One of the more entertaining Broadway plays of the past 200’s is Avenue Q (a Broadway play for a sports analogy?! Yes!). There’s lots of great songs among the play that was nominated for six Tony Awards; The Internet Is For Porn and Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist among them.
When it comes to sports lets be honest, e
Everyone’s A Little Bit Hypocritical.
We slam Penn State fans – unless we’re a part of the Nittany Lion nation. We condemn Syracuse and North Carolina basketball programs as deplorable stains on their universities and college basketball – unless our diplomas came from UNC Chapel Hill or Syracuse.
College hasn’t monopolized the market on fans that will forgive any sin as long as it happens on “our” campus. The NFL is proving its fan bases also know how to forgive the home team while finding transgressions of players on other teams disgusting.
Domestic violence is supposed to be the one common issue all fans could agree was unforgivable, but in reality, it’s completely forgivable provided the offender helps your team. Baltimore rallied around Ray Rice (the rest of the country forgot about his elevator beatdown of his then finance because it was much easier to turn our anger to the NFL fan’s personal piñata – Commissioner Roger Goodell). Rice isn’t out of the league because of domestic violence, he’s out because he has little to no value on the field.
Teams are standing in line to acquire Adrian Peterson, with the stumbling block being his contract not the photos from his style of discipline toward his son. And now everyone but Cowboy fans has a problem with Greg Hardy getting a “second chance” after a North Carolina judge felt he was guilty of allegedly tossing his girlfriend into a bath tub, choking her and then tossing her onto a futon of loaded guns.
In Dallas they see their team getting a sweetheart one-year deal for a Pro Bowl defensive end and hope he provides them ‘Boys the same 15 sacks he had as a Carolina Panther in 2013 (they’ll settle for the 11 sacks he had in ’12). After a smattering of boos – to show the world that they as fans are appropriate for today’s society more so than that Hardy’s actions were inappropriate, Cowboy nation will cheer every quarterback pressure Hardy can create and hope a longterm contract is offered by the Jerry or Stephen Jones. If Hardy’s signing proves successful, Cowboy fans will assuage their guilt for choosing winning over “what’s right” by attacking the competition for similar transgressions.
In Houston, or Philadelphia, or New York, or DC, fans and media will find it incomprehensible Hardy’s playing and thankful their team didn’t offer him a contract, though even if they can’t admit it they’d at the very least feign forgiveness if he could help the hometown team to a title.
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