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.

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Two Cs have dimmed my interest in football

Kenny Easley — my favorite Seahawk and possibly my favorite football player of all time – nominated for the Hall of Fame

Growing up in a family of Seahawks fans in the 70s and 80s, there were three things I always looked forward to on Sundays: how many yards would Curt Warner rush for, how many receptions would Steve Largent have, and just watching Kenny Easley play. I loved Kenny Easley.  He was so fast and so smart and so good, and it seemed like he was always around the ball, and it was as much fun to watch him play in Seattle in the 80s as it was to watch Ken Griffey Jr. play centerfield in the 90s. So I am thrilled he was at last nomiated to the Hall of Fame.  Possibly the only other player I enjoyed watching play as much was John Elway, which is funny to think about since I was a Seahawks fan… If I could pick any NFL player to watch play again on any given Sunday, it would be Kenny Easley in the kingdome or John Elway in mile high stadium.  

Kenny Easley — my favorite Seahawk and possibly my favorite football player of all time – nominated for the Hall of Fame

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