The NFL today is the most valuable, highest-rated sports league in the country, by a wide margin. It is also a monumental bit of hucksterism perpetrated on fans from coast to coast. It isn’t just the fact that three Superbowls were completely invalid (the New England Patriots cheated via videotape of opponents and the Commissioner later destroyed the evidence, like Richard Nixon in 1971), or that domestic violence and other crimes are rampant among players and ignored by the league, seemingly as a matter of policy.
No, it is also that the players and coaches themselves are a pathetic joke on the field of play.
We have a new Exhibit A that proves this case beyond all doubt: Stephen Tulloch, a linebacker for the Detroit Lions, sacked the opposing quarterback and then celebrated as if he had won the Superbowl, which is now standard operating procedure in today’s game.
The result, other than mass-disgust over these kinds of celebrations?
A self-inflicted season-ending injury.
The Detroit Lions’ linebacker tore his ACL in last week’s game, during an enthusiastic celebration for sacking Packer’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers. <New York Daily News, link>
Check out this video for the NFL’s latest shame:
What a complete fool to clown like this, but he certainly has paid a price.
Unfortunately, all too many players still engage in these faux celebrations, making the game impossible to watch if you ever truly loved the game.