Block & Tackle: Football matters more than ever, because it doesn’t

Block & Tackle is John Teti’s column about pro football.

It was hard to think about writing Block & Tackle this week. On Tuesday, I watched a manifest idiot declare that he would be the next president of the United States, and for once in his life, he wasn’t full of shit. The future of public policy, of civic decency, and of our constitutional republic exists in a haze of uncertainty. Despair prevails, at least in half of the populace, which in retrospect would have been the case no matter who won. The toxic divisiveness of the Trump campaign ensured that we were voting to determine which part of the country would be drained of hope. In this context, how could I self-respectingly use my platform to talk about NFL football, of all things? Every time I thought about Block & Tackle this week, I kept returning to …

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