Football is dead. Long live football.

Concussions, lawsuits, death -- but fans are still cheering

Updated: April 14, 2013, 9:57 AM ET
By J.R. Moehringer | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: This article contains explicit language.

1. In a typical regulation football game, the two teams combine to run roughly 120 plays from scrimmage compared with nearly 300 pitches in a typical baseball game. There are no "waste pitches" in football. Every play is meaningful, consequential, suspenseful. Every play is part of a mighty struggle, a drive, and in the end all 120 plays combine to create a narrative, or metanarrative. Baseball, boxing, handball, ...

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