The NFL Dilemma

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

The NFL, National Football League, has a tremendous problem.

The kneeling incident, created by several black players. protesting the actions of police who have upheld the law by arresting and sometimes shooting activists who have resisted arrest and threatened the lives of police officers, is backfiring on the league.

Fans are getting tired of the continuous protests, especially since they are based on a lie.

There was no police brutality, and in most cases, no racism. Just police officers upholding the law and protecting their own lives.

But it is a bigger problem than that, and it has been coming for a long time.

At one time, athletes were role models, someone a kid could look up to and emulate, someone to model their life after.  Athletes lived to a higher standard, they avoided trouble, and tried to live a good moral life.

That time has disappeared, especially in the NFL and the NBA, in today’s world many have fallen from grace and are no longer role models.

About half of the NFL players have some sort of police record and many have served time in jail.

Except for congress, no organization has this high of a crime rate.

I wonder if this is why they don’t like the police?

In any profession, you only hire the best people you can find, and their criminal record is taken into account. How many businesses would hire someone with a criminal record?

Most corporate executives know that to hire people of that caliber, you are only asking for trouble, so they shy away from them and never employ them, thus avoiding trouble.

The NFL ignores this issue, and cater to them because of their talent.

They are discovering that regardless of their talent, these people are becoming a liability.

The few trouble makers are destroying the game for everyone, the players, teams, and the fans.

Where are the Peyton Mannings and Tim Tebows?

Remember when Tim Tebow was scorned for praying on the field?

Now players are praised for exercising their so-called first amendment rights.

The fans go to the games to be entertained, they are trying to forget all the political garbage in the world today, and a vast majority of fans are extremely patriotic, the last thing they want to see is an over paid entitled Prima Donna protesting about how hard life is when they are making millions of dollars a year throwing a football.

The only way this is going to get settled is for the decent athletes to stand up to the nonsense and once again return some common sense and decency to the sport.

If they don’t, the sport will be ruined beyond repair.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

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Michael Vick; Should He Play Football again?

   Should Michael Vick Play?

     There are many reasons why Michael Vick shouldn’t be allowed to play football again.

I understand that we should all be forgiving and forget about things in
the past if a person truly apologizes and repents. However there is
more to it.

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People in the public eye,be they sports figures,
politicians, teachers, police, fireman, etc, have a certain image to
project. People,especially kids look up to them. Everyone of them
should try to lead a life of high moral values and ethics. Like it or
not,they are leaders in our communities, and as such are role models.

None of us are perfect,and although it is probably unattainable in this life
time, we should all strive for perfection and lead the best life we can
according to our abilities and present knowledge.

I know it probably sounds old fashioned in this day and age , however, when I
played high school sports in a small school in the mid west, the
athletes were held to a higher standard and more was expected of them.
If one of us messed up, such as staying out after curfew or smoking we
were off the team,if our grades weren’t good enough that was also cause
for suspension, regardless of how good an athlete we were.

 What resulted as a consequence of bad behavior, was a feeling we had let the
school and community down,we were humiliated because the school was
depending on us and we let them down. The worst critics were our own
team mates, they wouldn’t let up about how we had messed up and ruined
the chances of winning the “big” game. As a result, those instances
didn’t happen very often. I’m not saying that once you were off the
team one stayed off, unless it was a really bad offense or the kid was
a repeat offender, the suspension was only for a game or two.

This is all well and good and is how it should be.

The case with Michael Vick is extreme in many ways, these days professional
and some college teams have to call the local jail before they can make
out the starting team for a particular game. Many players only get a
slap on the hand, are forgiven, and then go on to commit more and more
serious crimes until they finally wind up in jail for good. That does
the sport and the player no good whatsoever.
If society and professional sports would clamp down on this type of unacceptable
behavior, it would soon end and everyone would be the better for it.

Like it or not, Michael Vick and others like him are still role models and
have a responsibility to society to act as such. Letting them play
again serves no useful purpose rather than fill the stands, create photo ops, and create controversy to sell newspapers.

Vick has or should have plenty of money, he doesn’t have to work, what would be
more beneficial than anything if he would become an example of what can
happen when one doesn’t follow the rules. Let him lecture on making
proper choices in life, he would be a great benefit to society and as a
side benefit would make more money than he could ever make playing
football.

The more people and especially kids were to realize 
there are serious consequences to bad behavior, the more likely people
would learn  to make better choices.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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