A very short article that puts some things in perspective regarding the insane status of football stars (and those who profit from the biz): “Now, after the AP’s report that the NFL received and sat on the video of Ray Rice’s elevator altercation, people are talking about what Commissioner Goodell needs to do to salvage football’s reputation. But I’m sort of confused what we’re salvaging here…Salvaging football’s reputation has been the problem all along. “Think of the program” is the kind of thinking that protected Jerry Sandusky far too long. Protect the reputation. Protect the illusion.This is a pretend-game. Obviously. All sports are pretend-games. Nothing is more deadly serious than things that are ultimately, like football, frivolous. You pretend that things that don’t matter, matter — white lines on turf, a brown leather ball. You pretend that things that do matter — real lives, real people, a woman stunned and groggy in an elevator — don’t.”
There’s nothing wrong with sports, fantasy, illusion, fiction, and virtual reality. But when they assume the status that the football and other sports have, when these games concentrate wealth and create privileged castes, and when these fictitious entertainment bubbles insulate people from being held accountable for hurting others, then it is time to pop the bubble and deconstruct the fantasy.