Rare it is that I link to the Daily Kos. However, I saw this over at Hugh Hewitt's place and it may be the perfect Lefty Post ever. The author determines that the NFL is both a symptom and a cause for all that he says ails America. I love this post for many reasons. First, it demonstrates the hatred of the Left for masculinity. Competition, physical confrontation, high-spirits and even an appreciation of pretty cheerleaders is suspect. One reason those like me feel liberalism is unmanly is that in its deepest manifestation it consciously rejects manliness. Second, is the Cromwellian disdain for leisure activity or entertaining diversions. The mindset that banned bear-baiting in England not because of the pain of the bear but the pleasure of the on-looker is here manifest. The comments emphasize this. "It is terrible that people watch football instead of protesting McChimpy's unjust war," seems to be the reigning philosophy.
The formerly liberal idea of sport as a leveler among classes is gone. Back at Hamilton the more leftist a professor the more he despised organized sports (and fraternities). I, non-athlete that I am, always got the impression that this was driven by a detestation of the popularity of athletes versus pompous know it alls. You could just look at the most rabid jock haters on the faculty and see jealously. In fact, I sometimes think that if only some guy over 5' 6" had taken Nancy Rabinowitz to the freak'n prom we would have been spared the Ward Churchill imbroglio.
The author makes good points on public subsidies of stadiums but people vote for a lot of counterproductive measures that make them feel good (see minimum wage hikes) without complaint from the Left. One of the commentators believes federal intervention is needed to prevent teams from playing municipalities off against one another. Yes, indeed federal intervention to prevent economic competition between the states over sports teams! The Founders would be so proud.
Also, no mention of Greenbay which is community owned in a blue state. I would think this would cause Kosgasms but apparently the glass must be totally empty while Bush is in office.
Who calls the American people "the masses" in 2007? Is this common among Chomskyites? If anyone in Ithaca is reading this let me know.
The comments must be read (especially those that believe Rugby is not a popular American sport because of the NFL conspiracy).
Next time some Lefty complains that the Right keeps calling it unAmerican this is exhibit 1.
And I personally thank the commentators on Kos who called this overthetop nonsense as it sustains my faith in humanity, such as it is.