My computer (specifically Windows 10) and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it when it works, and hate it when it doesn’t or decides to go off into the wilderness without leaving so much as a goodbye note. After fighting off and on for more than a couple of months, I’m entering into the world of Linux. Hopefully, this will allow me to post content instead of throwing my hands up in frustration everytime I try to turn on the computer.
Speaking of frustration…
In the time that I’ve been somewhat sidelined, there have been many events that have happened in quick succession, and even if the computer had not been giving me problems, I could not have kept up with them as the developments of these events evolved quickly. Delays have been somewhat beneficial as 20/20 hindsight could be applied.
With that being stated, it’s off to the topic at hand (or at least the one currently burning red hot).
The NFL has a mess on it’s hands. It’s trying to cater to the players it depends on to provide entertainment to the masses, and appease the fans that it needs to keep the revenue flowing in. Never mind that what the Commissioner, owners, and coaches do at this point in time, the fans will see this as being too little too late. What started last year as a 2nd or 3rd string quarterback taking a knee during the National Anthem to support Black Lives Matter (BLM)has morphed into a multi-player multi-team protest during the opening ceremonies. The teams have somehow come up with the compromise of kneeling before the National Anthem, and then standing up for the Anthem, but I believe that the damage has been done – anything that the NFL comes up with will appear to be hollow and fake.
The blatant disrespect of the players for the Flag and the tolerance of that disrespect by the Commissioner by stating that the players had a First Amendment right to free speech doesn’t wash with me. If those rights were so important, then why are players fined for praying in the end zone after a touchdown, or pretending to urinate on the opposing team? The hypocrisy is overwhelming.
The fans tune in to see a football game and escape the politics of the day for a little while. Instead, they are treated to a view of disrespect to the Flag of the Country that provided these people the opportunity to play a game for money (and often good money at that). Worse, many of the fans are Veterans or families of Veterans, and they do not take disrespect of the Flag lightly. Nor do many of the fans who are police officers and their families approve of the player’s support of BLM, who constantly call for the assault and killing of police officers. Last of all are the fans who are Patriots – those who love this country and all it has to offer – who do not appreciate the appearance of overpaid athletes bringing controversial politics to the field.
Perhaps that is to be expected. The NFL should probably be called the National Felon’s League due to the facts that many of the players have serious records for actions off the field. However, due to them being elite athletes, many are give what is essentially a slap on the wrist. For instance:
And the above is only a sampling of the crimes that NFL players have been involved in. What is not shown are multiple instances of domestic abuse and even murder.
I mentioned earlier that the damage has been done to the NFL. I have seen multiple YouTube videos of fans burning season tickets, jerseys, and other NFL merchandise vowing to never set foot in a stadium or watch another game. Ticket sales are down 20% for the regular games, and apparel sales are down as well. I, for one, will not watch any games this year including the Superbowl.
Quite frankly, if this continues, NFL will soon stand for “Not For Long.”