Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Hey, I'm not an A**hole, I'm an NFL Owner, Damn It! And no, I'm not Familiar with the Word "Synonym"

On days like yesterday, I marvel at the cognitive dissonance that must be necessary for some people to maintain sanity, and a pulse. To wit, please view, if you would be so kind, Exhibit 1: NFL owners.
Why is it that a group of billionaires gets a legalized monopoly on its football markets, then has the chutzpah to black out broadcasts when their crappy teams don't sell out games due to bad personnel decisions made by those same owners? The blackouts even apply if you pay for a premium service like NFL Sunday Ticket. For any other product, without handouts like free stadiums and monopoly pricing power, the lack of sales would send an important message, but for NFL owners, there is simply reinforcement that they are super-duper-smart-and-awesome-business-jerks.
And for that, I'd like to help with a simple cognitive revision: you're not super-smart, you're just assholes.
You're welcome.
PS The Chargers finally have the right coach, but the damage done by Norv Turner is not corrected overnight. Then again, the Chargers had the right coach about eight years ago, so it's still a guessing game about Spanos's ability to assess anything related to sports. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he fired McCoy after this season, due to idiocy. And yes, the extra "s" was intentional--look in the newest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style if you're confused.