For those who watched, Sunday’s display of the full-on rich-boy-as-victim charade was a disgusting “are you kidding me” sight for anyone who loves the weekly ritual of watching NFL teams battle it out on the gridiron for a chance at the big game in February.
As a longtime fan of the New England Patriots, there is nothing sweeter than late summer/fall/winter days – ranging in temperature from 90 degrees to minus 9 degrees – watching our beautiful boys making beautiful moves. (Yes, you are free to hurl but that’s how we New England gals roll, so don’t be a hater and stick with me here). That is, until today.
Our #GOAT hero, Tom Brady, actually locked arms in solidarity with other players clamoring for “social justice”. Because, clearly, guys who make a gazillion dollars throwing a ball around and tackling one another are the neediest and most vulnerable among us. Number 12 did hold his hand over his heart for the National Anthem, but by then, the damage was done. Our image of Saint Thomas of Foxboro had dissipated forever before our very eyes.
And it so it went from game to game, with players locking arms, raising defiant fists and kneeling for the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem, save for Alejandro Villlenueva, a West Point grad who served in Afghanistan, fighting to defend the rights of whiny, pampered louts to exercise their freedom of speech.
The whole brouhaha was amped up on Saturday when President Trump -during a rally in Alabama – called for any player who refused to stand for the National Anthem to be fired.
Trump’s comments in Alabama tonight on the NFL’s rule changes and ongoing anthem protests. pic.twitter.com/yEUumh31pq
— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 23, 2017
Here is my take on who will emerge the winners and losers over the kerfuffle.
- President Trump – NFL fans are more likely to be conservatives who vote with a higher frequency than the norm. Note to team owners: know your audience.
- Alejandro Villanueva – the #78 Pittsburgh Steeler tackle’s jerseys are selling like hotcakes in the official NFL.com merchandise shop.
- NFL Widows and Widowers – Get that Honey-Do list out as disenfranchised fans boycott the league and have an extra 3 hours + on their hands every weekend.
- Players – Sorry, guys, but we love our country far more than your sorry butts. Grow up.
- Owners – Outside of Villanueva jerseys in the NFL shop, you can watch your income plummet as advertisers refuse to pay exorbitant prices for limited viewership.
- Roger Goodell – Not a surprise here. We all know he’s a clown.
Message to the NFL:
- You have a right to protest, but we have a right to walk away.
- Commissioner Goodell, are you going to enforce the NFL’s rules? Or just the ones with which you agree?
- WE can live without you. YOU will perish without us
WATCH this guy’s FANTASTIC take-away: