Thanks Mike (from Spain)
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Thanks Mike (from Spain)
About six months ago my television died. I looked around and flat screen televisions are pretty cheap compared to what they once were and good ones can be had at a price that doesn’t hurt like it once did. There was a time that a color television was something that only the privileged few could afford, but that’s another story for another day. This is about my main reason for owning a television and that would be football.
Last year, I was dating a rabid FSU fan and we watched all of the games together. We drank wine, cheered for FSU and their quarterback Jameis Winston and we had a great time. But clouds were forming. Winston couldn’t shake the allegations of rather sinister behavior off the field and it was hard to imagine how someone could risk throwing away a career where there are millions to be made because he couldn’t control himself.
No matter how much you love the sport, the team, or a player, you have to admit that your love is part of the problem. Football players have been, for many years, immune to prosecution in crimes because they were gods to the rest of us. With cell phone cameras and surveillance video in every corner of every building, we’re beginning to see our heroes as they live off the field and it is very quite ugly.
So now we have “Deflategate” the promise of yet another scandal involving the already tainted coach and quarterback of the New England Patriots. They were caught a while back filming the Jets’ defensive signals and there’s been more than a little concern they may have used these tactics in the Super Bowl against the Eagles.
The National Football League is a multi-billion dollar industry that is inextricably linked to college football which is the big leagues for High School players. The men who run this industry have a vested interest in keep their image clean even as they hire some of the worse criminals to be found to play. It’s a tightrope they’ve managed to walk for decades, with ease, but now there seems to be a sea change in the attitude of the audience; are people demanding a more ethical NFL?
I haven’t watched a game this season, professional or college because I just cannot support a business that hires rapists, murderers, wife beaters, and dog fighters. The Patriots must be, must be, they have to be, disqualified from playing in the Super Bowl or everything that the NFL stands for, really stands for, comes down to dollars and cents, not ethical behavior.
Will the fans rise up and demand a change? Will enough people refuse to watch? Will there be some sort of uprising against the way things are? Will anything be different the on game day than it is right now?
It will be interesting to see. It will be interesting to see if the NFL decides that punishment after the event equals justice. It will be interesting to see if there are fewer fans next year than there are this year.
No matter which way it falls, I won’t be back.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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