Posts Tagged ‘Football’

Bountygate & Big Brother: Thuggery and Overstepping at Their Finest

April 5th, 2012 No comments

Have you ever had a random stranger tell you how to do your job? Do you remember that sting of disapproval that made you want to take a rusty knife to their face and carve off that shit-eating grin when they said, “May I?” That has got to be what professional sports leagues feel when the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform walks up twirling their “Look at me, I’m important!” fringed batons. How else are you supposed to feel when some entitled prick screams something to the effect of “You’re doing it wrong!” on a national stage? The Committee’s recent announcement that they will investigate the NFL’s ‘bountygate’ is just another example of their overstepping (The poorly photoshopped chap in the picture above is Rep. Darrell E. Issa, committee chairman – RP). In this instance, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should do what MLB Commissioner Bud Selig didn’t do when the committee launched their investigation into MLB players’ steroid use: tell the committee to fuck off and go get an ice cream cone. Rant On!

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How NBC and Super Bowl XLVI Screwed Me Into Making Friends

February 15th, 2012 No comments

At the end of last year, we made the decision to join the growing masses of rebels and cut the cable TV cord.  Using Hulu and Netflix, we are able to watch all of the shows that interest us anyway, so why not save ~$100/mo?  For the most part, the past few months have been business as usual with us watching our shows and finding new ones to waste our time.  The only thing I was missing were sports, but even that impact was minimized:  ESPN3 got me through the College Bowl season and I stumbled through the NFL playoffs watching gamecasts (DirectTV is right, it is definitely not the same).  And when I saw that NBC was going to be airing the Super Bowl, I thought the stars were aligning in my favor.  I had watched a few games at the end of the season on their SNF site and was happy enough with the coverage.  I bought lottery tickets that very afternoon. Rant On!

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On the Trappings of Celebrity and Why Football and I Agreed to See Other People

September 22nd, 2011 No comments

I like football.  I don’t follow football, because, to be honest, it’s entirely too much goddamned work to keep up with any manner of professional sport.  It’s essentially impossible for me to keep up with the cavalcade of names, their affiliations and various relevant statistics and trivia required of a true sports fan.  For one, I’m not good with names to begin with.  In any given social situation, I’m fortunate to remember the names of more than one out of every five new people that I meet (I have managed over the years to distill the circumstances necessary for my actually remembering someone’s name down to a handful of basic criteria, but that’s a discourse unto itself), much less an entire goddamned team roster.  But more importantly (returning to my original assessment), I like football.  I don’t love football or espouse any particular passion for it, and thus, like so many other things in life, it all comes down to the simple fact that I don’t give enough of a shit about it to invest the time and energy required to be a real “fan”. Rant On!