A friend of mine told me late Sunday evening that he was finding it difficult to get into football this year. That it just wasn’t as fun as previous years.
I can understand why.
Let’s start with the fact that we no longer have a local team to root for. I’ve been down this road already before so I won’t rehash my grievances, but St. Louis was screwed during that process. And to make matters worse, the NFL, in their grand attempt to milk that move for all its worth, has been promoting the heck out of the Los Angeles Rams. You can’t interact with the world of the NFL without them including Rams gear in an ad for shirts, jerseys, or hats. The Rams were even the focus of HBO’s Hard Knocks, giving a behind the scenes look at their training camp. Barf.
They better capitalize on the Los Angeles Lambs for as long as they can because the fans out there are about to learn the hard way what we’ve known for a decade, namely that the on the field product never lives up to the hype.
But all that aside, there’s the other major reason football isn’t as fun this year. For whatever reason the players have decided this was the year they were all going to start to take a stand and start protesting the United States by not paying proper respect during the National Anthem.
I get that they have whatever opinions they have about the plight of certain groups of people or how this group of people is oppressing that group of people, but where were those protests last season? Or the season before last? Why now? Could it be because the season really gets going and millions of people will be watching on, conveniently, the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks? I’m not saying they don’t have a legitimate point or two. Honestly, I have more important things to do than listen to multi-millionaires talk about how they’re oppressed, but, be that as it may, 9/11 is not the day to take your stand. Its a day to remember the sacrifices made by first responders when a group of deplorable human beings decided it was time to bring their radical crusade to our shores. Its a day to remember the innocent victims who did nothing other than go to work or board a plane. Its a day to honor those who fought for our freedom and protect us from other people who may wish us harm. And its a day to remember all of the loved ones who still live day after day remembering those who never came home.
It’s not a day to stage a protest.
Granted, this is the United States and these overpaid man-children, who are paid to play a game, have the right to say what they want. But let’s get this straight: Just because you have a right to do something, doesn’t mean its the right thing to do.
And all of this doesn’t even get into how the NFL threatened to punish a Tennessee Titans player for wanting to wear some cleats honoring the 9/11 victims. And how the Dallas Cowboys were told they couldn’t add a star, with each of the five points representing the five Dallas police officers that were gunned down by a Black Lives Matter terrorist, to their uniforms because it violated the League’s dress code.
So yeah, I can understand why football doesn’t seem as fun this year.