Thursday, October 15, 2015

Prisoner of the Moment

I'm always entertained when fans and critics become prisoners of a moment. Whether it be a play where a player gets hurt or a player does something that bothers them. I like to call this the "lynch mob" mentality and in this day and age with social media being as powerful as it has ever been it is easy for one or two media loud mouths to drag a slew of people into this attack mode that results from the lynch mob. Aftermath from the lynch mob attack tends to put pressure on leagues and players to often recant from things that may have happen in the heat of battle. Rule changes often come from outside pressure being put on the league. Because of this I'm still surprised that Washington still uses "Redskins" as their team name with all the noise being made about the offensive nature of the name.

Fans' issues should be taken into consideration, but should events that are rare in nature and complaints resulting from these events shape how leagues go forward? Player's safety should be a priority, but should a rare/freak injury to a player in any league cause the league to drastically alter how the game is played all together? With social media being what it is leagues need to understand what they should take with a grain of salt and what should be taken seriously. There are too many loud mouths out there complaining about how leagues should be ran and want to play armchair GM or commissioner.

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