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Cheap Shots, Controversies on Display From the NFL
The New England Patriots, God’s gift to those wanting liberated from a miserable life, have lost two games during the 2017 season. Two games. The Pats, as older NFL fans said, lost to Buffalo and Miami. With Tom Brady’s tightend, Rob Gronkowski with the hapless Buffalo Bills, and the Miami Dolphins without Gronkowski. I love watching football. I despise writing sports.
A true NFL Addict like you and I would instantly notice that Rob Gronkowski was “without” his services when the Patriots who I thought would walk all over the Dolphins, didn’t. The Patriots lost 27-20. Truly, change might be “Blowin’ in the wind.” I’ve waited for years for just the right place to use that Bob Dylan standard. As for the inner-atmosphere of the NFL . . .Nothing lasts forever.
Looking over our shoulders . . .first, NFL commish, Roger Goodell told Patriots QB, Tom Brady, that he (Brady) would be sitting out six games when last season began because Goodell told Brady that on Jan. 18, 2015, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots met in the AFC championship game. The Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady dominated, winning 45–7 to advance to their sixth Super Bowl—and because Tom Brady was “near” Deflategate, he had to go that extra yard and meet with Goodell, then after some soul-searching, Brady was the star by playing the role of the Sacrificial Lamb. But Brady is a good “Joe,” and the six games will not tarnish any of his super skills at the quarterback position.
This is the time that I told you about (above) with new rules being installed, other rules being ignored, and the whole thing could be found in that Dylan song, “Blowin’ in The Wind,” because it fits perfectly concerning what is going on in the NFL which has never had a motto of “Business as Usual.”
Let’s grow up. The NFL is more of a Business than a light-hearted family outing with food, music, and laughter. There was the money that the NFL lost by Brady groupies who follow his every step and when Brady was seated for six games, you do the math. You can use the Mathematical/NFL Formula: Brady’s Attraction – Amount of Thousands of Tickets Sold x Six Games equaled nothing but an Adult Embarrassment. Tom, if you did have some minor detail to do with Deflategate, own it! Then forget it. Your fans will never turn on you. Never! And with every ounce of confidence, I can say this, thanks to the Bill of Rights that tells me that I have Guaranteed Freed of Speech-- Tom Brady could do any deplorable, vile act against normal society, even against the NFL and make the late Charlie Manson gasp in awe and still, his fans love him so much that he will walk and live happily for the remainder of his days.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8.
If I were in Tom Brady’s shoes, with the Deflategate being history, I would be letting out a huge sigh of relief. But (a nod to ESPNs Lee Corso, College Game Day) “not so fast, my friend.” Tom Brady’s buddy and arguably best Tight End in the business, Rob Gronkowski took fire after taking a cheap shot on Tre'Davious White of the Buffalo Bills cornerback who did the unforgivable: Intercepting one of Brady’s passes. They laaawww! What has the NFL becoming? After all, the NFL is not only a business, but isn’t the NFL America’s Past time—when the Boys of Summer are romping on the MLBs fresh grass?
I’d hate to try and make the choice of American’s just having one past time. And I hope that I never have to make that choice—for in all professional and amateur sports, there is always going to be the guys wearing the black hats. Always. The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans fought tooth and nail with the guys with black hats and won in a nick of time. But this “controversy,” about Gronkowski’s cheap shot, which is was, and he owned the “stupid move,” as he said in a press conference after the game. Gronk owned up to something that he had control of. And in the flash of a moment, lost that silent judgment that is needful when you are a professional playing a dangerous sport or in the Operating Room. Both professions, pro football player, surgeon, beg for a sensible balance between the static, the uncontrollable and the controlled things facing all of us.
Sure, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, and Patriots head coach, Bill Belichik, had words afterwards. Heated words, not because they were dancing on the flames of hatred for one another, but because theirs is a passionate game. A game of professionals who play to win in their arenas and work to win if your calling is using your hands and a scalpel.
And I know by the things that I have read that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are tight. Good bud’s. And sure, they exchange heated words in the fire of battle. But I would bet the farm that there is one word that neither of them ever say is Kemosabe.
Maybe these pro’s need to say this word more. What harm could it do?
© 2017 Kenneth Avery