How could the league possibly confused about falling ratings? Has the league ever in its existence been less likable? After watching Cam Newton take more headshots than Walking Dead extras, the league said there was no reason to check and see if he had turned into a zombie. Meanwhile, they’re actively, regularly policing having passion. But if you’re a complete scumbag who enjoys knocking your wife or girlfriend around, just please make sure we don’t accidentally hear about it. To fans such as you or I, we may shake our heads in disgust and keep watching. But all those casual fans that had tuned in the last few years? Why would they want to stick around for this? There are no big stars outside of Tom Brady and Cam Newton, who everyone spent all offseason telling to change his attitude. This being the same league where guys like Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and Deion Sanders became national icons. If Primetime played in today’s league, he’d have an open tab with the league office.
Honestly though, what surprises me more is that people are surprised. Or that they care. I’m fine with it. Good. Go away, casual fan. The NFL should lose viewers. They deserve to lose money. Lots of money.
Can you imagine that the state of Nevada, aware of everything we now know about the “benefits” of publicly funded stadiums being a complete and total scam, agreed to put up $750,000,000 to build a stadium so that they could TEMPT… not obtain, but attempt to get a football team. The league hasn’t voted on it and has no plans to. The people of Nevada are offering them three-quarters of a BILLION dollars to give them a football team, and the league is like, “Ummm… I just finished going through a breakup, so I’m not sure I’m ready just yet. But you’re really sweet.”
Of course, this Josh Brown story really takes the cake. First off, I’m very glad that Molly Brown is no longer in that awful situation and I hope she has since surrounded herself with a good support structure. But wow… where do you even start? With the fact that the team knew about the arrest and decided to resign him anyway? Or the fact the NFL knew full well that Brown was a garbage human without needing to know the specifics of his arrest? Or perhaps the part where the league ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH A RULE FOR THIS AFTER THE RAY RICE FIASCO BUT WERE LIKE NAH, THIS IS DIFFERENT, LET’S GIVE HIM A LESSER SUSPENSION THAN HE GOT!
How could anyone be surprised that casual fans are turned off by this wretched behavior? Even those who understand that one man doesn’t define the league as a whole are understandably disgusted with the hypocrisy of Josh Brown earning $86K for a game he’s not playing in today, while his teammate is fined $97K for not “playing the game the right way.”
Lest we forget, Ray Rice only truly got in serious trouble when we got the actual video of him knocking out his wife, Jenay Rice. Before, when all we knew was he had punched her so hard she lost consciousness and he dragged her lifeless body out of the elevator, that deserved a two-game suspension. But once we were all forced to look at it and see, OH right, like… he punched her. That’s what that looks like. Then we were upset.
We’re still upset. It took longer than it should’ve to get people this upset, but at least we’re here now. The only people who’ve seemed not to notice are the ones more concerned with ratings. But pink towels show they care, right guys?
And side note: shout out to King County Sheriff John Urquhart for bringing the words “yokel” and “goofus” back into this world in an appropriate context. Well played.
Also, fuck Vontaze Burfict. Let’s do this.