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.