Dear readers, I have a confession.
As much as I appreciate feedback on my work and my writing, I don’t usually read the comments on my articles.
It’s not that I don’t care what you have to say, I do. But I don’t normally have the time or the desire to read a ton of internet infighting in the comment section.
But last night, after publishing a few Super Bowl-related articles, I glanced at some of the comments to see what people were saying, and one thing immediately became clear to me–a lot of people really, really hate the NFL.
Like–intensely hate it and everything about it. Some people proudly proclaimed that they didn’t even watch the Super Bowl.
I don’t disagree with their criticisms, but honestly, it is sort of jarring to see just how quickly normal, middle-class guys have turned on football, something they probably loved growing up.
I can’t help but feel like this is 100% because of the politicization. Given that movies, TV shows, music, and pretty much all everything is political now, sports, and football in particular, was one neutral thing we could all enjoy, a way for Americans to relax without worrying about politics.
But the controversy over kneeling during the anthem has just turned so many people off.
The fact that the same people who loved football and watched it all their lives are now tuning out completely and proudly trashing the NFL is a sign that Americans really don’t like their flag and national anthem being disrespected.
Let’s hope that the next season brings a bit of sanity back, and allows Americans to enjoy watching football without the incessant politics and craziness. Because we all work hard and we deserve to have a day to relax, crack open a cold beer, and watch a great game.