Larry O’Connor of the Larry O’Connor WMAL Afternoon Radio Show and I often clash on issues, however I’ve never been more proud of him yesterday when he was talking about the NFL and the networks which broadcast their shows being tone deaf to their fans. And Larry’s idea to put the league back in touch with their fanbase is a simple yet brilliant one – move the NFL from the liberal enclave of Manhattan and put it in the heart of America. Larry gave several suggestions, but one of them was absolutely brilliant. Move the NFL Headquarters to Canton Ohio, where the Pro Football Hall of Fame currently resides.
Much of the mainstream media is located in New York City, aka the home of limousine liberals. And because everyone from media executives to TV news anchors to producers to the people who handle storage are so isolated in their cocoon that they cannot recognize that the overwhelming majority of the people of the US see the media as out of touch with average every day ordinary Americans. Heck even a significant number of Democrats in the US see journalists and the media as out of touch.
Since the NFL is now run in part by CBS/ABC/NBC/ESPN (Fox seems to have escaped the liberal bubble at least for now) and it was the liberal media who kept telling the NFL how great the league was doing by taking on and insulting its fan base, the NFL now needs to do a lot of damage control. And what better way to do some real damage control than to get out of Limousine Liberal Land and go to the Heart Land where the NFL was born – Canton Ohio. As time goes on and more and more people get their TV shows from different sources, the NFL will be able to control its own product without any interference from the liberal bias of the networks – and the league would be saving money also.
Now the NFL may want to keep some things in NYC – Draft Night must stay in the Big Apple for example. However Larry O noted that the networks have become so out of touch that they had John Cleese (Monty Python fame) doing the intro to a recent game. For those of you who missed this bizarre spectacle – Cleese was openly wondering why they call it football when the game is mostly played by catching and throwing and running. Remember a few years ago that the NFL had Hank Williams Jr going “ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL” and you knew that “It was Monday Night and we’re ready to fight”. You’d see Navy planes taking off from a carrier and a few good bone crunching hits. But with Cleese you saw him in an English style living room saying the game made no sense to him- that the game really should be called “handball”. How does that relate to someone in Dallas or Houston or even Chicago or Washington DC. This is how far out of touch the networks are with the NFL fan base. The genius who likely came up with this idea tested it out with Monty Python fans only. Personally, I love John Cleese and I still watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail to this day. I even own a Roger the Shrubber T shirt. But Cleese should not be introducing the NFL.
Liberals are so far removed from the average American they can’t understand what makes the average American tick. We love our football, our basketball, our BBQ. We are not Europe, we Americans are a bit rough around the edges, and we don’t like family dynasties. So Commissioner Goodell, do something good for once in your career, and move the NFL HQ away from your wine cooler drinking buddies and come into Middle America– who knows, you may see your ratings go back up again!