Monday, September 23, 2013


Just a couple of random thoughts about last week's play.

SF Aldon Smith was arrested Friday (20 Sep) for DUI after crashing his car into a tree.  When the cops found him, he was passed out, foot on the gas peddle (the wheels were off the ground and spinning like crazy).  He had a .15 BAC and the cops found weed on him. 

My point?  He played Sunday in the loss to the Colts.  He had five tackles to add to his league leading 17 tackles and 3.5 sacks (through 3 games).  Why did they play him?  Hmmm....lemme guess....$$$!!

Why did Washington "clear" RGKnee to start the season after only 8 months of rehab on a severely reconstructed knee?  Hmmm...lemme guess....$$$!!

Okay, we are talking about professionals, so I guess making money the motivation is kinda moot--or, would it be redundant?  Whatever--we're not talking about the NCAA (the "National Cash Cash-ollegiate Athletic Association"), but when will NFL fans get it that it's not about their cheering and fandom?  It's certainly not for the sport of it?  How did ABC put it many decades ago:  "The thrill of competition?" 


It's certainly not anything close to Terrence Mann's speech:  "...this field, this game: it's a part of our past...It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again..."

Nah!  Not that either.  Terrence did get it right on the money aspect:

  - They'll come to the football stadium for reasons they can't even fathom....

  - They'll arrive at their seats as innocent as children, and pass over $10 for a beer without even thinking about it...

  - They'll fork over $50 to park and $15 for a luke warm burger: for it is money they have and peace they lack...

And the owners will watch the game's receipts and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters.

God bless free agency!


Anonymous said...

I haven't been to a football game in over twenty years. A lot of it has to do with the prices of everything. Hockey is the same way nowadays.

I would love to road trip and see the Leafs in LA, but I cannot justify paying $150 in gas, a ticket, two beers and a program when I can buy NHL Center Ice and catch all the games for the same price.

Jerseys are way too expensive, too.

Zebster said...

MLB can still be "affordable" but I haven't been to an NFL game in nearly 30 years.