I was listening to Colin Cowherd this past week on ESPN Radio, as I do to keep up with sports on a national level. Cowherd always has an interesting take on sports and will say things that others in the industry will not say. He also is extremely worldly, so don’t think that I’m somehow endorsing him for your listening pleasure.
But this past week he was talking about how the St. Louis (LA) Rams owner converted their stadium agreement with the city of St. Louis to year-to-year. What this means is that the owner of the Rams is planing on moving the team back to LA where they were before they came to St. Louis. The NFL has been trying to get a team in LA for years, and since the owner of the Rams also purchased a huge portion of land close to LA, the speculation is that he will build a stadium there and move the team. Cowherd was also reporting that if he did, the NFL would give him four Super Bowls at the new stadium over a 12 year period. Given all this, it is only a matter of time before the Rams return to being the LA Rams.
Of course, you know the fans in St. Louis are distraught over the possibility of losing their NFL team. One fan called the show and let his displeasure be known. He kept asking who would be his team if the Rams left?
The problem with this is that the team doesn’t belong to him or any other fan. This is just an illusion the owners of the teams foist upon their followers so that their followers will support their teams. I learned this lesson well with the Houston Oilers when the owner kept threatening to leave the city, and finally did. I did pull for the Cowboys for a while, but I know they are not my team. Neither are the Texans. They don’t belong to us and we must realize that the owners are committed to the well-being of their team long before they are committed to the “loyal fans.”
By watching the games, pulling for the teams, all we really do is enable billionaires to make more money on our loyalty and devotion. Is it really worth it? Is it worth it to pour our dollars and emotion and identity into something a bunch of rich guys came up with to entertain us?
Listen, you know me, I’m not turning liberal. I’m not anti-rich. Let the rich get even richer. When they do, they help a lot of people in the process (something the left can never admit). I just think it is a bit ridiculous to give our devotion and loyalty to anyone who really doesn’t know our name, struggles or anything about us, other than the fact that many of us are willing to sacrifice our spiritual well being in following their made up teams. After all, we are giving up a lot when we let our identity be found in something as vain and trivial as the… well Dallas Cowboys, or any other team. Is that who we want to be identified with when it is all said and done?
Not me. The NFL is nothing but a made up sport, with its high priests and great heroes. It has its very own holy of holies, known as the Hall of Fame. It has its own Valhalla with the Super Bowl and those who achieve victory there receive the ultimate righteousness and acclaim … for all of a year. Then the quest for more righteousness starts all over again for those who play it, follow it and watch it. It’s a never ending treadmill. No matter how many rings one has for winning the Super Bowl, the goal is always just one more ring, one more championship, one more piece of elusive greatness that will fade away when the next season begins.
What do we really get from the NFL? Is there anything lasting?
Not really. The joy, adulation and accomplishment achieved by those in it, is all there is to it. They get no more in the afterlife for their victories. After all, it’s just a made up game.