Back in the 1990s I would watch the Yankees with my kids and we’d enjoy the show. Some years they went all the way and won the Series. Sometimes they got knocked out. But Steinbrenner always fielded an interesting team and they mostly entertained. When the new Millennium turned in 2001 and the Yankees lost in the seventh game of the Series against the Diamondbacks management decided to clean house and got rid of several of the older veterans. They were replaced with very high-priced free-agent upgrades. But the team lost its soul. They were just hired guns. And as often as not, they severely underperformed. And it went on and on and on. If the Yankees had just allowed a couple of rebuilding years and gone for some young talent they would have come back strong and saved hundreds of millions of dollars. And then they bought A-Rod. Wow. And then they let Jeter continue as the shortstop even after he needed a walker to get around the infield. And all the fun was gone. Nothing but whining year after year.
But now Jeter has mercifully retired. A-Rod will get the next 10 years of his Yankee salary from the Fox Sports Post-Game Studio where his damage will be limited to English grammar and comprehension. And this year the average age of the line-up is ten years younger than during the Jeter/A-Rod era.
Just in time for my boycott of the Kneeling NFL the Yankees are playing playoff baseball again and having a hell of a lot of fun. So now I can watch the Yankees with my grandsons and tell them about guys like Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neil and the other Yankees that were put out to pasture to make room for Jason Giambi and A-Rod (at ten times the salary and half the production) and the other steroid juiced duds who infected the 2000s. And even if they get knocked out before the Series they provide a positive attitude about hustling for the play and running out a grounder because they’re not aging multi-millionaire’s yet. They’re still on their way up and they have excitement about playing.
And the best part is they’ll stand for the Anthem and won’t be wearing socks that call cops pigs or glamorize thugs. They still seem to respect the Flag, the Country and the Fans.
The President just called out the NFL. He said any owner who fired an anthem kneeler would get instant approval from the fans. Is that true? Well not the minority fans or women. Most women aren’t particularly patriotic and the minority fans are the ones who agree with the kneelers. So basically he’s talking about white men. Well, alright, if that’s the case let’s take this to its logical conclusion. Suppose 70% of white men decided to boycott the NFL for one week. Would there be any effect? Yes. Would it be consequential? I think it might.
Currently, corporations like the NFL and ESPN think that they can take the white male demographic for granted because they are overwhelmingly fans of their product. For this reason they can push an agenda that focuses on attracting and catering to the opinions of women and minorities. Lately this has become tiresome and unpleasant for white men (and probably others too). And so far they have gotten away with it with only limited loss of white male patronage. After all this is the sport we want to see. And we’ve learned to ignore the banter from the female sidelines color commentator and skip the pre- and post-game shows that cater specifically to minority concerns.
But lately the players have crossed the line into injecting their anti-American opinions into the National Anthem singing. And it is getting a bit thick. What it’s coming down to is we’re watching people on tv who don’t like us and aren’t afraid to let us know it. Well, the NFL has been open about saying that free speech is an American tradition. Why shouldn’t we give them a demonstration of it in action?
Suppose we turned off the games? All of them. Start on Sunday and roll into Monday. Would be nice to spend a little more time with the wife and kids. Maybe take them to a movie or a local sports game. Go to bed early on Monday and get a good night’s sleep. Doesn’t sound like such a hardship. Then extend it to the other games they have now Thursday, or Saturday or whatever. When Sunday rolls around again I’m guessing that the NFL and ESPN and Fox and CBS, NBC, ABC and all the sponsors would be completely freaking out. Now I’m not a gambler but I did win a bet on Trump’s election last year. I’d be willing to wager a pretty substantial sum that if the viewership of NFL games went down by the equivalent of 70% of the white male audience, that the owners would tell the kneelers to get on tv and apologize to America or find new jobs on Monday.
Trump is smart. And he knows the art of the deal. And this is one deal I’d like to be a part of. All it needs is a catchy slogan. How about “Pull the plug on a kneeling thug?” Or, “Tell the NFL to go to hell.” Or even, “Don’t like America? Well, bye!” Something like that might catch their attention. But shutting off the game certainly will do more than get their attention. It’ll scare the hell out of them. And I’m guessing it’s the best first step in getting the country back we can make. And along with shutting the tv, send an e-mail to the NFL and ESPN and tell them why you did it. I’m sure they’d love hearing from you. Well, maybe love is the wrong word.