The National Football League is a sham of its former self, and doesn’t look to be recovering at all from their self-inflicted wounds.
Instead, we find ourselves amid a gangrenous pustulation of the game of American football in which the overpaid, under-educated athletes of the NFL are finding new and controversial ways to bring notoriety to themselves. They are doing so by purposefully offending Americans by refusing to stand for the National Anthem – a move that almost always ends with a bump in jersey sales thanks to the coverage provided by ultraliberal ESPN.
Oh, you thought these protests were about making a difference? That was your first mistake. These are publicity stunts, plain and simple.
Now, amid the turmoil of the NFL’s current state of dwindling fanbases, empty seats, television boycotts, and rampant anger, one player whose team was also failing decided that he was ready to retire…
Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis, 30, announced during halftime of his team’s losing effort against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday that he had decided to retire, right then — as in, he wasn’t going to play in the second half.
His teammates were nonplussed, to say the least.
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who told reporters about his former teammates’ mid-game retirement after the game ended, slammed the “completely disrespectful” move.
“Never have seen it ever,” said the linebacker. “Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. And it’s just completely disrespectful to his teammates. … He didn’t say nothing to nobody. … I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he’s not coming out, he retired. That’s it.”
Alexander then made one of the more viscerally pointed statements of the day.
Saying he had “nothing to say” about Davis, Alexander added, “I’m going to give him a little bit more respect than he showed us today, as far as quitting on us in the middle of the game.”
With more than a dozen weeks to go, it seems that the NFL is becoming a dumpster fire of drama a little earlier in the season than normal. Now the question is: Will the NFL attempt to parlay this bizarre and unpredictable behavior as a way to re-entice viewers?
Remember folks, and this can be a bit painful to admit, but there is a lot less chance involved in these sporting events than we’d like to imagine, and a league whose viewership is hurting so badly certainly isn’t above the idea of fabricating some drama to bring the ratings back.
Let’s not fall for it, shall we?