I grew up on television, and one of my favorite female characters was Samantha Stevens from "Bewitched." She was pretty like my sister Gina and she was a very kind person. The only problem with her is that she happened to be a witch. In her defense, she was a good witch...never did she try to cause problems or hurt people with spells. She only wanted to mind her own business and love her boring ole' husband Darren.
But then there was Mrs. Kravitz, the neighborhood snoop, snitch, and persistent busybody. She always had to stick her nose in poor Samantha Stevens business. It drove me crazy! She had to keep looking out her window waiting to pounce on another Stevens situation turning it into a crisis of her own making.
I also grew up watching sports, NFL being by far my favorite. I especially loved the NFL short movies of the great running backs with classical marching music being played in the background. I could watch them forever: Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson, Greg Pruitt, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders galloping stridently through a host of violent defenders.
I loved just plain football: grass, dirt, blood and a good hard tackle. I really didn't know anything about the private lives of these players, I just enjoyed the sport for what it was.
But ever since the famous O.J. trial, Mrs. Kravitz, (aka. The politically correct elite), started sticking her nose in the NFL's business, turning my sport into an ongoing political commentary. I could no longer watch football without wondering if I am supporting a misogynistic woman and gay hating culture. Indians use to cry over litter bugs, now they cry over a helmet with Grandpa Sitting Bull on it, and somehow I know I am to blame!
Mrs. Kravitz makes me feel that I am responsible for all the suicides being committed as a result of concussion trauma. I'm supposed to care and cheer on a punter who was gay and sued his coach because he was called bad names in the locker room. And now I must have an opinion concerning things that have nothing to do with the upcoming match-ups. Should the court system be left to handle domestic violence cases, (Ray Rice), or should people who carry a pigskin and smash heads for a living pave the way for a calmer, gentler society? Is it really the business of rich white talk show hosts to determine what is the proper construction of a switch that is used to exercise discipline in the home?
I don't know? I just want to tune in to hear the injury report so I can change the line-up on my fantasy football team.
I daily am now supposed to care about more than X's and O's - - I am expected to adopt the right view, I am supposed to lobby congress for action, I am supposed to wear pink through the month of October. I hate pink! (Even by saying that I feel I am going to get in trouble for being insensitive concerning breast cancer. Do I have to care about everything?)
Mrs. Kravitz and her minions are now spilling over to every sport: I think it is amazing that Brittney Griner can dunk a basketball, but I don't think loving another woman gave her that dunking ability. Who cares if Rory golfs better now because he isn't dating a tennis star. I don't want to judge a basketball expert because he made an off handed comment about the way Africans play basketball. And I am not going to debate with you about how Tim Tebow should play because he wears John 3:16 under his eye to stop the glare. (That is Mrs. Kravitz neighbor Mrs. Christian telling me that)
Can't we just watch a game? I know, I know Mrs. Kravitz would say, "It is this sort of apathetic attitude that lets bad players get away with bad behavior." No, I don't think that is true. I still believe in letting the justice system do their job, yes I think we need to properly prosecute and maintain laws...I am just saying that a catch is still a good catch whether or not the guy catching it was a vegan or a meat eater.
Oh well, now you know why I want to buy one of those little houses and move out in the woods where no Mrs. Kravitz can't find me. But if I do that it will probably be viewed by those who are snooping, snitching and meddling that I am a supporter of the evil NRA, I joined the Michigan militia, I kick cats and as a result I will be put on the governments "most wanted" list.
As a simple mindless sports fan who only wants to watch a good game, you just can't win anymore.