I heard President Obama made a speech about an ongoing conflict that has been in the news. Did he say it’s time to return the NFL to pre-1967 borders? I usually only watch sports news.
While the President may have been talking about something else, I think the idea transfers perfectly into the current labor dispute and it is probably the best solution on the table. The path to peace is obviously a de-merger of the AFL and NFL.
Maybe splitting the NFL into two leagues is radical, but I am not a complete idiot. The Super Bowl, a game between the champions of the respective leagues, has to continue because it is our coolest — even though it is unofficial — national holiday. After all, the Super Bowl is why chili and beer were invented.
But since the owners and the players can’t figure it out, perhaps it is time to take a cue from the leader of the free world. Yes, split the NFL in two and let the two leagues compete for the same players just like they did before 1967.
Sure, some will say the league would face security risks like it did in 1966 when Al Davis took over as commissioner of the AFL, and the AFL promptly signed eight starting NFL quarterbacks. But right now, the league faces the greater security risk of no football.
While Ray Lewis compares this situation to Mad Max meets Goodfellas, I think it really means that the NFL as the last cultural American touchstone is in danger. The NFL is so universal that it touches almost everyone, and it is one of the last things left in the land to do so.
Time moves forward. There’s always something else to do. The world is not three networks and four sports anymore. There is incredible diversity of options and yet somehow the NFL has always risen above it. But now, the NFL is in danger of losing it’s edge — the edge it gained in 1967. So what the heck, why not regress completely?
It’s not like it’s the end of the world. That was last Saturday. It’s just the end of the world as we know it. I don’t feel fine.