... but I think I'm done with professional football. And by professional football I mean both the NFL and Division I NCAA.
Now for some of you reading this (Listing Straight) that means nothing, but to me it is huge. This is coming from someone who only 3 years ago was an NFL Direct Ticket annual subscriber. Later on this week I will post my Super Bowl post to illustrate how monumentous this decision is but for now some reasons why.
It is not just Michael Vick, but Michael Vick is certainly a HUGE straw - haystack really - that broke the camel's back. I mean iw. Iw, iw, iw. And then all of the guys that defended him and are defending him still are NFL guys. People... he has admitted to killing dogs with his bare hands. Hello!
And there is a lot more out there than we hear in the media.
The thing is we ask these guys to play a very nasty, violent sport. Surveys shows that most football fans don't even care that these guys are doing anything they can to get an edge - steroids, speed, etc... - even though we all know what a disaster that stuff is in a long run. Guys are bigger and faster and serious injuries are taking place. The offensive lineman now wear knee braces as part of their regular equipment.
Guys play football and at 40 they can't walk up a flight of stairs... or walk.
I used to argue for football saying that in boxing, the idea is to actually knock a man down. In football, the idea is to get across the goal line but I am afraid more and more to fans the idea of football is to knock the other team's guy out of the game, season - even out of his career.
Really I have been thinking more and more about how I don't want The Boy to play football. And how can I expect him not to want to be involved in a sport if we watch hours and hours of it at home?
I do love the game and so we may go to the local Division III team's games because that is an all together different atmosphere. And it is a lot better to spend a Saturday afternoon at a game than inside watching games for hours.
Now if someone offers me a ticket and a tailgate at a State game, will I go - absolutely!
Will I watch the Super Bowl - you had better believe it!
If my favorite pro team does well this year will I be tempted to tune in? We'll see.
But I think my football obsession is done.