Two Cs have dimmed my interest in football

Ratings continue to drop for the NFL.  They dropped precipitously last year and are down again this year.  I myself have not watched a single play this year.  Why?  I wasn’t really sure, but now I think know why — the two Cs.

1. Concussions are big.  I stopped watching boxing because of the damage to boxers’ brains, and I’m starting to feel taht way about football.  I don’t watch college football for that reason, and it’s starting to carry over to the NFL for me.  I just don’t feel right watching someone (who can be cut by a team tomorrow) damage their brain for my entertainment.  I also dont watch college football because I feel like the NCAA are a bunch of scumbags who exploit kids who often don’t get a degree and receive no money and in turn collect billions of dolalrs.  Bleh.

2. Commercials.  Oh my gosh, the commercials are a turnoff!  Kick-off, commercial.  Punt, commercial.  Time out, commercial. Field goal or TD, commercial.  Extra point, commercial.  Kick off again, commercial. Etc. etc.  and the commercials are all by large uninspiring companies like Truck makers and fast food joints, and they go on and on and on to the phoning I feel like I’m waiting an entire day to watch one game.  SO I stopped – life is too short.

I cant speak for other people – the numbers speak for themselves — but I now know why I haven’t been watching football — a sport I once loved — anymore.

Two Cs have dimmed my interest in football

Fascinating to watch cornerback technique at combine

I watched a video by Marcus Trufant about the importance of technique – staying low, keeping the feet moving, popping the receiver with two hands then switching to one hand and guiding the receiver inside or outside.  It was interesting to watch Trufant (a 1st round pick and Pro Bowler) then switch back and watch video below at the NFL combine, where you can see technique isn’t always correct (but oh my gosh these receivers would be hell to guard 🙂 ).

Once in a pick up game of football a UW Husky receiver showed up to play (it was years ago and I don’t remember his name anymore).  Once again, I got screwed because I was deemed the fastest player on the field by our guys so had to guard him (that happened a few times to me 🙂 ).  Anyway, I made it my singular mission for the game to not allow him to catch a pass on me (without mentioning or displaying that to him, since it’s never a good idea to spark a Division 1 athlete’s competitive fire :)); fortunately, he didn’t go full speed so I can honestly say he didn’t catch a pass on me.  But that was also back in the day when receivers were normal sized and just fast as hell – today where they are 6’3″ *and* fast-as-hell would be hard as heck to stop for a 5’11” fast-runner-but-not-great-jumper like me.

it was fun to watch these super amazing athlete’s compete on this video.  I think I would have like being a cornerback, to make it a mission-in-life to not let your man show you up or catch a pass.  The part that would suck is the 225-pound fullback steaming towards you during a 20 yard fun.

Fascinating to watch cornerback technique at combine

Was a lot of fun watching the game on TV knowing that a loved one was playing in the band

I have not been watching college football this year, since I don’t like that the NCAA and TV networks get rich through unpaid college kids who are suffering lifelong brain injuries while less than half of them graduate and they spend more time on the football field than the classroom (exploitation).  But I did watch the Pac 12 championship on Friday since daugther H is playing in the band.  Every time they showed a close up we would crane to see if we could see her, and it was fun.  

Was a lot of fun watching the game on TV knowing that a loved one was playing in the band

Watched Son R’s Marching Band Performance on Youtube!

Although we didn’t attend the college football game so did not see Son R march in the half-time show, the university posted the show up on YouTube, and he and I watched it together this morning over my morning coffee. It was awesome!  THere were dozens of band members but he pointed out about where he was, but then at one point the on-field camera zoomed in on him and we got a close up of him!  It was awesome, and I think he was very proud although he probably would probably not admit it to me.  He did smile when I gave him a fist bump.  I forwarded it to wife M, the grandparents and my sister 🙂

Watched Son R’s Marching Band Performance on Youtube!

Happy to see son R dressed in his college band uniform for the first time

It is game day.  All across the country college football players are dressing in their uniforms. But other types of players are dressing today too — for example, the band members (and cheerleaders, etc.).  Today son R appeared in his snappy band uniform. He is tall (6’1″) and lean, and looks sharp in his uniform.  I hate to say the word proud, but I am happy for him.  And I am excited for me.  I am as happy — in fact happier, since it is safer — if he were playing on the football team.  I was more of the jock, so always thought of sports from the player perspective, and it is fun to see the excitement from the band perspective, too.  For him, it is opening day as much as for the players.  

Happy to see son R dressed in his college band uniform for the first time

Some disturbing facts about college football

College football players are paid very little, over a third of them won’t graduate, only 1.6% of them will make any money playing pro football, all while damaging their brains in ways that won’t show for 8-10 years after they finish playing; 2/3rds of college football programs lose money. Players who are injured have to pay for their own medical care.

Some disturbing facts about college football

Banning College Football although I love it very much

I love college football.  My parents are football fans, and at times had season tickets to both the UW Huskies and Seattle Seahawks, so football in particular and all college football in general was a part of my life growing up.  But as I read The System, as I learn even more about how inept the NCAA is while it and the TV Networks make *huge* dollars while kids work for free, how the vast majority of college football teams *lose* money despite huge expenditures at the expense of education, how coaches make millions per year while universities lay off professors, how the players are at huge risk for brain injury despite making no money at all, I simply can’t watch it anymore. I *won’t* watch it any more.  I want to, but to do so is to be complicit in it.  My conscience won’t let me do it.  I can try to justify it, or try to ignore it, but if I do that I am just as guilty as anyone, like Pontius Pilate.  Just like I refuse to watch porn since porn is usually exploitation of young human beings, I will not watch college football.  

I will watch the NFL for the time being.  I think the NFL is in decline anyway, since so many parents refuse to let their kids play football anymore, just like if we are  honest with ourselves Major League Baseball is a shadow of its past since many fewer kids play baseball today than decades ago.  But President Obama said it best, I think: “The NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies.”  But, still, many NFL players probably don’t see themselves as having a choice, since often football is all they know, and honestly 95% of them are treated like cattle.  It may be that some time in the future I refuse to watch the NFL, as well.     

Sources: The System (Benedict et. al.).

Banning College Football although I love it very much