Welcome to the Chicago stop of the NFL’s "Hypocrisy Across America Tour."
The NFL, whose sport causes brain damage, paid off a bunch of former players who have brain damage without admitting it contributed to the brain damage. Anyone who believes the NFL is, well, brain damaged. Just because the NFL didn’t admit to guilt doesn’t mean it’s innocent.
In keeping with the NFL’s hypocrisy about player safety concerns, here comes a Thursday night football game at Soldier Field.
I’ve written it before, but here’s a chance for Chicago to see up close how laughable Roger Goodell’s safety blather is.
The Bears and Giants played on Sunday. Players contend that participating in a game is like being in a car wreck. It’s hard enough to recover in seven days, and here they are, being ordered to play after about a half-week. Bodies can’t possibly recover in three days, no matter who walks away from which accident. Aching bodies lead to mental mistakes, such as the loss of technique, and that can lead to injuries. We’ve already seen it lead to consistently bad football.
Coaches are demanded to put players in position to succeed. The NFL puts players in danger and acts as if nobody’s noticing.
And then puts it on TV.
Thursday games were a Thanksgiving thing. They were played once a year by four teams. It was hard for teams then, but it was a blip, Then the NFL created its own network. The NFL needed programming, so it ordered a full slate of Thursday night games, no matter the ridiculous physical toll or embarrassing quality of the product. Does that sound like a league that cares about player safety?
Roger Goodell and NFL owners are all about money. Everything else is acceptable collateral damage, and that includes massive body counts. And that’s fine. Just admit it. Don’t lie to people. You’re here for the cash.
All that gobbledygook about player safety is an attempt to avoid more lawsuits while suckering gullible parents into keeping the players coming. If the NFL was seriously concerned about player safety, it would close shop. The game itself promotes brain damage in players, but Goodell and his ministers of propaganda believe the gullible fans are the brain-damaged ones.
"League of Denial,'' the brilliant “Frontline’’ documentary on concussions that aired Tuesday night on PBS, should’ve raised your hate level over the despicability of Goodell’s league and Paul Tagliabue’s before that. The NFL refused to admit the game caused brain damage even though its retirement board linked football to dementia more than a decade ago and sat on it.
And then the league worth nearly $40 billion refused to admit guilt while buying off the injured, enfeebled and brain-damaged former players for a mere $765 million.
If it wasn’t football’s fault, then how did an overwhelming number of former players become so enfeebled so alarmingly young? If playing football didn’t cause brain damage, then how did almost every brain studied reveal the telling chronic traumatic encephalopathy?
Several irretrievably unbalanced players who delivered concussive blows with their heads, most notably former Bear Dave Duerson and ex-Charger great Junior Seau, made sure to shoot themselves in the chest. Even suicidal players knew the NFL was full of it.
“League of Denial’’ reignited my rage against the lying, conspiring NFL. There had to be some way for the league to act like adults and admit the game could damage people. Play at your own risk. Be on TV. See America. Make a living.
But no. The NFL refused to admit anything. Despicable. The league’s original fraudulent approach seemed to begin and end with finding a quack willing to offer preposterous lies, or at least preposterous propaganda that made the NFL look like a closet of clown shoes.
Now, the NFL is committed to studying the long-term effects of damage the game can do. It wants a long time to study it. A looooooonnnnnnngggggggg time. Maybe longer than any potential plaintiff might live.
The NFL allegedly has studied this for decades. It is still studying it. Study, study, study. The NFL will continue to study, no matter that conclusive and damning studies already exist. The NFL still will be studying it when your kids have kids, and the NFL will be studying it when those kids are smart enough not to let their kids play football.
But still, the NFL will study, study, study. This should remind you of President Richard Nixon’s Watergate policy of deny-deny-deny. Oily, oily, oily. Shameful, shameful, shameful.
Look, it’s simple: The NFL commissioner and owners are like zombies --- soulless monsters who eat brains because that’s the only way to stay alive.
The NFL zombies are stopping in Chicago this week. It’s part of the "Hypocrisy Across America Tour." Make yourself at home, guys: Deny some obvious truth while turning brain cavities into ATMs.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun