The NFL Mirror: Showmanship, Sex, Violence, and Money in America

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 28:  A Tennessee Titans cheerleader performs in a Halloween costume during the first half of the Titans 13-9 win over the Oakland Raiders at LP Field October 28, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Larry SnarkvilleAnalyst IDecember 19, 2009

Showmanship. Sex. Violence. Money.

These are the standards that have come to define the National Football League.

These, in some ways, have become a mirror of our society.

And it's worn out its welcome for me. The League has lost this former fan.

The cat's been trying to get out of the bag for awhile now. In the past, just as she'd begin to peek out a bit more, her owner would stuff her back in.

But she's gotten a little bolder, peaks out a bit more and more, and perhaps now, her potential "adoptive parents" will give her a more clear signal that she does have a place to run to.

It's time for her to come fully out.

What's the N.F.L.'s "dirty little secret?"

That for years the League and its supporters have been perfectly content to let it's offal rot in the streets.

Much to their consternation, the flies gathering are becoming too numerous to simply swat away.

The media is now giving more and more face time to the faceless former players who have gone faceless for far too long.

The Grim Reaping push for bigger, badder, and grander is coming back to extract its payment.

And I for one hope he gets what's coming to him.

There are a number of well-written, informative, and thought-provoking articles on the subject of the cumulative effects that injuries have on former NFL players.

The following link was what motivated me to write this piece. Please click here.  


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