Seriously, there should be better things to talk about. I should have stories to tell you about Christ changing the entire town of Port Jefferson and millions of dollars being given to organizations like Love146. Instead, I am talking to you about why I am boycotting the Pro Sports "Big 4" (Football, Baseball, Basketball, & Hockey).
It was all chronicled on facebook, but with some handy editing, I will be revealing why I am doing so. In short, it is because I have wasted too much time and money on these 4 organizations for them to continue to get richer and have their product get worse. They are like the Wal-Mart of sports. Sure things are cheaper, but everything sucks. And a lot of people are out of work.
The NFL has become a joke. An absolute joke. This weekend I didn't even get mad at the calls made. Instead, I laughed. I laughed harder than when I watched 40-year-old Virgin with Steve Carell.
I wrote this yesterday:
"I am not mad because my Packers lost. That is on them. What is on the NFL is how laughable and comedic their organization has become. Mostly because of greed too. I have given a lot of my time and money to this organization. If they feel the need to continue to treat this as a joke, I don't have time for it. There are MUCH more important things going on in the world. I will be boycotting the NFL until they apologize and start treating their fans correctly. The players work too hard for the rich cronies to keep benefiting and treating this game I love as a joke. This is not a rash decision of anger. I refuse to support them right now. It will give me more time for important church work and family time. I love my Packers, but this break is needed either way. Join me if you'd like. I know it won't make a huge difference in the pockets of the NFL owners, but it is all I have. Thanks and sorry to the people who will miss my thousands of posts on sports. God bless!"
"I'm boycotting because I spend a lot if time and money with that org and if they refuse to take it seriously, then I'm done. It hasn't taken a toll on my life because it's one of my few escapes. But I cannot sacrifice integrity for drama. This is petty and a joke. So you can support my decision. You don't have to join me, but you can still support it. I don't think less of you. I'm still a Packer Backer. Always will be."
"When they apologize and get the refs back and prove they care about their players, coaches, and fans, then I'll end my boycott. I brought up family and church because it's a good opportunity to liven both up and realize what us really important. It's sad the NFL doesn't see it the way we do... or they do and just don't care."
"Some people have told me I'm doing this just because of my Packers. While the one isolated play has much to do with it, it's just the last straw for me. If you have been following my posts since week 1, you'd know it's not just a fanboy crying about his team. Besides the fact that I've already admitted it was the Packers' fault they lost."
"The NFL and all
pro sports orgs need to realize that the most important part of the equation is
the fans. Take the variable of fans away, and sports has NOTHING. It used to be
an escape for me. Now it's sad. It's also sad how much time I've wasted already
with it. We, the fans have so much more power than these idiots think. So I'm
done until an apology is made and the refs are reinstated.
I am also extending my boycott to the big 4. No baseball, football, basketball, or hockey. For obvious reasons."
"You may ask,
'what have the other 3 done? Aren't you overreacting?' No. I'm not. I haven't
acted fast enough. And I return with, what HAVEN'T the other 3 done? Steroids?
Lockouts? Stringing us along with some sick Jersey Shore drama? I miss it
when sports were sports.
And all the 'official sponsors of the _____' will be boycotted too. And they'll receive a letter why. Because I like some of those guys."
As you can see, I was a bit enraged. But really, I have come to a point where I am comfortable with my decision.
I will be boycotting professional sports in America until there is an apology and things get better. What does that look like? You'll know when it happens. I will also be boycotting their sponsors and letting them know why. If you want to join me, cool. If not, I don't blame you. Sport-watching is one of my favorite outlets.
The fans have the power. And the NFL and all American pro sports just lost a big, lifetime fan.
This is not about the Packers. This is about integrity. Sports has lost it long ago, but this was the last straw for me.