The Australian Medical Association wants to ban children (under 18, do you suppose?) from boxing, and put strict laws in place to control the sport. One doctor in favor of the ban pointed to the injury rate in “non-contact sports” such as rugby and soccer (“non-contact”? Has this dude ever seen rugby or soccer?), presumably as an indicator that boxing, a contact sport, must therefore be worse. And in one of my favorite unfounded rebuttals to this unfounded claim, nurse Tony Acquarola said doctors would be more likely to get a head injury golfing than they would in the boxing ring.
That’s funny, I like that. Those wacky doctor golfers. I swear they’re like Larry, Moe, and Curly out there. It isn’t safe, but it sure is fun to watch. Woop, woop, woop, woop, woop! Wise guy!
AMA spokesman Andrew Jackson also said boxing images “exude macho testosterone,” which also made me cackle, ’cause you know, nobody’s ever seen basketball, football, or I dunno, PING PONG, CHESS, or POKER images that exude macho testosterone. Anything that exudes macho testosterone, we don’t want our kids connected with that, no sirree.
That’s why I didn’t let any of my sons watch Tarzan.
Well, at least they say they’re turning the matter over to Health Minister Lara Giddings for a review of the state’s boxing legislation; I can rest easier knowing a woman’s gonna handle this. I hope she’ll call on me if she needs assistance.
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