Blondie: Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to… be Quarterbacks

November18/ 2017

Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to…  be Quarterbacks


At this week’s SaidWhatMedia topic assignment meeting, I INSISTED that BobLee let me do this one. He said OK. I thought it would be harder to convince him.   He and AgentPierce were having fun sticking pins in a Jim Goodmon voodoo doll so maybe he wasn’t paying attention?? Anyway, I got it.

We don’t watch The NFL at our house any more. Not on Sundays and not on all those “Nights” that it is on. It is NOT a boycott or a girlcott or any kind of “cott”. It is not even a protest about the protesting.  We simply outgrew it and have moved on.

Has The NFL “jumped the shark” like so many long-running TV series that stay around too long? It has for us…

Yes, we watch The Super Bowl each year, or always have… maybe not even that this year; but both BobLee and I aren’t interested in The NFL any more. It is fine with us if you are still an NFL fan. We hope it is OK with you if we aren’t.

“Not watching The NFL” has spawned a cottage industry of analysts explaining why so many people for so many reasons are not watching The NFL. Could “spawning cottage industries” be a cottage industry?

I came across this article that discusses an aspect of The NFL and football in general that I, as a mother, have thought about.Blondie

We raised one child – a daughter – so “play football yes/no” was never an issue in our home. If we had a son who was athletically-inclined would we encourage / support him towards playing football at the youth league level? In today’s climate with revelations about CTE et al, I don’t think we would.

There are so many other sports activities that offer the same life lessons of competition, team play, winning/losing, and physical activity… why add the unnecessary serious injury aspects of football?

As you may know… our son-in-law “Pastor Danny” was a for-real “football star” in high school and played WR for four year at Div III Wheaton.  He already has joint issues that will need attention at some point.  Will my grandchildren “play football”?  It won’t be my decision but for “the first two” – Ruthie and Scarlett – it won’t be an issue.  Knowing “Kid” I doubt it will ever be an issue.

This article, by a very outspoken sports talk show host – Clay Travis – talks about The Future of Quarterbacks as well as other aspects of the current NFL Crisis. BobLee tells me Clay Travis tends to “cross the line” to be provocative just to be provocative. Maybe, but he doesn’t in this piece.   I recommend you read the entire article… but especially the section about Quarterbacks.

Knowing 20-25 years ago what we know now…

Would the mammas of Peyton and Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers, etc etc have wanted their sons to “play football”.

All of them were athletically gifted enough to have been really good in any number of other sports… where life-changing injury is not so much an issue on every play.

I really encourage you to read the entire article. A lot of it is about NFL TV ratings and such but even that is interesting…

Oh… and Roger Goodell.  Maybe he is a nice guy in person.  But when I see him on TV his smugness makes me want to hit him in the face with a frying pan.  What a DOLT!



NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Clay Travis – OKTC

…. In the meantime, I think the biggest threat to the NFL’s product right now is the lack of quality quarterbacks. The scary thing for the NFL? I don’t see that improving because with the CTE issues now becoming a major point of discussion across the country there are going to be fewer and fewer kids playing football. You know most parents won’t let their children box now because we know what it does to a person’s brain, what if the same thing happens with football?

You might think the declining numbers of kids playing football won’t impact things very much, but it’s important to contemplate the position that will be most impacted by this decision.

It’s quarterback.

I think CTE is likely to decimate the quarterback position in football.

That’s because quarterbacks tend to come from two parent, middle class households and the players would probably go to college even if they didn’t play football. Playing quarterback is expensive, you have to go to exclusive camps now to refine your craft and become elite.
The parents of quarterbacks are the most likely parents to pull their sons from football.

Look at the list of top quarterbacks in the NFL, how many of them needed to play football to go to college? Maybe Dak Prescott. Maybe. Are there any other star quarterbacks in the NFL that wouldn’t have gone to college without football? … Not that I know of.

That means football is something that they are choosing to do as part of many other potential activities, sports and otherwise.

Football isn’t their way out of poverty, it’s just a sport they start playing and happen to be good at.

Odds are most top quarterbacks in the NFL could have also been pretty good at baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis or lacrosse if they’d played those sports instead.

What would happen if you took the top ten quarterbacks and removed them from the NFL? The league would be virtually unwatchable, right?
In the next decade will the Manning brothers, the Brady’s and Brees’s, the Cam Newton’s, Matt Ryan’s and Russell Wilson’s of the world play football? I doubt their parents will let them.

They’ll play other sports.

If that happens, the NFL’s bad play is going to get worse and worse in the years ahead.




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3 years ago

I remember my uncle talking about his business partner, a Carolina running back in the 50’s, who he told me at age 40, Jim said it was hard for getting out of bed in the morning with aches and pains. And I imagine now it’s even worse, as players take more and harder hits, and push themselves even harder. As to Travis’ article, the unsaid part of his equation is that most of these potential quarterbacks, the position that will be most affected due to socio-economic class, are white. So the traditional “pro” qb position will gravitate toward the “athletic”… Read more »

3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Certainly that is already evolving. The AfAm QB is no longer an anomaly in college or The NFL. From a cultural evolution POV that is “good” that we are now “colorblind” to the position… but it also means the “feeder system” of youth/rec leagues – middle school – high school are not producing “white QBs”. Are those kids migrating to other sports ??? 5-6 years ago I declared the growing popularity of Lacrosse to be “white boy football”. . Now… are “athletic white kids” NOT going to FB in rec leagues because of the injury concerns OR because the AfAm… Read more »

3 years ago

One of my good friends was QB at ECU for coach Pat Dye. In fact he led the Pirates to their first ever victory over UNC just a few days after for ECU football coach Clarence Stasavich died. He’s already had both knees replaced and has had chronic foot problems longer than the knee issues. A year ago I ran into ECU and NFL running back Carlester Crumpler at Lowe’s. He was the biggest, fastest, and one of the best running backs the state of NC ever produced. That day and probably even today I could have smoked him in… Read more »

3 years ago
Reply to  Doug

I think there are gradients between fool-hardy and couch potato.
Rhett Bennett… he is probably a mayor, governor or congressman by now. I wonder which state?
“playing sandlot tackle football” ranks with “bb gun fights” and “licking lead paint” as “things granddaddy did but it was a different time and place back then”.

3 years ago

Good points from Blondie. I have a friend that was being recruited to play baseball in college. He decided not to do it (he was a pitcher). He knew what could happen to an arm after so many throws at that level, and being the adamant gym rat that he was, he wanted to keep himself in shape without the complications that come with playing a professional sport.

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