This week's recipient of the illustrious Idiot of the Week Award is none other than the National Football League itself. We've taken a few small shots at the NFL in the past, mostly regarding the officiating and instant replay, but this time, their paranoia has really gone over the line. Perhaps you've heard that the NFL has banned cheerleaders, yes cheerleaders, from warming up or stretching in front of opposing teams, prior to a game.
The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams warning them not to have their
cheerleaders "distract" the opposition, or do anything else to take the
players' minds off the job at hand. Now this is paranoia at its best (or
should I say worst). The NFL apparently "investigated" the Patriots after
the whole "Spygate" incident, and found that there had been no other
violations. I find it fairly difficult to believe that Belichick and the
Pats staff had only taped signals that one time, but apparently the league
couldn't find any other incidents, so now they are concentrating on the
fairer sex that perform in most of the NFL stadiums.
Honestly, does the NFL really think that cheerleaders shaking their "assets"
could really have any effect on the outcome of a game? I have been to
stadiums all over the country, and although I will admit to noticing the
scantily clad ladies for a few brief moments (sorry Mrs. Bernstein), they've
never actually kept my attention from watching the game, even in preseason.
I can't possibly imagine a player forgetting the plays or signals in a game,
that have been practiced all week, because a nice looking lady is shaking
her "pom pom's."
This is yet another example of the NFL earning it's nickname as the no fun
league. I just wonder what will be next. Will ladies in the crowd not be
allowed to wear low-cut shirts, or shorts or skirts that are more than three
inches above the knee? I guess these rules wouldn't really apply to those
ladies that attend games in Pittsburgh or Green Bay (apologies to Christina
Aguilera who's from Pittsburgh), because I imagine that it's difficult to
find low-cut shirts in XXXL sizes, but to the rest of the NFL cities, I ask
where will this end? Here's to you NFL, for emulating the stupidity of one
front office VP, and thus earning this award.
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