• With: Jason Riley, Dan Henninger, James Freeman



    GIGOT: But I know hundreds of people that played. I don't know anybody that has that injury like that. Maybe it's the sort of thing people don't talk about. But you get these other benefits of teamwork. It's something to do after school. I don't know what I would have done after school if I didn't have organized athletics. And that is great for kids, particularly young boys. They need that activity.

    FREEMAN: They need to run into things. That is how young boys are. Unless you're going to say we are eliminating sports and eliminating activities -- bicycling, as I said if you are parent, that is more imminent risk of death for your child. It ought to be considered that there are virtues to this game, but we don't know what the risks are. I talked to Thomas McAllister, a Dartmouth researcher. He has been putting sensors in football helmets and measuring impacts. He's seeing a lot of big hits, but whether that hurts people long term, who knows.

    GIGOT: Thank you, James. Good discussion.

    We have to take one more break. When we come back, "Hits and Misses" of the week.


    GIGOT: Time for "Hits and Misses" of the week.

    Dan, first to you.

    HENNINGER: Paul, you talk about misses, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pushed through a big gun control law in the New York State legislature. His Quinnipiac poll dropped 15 points. There are few things in politics you can do that can cause your approval rating to drop 15 points. I would say the odds of the Obama/Biden gun control law in the Senate is going to pass just dropped about 15 points.


    GIGOT: Yes, OK.


    RILEY: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is running for reelection but it's increasingly difficult to tell whether he is running as a Democrat or a Republican. We had the "bromance" over President Obama over Hurricane Sandy. And now, he wants to raise the minimum rage in a state where the unemployment rate is much higher is much higher than the national average. And the minimum wage, as we know, is a proven job killer. So a big miss for the big guy.


    GIGOT: All right.


    FREEMAN: A hit to our colleagues in the media who are finally calling Al Gore on his hypocrisy. He went on a book tour this week and he expected the usual loving attention from various TV networks and, instead, a lot of anchors and hosts were asking him how he could sell his Current TV to big oil, Al-Jazeera, supported by the government of Qatar, and a network that has lauded and celebrated terrorists to boot. So good for the media for finally waking up on Al Gore.

    GIGOT: Mark it down, historic moment, Freeman praises media.


    Send it out as a press release.


    GIGOT: And remember, if you have your own "Hit or Miss," please send it to us at jer@FOXnews.com. And be sure to follow us on Twitter at JERonFNC.

    That is it for this week's show. Thanks to my panel and to all of you watching. I'm Paul Gigot. We hope to see you right here next week.

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