Football as an Olympic Sport? Not Happening
America has been captivated by the XXX (hehe) Summer Olympics as evidenced by the huge ratings, the increased patriotism over such events as Archery, Badminton, and of course our female gymnastic team taking the Gold after an epic Russian collapse, and we can’t forget being at your local watering hole at 10 a.m. while the real patriots of this country are chanting at the top of their lungs “USA! USA! USA!”.
With all these obscure sports that gain popularity ever four years, what about the most popular sport in “Murica? Football. Ever since I was a kid I always wanted to see my favorite athletes in my favorite sport come together in something that actually meant something, unlike the Pro Bowl. But, my friends, that is not going to happen anytime soon, maybe never, and here’s why:
- Money – Isn’t that the reason behind everything? The Olympic athletes that train for four years to get their moment in the spotlight don’t even get paid for all the training, the blood, sweat, and tears, and God-forbid if they won, they get nothing. Only way these athletes are making money is through sponsorships and if you play an obscure sport those sponsorships won’t be piling up outside your door. Why would a Football player, whose shelf-life as an NFL player is already going down after being signed, subject himself to that without the guarantee of any money? Which leads me to my next point.
- Injuries -Say you have a handful of players that love their country so much they are willing to represent their country pro-bono, but get hurt in the competition. Other than being an American Hero, they may have just ended their career with no guarantee of a contract when they come home. Say the best player in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, decides to be the QB for the USA and someone viscously hits him and he tears his shoulder up so badly that he cannot play another down. Do you think the people of Green Bay and Packer fans all over the world are going to care that he represented his country? It sure would make the San Francisco 49ers path to the Super Bowl a lot easier. Hey this might not be a bad idea…
- No Competition – Football may be the best sport in the world, but most people outside of America haven’t caught on to the phenomenon that is the National Football League. Meaning that there is absolutely no competition out there and as much as I’d love to just hand the USA another Gold medal, that takes all the fun out of it. Who is the USA going to play? I hear Angola has a mean 3-4 defense, and Tunisia’s spread offense rivals that of the New England Patriots.
Until the World catches on and they fix the above reasons, we won’t be seeing Football in the Olympic games for awhile. I guess we’ll have to stick to September through February every year, for our own Olympiad of some of the greatest, most viscous athletes in the World.