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It’s Sunday night, one week before the Super Bowl, and guess how I’m
celebrating? No, I’m not going to be in front of my television on this night.
Instead, I’m planning on going to a movie with my wife about a ballet
Yes, I know that Black Swan is a psychological thriller nominated
for a bunch of Oscars, but after 20 straight weeks of Sunday nights parked at
home or a local sports bar watching hour after hour of NFL action, on this – the
first Sunday night P.F. (post football) – I’ll sadly be at the
Some fans may argue that I should be at home watching the annual
Pro Bowl game.
But honestly, there is nothing “pro” about the Pro
Neither of the Super Bowl teams are represented, both offenses and
(especially) the defenses play at subpar speed, receivers don’t lay out for
balls, and the quarterbacks never get sacked.
While the NFL tries year
after year to make its version of the “All Star” game relevant, no player wants
to go all out in a game that doesn’t count.
The only thing worse than an
injury in the Pro Bowl is an injury in a meaningless preseason game, but at
least a Pro Bowl injury, as embarrassing as it may be, occurs after the season
Then again, a Pro Bowl injury could jeopardize a player’s season
the following year.
Although, next season may be different for all NFL
The owners are threatening to lock out their employees if the
NFL owners and Players Association don’t come to a contractual agreement by
In case you’ve been living on a desert island for the past year,
what that means is that after this Sunday’s Super Bowl between Green Bay and
Pittsburgh, there might not be any football for a much longer time than what
we’re used to.
That’s right, if the owners and players don’t come to an
agreement, America’s most successful sports league may be postponed for – well,
nobody knows just how long! I’ll be honest: I don’t have all the facts about the
dispute, maybe I’m in denial and can’t bear to read anything in regard to a
potential work stoppage, but it’s a true shame when billions of dollars of
income aren’t enough to keep people satisfied.
Again, without delving
into the specifics, one word keeps popping up again and again in my mind –
I remember the last time the league went on strike. The year was
1987, and players seeking the right to free agency and to guarantee themselves a
bigger share in league revenue staged a 24- day walkout.
The season was
reduced from the 16 to 15 games. The games that were scheduled for the third
week of the season were canceled, but the games for weeks 4-6 were played with
replacement players, otherwise known as “scabs.”
Most of the veteran
players did not cross picket lines during the strike.
Luckily for me, as
an Indianapolis Colts fan, one of the players who did cross the picket line was
starting quarterback Gary Hogeboom – and yes, for all you youngsters, I’m
talking about that old-geezer who showed up on the hit show Survivor: Guatemala
a few years ago.
That year, the Colts ended up making the playoffs for
the first time since moving to Indianapolis, finishing the season at
They may have gotten trounced 38-21 in the Divisional Round at
Cleveland, but at least Indy got its first taste of playoff
However, despite my team’s success, the players demands’ were
never met, and it was the game of football and the fans that really came away
So on this Sunday night, the streak of 20 straight Sunday
nights of football is sadly over.
And after the Super Bowl, who knows
what’s in store for us American football fans here in Israel, or anywhere else
around the world.
I do hear though, that Natalie Portman is not a bad
ballet dancer. Please pass the popcorn.