My dislike of football has been part of me since I was very young. I’ve found it agonizingly boring my entire life, so I’m not one of those Johnny-come-lately Conservatives who have discovered that the sport’s entertainment quotient does not offset its new infatuation with liberal identity politics. I once presumed the sport was inhabited by serious he-men reactionary jocks, who, by nature, do not humor left-wing sensibilities. And I think for the most part, my presumption was accurate. Football was militaristic and primal, a celebration of brute strength and flagrant masculinity. How could it not be Conservative in temperament?
I haven’t given much thought to the transformative dynamics, but in the last ten, twenty years, the football fan demographic has shifted radically. This former sport of modern day gladiators has become a commercialist venture into virtue signaling and feminized sensibilities. Inhabited by vapid normie jock/cheerleader types, any soul the game once had is gone, replaced by a crass culture of advertising and consumerism. The game’s granddaddy event, the Super Bowl, is an interminable 4-hour commercial with lame pop entertainment interspersed by occasional eruptions of clanking helmets and shoulder pads.
I’ve not held back around here about my disdain for the sport and those who inhabit it. My hatred is real but whereas this hatred once alienated me from those on the Right, it now aligns me with them. The NFL does nothing to halt its descent into the leftist maelstrom, either.
The NFL will allow players to choose from six different social justice phrases to wear on the back of their helmets for the 2021 season as the league re-ups its efforts in their Inspire Change initiative.
Players can choose from the following: “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say Their Stories.”
“That will provide a unified time frame for us to further amplify all of the work that our clubs are doing and that will lead into the playoffs where Inspire Change will continue to take center stage,” Isaacson said. “The key message for us as the season is starting, we are ramping up again in a big way with our social justice work.”
Front Office Sports reported the league also plans on bringing back the Black national anthem for the 2021 season. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was played before the start of Week 1 games during the 2020 NFL season and was prominent during the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft. According to the report, the NFL wanted to make it a “prominent part of big league events.”
I could not care less about these numerous social agendas that the NFL’s identitarian groupthink fawns over. If you choose to believe in them, join them, contribute to them, good for you. I don’t care. The problem is that most normal people don’t care that much and don’t want this stuff shoved down their throats while trying to enjoy a spectator event that ideally represents a neutral diversion.
Or once did.
Football, and many sports which embrace this garbage, are dictating what we should care about because in a Woke totalitarian world, we do not have the right to choose that on our own.
Football is meaningless so they adorn it in social “crusadism.”