Every year I feel like I write a column about it at this point. But every year, I get a talking point for it. That talking point today is none other than Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre.
Sure, the gunslinger could throw dimes on Sundays. But I wouldn’t pay a penny for his thoughts.
He is without a doubt one of the most exciting signal callers of all time. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss watching Brett Favre do Brett Favre things in the NFL. I’d also be lying if I said I thought he was a very intelligent man. Say the right wrong things and you know who is coming to his defense…they’re probably carrying nooses and pitchforks.
“When I turn on a game, I want to watch a game. I want to watch players play and teams win, lose, come from behind. I want to watch all the important parts of the game, not what’s going on outside of the game.”
Obviously it would be way too easy to suggest not watching pregame if it bothers you that much. I am sure it must be sooooo hard for you to watch. I don’t remember the last time LeBron stepped up to the free throw line, grabbed and mic and said “hold up, I am here to talk you about…”
Favre called the protesting athletes “a shame” and pondering the idea of why athletes just can’t stand for the anthem “patriotically.”
Let’s start with the shame part. The only shame in this story is how if you are not a white male such as myself, you automatically play behind the 8-ball. Sure, society has progressed. It will continue to progress because that is what it has always done. I could dive further into this, but I am honestly just tired of explaining the shit you can find in .5 seconds with that tracking device you’re reading this from.
The second thing I want to talk about is patriotism. It might be the single most overused and overrated word in the United States. If I never heard the phrase, “iF YoU DoN’T LiKe iT, LeAvE,” it wouldn’t be soon enough. What many people view as patriots are actually nationalist.
The third is the perhaps the most irony in all of this. The people who want politics out of sports and refuse to watch until it happens are also the biggest proponents of amendment 1. For the record, that is freedom of speech, religion, petition, assembly and press. My guess is most of you reading this can’t actually name all 5. To be honest, most people I have come across can’t.
One of my favorite pastimes has become asking amendment mouth breathers to name the five protected under amendment 1. I feel like if you so vehemently defend the amendments (only speech and bearing arms of course), surely you must know them all. More often than not, these troglodytes can’t get past the first. Then it becomes easy for me to just write them off as they clearly know their shit.
Of course I don’t expect them to see the irony when they scream about freedom of speech until they start screaming DON’T SAY THAT when they hear something they don’t like. Brain cells are hard to come for certain people, like Favre. One of the reasons he voted for former President Donald Trump was because of Freedom of Speech.
Did that go somewhere? If you say yes, just stop while you’re ahead please. Because I know, cAnCeL CuLtUrE.
The 4th and final idea…when someone says they hate how political sports have gotten…
WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
Jackie Robinson anyone? First black Major League Baseballer. That was political. Now the world of baseball honors this amazing trailblazer by the entire league wearing 42 on April 15th every single year.
That’s Bill Walton. He took part in an anti-war protest in which he had to be bailed out of jail by UCLA Head Coach John Wooden. Vietnam and shit. Crazy times. I wasn’t around for it, but I’ve heard about it.
That’s Billie Jean King, one of the greatest Tennis stars to ever live. In addition to being a star tennis player, she was a star in the fight for gender equality.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, enough said.
Bold. Strong. Loud. Black. People didn’t like loud and black. They also didn’t like draft dodgers. He was one. Why fight for a country who isn’t willing to fight for you?
Pat Tillman. He left his sport to join our armed forces after 9/11. He paid the ultimate sacrifice in an unfortunate friendly fire incident. Someone may be foaming at the mouth with anger. I am not knocking what he did. It’s honorable. It was inherently political.
But yeah, I am sure politics and sports have only just become a thing. This did not just happen overnight. If you think it did, well, you certainly haven’t been paying attention. Go back to the world where the snozberries taste like snozberries. Or if you’re Favre, sending unsolicited dick pics and what not.