If you love[d] Pro football the way I did, you must be in mourning, as I am at this moment. I did not want to believe the stories leaking out about the New Orleans Saints, the Washington Redskins, and now the inevitable follow-on investigations of all the other NFL teams. The entire story is a long way from over, and I am certain that we ultimately hear an almost unbelievable litany of individual player and coach/management behavior which would make organized crime proud of their athletic pupils.
OK. It's a business, and winning makes for success and profit. But what does it say about our society and culture, when defensive players, whose salaries are in the millions per year, are encouraged to become paid assassins, to help insure winning by deliberately injuring opposing offensive stars?!
I fear that this rotten, immoral, unethical undercurrent is a reflection of what is happening to our value system as a nation.
If we are still a nation of laws--not men--there must be just retribution for allowing this insanity to permeate the fabric of our society.
I will never again watch an NFL game. I am hoping from this moment on, that NFL game attendence and TV viewership are catastrophically diminished, to the point that the league can no longer sustain itself, and dies an ignominious death.
Perhaps in our remote future, people will be asking "what was the NFL?" The answer probably should be, "an unsuccessful experiment in runaway national insanity".
"Laugh so hard, that even 'Sorrow' smiles at you. Live life so well, that even 'Death' loves to see you alive". (author unknown) "....would someone please show this poor asshole the way out of town?"....Avram Belinsky, the "Frisco Kid".
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