I know how fucking annoying that sounds, but it’s the truth.
The right thing to do is confront it and make your decision from there.
Look, personally, I’m going to watch the shit out of the Super Bowl:
#1 I love wings
#2 I love America
#3 I have several diversified bets on the game to make the contest itself more palatable
But after reading this dude’s essay, it’s a no-brainer that the inevitable long-term outcomes of this shit are pretty fucked up and inhumane.
It’s understandable that people who would never watch UFC and bristle at Quentin Tarantino’s depiction of Mandingo fighting still casually watch the Super Bowl: The violence in the first two are far more explicit and directly nauseating—and in Mandingo of course, slaves were physically forced to participate, though there are some leftists you hate that would argue that today’s economic and social pressure essentially has the same effect.
Think about the way these linebackers turn out. If the damage done to them is too abstract for you because the results aren’t immediately perceivable, then just think about watching their lives in time-lapse mode. Hit your remote’s fast forward button until it’s at like 3200x, and within minutes after the Super Bowl, they’ll be drooling retards so broken they make end-of-life Dick Clark and Richard Pryor look like end-of-life David Koresh.
Like I said, I’m watching it, but I also love porn and meat and hookers.
What do you love?