In most stuff in life, there are only 2 choices:
Do it or don't do it.
It's not complicated. My buddy Todd, who I coached with at Gardner-Webb University, used to have a saying, "Don't bitch, quit"
Complaining never did a damn bit of good for anyone. Just like me complaining about complainers.
You wanna know how good Miami used to be when Jimmy Johnson and those guys were there way back when? I was in a seminar with Butch Davis, the Miami defensive coordinator for Johnson, years ago. A high school coach asked him, "What coverage do you run from your own 20-yard line?" Davis answered, "Cover 2." What about from the 50? Cover 2." "What about on their goal line when they are driving into score?" "Cover 2." They were so good that they could run cover 2 all over the field.
Watched the Pro Bowl from 1981 with my 16-year-old the other day. You know, Payton, Lofton, OJ Anderson, Randy White, Webster, Lambert, Jaworski, Fouts, John Hannah. The game was full of Hall of Famers. My son was like, "Damn! they really play hard! They are trying to kill each other! Everything is a lot more intense!" Now, in the 2023 Pro Bowl, they have water balloon tossing. WATER BALLOON TOSSING. Dan Fouts is like ...wtf? Those old guys wanted to win because they needed the money. They got paid more for winning. 10,000 for the winners and 5,000 for the losers. Now, everyone is so rich, why take the chance of getting hurt?
The NFL players are right about going to grass from artificial turf. That shit is awful for you. You hit your head on that and tell me it is just like grass. But the owners don't want to spend the money. Don't tell me they care about the players. You would think that they would want to protect their investment.
Goodell is a Woke bitch from way back. How about how he hugs those draft choices? Bitch. Does he hug all the draft choices? How about all of the free agents? Aren't they people, too? No? Why not? Not as good as the first-rounders? Not people too? Are you inclusive with your hugging? So disingenuous with that shit. You are really that happy for the guy? All that hugging. What man does that? He is a true beta male. And he has made the game into a totally different sport with all the added rules.
The owners don't care about the players and neither does Goodell. And I hate to break it to you, but most players think that the fans are a pain in the ass. So paint your face, get a tattoo of your "team" and know that they think you are crazy. The players just want to stay healthy so that they get the money and who can blame them?
I didn't watch football for a long time. The taunting and celebrations got too much for me. And then the kneeling for the flag. Fuck that. Now, my kids play it, so I watch it some. I can do college and can only take so much of the pros. So let me get this straight- you recover a fumble that someone else caused and the whole defense runs into the end zone and does some dance or pose or something. DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS SHIT??? Every time an offensive lineman crushes someone, they should all, all the offensive line, run into the end zone. I bet that shit would stop real quick. Or how about a great punt? Field goal? Extra point? Getting a full cup of Gatorade?? Let's go to the end zone. Disgraceful. Grown-ass men. I probably come from a bad era for this self-aggrandizing stuff. Men didn't even dance at dances where I'm from. Except for the slow dances. College is much better, they play hard most of the time. So after being gone from watching for 10 years or so, the game has changed a lot. Wow. You can't do shit without a flag as far as tackling. It has really changed the game. No choice but to tackle down low and blow up a knee. I think that you should sign a waiver when you get into the league saying, " I am playing this game willingly even though I may have CTE when I am done." Then let these guys hit. Really hit. Seriously, Tom Brady could have played another 5 years. You weren't allowed to touch him. It's just different. Rename the sport. Like "It is sorta football but don't hit the quarterback, don't hustle too much, don't hit too hard because that may be your teammate next year."