PDT is an absolute genius when it comes to making Democrats and journalists (but I repeat myself) take hard stands on opinions that are the complete opposite of where mainstream American voters are. PDT at the UN verbally attacked a deranged dictator who tortures and starves his own people and is threatening the world with nuclear war; Democrats immediately defended the deranged dictator who tortures and starves his own people and is threatening the world with nuclear war. Then, PDT criticized bitchy NFL football players who disrespect the American Flag and National Anthem, and Democrats rushed to defend the flag-haters.
Well played, PDT. The same people who cheered when Obama and the Democrats went on the warpath about the name of the Washington Redskins now say it’s “Unpresidential” for the POTUS to comment on sports.
As for myself, I freakin’ love football. On any Saturday, I’ll typically follow four college games; and if I can score an invite to a high school game on a Friday night, I’m there. But the NFL… I lost interest in them way before they became another phalange of the social justice left. No, I stopped following professional football because it became a celebration of Thug Culture. The league looked the other way while players beat up their wives and girlfriends, and elevated murderers and sociopaths to positions of acclaim. (e.g. Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Aaron Hernandez…) And then there were the league’s demands for taxpayer subsidies for multibillion dollar stadia, from a league that was tax exempt until 2015. And the ticket prices for a lot of these games put them out-of-reach of working class Americans.
One of the delights of watching college games streamed over the internet is that the commentary is minimal; just play-by-play. And every play isn’t replayed eight times from different angles while computer graphics explode across the screen while talking heads make noise exchange.
I anticipate that the NFL is going to try to make some ham-fisted “patriotic” gesture to recover from this PR debacle. I imagine something like a squadron of red-white-and-blue pickups (“Those patriotic hicks in flyover love pickups, don’t they?”) forming an American flag midfield while a squadron of F-16 flies overhead.
That’s pretty much what I got to say about that. After the jump, I just discovered this Japanese band, I find them amazing. And I like the way the lead singer just kind of casually saunters his way through the video in a Slavic tuxedo jacket.