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NFL: Not For Long

August 10, 2014 - Nick Hansen
Fall means football. I'm very excited to ensconce myself in the press box at Mattke field and prowl the sidelines for some Tigers games these next few months.

However, my Sundays won't be spent devoted to the National Football League. I'm getting sick of it. I feel like I've eaten too much of Roger Goodell's cake and I can't even look at anymore.

Here are a few things that have grinded my gears the past few months:

- Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice being suspended for two games after he was caught on camera dragging his unconscious fiance from an elevator earlier this year. This is half the punishment that players tested positive for PED's received. Disgusting.

- Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder's absolute disconnect from reality regarding his team's name. It's a slur and it's time for a change.

- The whole concussions and CTE issue that the League has not adequately addressed. It's scary (watch the League of Denial documentary).

- The idea that the public should contribute infrastructure funding for an organization that makes $9 billion dollars a year and does not pay any income taxes.

- The Chris Kluwe debacle that shows that some locker rooms are still stuck in caveman days.

I could go on.

I know my fan boycott won't change much. So, I've decided to throw my fandom weight behind the other football: The English Premier League. I'm guessing there the EPL has a myriad of issues of its own, but I don't care. I need something to take my mind off of the pigskin smorgasbord. I, like many Americans, got into soccer this summer with the World Cup. I've decided to give it another shot.

So, every Saturday morning for the next few weeks (when I'm not attending SMSU games), I'll be cozied up in front of my TV watching Tottenham Hotspur play. I chose them because choosing Manchester United or Chelsea would be like choosing the Yankees or the Lakers, can't do it.

And on Sundays I'll probably take advantage of my Y membership.

I'm in the minority, but it's my subtle protest for Roger Goodel.

Go Spurs.


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