Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NFL finally back to normal again

I don't know about you, but I was so glad to get back to football talk this past weekend.  During the pregame shows on Fox and ESPN there was no talk of Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson, at least during the time I was watching these channels.

Like other guys and gals who love football, I don't watch pregame shows and NFL games to hear about politics.  In fact, just the opposite: I do it to get away from life for a while.  I do it to forget about politics and bills and money and work.

But here we were, week after week, hearing about how bad the NFL was because of a few guys.  There was one interview on ESPN between a female sports journalist and Roger Goodall.  It took place just after Roger Goodell told Ray Rice he was no longer welcome in the NFL, and during the media fallout.

She said: "Don't you feel bad for ending this man's career?"

Goodell defended himself. I was irritated that he would do this, because I always tell my kids that if you get to the point you have to defend yourself you are probably guilty.  What he should have said was this:

"I did not end Ray Rice's career: he did."

The bottom line is this: Any man who disrespects the natural rights of the women and children in his life is a thug.  Period.  And just because one man disrespects the women and children in his life in no way represents the place of that mans employment.

The reason I wrote that is because, over and over again during the past several weeks, we have heard about how bad the NFL was for harboring such thugs.  We have been hearing about how bad men are.

We have been hearing how what's happening in the NFL, how its harboring of people found guilty for drunken driving, ingesting drugs, spousal abuse, and other sociological crimes, is indicative of men in the main population.

You know how many times some ESPN sports analyst was interviewing some person who said something like: "What Ray Rice did was representative of the NFL in general.  The NFL is too rough, and such acts of violence are conducive to men acting badly."

This is poppycock.  In fact, studies show that the NFL is less violent than real life. Yet if you were new to ESPN, and new to the NFL, and were watching these pregame shows for the first time, you'd think the NFL was full of a bunch of child beating, wife beating, thugs.  You would turn it off.

Yet if that was the goal of these journalists, they failed.  A recent poll showed that such poor, politically orientated, journalism had no effect on who watches football.

It seems wherever there is a trauma, and men beating their wives and children is a trauma, there are progressive activists who try to take advantage of it to advance their agenda.  In this case, it was feminists who believe the NFL is too violent and who are aiming to femanize the game.

What I'd like to say to them is: get on with your life, and let us enjoy the game!

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