A man conceived a moment’s answer to the dream. — Yes “And You and I”
Never underestimate the power of the NFL.
The football lords have tried to ignore safety before and they may just do it again, right under the noses of every die-hard fan, fantasy football junkie and bandwagon jumper.
Gotta have your football. It can be an addiction. From age 8 to about 29, I was in front of that TV watching as many NFL games as I could, a true believer. No doubt in my mind whatsoever about its importance in my life. I was a mainliner, watching the pregame, the two afternoon games and then the postgame every Sunday.
Then I moved to Hawaii and for the first time, I realized there are more important things to do on Sundays in the winter — like going surfing or being outside in the sun. Granted, when living in New England, there is something nice and cozy about warming up to your favorite sport with a Bloody Mary instead of trudging through three feet of snow, or driving on a half-inch slick of ice, or even going out to walk your dog on a soggy, 30-degree rainy, messy day.
So, I started to see the light, so to speak. Don’t get me wrong, I love football. I especially love watching high school football, where the game is still being played in a fashion that is mostly unsullied by money, commercials, endless replays, and, did I mention never-ending commercials?
That is insane — in my opinion anyway. I may be in the minority. Who knows? I guess there are a lot out there who are just waiting to see what happens and, uh, maybe football will appear. But it’s already gone, in some cases at lower levels. As of a few days ago, 37 states had already modified their high school football schedule with 15, including Hawaii, opting out of the fall completely. Earlier today, the Big Ten postponed its college season and has a plan to hold it in the spring. Craziness. Think about that. No Big Ten football!!!!
Speaking of helmets crashing. Heads are under those protective devices. It wasn’t that long ago that the NFL took quite a long time to settle out of court and not really take the blame for all of the players who filed suit because of their suffering from CTE and dementia due to — it has been theorized — all of the on-field, head-to-head collisions.
This time, the NFL should get ahead of the safety situation. So maybe — if there is any possible chance at safety like the NHL and NBA have ensured thus far — try for a shortened NFL season.
But maybe, if there are going to be a ton of precautions that can’t be met (bubble cities, no fans), just admit that you care more about money than safety and — instead of going through the cancellation carousel like MLB — LET”S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF.
Just like in the song “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, calling it off would leave some unfortunate souls “heartbroken.”
But better heartbroken than putting more lives in danger.
And it’s not such a crazy idea to call it all off. As of Sunday, 66 NFL players had already opted out from playing the season (including former University of Hawaii and current New York Jets center Leo Koloamatangi, who was the subject of a June 22 feature story on this website) due to the COVID-19 threat.
Editor’s note: This story was edited to correct the number of states who have opted out of fall football.