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"A history of violence"

A long time ago when I was a single man and getting my party on, I tried to hook up with a beautiful sister while partying in another country.


I approached her and tried to make small talk, but before I could even ask her name she asked me if I was an American. I asked her why she asked, and she said that it was because I looked and dressed like an American.


I told her that I was born and raised in Jamaica, but yes, guilty as charged, I now make my home in America.


"I don't like American guys", she said, "You all are too macho and into that John Wayne culture. Look at your favorite games: Football; hockey; boxing; and stuff like that." (OK, that was awhile ago, and we don't even do the "boxing" thing that much anymore. It's more like MMA these days. But I get what she was trying to say.)


I was thinking of how I struck out with that Nubian yesterday, as I listened to pundit after pundit talk about the NFL's violence problem.


Let's face it, whether it's against children, or against women, the NFL now has a huge problem on its very well paid hands.


The good news for them is, though, that like that sister in the club in Bermuda was saying; Americans embrace violence, and football brings it for 16 games every year. That kind of passion just doesn't go away overnight. Throw in all the gambling that goes along with it and you have the perfect storm.


The NFL knows this, and they have the billions to back it up.


For now, Roger Goodell and the boys will just ride out this storm, because they know that at the end of the day, Americans love their controlled violence and mayhem. They know that the same people pontificating and sermonizing on television about all the terrible things that the NFL is doing, will be offering their insight into Tom Brady's lack of an offensive line or Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense in a few weeks.


I am thinking about that young lady in Hamilton, Bermuda again. I wonder what she did with her life.


Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if she married some dude who played in the NFL.






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A long time ago when I was a single man and getting my party on, I tried to hook up with a beautiful sister while partying in another country.
I approached her and tried to make small talk, but before I could even ask her name she asked me if I was an American. I asked her why she asked, and she said that it was because I looked and dressed like an American.
I told her that I was born and raised in Jamaica, but yes, guilty as charged, I now make my home in America.
“I don’t like American guys”, she said, “You all are too macho and into that John Wayne culture. Look at your favorite games: Football; hockey; boxing; and stuff like that.” (OK, that was awhile ago, and we don’t even do the “boxing” thing that much anymore. It’s more like MMA these days. But I get what she was trying to say.)
I was thinking of how I struck out with that Nubian yesterday, as I listened to pundit after pundit talk about the NFL’s violence problem.
Let’s face it, whether it’s against children, or against women, the NFL now has a huge problem on its very well paid hands.
The good news for them is, though, that like that sister in the club in Bermuda was saying; Americans embrace violence, and football brings it for 16 games every year. That kind of passion just doesn’t go away overnight. Throw in all the gambling that goes along with it and you have the perfect storm.

The NFL knows this, and they have the billions to back it up.
For now, Roger Goodell and the boys will just ride out this storm, because they know that at the end of the day, Americans love their controlled violence and mayhem. They know that the same people pontificating and sermonizing on television about all the terrible things that the NFL is doing, will be offering their insight into Tom Brady’s lack of an offensive line or Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense in a few weeks.
I am thinking about that young lady in Hamilton, Bermuda again. I wonder what she did with her life.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if she married some dude who played in the NFL.

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