Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Physics of Violence

This subject still troubles me. Because as the days pass, the country seems to be moving from a desire to stamp out [sic] this type of incident to a sort of resigned acceptance that these things happen in football. They do. But they should not.

I tend not to post pictures on this site, but you can look here for the money shot.

Now of course I am not saying that Taylor meant to snap Eduardo's leg and possibly end his career. True he did not "go in with both feet", the oversimplified litmus test for footballers' assessment of intent. But he did mean to strike with his studs first in the general direction of his opponent's leg at sufficient velocity to smash through human bone.

Forces, levers, pivots. The result was inevitable.

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