Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Players continue to kneel for the national anthem so the NFL decided not to broadcast that part of the game. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
No. Fans aren’t stupid. We can tell you’re trying to hide the ball and we know you’re doing it because you’re siding with the protesters against the fans, which annoys us even more. Ratings are down another 5% from last week.
I suspect we’re going to get a new self-destructive behavior metaphor: kill the golden goose, cut off your nose to spite your face, hoist on your own petard, New Coke, shoot yourself in the foot, and soon: “pulling an NFL” meaning “driving away your own customers to prove how virtuous you are.”
They’re smarter than us, you know.