Examining An Obsolescence

Ralph Wiley wonders where all the boxers have gone (emphasis added):

Why do you think the NFL is so popular? For one thing, it replaces our Circus, the violent hand-to-hand combat that boxing once personified. Sooner or later, football players, hockey players, basketball players, they all get down to squaring off and doing their simpler version of boxing. We're so disenchanted by it … except I've never seen anybody run from watching a fight. Run away from being in one, sure. But watching? Never.

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It's boxing. Prizefighting. The ultimately noble wrapped inside the ultimately profane. How we destroy ourselves to save ourselves. It is so … human. It's definitely us.

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