What Has The NFL Truly Become?
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “Let’s just talk about this slavish adulation of the pro football player, pro basketball player, pro baseball player. Few pro athletes, before they will accept any accolades for what they do — they won’t even take them. The first thing they will say is: I just want to thank God. I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus and God for blessing me with this talent. Bingo! Humility right there. That’s admirable. The rest of it, they didn’t do anything. [Remember] the great Mark Bavaro of the New York Giants, Notre Dame graduate and Catholic boy till the end? Bavaro always genuflected in that end zone, even during the Super Bowl when he scored a touchdown.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
Begin Mike Church Show Transcript
Mike: This is where I really wanted to concentrate this segment of the show on, this segment of Zurawik’s column.
But the way in which the media contribute to our slavish worship and adolescent emulation of the men who play and run professional football is my concern as a media critic. So is the role media can play in public shaming.
I think members of the local media need to all look in the mirror today and do a gut check on how they reported and analyzed the Rice story. Really, if you have any integrity, you need to do it — especially if your station or you are somehow financially connected to the Ravens.
I can’t wait to see how CBS will report the video and reaction to it Thursday night to a TV audience expected to be 20 million strong. Like all sports networks that carry games, CBS has billions of reasons to be nice to the NFL given its lucrative TV contracts. But CBS Sports also needs viewers to believe it has some integrity when it comes to reporting and commenting on an act as ugly as Rice’s.
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They still fund. [mocking] “Mike, that’s for breast screening.” It’s fungible money. Don’t buy that for a moment. Those eugenicists at Planned Parenthood don’t deserve a nickel of a Christian man and woman’s wealth. So they’ve given us suspected murderers, Ray Lewis, suspected murderers, Aaron Hernandez. Now we have confirmed wife beaters. The slavish, sycophant NFL media was willing to go along with this, and would have gone along with it, had it not been for TMZ. I don’t know what TMZ’s motivations were, other than maybe pride. They’re the ones that exposed this for what it is.
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Why is this sacred? Why is it held in such high esteem? I’ll tell you why, because the pursuit of consuming things trumps everything else. The NFL helps people to consume things, and it helps people sell things to people that consume things. They’re consuming cars, credit cards, beer, chicken wings, telephones, chips, you name it. We’re not going to upset that apple cart now are we?
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