Why the NFL Doesn’t Care About Your Opinion Regarding the No-Call in Last Weekend’s Cowboys-Lions Game‏

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by Ryan Meehan

It’s Friday, and it’s been five days since the firestorm surrounding the pass interference call in the Detroit Lions / Dallas Cowboys game was magnified due to the increasingly disturbing presence of American social media.  I know a lot of Lions fans because there are a lot of comedians from Michigan that I am connected to on Facebook.  So as you can imagine, my feed has been clogged with some pretty strong opinions regarding this call and the way the NFL handled it.
I realize that I may be a little bit late to the party here, seeing as how there have been thousands of articles written about this unfortunate circumstance already.  But I waited to put this piece together to illustrate a very important point that a lot of people seem to be missing:  The NFL doesn’t care about your opinion, simply put.

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The Deep Six: Why Getting Weird Al Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show might not be such a weird idea at‏ all‏

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by Ryan Meehan

As die hard sports fans, we’d all like to think that we have no real opinion on the Super Bowl Halftime Show. This is the time that we use to relieve ourselves from all of the Busch Heavy that we drank in the first thirty minutes of the contest, and perhaps type up a few first half wrap-ups. But in reality, like it or not it is part of the experience. Over the past couple of weeks, a petition started by Ed Ball of Washington over at change.org has been getting a lot of attention.  Ball supposedly drafted the petition while intoxicated, but the purpose of this petition is clear as day:  He wants the National Football League to get Weird Al Yankovic to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX this February in Glendale, Arizona.

I used to listen to Weird Al a lot when I was younger.  We used to get the tapes and copy them for each other, and Al was a seemingly never-ending source of entertainment.  “Dare to be Stupid” was one of my favorite albums.  Eventually my tastes progressed towards much darker subject matter, and there was a certain passage of maturity that came with saying “I don’t listen to that stuff anymore”.  Nevertheless, I still respected the guy and the career he was able to put together with an accordion and wire-rimmed glasses.    Continue reading