Jason Witten Owned The Libs During Monday Night Football By Attributing The NFL's Increase In 'Roughing The Passer' Penalties To A Left Wing Lean
Whelp, I guess it's about that time we start slowly but surely bullying Jason Witten out of the booth. It's a shame really, as he was just starting to get the hang of stating the blatantly obvious, if not entirely false, with the charisma of a suicidal scientist in a way that made it easy to be woken up from a second quarter slumber after choking on your own drool. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that's the course of action we've decided upon taking towards anyone that has the gall to bring up "politics" in the super, duper safe space in which we all view our favorite inherently violent sport. Or is the ability to spend a few hours being blissfully ignorant towards all of society's issues no longer why we watch football now that someone found a nonsensical way to blame a universally despised rule change on the libs?
I don't want to make the NFL's incessant stupidity into a political argument, but the recognizable white male who went out of his way to do just that after being randomly selected to man a highly sought after position for which he's insanely unqualified should probably have a better understanding of how they work. You know, seeing as he can directly attribute the immediate success (in hiring, not execution) of his career change to them. I guess I can understand why someone less in the know might see the pussification of pass-rushing to be a liberal initiative, but Jason Witten? Of all people?
Assuming he wasn't brainwashed, shouldn't a player who worked under Jerry Jones for a damn decade and a half know better than anyone that the NFL's braintrust is much, much more concerned with money than they are with maintaining healthy brains or earning trust? The dangerously detrimental direction in which 'Roughing the Passer' penalties are trending isn't about protecting the players that understood the risks of football when decided to play it professionally. It's about protecting the investments that are premium pocket passers. It's wealthy white dudes who took time out of pandering to the President to make it so that athletes who are freakishly quick for their size have to defy the laws of physics to avoid taking a penalty, because the draw of quality quarterbacks is their key to unlocking yet another super secret tax bracket.
I never even thought about it as such until Jason Witten brought it up, but - if politically influenced at all - the near forbiddance of textbook tackling those playing a particular position solely because they hold the power as the most profitable players in the sport is overly conservative. Though I'd probably avoid making such an unnecessarily biased suggestion on-air during a nationally broadcasted primetime game because it's deffffinitely and toooootally not the ramifications of politics that are ruining sports, but rather uncomfortable reminders that the two are often intertwined...