Professional sports have no need to exist. I know that is a really big statement, and I hope you were sitting for it. If you were standing then I would like to see your computer room setup. Let me explain myself a little here. All professional athletes are millionaires. All big company executives are millionaires. All federal politicians are millionaires (ok most, but those that aren’t will be some day). What do all of these have in common? They all play games and are all millionaires.
I don’t root for Wall Street, I don’t root for congress, and I sure as fuck don’t root for a bunch of dudes playing a professional game. I make about $30K per year working 60-80 hours per week. I don’t do anything exciting and no one would even think twice about dropping by to root me on. Why would I spend even a minute of my spare time gathered around a TV set to watch a bunch of millionaires play a game? I wouldn’t is the correct answer.
The NFL alone is a multi-billion dollar industry. Notice I said industry and not a league. They make billions selling you jerseys, fantasy football leagues, commercials, and everything else they can sell you. The American people soak it up, spend their hard earned money, and then brag about the games like they had money invested into the teams. Every Sunday without fail I read endless rants and raves on the FB wall, twitter stream, and in the news about what a big fucking deal the Ravens, New England, or the Packers are. They aren’t.
The average Joe is a bunch of guys that are coaxed into buying the big Dish/Direct TV package, the NFL gear, the stadium seats, and whatever else you buy. As the professional athletes live in their mansions and drive the Hummers they laugh at the average Joe. So many people are invested in “their” team. You don’t have any kind of ownership, no say, no nothing with any professional team.
I am from Connecticut and I always hear people talking about the Patriots. Last time I checked they don’t represent New England. If I did my research I am willing to bet most of the players aren’t even from New England. I don’t get dividends from their wins. I don’t get recognition in any form. So why am I suppose to care who won the Superbowl?
The only way for me to have any incentive in professional sports is if I am gambling on the game. I don’t do that either since I could possibly lose my money. I already make enough bad decisions that I don’t need to add that to the list.
I know guys that know each player’s stats, family backgrounds, how their college years were spent and probably even their dick size (this includes the WNBA as well). I just haven’t figured out why they need to be that involved if they aren’t making money from it.
Going to a game, whether it be the NHL, NBA, MBL, or NFL is akin to me rolling up in Morgan Stanley and grabbing a stadium seat in the lobby and screaming for the mortgage segment to make a run for it. I don’t get anything out of any of it.
My last thought I will leave you with is, NO I am not watching the fucking Superbowl. I could careless who is playing and I sure as hell am not going to your party. I hope a meteor hits the power grid on that day so no one can watch it. I also hope everyone in the game and in the stands twist their ankles during the game. Lastly, I hope that the half-time show catches on fire (of course with no one getting hurt…sorry Brazil).