I'm certain many of you can relate & I'm certain many of you get tired of hearing the "no respek" complaint, but seriously, this is a good part of the reason why I'm quickly losing interest in the NFL Many of you that have been here for a while know how I feel about my team. I'm a homer through & through, but I am usually pretty fair with criticism of my team and most of it's players. What I really find annoying though is the constant overhype of players & teams and the total disregard and downplaying of others that are just as, if not more deserving. As some of you also know, I quit watching ESPN & NFL Network completely after 2011, the above & bountygate being big reasons but also the utter lack of any quality content. I really got tired of turning it on and waiting through entire shows of the Patriots, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants to only see a 30 second blurb about the Saints.
So, this morning I'm watching the local news and usually after the local news Good Morning America comes on & I turn the TV off to start my workday (working from home). But, hey, I see they are going to have a story about Brady & Brees facing off and I decide to leave it on for a while. So on comes their NFL segment &, of course it starts off with the NFL protests of the weekend, but they use that as a segue in to the Brees/Brady story in that they started the story talking about the criticisms of Brees over the flag kneeling. The story goes on to talk about Brady & his debut in a Bucs uniform & how strange it looks seeing him in that uniform & oh by the way, Brady now hold the record for the oldest QB to ever throw a pass in the NFL. Every single highlight they showed was Brady and the Bucs, including two touchdowns. The only thing they ever said about Brees other than the controversy was that he was the other 40+ QB in the game. The only thing that could be considered a Saints highlight was at the very end of the segment when they finally said the Saints won the game (and that was all they said about it) when Janoris Jenkins intercepted Brady, but they didn't even show that. All they showed was Jenkins jumping the route and they cut the clip before he even intercepted it.
Wanna know why I'm close to calling it quits for good? It's the little things like this. The stuff that, on it's own, doesn't usually matter. You laugh it off & move on knowing you won & they lost & they're just bitter about it. But that stuff starts piling up and piling up. All the controversies & all the nonsense & drama & bullmanure. It's becoming less & less about the game & winning and more & more about creating "entertainment" & drama and propping up the big markets and marketable players. I'm just so... over it.