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  •  except they aren't (1+ / 0-)
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    joesig

    not remotely.

    All of society and all team sports have stars, role players, managers, and a head coach....there is nothing special about football nor is it based on industrialization.

    It's pretty hard to imagine another way of setting up a TEAM sport than to have a head coach, assistant coaches, nor is it hard to imagine that there might not be some positions or players better or more important than others.

    Pitchers? Goalies? Centers? Point Guards? Quarterbacks? Pick a sport including soccer or cricket or what have you, and the same dynamic holds and it has nothing to do with factories, Vonnegut or otherwise.

    The military is nothing like a factory.  There's constant upward mobility for one, in fact, it's expected and required that you move up or you could be fired.  That's nothing like a factory.  Folks don't stay a private for 20 years.

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