The Superbowl, being held again today, was once an event to unite people of all backgrounds and levels of interest in sports. People looked forward to get together with friends to watch top athletes compete in one of the clearest examples of meritocracy. Today, after years of being a venue for political activism, some of the glimmer of professional sports have been tarnished. Is it enough for you to turn away? What do you think?
Once Professional Sports was about Professional Sports Competitors ...
The “Players” lived and worked among the people they recognized as “Fans”.
Then, the Owners decided that “the Game” was about profit and not so much about about the paying customers.
Then the Players decided that Money was more important than Fans ...
Then some Players and some Owners decided that Pushing Propaganda and Social Messaging was more important than what the Fans thought ... they decided they could “Teach” the Fans what to think.
Thankfully, when the Teams and Players turned away from the Fans, I lost interest in following them ... in being a “Fan”.
Over the years this has saved me Tons of Time better used for things of Actual Value and Importance.
I tend to laugh at the hypocrisy of listening to people talk about social justice and diversity, and then watch a bunch of dark-skinned people making hundreds of thousands of dollars - if not millions - run out on the field to play a game.
Being that it's the same hypocrisy as the media soft-balling Biden and the politicians that were all upset about the "capitol riots" were the same people that instigated the "peaceful protests", I figure at least watching football means three+ hours of big burly men in tight pants getting all hot and sweaty on the field...
Never watched sports before, still don't have any desire to watch a bunch of rich PRIVILEGED crybabies who don't appreciate the fact that they can do just able anything they want. The only thing close to sports that I sometimes watched (not that often though) is the Olympic ice-skating events.
I haven't watched a football game let alone a super bowl game in neatly 50 years. The only reason I watched it before that was to please my father-in-law. Professional sports are the second half of bread and circuses . . . something to get people to buy couches, chips, pizza, and beer.
I am/was a huge NFL fan. PSL/Season ticket holder for the Carolina Panthers. Since the NFL has become the Social Justice League, I have significantly lost interest. The pre-game coverage is on in the other room but I just find other things to do (Tom MacDonald has dropped a couple of awesome songs the last week!) Sports, movies, tv shows are supposed to be an escape.. not an immersion therapy. When I wander through the room, I overhear some of the social justice playlist and I have come to the conclusion that the NFL thinks too highly of themselves and their impact on everyday people.
and BTW I grew up in Kansas City - live in a 'burb of Kansas City today and I have no interest in the Super Bowl game. I was never a big fan of football in the first place so it wasn't really much of a sacrifice when I vowed to never watch an NFL game back when Ray Lewis stabbed two men to death and went on to have an "all pro" "hall of fame" career. FUCK the NFL!
Funny how people didn't seem to care about "cancel culture" when we removed "French" from French Fries (remember Freedom Fries), or when the Dixie Chicks or Jane Fonda had their lives ruined due to being against US foreign policy, or when Kaepernick and other NFL athletes were being silenced and the then-president was pushing for their expulsion... but of course Trump and Mike Lindell are kicked off of Twitter and it is the most egregious act in human history. Give me a break.
I won't be watching because I don't really care about football, especially if my teams aren't playing.
You can insult me and preach all you want but not on my coin. This is at base an issue of self respect and why I haven't owned a TV or payed a tv license for over 10 years and give short shrift to people who moan about it but then cough up and pay to be insulted.
I never really had the football "bug." Just me. Don't really know the game, but it turns out a lot of people don't. Used to get together w/ folks who thought that THEY knew the game, but of course it was really about food, beer, the commercials, and smart remarks. Really enjoyed those get togethers because it was just an excuse to socialize and see some cool moments of athleticism.
That feels like a long, long time ago, in a gal...you know the rest.
Colin Kaepernick was an up-and-coming hot QB right up until he suffered a serious upper-body injury. Upon returning, it was clear just by looking at him that he lost a LOT of upper body strength and it showed in his product on the field. While his basic stats looked okay, his advanced metrics for his final two years placed him as no better than the 23rd ranked QB in the league. He was benched.
Since that time, Kaepernick:
But none of what I just said makes a bit of difference to the people who ignore facts and embrace emotional victimhood narratives. To them, Kaepernick is a victim of racism and white supremacy who is good enough to start on most teams in the league, but is being punished for being an activist.
THIS is where the REAL DIVIDE in the U.S comes from, because the people who believe "facts don't care about your feelings" aren't going to abandon facts, and the people who believe that their "lived experiences" matter more than what the facts say - or believe that the facts are merely made up by white supremacists who are lying to the American people - will never embrace facts that disagree with their emotional narrative.
And with that, we as a nation collapse into chaos.