Its Just a Game

Its Just a Game

I love football, I watch as many games as I can (especiall Chicago Bears and Northwestern Wildcats), I have played fantasy football for 12 years winning my league twice (including last year), and I played park league football in my younger years until I tore my knee up.

But then there's real life, there are injuries (nothing like laying on your back on a field, screaming in pain), and life after football.

Today in Kansas City Missouri, Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend in their home (reportedly in front of her mother), and then he drove to the Chiefs practice facility (adjacent to Arrowhead stadium) and was confronted and counseled by team personnel but shot himself in the parking lot.

This afternoon the NFL decided to stick to their schedule and play tomorrow's game with the Chiefs hosting the Carolina Panthers at noon.

I strongly disagree with the NFL's decision. Lives were lost, people were traumatized by what they saw and it took place on NFL property right where tomorrorw's game will be played.

True this was probably a domestic situation gobe horribly wrong but at this point football is just a game.

People need time to grieve, time to heal, the NFL's own employee's could use counseling and time to think about everything.

I hate how the corporate world only thinks of the bottom line and now people's lives, feelings and situations.

I wouldn't be surprised if today and tomorrow people at the Chiefs say that the games should go on but that's not being sensitive.

Yes I know football is a cold sport and the NFL can be a tough league, the toughest and players pay a high price for participating in the most popular game in America. Concussions are at an all time high and though the awareness is more apparent, still guys like the Bears Jay Cutler take mind numbing hits and still go back on the field of play until they evaluated later in the game.

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