I have made it abundantly clear in the past that I don’t have much respect for the NFL, or football culture in America. I will watch football and openly root for the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, but it almost always takes a backseat to baseball and hockey.
It really doesn’t have much to do with the sport itself, as much as it has to do with what football has become in this country. Football is a man’s sport, conservative in its political nature and symbolic of American hubris. Never mind the fact that players wear pink “for breast cancer awareness” in October, it has been and continues to be an outlet for a macho patriarchy despite many social and political changes to the contrary.
This is why we can’t seem to accept a homosexual man in an NFL locker room despite his remarkable ability on the field. This is why the Steubenville rapists received an irrational level of community (and media) support despite their terribly heinous actions. And this is why just yesterday the NFL deemed it more serious to smoke pot than to be caught beating your wife. Read the rest of this entry »