I can’t see how the NFL will recover from last night’s game (you didn’t think I followed sports, did you?).
Sports fans enjoy fair play. They count on fair play. It’s the reason they follow the game. If fair play is assumed, fans can afford to commit all their fan-related energies–and eyes, and dollars–to loving and promoting their team without apology, and without taking another’s love for another team personally. Rather, that competitive but still friendly division, either as a spectator or player, can make sports invaluable in human relations.
And now, NFL fans are enraged. Some say they’re on strike, voting against absurdity by pointing their eyeballs and putting their dollars elsewhere. Because what’s the point of seeing a game if you don’t have a reasonable expectation of how the game will be played? Morbid curiosity isn’t fun, after all.
I hope their enragement works.