As the old saying goes, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. So given how much the game of football is driven by statistics, it only stands to reason that the sport must be full of some amazingly huge lies. And sure enough, that’s one of a very few points of fact that today’s football fan can actually rely on in a game rife with hoaxes, obfuscation, and downright treachery. So which of football’s many lies are the worst? Statistically speaking, we’ve narrowed it down to these.
1. NFL’s stance on concussions
When confronted with evidence that concussions were causing severe long-term injury to players in the NFL, here’s what then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue had to say about it: “Concussions is one of those pack journalism issues, frankly. There’s no increase in concussions. The number is relatively small. The problem is, it is a journalist issue.” Yup, those darn journalists, making things up. Tagliabue then appointed a rheumatologist to head the NFL’s “investigation” into concussions, which amazingly (sarcasm alert!) backed up Tagliabue’s utter lies. That’s probably a big comfort to Mike Webster and Junior Seau, two former NFL players whose deaths have each been linked to CTE, (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), better known simply as repeated blows to the head.