Are you ready for some football?
I have been a football fan for over fifty years. My Dad took me to my first game when I was six in the first grade. We went to Yankee Stadium to see the Giants. They had a great team. Went to the Championship game and lost. Allie Sherman was the coach. YA Tittle. Frank Gifford. Dick Lynch. Sam Huff. The old Giants.
We got to go to one game a year. It was impossible to get tickets. They were handed down from one family member to another. There was a ten year waiting list. But we would scrounge and get a ticket now then through the down years with Fran Tarkington and Norm Snead and Joe Pisarcik. They had moved to Jersey by then so it was a hike.
It was lot easier to get Jets tickets. My old boss had season tickets to Shea Stadium as he was an original Titans season ticket holder. So I got to see a bunch of games in the early seventies when the team went downhill after their Super Bowl win. Joe Willie. Matt Snell. Emerson Boozer. It wasn’t the Giants but it was football.
I managed to get a partial season ticket in the glory years of Simms and LT. This guy sold me one seat every other game. So I got to go a lot. Right up to a few years ago when I got too busy to go to the game. But I watch it religiously every week and tape the games if I can’t watch them live. Every Giant game is an event for me.
Lately though I have to rethink things. The NFL has really changed. At one time it was guts and glory on the gridiron. Players played and they didn’t really bring their politics into it. Or more precisely they only did pro American politics. Roger Staubach going to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Standing behind first responders on 911. Things like that. Pro American.
Now the NFL is stopping the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a sticker to honor the cops murdered in Dallas. Some Ram players did a demonstration of the bullshit “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” on the field during a game and that was fine with the league. Tim Tebow was relentlessly attacked by announcers on ESPN and on game day for his religious faith and drummed out of the league while Colin Kaeperdick is being celebrated by these same people. When he should have been cut immediately.
It seems that the NFL is full of liberal pussies these days. The Days of Deacon Jones ringing the bell or the violent world of Sam Huff is a thing of the past. The NFL fan base is basically the Trump voter. Solidly Middle American working class. People who would be appalled if they were following what is happening. I can understand if you want to keep politics out of sports. That is a defensible position. But instead they are injecting politically correct ultra-liberal politics like not even saying the name of the Washington Redskins. It is time that the NFL get out of the political business. Or they stand to lose a lot of fans like me. I have already given up on the NBA and the Knicks this year. I would hate to give up on football. I hope that they make a change soon and stop the political drift that has been going on or they will lose me forever. That would be a shame.
I am ready for some football. But I am not ready for the bullshit that is attached. I hope it changes and changes fast.