Stat time (cue The Yeti): 21 out of the 32 teams are under .500 this season in the NFL with three weeks left. I don’t know the last time the NFL was this bad, but I feel I have some theories that some of you may be thinking as well as to why the NFL sucks big time. Many others around the football world may have some the reasons. Now, for the Bears, they suck because they are mismanaged and not coached very well. They are the exception to these reasons I am about to give.
I should correct myself with the word “theories” and replace it with “facts”. I truly believe these are just some of the reasons why teams are just so bad.
1. Over-saturation: Too much of a product is never a good thing. Now, I am no expert, but I do have my own business in real life. I have learned that too much of one product to sell can take a long time to sell. Having football on TV nearly every night of the week (both college and pro) is, for the lack of a better word, stupid. People are busy on some of these days and ratings have shown it. Yet, the greedy bastards in college football along with the ultimate fucker, Roger Goodell, are reasons why this won’t change.
Less is more in a business. Football on Sundays and Mondays is all they need. Sure, when I was a child, they had some games on Saturday at the end of the season. I am fine with that along with Thanksgiving games. However, I don’t need Thursday night games for the first 15 weeks of the season.
These Thursday night games tend to lower the quality of the game. We’ve seen it. Short rest, players not having enough time to recover from injuries and them not being in their normal routine during the season are all contributing factors. Less. Is. More.
2. Changing rules of the game: Well, I don’t have the stats in front of me (maybe Yeti does?), but it seems that there are more injuries in the last few years. When did this all happen? When Goodell was changing the rules of the game. From changing helmets, to how to hit players and all the way to virtually getting rid of kickoffs, he’s done it all. Want some hypocrisy? Roger Goodell makes the extra points longer and thus, gives the other team a chance to take back blocked/missed ones for safeties? What if players start getting hurt on those returns? Exactly. This guy is a greedy little fuck who could care less what happens to a player.
3. Money: The ultimate fucker loves his money. How does he make more for him and his business partners? Fining players for those illegal hits. And trust me, they say this money goes to concussion research. Well, just like a politician, he’s lying. Most, if not all of it, is going into the pockets of himself and the owners. Want more? Those Thursday night games load his bank account big time. Just last year, he moved one of the Wild Card games from broadcast television to ESPN. And fuck ESPN for doing that. They are fueling the fire that is, the NFL. This will make the NFL interested in putting more playoff games, if not, even the Super Bowl to ESPN one day. TV deals in general, fuel the NFL to continue to make money at all costs. Roger Goodell gets his salary from the owners and in addition, TV deals.
In conclusion, I am not advocating players to beat each other’s brains in. I am not trying to be Dr. Dan Bernstein of The Score, who continues to talk about injuries like concussions. It’s shitty what’s going on with that. These players are sadly, taking their own lives and there isn’t a solution to that. However, I think changing the rules of the game have lead to players changing their style and thus, leading to more injuries because of where the hits are being made. Even if the NFL were to change from tackling to two-hand touch, there will still be injuries (including concussions). Sadly, it’s part of the game.
Fuck Roger Goodell.