I’m going to tone down the verbiage that Roger Goodell is Hitler because that’s a stretch… even though when you think about it, how many Jewish players are there?
If you’re like me and believe that the NFL’s increase in popularity has nothing to do with Roger Goodell—he just happens to be sitting in the throne—then you’ll agree that by attempting to rape, pillage, and destroy England with football, he is the George W. Bush of NFL Commissioners.
It was pretty neat waking up at 9 a.m. (ET) to see a football game, albeit between two irrelevant teams: Jacksonville and Indianapolis. I felt like I was living on the West Coast. It piqued my interest for a solid hour, when my wife finally rose from bed and hollered, “What the fuck?! Since when do football games start this early?”
“They’re playing in England now,” I told her. “Today I’ll be watching 4 different games, for a total of twelve to thirteen hours!”
“NO FUCKING WAY! How is that even possible?”
“Well,” I explained. “First game started at nine, next game at one, then four, then eight-thirty!”
“NO! YOU’RE NOT DOING THAT!”
Oh, but I did.
Just when she thought Sundays couldn’t get any worse. But to a certain degree, I’m starting to hate Sundays, too. It’s just too much football in one day.
If you want to shove football down England’s throat from time to time, then that’s okay with me. UEFA does the same thing with summer exhibition games in the United States. But unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening with the NFL. It’s not just a “display” of the sport.
Roger Goodell is attempting, once again, to bring the NFL to Europe. And either he doesn’t learn from history (NFL Europe was an enormous fail years ago, as was the invasion of Iraq), or he doesn’t care about history.
Whether the NFL adds a team internationally or domestically, or another game-start time, here are my issues with that:
By far the biggest issue with sending the atom bomb that is American football to England is that they didn’t ask for it. Soccer, cricket, rugby, and tennis are Britain’s most popular sports. The only reason they like American football now is because they only get a taste of it once or twice a year, and for the same reason Americans fill up Fenway Park with a Liverpool vs. Roma soccer match. Fans see it as a cool summer perk. A once a year, or once in a lifetime event.
America, can’t we just leave the rest of the world alone? Why impose our will and our way of life onto others? Together we asked those questions after President Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, and I’m asking the same of Roger Goodell as he bombs England with football.
So let’s not make the same mistake in England as we did in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Iraq. If we’re going to bomb England with our American way of life, then only do it once a year. Don’t bring another NFL team into the mix, ESPECIALLY in another country.
Or at least let England vote on whether they want the NFL in their country.
#NFLBrexit… or some stupid hashtag like that.