Telemachus would not be televised.
Even if wild-eyed men that worship more
than Stilicho or Horus compromised
the biometrics, they’d be cuffed before
they reached the sidelines. At most they would troll
some YouTube comments or post graphs that link
contact sports to brain damage. Some might scroll
through, sigh and like and share. Most won’t think
it matters much unless a strong regime
makes it illegal. But the type of guy
that cries for living things and not dark dreams
of domination does not qualify
to rule a Rome that learned its lesson well
enough to keep its bloody ritual.