Since today is the actual day of The Game We Dare Not Mention By Name For Copyright Reasons (let’s just say that it’s a bowl game that’s super), I thought it would be fun to take a look at the NFL.
Bill Maher had something to say about the NFL last week. In a terribly unfunny Huffington Post column, Mr. Subtlety made his case that the NFL is so successful and popular because it is basically a socialist organization. Or something like that:
With the Super Bowl only a week away, Americans must realize what makes NFL football so great: socialism. That’s right, for all the F-15 flyovers and flag waving, football is our most successful sport because the NFL takes money from the rich teams and gives it to the poor teams… just like President Obama wants to do with his secret army of ACORN volunteers.
…football is more like the Democratic philosophy. Democrats don’t want to eliminate capitalism or competition, but they’d like it if some kids didn’t have to go to a crummy school in a rotten neighborhood while others get to go to a great school and their Dad gets them into Harvard. Because when that happens “achieving the American dream” is easy for some, and just a fantasy for others.
That’s why the NFL runs itself in a way that would fit nicely on Glenn Beck’s chalkboard – they literally share the wealth, through salary caps and revenue sharing – TV is their biggest source of revenue, and they put all of it in a big commie pot and split it 32 ways. Because they don’t want anyone to fall too far behind. That’s why the team that wins the Super Bowl picks last in the next draft. Or what the Republicans would call “punishing success.”
I think that we, on the Right, would more likely call it “a bizarre business model.” But whatever. It works. The fact that I’m writing about the NFL today instead of, say, Barclay’s Premier League Soccer speaks volumes. (Yeah, I’d never heard of Barclay’s either. I just saw it on ESPN’s Bottom Line.) But I digress.
The truth of the matter is that you’ll find plenty of NFL players and coaches who espouse conservative views or support candidates who are on the Right. This is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list, but it’s a good sampling of conservatives who have been part of the NFL.