of Ronnie Lott, his pinkie]-- that we highly resolve that these [players] shall not have [died or have become paralyzed in the case of Jeff Fuller or have become injured like so many of them] in vain -- that this League, under a person that thinks he is God, shall have a new birth of freedom [it is now the No Fun League] -- and that football as we know it shall not perish from the earth.
I mean no disrespect to those that died during the Civil War, were injured during it, during Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, or any of other horrific battles during the "war between the states." I find it odd that we would equate a great orator, leader, and statesman, with football. My attempt and modifying the Gettysburg Address is merely to show how the game that we love is still just a game. The war analogy to football will never leave us.