Sports Programming – Opiates for the Masses

Jets fan Fireman Ed earlier this season.

With the NFL season finally over, some of us can go back to resuming our normal lives – at least temporarily. But for some, keeping up with sports is a year round obsession. After the football season, the focus is on basketball, then baseball, and then back to football. And then you have the smaller “in-between” sports such as golf, tennis, and auto racing. Delusional fans with their messianic worship of their teams spend thousands per year on tickets and sporting goods bearing logos of their favorite teams. It’s funny that the same people who sneer at reality shows themselves are engaged in what is probably the biggest reality shows of them all – sports or more specifically sports programming.

What is also amazing is how seriously sports commentators take this thing that at one time was merely recreation. I admit I do have some guilty pleasure watching some of these shows such as First Take with Skip Bayless and Steve Smith. They host a program on ESPN every weekday morning. It is often hilarious the big fuss they make over small things, such as a 20 minutes discussion on Carolina Panther’s Cam Newton for walking out in the middle of an interview after their Super Bowl loss. Here’s one from a couple weeks ago over the firing of the Patriot’s offensive line coach after their loss in the AFC championship game to the Broncos (the rant becomes more over the top towards the end):

Unfortunately behind all the distraction and hoopla are real issues that are being ignored such as America’s multiple wars, increasing police state, rampant disregard for the constitution, and out of control government spending. No question sports are used as a platform for propaganda. It is probably the biggest propaganda outlet for authoritative government, political correctness (i.e. Rooney Rule in the NFL), and nationalism of all of television. Though there is the usual salute to the armed forces at the beginning of each game, the one that really got my attention was the recent Veterans Day weekend in which the coaching staff for each NFL team were dressed in military uniforms for the games. Big-time sports discourages individualism and induces herding behavior and conformity. It also sends the wrong message to young men about instant wealth, fame and glory.

Some interesting insights from Bernie Suarez of activistpost.com:

The sports platform also teaches patrons to never question authority (umpires, referees or coaches), do as you are told, the government is a trustworthy system free or mostly free of corruption, the mass media reports factual truth, we only launch necessary wars to spread the message of freedom so you should honor the wars and the soldiers with season-long events and ceremonies before, during and after games.

Sports teaches that competition is good, and winning is the only thing that matters. Sports teaches self-denial and that team is more important than self in order to coordinate the defeat of another team.

For some people, they can’t think outside of major league programming. It could be labeled as some kind of mental disorder. After all, isn’t it much healthier to actually participate in sports instead of mindlessly sitting in front of your TV watching it? Sports programming is mind control.

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