And against all these abominations in the sight of the Lord, we have long had The East Terrace, upholding the traditions of hooped jerseys and that no more celebration of a try is needed than an about turn and jog back to the halfway, fighting the good fight against the gathering darkness of fake tan and pre-try celebrations.
Which is why today's East Terrace was particular dispiriting.
It's HERE, and the article it refers to is HERE. It's poking fun at Sam Warburton for wearing a red scrum-cap.
The reason it's dispiriting is why Warburton is doing it. To quote him:
I am definitely more of a target at the breakdown these days – I am getting a lot of elbows and knees. I am really getting smashed and I am getting headaches for a couple of days after games. That’s why I now wear a head guard – I have got a special red one for the Six Nations. [Emphasis added].That's not funny. Those are concussion symptoms, persistent and lingering concussion symptoms, in a 23 year old. If you're getting headaches for a couple of days after the game, then something is wrong. I presume - I hope - that Sam Warburton is being monitored for this, and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) are, unlike the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) (or, indeed, the IRB), applying the concussion regulations. I do know that head gear is unlikely to do anything to prevent concussions.
And I also know this; if even The East Terrace laughs these concussion symptoms, so do most people.so long as the game laughs off concussion symptoms, so long will concussion not be taken seriously. And that means that, sooner or later, people like me - the lawyers - will have fun with the way that concussion regulations are not being applied by those with a duty of care to the players.
And, to quote Terry Pratchett: the strange thing about what lawyers have fun with is that no one else ever sees the joke.