• With: Dan Henninger, Kim Strassel, James Freeman, Jason Riley

    GIGOT: Are these at the professional level or at the university level?

    FREEMAN: These are college students.

    GIGOT: College students.

    FREEMAN: So what that means is, OK, if you're saying we are going to try and take risk out of competitive sports, you may be getting rid of hockey along with football. Then when you go deeper in NCAA data, you see football is high on the concussion rate but it's not -- people may be surprised to see how high the rates are for field hockey, for soccer, for some other sports that are not thought of as being especially brutal. So I think as you get into this question of risk analysis -- and we ought to get more data -- I think people are going to maybe get more of a perspective that there are benefits to team sports. There are offsetting elements in terms of character building and things that we all appreciate in society.

    GIGOT: Jason, take that point on, this alternative issue because we have a report in "The Journal" this week that team sports participation across the board is down among young people. That can't be good if you are sitting in your room on Instagram or working Grand Theft Auto, right?

    RILEY: No. No. It's not.


    And we want active kids. Now some of the explanation for that might be in more kids specializing in one sport. Kids used to play a lot of sports. Now there is evidence people specialize and concentrate on one sport, which will lead to decline in participation across the board. But, no, we want active kids. And we don't want them sitting around playing video games all day. But there are many things you can do.

    And my only point is that I don't think the concern Obama expressed is out of bounds or something that a lot of American parents haven't thought about themselves.

    FREEMAN: I think it's -- he has to remember, he is the president. To say, I wouldn't let my son, if I had one, play football, I think is a fairly broad statement, and it would have been nice to have qualifiers in there, some perspective on the risks.

    GIGOT: All right, gentlemen.

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

    of the week.


    GIGOT: Time now for "Hits and Misses" of the week -- Jason?

    RILEY: This is a miss for Hillary Clinton, who said that her biggest regret as secretary of state was the Benghazi, Libya, attacks in 2012. I think, Paul, that this is not the same as an apology or taking responsibility for what happened. This is more about positioning herself for a 2016 run. There was this bipartisan Senate report very critical of the State Department. She thinks that might harm her presidential run and she is trying to put this behind her.

    GIGOT: All right, Jason.


    STRASSEL: A miss for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is now blocking President Obama's call for Congress to pass legislation to fast- track trade deals. It could be that Mr. Reid just doesn't like trade. It could be he's trying to protect his members from a sensitive vote. Or it could be, Paul, that this is the return of that Democratic ploy where you wait for an election year, you tee up an issue that the business community cares about, and then you suggest that that priority is dead until the campaign money starts flowing. The business community might think it better for them to just simply try and elect people who really do support trade.


    GIGOT: All right.


    HENNINGER: Well, even more frightening --


    -- Senator Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat, was in Cuba last week and he claims he went on a 186-mile walk out in the country side and concluded the Cuban health system is really quite remarkable, very good. Now, look, we have had admirers in the past of the dungeon paradise. But this one is interesting. Tom Harkin is the chairman of the Senate Health and Education Committee. These are the guys who wrote the rules for the Affordable Care Act. Does this mean ObamaCare is going to gradually turn into the Cuban health care system?


    GIGOT: Maybe he should retire there, Dan.


    All right. 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 as well at JERonFNC.

    That's it for this week's show. Thanks to my panel, especially to you for watching. I'm Paul Gigot. Hope to see you right here next week.

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