Freeing myself from the love of football, and especially the NFL will not be easy, or happen overnight. But the pace is accelerating.
My patience for sitting through an entire televised football game has disintegrated this season. The only game I made it through last weekend was the Broncos, and then that got hard. I was definitely ready for it to end. It is just not a fun product any more, the endless stoppages, ads, boring plays really sap my interest.
This kind of reminds me of the last few times I actually went out drinking, the luster and allure just weren’t there. The other drunks were no longer fun to be around. And I just didn’t get much out of being drunk myself.
And on top of it you have weeks like this in the NFL. When it becomes clear that the NFL pretty much covered up a vicious beating, and tried to let a star player get away with a comparatively light suspension. If anyone other than a star NFL player knocked out a woman in a public place I can pretty much guarantee you he wouldn’t be working right now, except in the prison laundry.
And now another star player is indicted for child abuse, and tries to play it off as just normal parenting. Again, any other person save a famous athlete beats a child to point of leaving scars, bruises and visible welts that man is in jail, not being given the chance to play in front of millions of viewers.
And amidst all of this another player left the game after it was reported that he had reported memory loss issues from multiple concussions. But his departure was a surprise to the team and other players. Was he supposed to just suck it up?
I will most likely keep watching some this year, but you won’t see me trying to defend the sport to anyone. And if something happened and I couldn’t watch, I probably wouldn’t be completely heart broken.
I am not endorsing violence, crime or looting. But it is really only a matter of time until the underclass of this country finally decides to fight back in some fashion. To resort to, in the words of a GOP Senatorial candidate ‘Second Amendment options’ as a response to the kind of systematic oppression that feels more like military occupation.
And it is only a matter of time until the real Libertarians, and grass roots ‘Tea Party’ activists wake up and realize that Ferguson is no different from Ruby Ridge or Waco. A Democracy cannot be considered healthy when the poor go to jail for jaywalking while the rich can engage in financial speculation to the tune of billions of dollars with no criminal penalties.
When the violent crime rate has declined for 2 decades, while the prison population has more than doubled. Who is in those prisons? Not rich people who can afford lawyers to get off drunk driving charges that result in death.
Wake up America, this is a chance to pull back the militarized police, send in peaceful negotiators, actual politicians who will listen. Because if you just write off Ferguson as a blip, the violence of a few bad apples, and fail to look at the real problems there will be repercussions. Because just like Waco and Ruby Ridge became rallying cries for a small group of militants Ferguson could become a rallying cry for an ever larger group of people, people with little left to lose (in their eyes at least.)