• Idol Alert! Hey, America, Has Football Become Your God?

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    Surge Summary: For too many Americans, football is practically the meaning of life. With all the problems and demands in life, perhaps a little more balance is in order.

    by Mikala H. LaGrita

    Football season has come, and for some, life once again has meaning.

    Society today puts more value on college and pro football games than any other diversion or occupation available.

    When the news announced that Tom Brady and his wife, Gisele, have engaged divorce lawyers, the response was overwhelming. “Yay, Tom Brady will play football until he is 50!”


    Not, “Sorry to hear that, it’s too bad, a family is breaking up. Poor kids and a shame about their broken life.”

    It appears that athletics and the participation thereof is likened to baptism, covering a multitude of sins. The playing of which is tantamount to everything Cole Porter said in his song,

    You’re The Top.”


    Has American society made football its god?

    It has become more than just a game.

    It has the elements that make team sports desirable, such a teamwork, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and a healthy body, yet it is a sultry siren that occupies the majority of the average Joe and Sally’s time.

    Not to mention, all of the gambling that goes on about the winners and loser, and matching spreads of weekly games.

    The scandals involving professional athletes are too numerous to count here, so let’s take an incident and parse it out.

    Ray Rice slapped his fiancé senseless in an elevator. This kind of behavior is intolerable.

    If the woman in question provoked him to this kind of anger, why did he not just walk away?

    Why do many football players/athletes get a pass on things that would cause complicated legal problems for the “commoner.”

    Football dominates the conversation in everyday life, at the office, at social gatherings and in homes.

    Even our language is liberally sprinkled with football idioms, such as, “he dropped the ball,” “get your head in the game,” or a least favorite, “we need a game plan.”

    If football were sugar, about ninety-four percent of Americans would be in a diabetic coma for four to six months out of the year.

    Could people focus that kind of energy on following their respective religions or devoting time to charitable pursuits?

    What kind of world would it be?

    What about medical research? Diseases could be cured, human suffering averted?

    What if that devotion was spent on quality time with loved ones?

    It boggles the mind to think about it.

    In today’s world of stress and disappointment, football has taken the place of all other things. It has become the valium of modern society. It has replaced all other forms of social contact and lessened our humanity.

    It most definitely has become a false idol.

    For those who do not share the fervor or excitement of the game, it is a frustrating issue.

    Try to find a conversation about books or the arts, it’s like looking for hen’s teeth.

    People stare and call names, like weirdo or egg heads.

    Society is on a spiral, and it isn’t looking good.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Image: Adapted from: Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications Photography – 16014-event-Football Game Fans-1981, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43095365

    Mikayla H. LaGrita is a wife, mother and writer who is refusing to be silent anymore.” 

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