America asks for 3 minutes, NFL... DECLINED!
I was going to leave this subject alone. Primarily because I like to remain objective with what I write, stick to the facts. So, I will just have to make sure I put some facts in here, problem solved.
I am also coming at this issue from another angle.
Take away the politics, and the outrage, that is what this is really all about.
That means you have 1,437 minutes left of your day that belongs to you, you can do what ever you want to with them.
The American people asked the owners, and the players of the NFL to give them that 3 minutes. To put their politics aside, and join them in respecting the national anthem, our flag, and its citizens. Especially the estimated 1.2 million American citizens who have given their lives for the country that flag flies over.
Seems like a no brainer does it not? I mean we the fans are also, we the people, that the American flag represents. It also represents all of the opportunity that allowed these NFL players, and owners to achieve, maintain, and grow their success in the first place.
The NFL was founded in the latter part of 1920, so lets start with 1921.
50,457,600 minutes that we the fans have loyally given to the NFL at the time I write this, whether they deserved it or not.
And lets not forget the fact that the average NFL franchise is currently worth around $1.4 billion, with a market value of $45 billion, among the leagues 32 teams. The NFL is starting to rival Starbucks in overall value.
As well as the fact that the average NFL salary stands at around $2 million, the top 100 players averaging around $11 million. To put on a helmet and defend a ball.
We the fans made that happen for them. So you would think 3 minutes was more than fair in exchange for that right?
3 minutes to honor men and women who put on a helmet to defend a nation, for an average salary of $39,297 per year. Many of them come home forever broken, many of them never come home at all.
I am pretty sure giving your life is not a contract requirement for the NFL.
It has become obvious though, that their answer is a resounding NO. In fact, they basically told us to go (bleep) ourselves. In no uncertain terms I might add.
So, as if betraying us was not enough. You guys turned around, and tried to make us out to be the bad guys, by calling us racists.
I am not going to get into all of the particulars about the group you chose to stand against us with at this time, black lives matter. But I will say this.
You guys really should do a little research into the causes you choose to support. Especially when it makes you turn your back on your country.
Black lives matters' claims are not backed up by the empirical data, quite the opposite in fact.
(See Reference Sheet at bottom)
So you took one of the most unifying venues we as Americans still had, and turned it into a political battleground of divisiveness, and racism. All the while preaching unity, based on a manufactured truth.
WAY TO GO GUYS!
Your in luck though. Given some of the dismal seasons we have supported you guys through, its safe to say we are a forgiving lot.
So why don't you guys take a minute, look at the facts about black lives matter instead of the propaganda. Take another minute, to seriously get the hell over yourselves. And one more minute to feel the shame you deserve.
We just gave you 3 minutes.
Give us our 3 minutes to honor our country uninterrupted. Give us back the one thing we had left that was not politicized. The one thing left in this country that united all races, religions, genders, political parties. IT united a nation until you guys tore it apart with this protesting.
And lets get back to the true unity we had before all of this... lets play some football!
On a final note:
I truly want to show my appreciation, and gratitude to all of the players, owners, sponsors, and advertisers involved with the NFL, who chose to stand by their country. Who chose to stand with us.
I salute you.
"The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers, if a man only tells them with all his might." ~ Mark Twain