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Top Ten Reasons To Stop Watching Football

There is a pressing need for us to unplug ourselves from the football machine . . . to become atheists of the pigskin religion . . . and dispel the mesmerizing quality it has over us minds.

1. Football Is A False And Stupid Religion

In the American imagination, football once held a special place. It was as wholesome as apple pie or Sunday at church, as beloved as dear old mom. Over the years the sport attracted an almost religious reverence. As America’s old-time customs and institutions withered, millions turned to football to fulfill their longing for community and purpose. Watching football gave them a routine, a ritual, and a means by which to relate to coworkers, neighbors, and relatives.

But over the past decade, the gridiron faithful have begun do doubt. The sport’s fall from grace has been blamed on a number of factors; most notably the growing awareness of the impact of concussions. The NFL and Division I college teams are reeling from lawsuits and media pressure. And the big leagues’ struggles aren’t even the worst of it. The sport is collapsing from the bottom up, as suburban parents eschew peewee ball for tamer, safer pastimes like soccer and cross country.

But concussions aren’t a good reason to stop watching football. The real reasons for boycotting football is that the sport is making us less dangerous, less vital. Football fandom is domesticating White people. It’s turning us into passive spectators, not just of sports, but of history.

2. The NFL Has Become A Racial Morality Play

Everyone knows that race is real, consciously or not. For many years, the racial animosities seemed absent from professional sports. Americans—Black or White—could find common ground in their favorite teams. Whites could admire a Black for his prowess as an athlete, and Blacks might return the favor by respecting a brilliant coach or a good quarterback. Football seemed to be, quite literally, a “level playing field.”

But over the decades, Football became a morality play. The lessons one was supposed to draw were that success depended on determination, grit, and teamwork, that racially diverse men could work together to achieve masterful athletic performances, that, no matter how low his station in society, he could become a champion. Football taught everyone—players, coaches, fans—the value of racial egalitarianism.

But underneath this racial bonhomie, tensions simmered. Even before Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem, White fans were already deeply, unconsciously troubled by the racial dynamic of the NFL. They perceived (correctly) that race is a weapon used against them in all aspects of life: affirmative action, the “diversity” racket, White Guilt, White Privilege, etc. They thus seek (always unsuccessfully) to neutralize the subject with the promise of multiracial American patriotism or silly euphemisms like “We don’t see race.”

The seriousness of the rupture is measurable. While ticket sales have remained relatively stable, enthusiasm has plummeted. Many season-ticket holders have lost interest, as is apparent from the scenes of sad, half-empty stadiums.

3. The Black Players/White Fans Dynamic Is Pathetic

For many, football has become their source of identity. Whereas in other times, men would find identity in their religion, their community, or their work, now atheistic, deracinated, cubical-man finds identity in the sports he watches. He prides himself on voyeurism. He exalts in other men’s triumphs. He goes so far as to wear facsimile jerseys emblazoned with his champion’s name. It is pathetic.

And the fan is doing this, paradoxically, from a position of superiority. After all, he’s the one paying money for athletes to entertain him. The more thoughtful sportswriters have often suggested something inherently exploitative about the fan-athlete relationship. The fan simultaneously dehumanizes and idealizes the Black athlete. On the one hand, the athlete is a beast of burden, a commodity to be traded and wagered on in various fantasy leagues. On the other hand, the fan views the athlete as a hero and unreachable pinnacle of masculinity.

This kind of ambivalence is volatile. And as seen by some ugly confrontations on the field this year, simmering beneath the mutual admiration between players and fans is an intense contempt.

4. The NFL and College Sports Are Full of Criminally Insane Thugs

Even fans call it the National Felons League, and for good reason. A database from the eminently normie USA Today tracks football arrests and the results are an endless chronicle of DUI’s, gun charges, domestic violence, prostitutes, and drunken assaults. The League is constantly dealing with the negative publicity fromcontinuous arrests. Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, and Lawrence Taylor are notorious examples.

Not surprisingly, Vince McMahon’s declaration that the XFL—an upstart, WWE-styled competition to the NFL—won’t hire felons is already being called, accurately, “racist.” ESPN announces are unironically condemning it because it will make it hard for the league to hire enough Blacks.

To be overly fair, part of the problem may be the effects of the game itself: convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez’s brain was already destroyed before he killed himself at age 27. But mostly, it is simply the predictable effects of hiring ghetto thugs and handing them huge sums of money. It’s the same reason that most NFL players go broke only a few years after leaving the league, despite their lucrative salaries. It’s the result (again, highly predictable) of a high-time preference population given media adulation, money, power, resources, and the assurance of a largely consequence-free environment. And even given all this, too many of them can’t keep from shooting themselves, let alone other people.

5. White and “White” Billionaire Owners Will Side With Their Black Players, Not Their Patriotic Fans

It is important to remember that the owners are facilitating and excusing the bad behavior. Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys—the NFL’s most famous and colorful owner—is paradigmatic. Jones is notorious for excusing the antics and criminality of various Black athletes. from “Pacmac” Jones, who has the endless rap sheet of the “gansta life,” to Greg Hardy, who was found guilty of assaulting his White girlfriend before getting off when she suspiciously failed to appear in court to testify, to various other Blacks connected to assault, gun charges, and drug use.

Despite his indulgent attitude, Jones initially strongly opposed the Anthem protests…until he didn’t. He tried to please everyone by having the Cowboys take a knee prior to the National Anthem, then lock arms during the anthem itself. This “compromise” only gave credence to The Narrative that blacks are victims of systematic oppression by police, and Jones might have started a new NFL tradition (self-righteous pre-Anthem kneeling) as a result.

Jones is the quintessential “conservative” cuck. His hyper-patriotism is mask for a man who wants to navigate a declining culture. And he’s even willing to dispense with that to avoid being called “racist.”

6. Race Is Real And That Means The NFL Will Be Black

Blacks dominate the game. Whites are massively underrepresented in the NFL and major colleges: Whites make up 65 percent of the U.S. population but only 30 percent of NFL players.

It should come as no surprise that Africans are genetically predisposed to excel at football. Vis-à-vis Whites, West Africans have:

  • longer legs
  • narrower hips,
  • lower centers of gravity,
  • lower body fat,
  • higher quantities of fast-twitch muscle tissue (useful for short bursts of speed),
  • higher testosterone levels.

Added to this, Blacks develop faster than Whites. Black mothers have shorter gestation periods (39 weeks); Blacks babies will tend to hold their heads up and sit up sooner in the crib; and Blacks go through puberty at a younger age. These factors have a tremendous impact in the college recruiting process—as Black athletes are more highly developed earlier—which, in turn, determines who ultimately makes it to the pros,

7. College Football Degrades The Idea Of Education

Do you know ho won the first Heisman Trophy? The answer is Jay Berwanger in 1935. He didn’t go to Notre Dame or Michigan but the University of Chicago. Four years later, UChicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins banned football outright, for utterly reactionary reasons: “In many colleges, it is possible for a boy to win 12 letters without learning how to write one.” Hutchins was a prophet: he recognized early on the transformation of amateur athletics—and the universities themselves—into a giant entertainment industry.

The college football industry has made a mockery of acadamia. Scandals at the University of North Carolina at Chappel Hill, and Baylor, among others, testify to the rank fraud that is the “amateur” sport of college football. In lieu of pay, universities offer football players fringe benefits. That includes easy classes, special “tutors” (who write their essays for them) and access to prime women. It’s disgusting.

8. Most Of Those “Genius” White Coaches And Announcers Are Dumber Than Rocks—And Total Cucks

Throughout Middle America and the South, a football coach is a man upheld as a Patton of the gridiron: part field commander, part strategic mastermind, occasional pep-talker and bear-hugger. He represents a certain kind of old-school authoritarian that Whites still admire.

In reality, coaches are closer to being babysitters or, yes, we’ll say it, plantation managers. And most are high-functioning morons: they are smart enough to understand a wish-bone offense and the intracacies of “cover 2,” but dumb enough to be blissfully unaware of the absurdity of their profession and the terrible impact it has on society. These are guys leading the efforts to remove Confederate statues on campus, lest any prized Black recruit gets offended.

The “great” coaches—those that become beloved icons—possess the personality types of the modern politician: they balance the desire to win at all cost with need to go with the PC flow; they nod to values and mores of their White fans, while kowtowing to ownership or their schools’ “booster” societies of multi-millionaires. They are not leaders.

9. The NFL Is “Patriotic” In The Worst Possible Ways

Football was once a midwestern oddity and favorite sport of the Ivy League. Today, football has become, in the midst of collapsing and fragmenting culture, one of the few things the American civic nation can claim to hold in common.

Thus the American military is now a prominent part of the NFL. The NFL has, in fact, dedicated the entire month of November to the U.S. military (“Salute To Service”), in which players and coaches add camouflage “flair” to the uniforms.

None of this is altruistic. Between 2012 and 2015, the Department of Defense spent more than $10 million on “marketing and advertising contracts with professional sports teams.” Among that, some $5.5 million of tax-payer funding had gone to 14 NFL teams. These contracts gave the military the right to produce “America, Fuck Yeah!” flyovers, unfurl enormous flags, and hold color guard ceremonies and even enlistment campaigns at NFL games. (The DoD payouts to the NFL ended in 2016, after much criticism. The month-long “Salute to Service” continues.) Does anyone doubt that the military supports the NFL in order to generate unconditional support for its overseas wars and industrial complex? Does anyone doubt that the NFL latches on to the military to cover over its own problems? Or even to present itself as a unapproachable branch of the U.S. government?

10. Watching Football Gives You A False Sense of Evolutionary Fitness

More so than any other sport, watching football gives its fans the illusion of strength and manliness. Crushing hits, terrifying injuries, bodies being laid out on the ground—all of this set out for your amusement. It resembles war, with uniforms, formations, codewords, and above all, struggles for territory. Football fandom also appeals to traditionally “male” activities such as eating greasy food, hanging out with “the boys,” and drinking beer.

But the manliness of football is precisely why watching football is so insidious. Much like football’s phony “patriotism” serves as a substitute for real identity, football fandom substitutes for real masculinity. Indeed, it does this quite literally. The right side of the brain possesses “mirror neurons,” which connect, and allow us to vicariously experience, the actions of others.

The effect of watching football is analogous to consuming porn. On a basic level, the mind doesn’t grasp the difference.

The benefits of a “tough” sport—strength, courage, comradeship with a team—come from playing it. Simply watching it, and engaging in activities which make you weaker as you are watching, doesn’t make you tough. It just makes you a spectator.

Stop Watching Football

 

The System doesn’t want us to do; it wants us to watch. It doesn’t want us to create but consume; to watch porn, not to have fruitful sexual relationships.

“Fandom” itself is an expression of the loss at the heart of the modern world. Men want to fight and win, be part of a gang, sacrifice for glory, and be rewarded with fame and women. Fandom transforms these impulses into weaknesses. It is a counterfeit tribalism: it gives you a group of people to surround yourself with, colors to wear, slogans to chant.

Without the false identity and community, a man is forced to build something real, to achieve, to create–to get out there and make something of himself. This means spending time with friends and family, playing (not just watching) sports, training to fight, participating in meetups and activism, and building institutions.

Be something more than a spectator. Be a part of history. Be a man—and stop being a fan.

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