It is unfortunate that we have to be bombarded with more controversies involving football. This time the New England Patriots “deflategate” issue has resurfaced. Now, I don’t really know much about football, but if it really is the case that the Patriots employee did intentionally deflate the balls, and that such deflation could give the Patriots an advantage, and that Tom Brady knew about the deflated balls, then it sounds like cheating to me. Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy seems to agree with me on that. Most Patriots fans interviewed on the street are siding with Brady and say it’s no big deal. But as Rush Limbaugh put it yesterday, one big reason why the NFL is cracking down so hard is to do with envy and resentment. According to Wikipedia, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was a star high school football player, but certain injuries prevented him from the kind of football career that Tom Brady has been enjoying. Now, I’m not saying that’s Goodell’s motivation, like it’s out of some long deep-seated psychological thing going on, but it could be a relevant explanation.
Envy is usually the general explanation for why so many people don’t like the idea of free market capitalism, they want to “tax the hell out of the businessman,” i.e. steal from him and make him less prosperous as a punishment for his success (even though part of his success is serving the consumers with what they want or need, and providing jobs for people, so when you “tax the hell out of the businessman” you are also punishing the consumers and the workers). But I digress.
Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, let the NFL and the teams and players all be at each other’s throats, like today’s politicians, the Dumocrats and the Neanderthuglicans. I can’t stand football, and never liked it. While growing up my father and my brother watched football games, and I watched Sesame Street and Gilligan’s Island. So I already knew at a very young age, why the hell do I want to watch a bunch of grown men running into each other and bashing their heads together and giving each other brain damage? It’s nuts. It’s just a violent game, and no wonder there are so many wife-beaters, dog-shooters and gangsters participating in these violent games.
And now that football has become much more militarized, I’m not surprised that fans cheer on and support their teams’ cheating, if there was any cheating. MY side is great whether they follow the rules or not, and the other side sucks. Many Americans do not seem to believe in following the rules anymore. These are Americans, and many of them believe in “American Exceptionalism,” which is a euphemism for American supremacism. “USA! USA! USA!” they scream. This supremacism is shown by our government officials who believe they are above the law, from the U.S. President and his various departments such as the IRS and the military all the way down to local police and local bureaucrats. For example, as I have mentioned before, American supremacists really believe that it’s a bad thing when foreigners attack or kill innocent Americans, but it’s not a bad thing when Americans such as U.S. troops attack and kill innocent foreigners. Just dehumanize the foreigners whose country you invaded and that makes it okay to murder them. The abortion activists are the same way. Let’s rationalize the killing of an innocent human life by saying that, well, the baby still hasn’t been born so therefore it’s not a bad thing to exterminate it from existence. So, westerners and their governments have been doing this dehumanizing of those inconvenient or non-subservient foreigners and rationalizing their extermination for decades. Iraq is a good example, and Israel, with the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population who were there first when modern Israel was founded, is another good example.
Americans have been rationalizing their government’s criminality toward others and brainwashing their future generations to also see themselves as above the law, and above following the rules. They also have been brainwashing their future generations to express their envy toward the successful by supporting criminal government policies of theft and plunder. So it’s of no surprise now that we have NFL over-punishing of petty ball-deflation offenses, but it’s also of no surprise that we have sports teams whose players are already good at what they do (bashing their heads together and giving themselves brain damage) and therefore don’t need to do any cheating (like deflating balls and using video spying on opposing teams signals) but do it anyway.