It a family affair
A team is a family and, for the price of your attention and NFL Game Pass, everyone invited for Christmas dinner. You never be a brother. At best, you a distant cousin.
But you are all bound by a camaraderie that begins in the locker room and extends across the continent.
This is why the NFL is jumping so hard on the Jonathan Martin Richie Incognito story. This has gotten far more reaction, far more quickly than the concussion problem and that killing people.
The difference is that fans don care about the concussions or the dying. If they cared, they stop watching. There Authentic Andre Williams Jersey are more of them watching than ever.
The concussion problem is a closed loop. It players hurting players.
The Incognito problem tormenting a teammate into some sort of breakdown spins outward. It endangers the concept of family, and our imagined place in it.
Upon closer examination, this thing keeps getting creepier. TMZ released footage of Incognito, shirtless, stomping like a madman around a bar in daylight hours.
We have Incognito denials. Then we have the phone messages. Many of those are bizarrely intimate and insistent.
you half n piece of (expletive) (I want to) s in your f mouth. (I going to) slap your f mouth. There are more phone messages. They apparently reference female body parts and sexual preference (and we take the liberty of presuming that it not in a nice way). We can only imagine how bad this was in person. There presents like a disturbing fixation, bordering Authentic Jay Bromley Jersey on mania.
I no psychologist, but it hard not to sense a thwarted and entirely unwelcome romantic overtone to this level of persistence. The NFL doesn want to talk about a lot of things. Homoeroticism in the locker room would be top of that list.
Florida Sun Sentinel reported that coaches encouraged this aggressive line after Martin, coming off his rookie season, chose to skip a voluntary spring workout. In essence, they sicced Incognito on him. It is a roiling ball of hyper masculininity, privilege, ambition and fear. Fear most of all fear of getting cut, fear of getting hurt, fear of falling afoul of the group, fear of slipping back into civilian life.
These men are ruled through fear, and they are plainly encouraged to carry that fear forward.
The NFL does not want anyone thinking too hard about that. This isn http://www.giantsnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-jay-bromley-jersey.html a family. It a brotherhood of sorts, but it necessarily dysfunctional. giantsnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-andre-williams-jersey.html Unlike any proper social unit, it designed for turnover.
The league fear is that most of the rest of us wouldn want any part of this family were we to see it up close as we are now.
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It a Jacksonvillesque spread, but there no way to imagine the Rams coming out of this with a win. So Colts ( 9.5)
Houston missing coach Gary Kubiak after a reported sideline stroke last week. Hard to imagine football at the top of their priority list. Cardinals ( 2.5)