a mash-up of crime & fandom
I’m never been much of a fan of professional sports, so I don’t get many do-the-right-thing points for claiming my reason for ignoring the recent Super Bowl had anything to do with the increasing moral greyness of the NFL. Both a string of high profile cases of spousal abuse and various accusations of cheating at various levels were well enough publicized that even a guy who usually ignores the media whenever it alludes to anything involving a ball has heard about them.
If I were a fan, I don’t know that I’d let a few so-called “bad apples” spoil the metaphorical bunch, but I’m not… so I can do little more than stand on the sidelines and jeer at a system I neither participate in nor really deeply understand.
This doesn’t mean the modern incarnation of something like the NFL –with their existential excesses, overpriced tickets, and seeming flouting of laws the rest of us are obligated to follow– can’t serve as a great example of the blind eye we too often turn towards the systems and ideas we adore when they do something very wrong… criminal even.