Let me begin by saying I don’t like the New England Patriots. Nothing against the people of the city or the city in general I’m just tired of them winning. Their quarterback may be the best of all time and he’s married to a super model. I’m a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan so perhaps I’m just naturally bitter but the country is consumed with the footballs they used in this past weekend’s AFC Championship Game.
ESPN is reporting that eleven of the twelve balls that the Patriots supplied for the game were under inflated. This is a big deal because only the Patriots use the balls that they supplied for the game, it was raining, and under inflated balls are easier to catch. If you weren’t aware of the final score it was Patriots 45 Colts 7. If the final score was 45-41 I might see the cause for concern but let’s not lose focus of “the rules.” IF New England is guilty of under inflating their balls then they deserve to be reprimanded regardless of the fact the Colts were blown out like a mobile home during a tornado.
What really concerns me about this story is the media. This deserves to be a big story for ESPN and other sports programs but this was the second story this morning on network news after the President’s State of the Union Address. The fourth story was another showing of the video of that policeman lip-synching to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” I’m surprised there wasn’t a live shot of Bruce Jenner shaving his legs.
The bottom line with network news is winning the ratings war. If these stories mirror what is on the meter of interest of the average American then we really have become a tabloid society and that’s scary to me. In the meantime I will continue to educate myself by surfing the internet and exposing myself to a variety of sources and opinions while I chuckle like a fifth grader listening to network anchors saying “deflated balls.”
So Rob O’Neil is the guy that allegedly put a bullet in Osama Bin Laden’s dome and he gave an interview to Fox News and a bunch of people are upset. Maybe it’s just me but I wanna hear what this guy has to say rather than seeing the latest selfie Kim Kardashian has tweeted of her turn cutters hanging out.
I also wanna know why they dumped his corpse at sea so quickly. Look….this is the US Government we are talking about. They aren’t exactly truth mongers with us citizens. I’m sure we could prop him up and drag him around the US on a mini-tour like “Weekend at Bernies.” Have him be a guest host on “The Voice.” Have a “Terrorist Week” on Jeopardy. Let him drive a cab for a weekend in New York City. The possibilities are endless.
I illustrate the absurd by being absurd for a reason. The majority of Americans bitch about the economy and the direction this nation is headed but do they really spend the time studying what is happening with our government or are they more interested in the dilemma of if Bruce Jenner wants a vagina?
92 million Americans are out of the work force….that’s different than unemployment and far more concerning. It is estimated that five out of ten jobs today will no longer exist in ten years but we all seem to be giddy about landing on a comet. We can’t find a cure for cancer, ALS, AIDS etc., but we are kicking the tires of a rock a half a billion kilometers away just to find Jason Priestly’s career?
We are soooooo concerned about being politically correct when this country was built on being a melting pot of cultural differences. Different is good. It’s the yin to the yang. It causes one to look at a different opinion and heaven forbid we LEARN from these situations. I broke my iPhone this week, shattered the screen and the first thing I muttered was “Dumb Pollock.” I didn’t expect Al Sharpton to show up at my door. I didn’t print flyers or t-shirts or try and organize a march. I went out and found a kid with greasy hair, bad skin, and lots of piercings and had him fix it. I paid for his services with money that has “In God We Trust” on the back of it while many schools have banned the Pledge of Allegiance because it contains “One nation under God.” If this country was a horse we would put it to sleep. Wake up America before the day comes because it’s closer than you think.