I Didn't Watch A Single Play Of The Super Bowl This Year, And I Didn't Miss Much

I Didn't Watch A Single Play Of The Super Bowl This Year, And I Didn't Miss Much

Bad play calling? The Kaepernick Effect? Not enough time? What's going on?


It's Sunday night, and I am preparing for the next school week. I read from textbooks and type up class responses. I watched "True Detective" (everyone should be watching) with my older brother. I went out with my fiancé into Baltimore, where we saw many different venues and options for our wedding.

It wasn't until late in the day when I realized "Hold on…is the Super Bowl going on right now?"

As Americans, we all know what the Super Bowl is. The cornerstone game of the NFL has become a pseudo-holiday to many people in this country and around the world. I remember going to Super Bowl parties throughout my life. Families, friends, and work colleagues would all be present. This year was different; I had no interest in watching the game or the commercials. Why?

The NFL is a bad product.

While the NFL is still the most popular sports league in the country, there are problems rising to the forefront. Whether it is horrible referee calls or new game rules that give an advantage to an offensive player, fans of the sport continue to say that the NFL product is slipping.

Whether these opinions are true or not, the fact remains that Super Bowl ratings did not break 100 million viewers this year, the lowest in over a decade.

The Kaepernick effect

Who would have thought that kneeling down would have caused such a controversy? Colin Kaepernick has not been in the league since 2016, yet he is still the most recognizable face of the NFL whether they like it or not. I feel like if the NFL really wanted him to go away, they could have put him on a team and let the public be satisfied with him being in the league.

Time has shown that the general public sees Kaepernick as a martyr, a player who was wrongfully shut out of the league based on his First Amendment constitutional right to protest. Is the Kaepernick effect a big cause of the lost viewership? Probably not, but the negative image people have of the league still stands.

Adult life is hectic.

Since the beginning of this year, life has been especially busy for me. Whether it is planning for a wedding, working on work and school assignments, or just spending time on other projects you might be working on, I've been slammed.

I have realized more this year that time is the most important currency this life has to offer, and it needs to be used in the best way possible. In my mind, spending four hours on a team that I wasn't rooting for the entire year prior isn't the best use of my time.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.

I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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