NFL or NAH
You probably thought I’d be feenin’ by now, didn’t you? Nah. I’m good. Still not one game. Still not one highlight. I know the Super Bowl is coming up and I never thought I’d say this, but I couldn’t care less. If you would have asked me a week ago which teams were in the playoffs, I wouldn’t even have been able to tell you. Well, I take that back. Being from Louisiana, my timeline was flooded with references to Who ‘Dat – and some of them were quite funny, to be honest. Nevertheless…nah. I’ve got my reasons.
T A M I R
I’m not bagging on my friends who continue to follow the NFL – to each their own – neither am I claiming to be more “woke” than anyone else. Some may say that boycotting is of no use. They argue that if we boycott the NFL, we would have to boycott every professional sport because the same thing happens in each one. To that I say, “I know.” And furthermore, “What’s wrong with that?”
S A N D R A
For some, however, protesting has reached its limit.
Yeah, well, I disagree with injustice but it’s the Super Bowl. Besides, haven’t we gotten our point across already? My team is playing, too. I gotta watch ’em.
You go right on ahead, kinfolk. I’m ain’t mad atcha. Word to Pac. Still, my reasons remain. I still haven’t forgotten. How can I?
K I W A N E
Those true reasons were twisted and contorted to deflect from the brutality and mistreatment of people of color by police and disguised as…get this… being unpatriotic. Everyone from the common, everyday fan to a former Marine Corps general weighed in on why players were kneeling. Words like ungrateful and thugs were used. Ungrateful thugs. Un. Grateful. Thugs. That is how college-educated Black men in NFL uniforms who peacefully protested injustice were (and are) viewed by many in the white populace. Thing is, they weren’t just talking about the players. That’s how they view you, also.
P H I L A N D O
You want to get paid, don’t you, boy? Then shut the fu*k up and play. You see that Colin fella over there? I’m not messing with you…you…you sonofabitch! Our organization is committed to excellence. You knew that when we picked your ass up from the trading block.
Sons of bitches. The trading block.
L A Q U A N
So what are you saying? As long as I ignore injustice and fall in line with the status quo, I’ll have a job in your organization? Pretty much. A voiceless being. Yet here we stand – existing in a land of low IQs and even lower standards. But all is well. The Super Bowl is coming up. Time to kick back a few and watch those big, bad dudes entertain us.
S E A N
The pomp and pageantry of Super Bowl Sunday is preparing to outweigh any events of the past and the reason for the boycott in the first place. Just know that when they start chanting “USA…USA,” some of them are on some go-back-to-Africa type shit. But go ahead and chant with them. I’m sure they’d get a kick out of that.
T R A Y V O N
If I never watch another down of football, I don’t think I would miss it. That, of course, remains to be seen. However, judging from what I know now (truth be told, I was always aware of the social discrepancies associated with professional sports, but that feeling was suppressed under the guise of entertainment), it will be a while before I tune in to another Super Sunday.
A I Y A N A
But have fun, fam. I’ll catch you on the rebound. We can talk about who really won.