While leftists are rejoicing and thinking they’ve finally bested Herr Drumpf because some overpaid thugs are kneeling before him on a fancy striped lawn like the peasants they are, the actual reality is that the NFL is dying, having taken cheap shots at its fan base one too many times.
Department of Memes has already reported on the plummeting NFL ratings, and frankly it’s only a matter of time until the league either reverses course or lands in permanently dangerous waters. The author has already begun to abstain from patronizing the company’s product – baseball is America’s pastime anyway – and many millions of others are doing the same.
One of those people is talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has long been a devoted NFL connoisseur. He spoke earlier Monday about how saddening it was for him to see the game slip into politicized regression, and how he can no longer tune in as a result.
“[Folks], I was personally saddened. I did not watch the National Football League yesterday, and it was the first time in 45 years that I made an active decision not to watch, including my team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was not a decision made in anger. It was genuine sadness. I realized that I can no longer look at this game and watch this game and study this game and pretend, you know, fantasize, everything a fan does. This whole thing has removed for me the ingredients that are in the recipe that make up a fan.
The mystique is gone. That actually started vanishing a while ago. The larger-than-life aspect of it is gone. The belief, the wish, the desire that the people in the game were the best and brightest and special, and that’s why they were there, that’s gone. And it’s been politicized. It has been politicized and corrupted, and it didn’t start this weekend. It started years ago. And if I wanted to, I could go back and get the transcripts from a few years ago on this program where I first sensed that this was happening and was going to happen.”
He’s not wrong.
There’s no larger-than-life Americana aspect to Sunday Night anymore. Even the famous NFL Films theme music and the beautiful Carrie Underwood can’t rope us back in to the mystique of believing that this is the NFL of old.
The players who kneel and bitch about the flag and anthem are equivalent to an actor breaking character in the middle of a key scene to give the audience his opinion on fossil fuels and cage-free eggs.
The players and coaches have only one job: to entertain us. And now they’re raising their middle finger at that sole obligation.
“But the one thing that this is not going to do… I don’t care what anybody says: The one thing this is not going to do is make the NFL more popular. It is not going to make the NFL more ingrained in our society. You just cannot have a business as large as the National Football League — which is as dependent on public dollars as it is. You simply cannot have a business that allows itself to be used to promote “social justice” when that promotion of social justice requires displays of anti-Americanism, however you want to define it.
There is no way that business is going to grow and prosper. No matter how correct the protest might be, no matter how justified it might be, that is not the place for it. It is not why people spend money watching it, patronizing it, purchasing anything to do with it. And that makes me sad. I don’t want the NFL to go away. I don’t want the NFL to become less than what it was. But it already is. You can’t watch the NFL anymore and just watch football.”
America has lost its place.
The athlete has no say in the political system. His fans buy overpriced tickets and jerseys and TV subscriptions to see him perform athletic feats, not to hear his below-median-IQ thoughts on police or the white devil or the President.
There’s a reason why the national anthem is sung before every sporting event. There’s a reason why there are U.S. military jets that perform flyovers at the World Series and the Super Bowl. Just as the Greek Olympics were about celebrating the glory of Greece, U.S. sports are about celebrating America.
And until the NFL realizes this, they will continue to be too sad to watch.