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Study: Rugby could provide an answer to safer football

In football, “decleating” an opponent – to knock them off their feet — is often cheered just as loud as a touchdown, and can just as quickly energize a team. But a big hit elicits a notably different type of response: not the pure jubilant applause that follows a score, big gain or third-down stop, but a sound that’s an expression of morbid entertainment as it is rooted in cheering — an appreciation of violent athleticism flexed between competitors.