I have a confession to make…
I stopped watching organized team sports—including football—almost 15 years ago.
Now, this may sound weird coming from a former Division-One football player, but the fact is that the sport had gotten too boring for me.
They started making all kinds of new rules that took a lot of the purity out of the game – and when you’re able to win by manipulating the rule set to your advantage, then it just isn’t fun anymore in my eyes.
Honestly, it was more of an emotional awakening too…
People EXPECTED me to know about football because of my size and my background in the sport, and I always felt compelled to keep up with things. But back in 2006, I realized that watching sports gave me nothing.
If my team won, I felt great for maybe five minutes…
If my team lost, it ruined my whole day (thanks for the emotional rollercoaster rides, Notre Dame and Buffalo Bills). So, as a result, I stopped watching and haven’t looked back—not even for a Championship game.
I used to have names of players, stats, and team records rolling around in my head, ready to be recalled at the drop of a hat…
Now, I have to ask people about the teams in the Super Bowl…and that’s not an exaggeration.
Modern football really means nothing to me and it will continue to mean nothing to me for the rest of my life…
And I wouldn’t be surprised if a LOT more patriots join me in walking away from watching the sport – a #NFLExit, if you will.
Why Would Anybody Watch The NFL?
Simple: the wokeness of the sports world has become overbearing.
The last thing anybody wants is some multi-millionaire athlete giving the working-class rules on how to live their lives. It’s hypocritical and people are getting sick of it.
Don’t believe me?
Look at the ratings of the NBA and MLB so far in 2020. They’re allowing wokeness to interfere with the game, and people are changing the channel faster than you can say “black lives matter.”
You’d have thought that, of all the professional sports, the NFL would understand what happens when you start preaching to your audience. Their ratings were abysmal the year that pampered athletes started kneeling on the sidelines during the National Anthem.
They had their team owners amend their rules to ensure it didn’t happen again, and lo and behold, ratings starting going back up.
However, from what’s being said by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, wokeness is making a return to the pro football—and there’s nothing the fans can do about it.
The NFL is going to allow players to kneel and put the names of black men (not one white man) killed by police on their helmets, and they’re painting “End Racism” in the endzones. All in all, it’s going to be a proverbial s**t show.
The question is, why is the NFL allowing this now?
The NFL has always been so against players making personal statements that it seems like pandering by allowing them to do so now.
We all know why…
They want to appear like they care about BLM and what the organization stands for—but the truth of the matter is that, by allowing these personal player protests, they’re just trying to give the people what they want.
But that’s not what the NFL’s actual audience wants.
Instead, they’re only appeasing the woke mob that didn’t watch the sport to begin with.
And here’s the thing…
Does that mean NFL will be allowing other protests too?
Let’s take a trip back through time and take a look at the personal demonstrations that players have undertaken over the years, only to have those ideas stamped out by the NFL’s jack-booted heels.
Will These Protest Or Forms Of Expression Be Allowed Now?
In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling before each game to pray. They also had an issue with Tebow wearing “John 3:16” as part of his eye-black and made him take it off.
In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.
In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said “Know Jesus Know Peace” but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.
In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing “Find the Cure” eye black stickers for breast cancer awareness.
In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence.
In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers that were hunted and killed in the line of duty.
And finally, in 2016, the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Are these kinds of protests going to be allowed as well?
If not, then NO personal protests of any kind should be allowed. That’s the NFL’s own standard, and it’s not unreasonable to expect them to stand behind it.
People watch sports to escape the reality of life. They don’t want to be reminded about how bad our world can be, and it will turn a lot of people sour if social issues dominate the sport.
It’s already happened…
And will happen again.
The question is…will anybody care?
“Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated.” ― William H. Gass