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Dec. 3rd, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Though highly paid and compensated on the base level of professional sports, players are treated as chattel of the owners, property as it were to be bought and sold like commodities. So, why would anyone have any expectation that property has any right to emotion or grieving due to a personal loss? Time is money for the owner and every other purveyor of goods and services from concessions to ad revenue on television. There is no time for humane behavior; a moment of silence and then buckle up boys for the GAME is on. Show your respect and honor by playing the game of your life. No, Mitt corporations are not people.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Human resources, as it were.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Because the Super Bowl is already booked and we can't just move games around at a whim. /End sarcasm
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
If Obama had proposed altering the NFL or NASCAR schedule during the campaign, Romney would have won.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
Deadspin ran a column that offered a little bit of the other side of the argument (http://deadspin.com/5964927/why-its-ok-for-the-chiefs-to-play-a-game-today).

I don't agree with the bottom line, but I do think Magary brings up points worth digesting. The NFL trotting out the Chiefs in wake of this felt insensitive and wrong, but that doesn't mean any other situation would have necessarily been right, either.

I also found it interesting that Zirin and Magary both used the word "distraction" to highlight two completely different approaches to looking at the situation.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad you shared this, because it was my first thought too -- specifically, I thought of the way my dad didn't want to take any time off work after my brother's funeral. All that daylight to burn... I agree that nothing else would have seemed like the right thing to do either, and there's no single right answer to this: I suspect that both these perspectives, and more, were felt by the players and coaches.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Holly, your perspective on matters like this was dearly paid for, and you have more insight than I do about how people react to a family tragedy. (It's fair, I think, to call a football team a "family.")

Do you press on, as your dad did? Or do you put the quotidian on hold to ponder the hardest questions we'll ever face? As you say, there's no right answer; different people react differently.

Perhaps my anti-sports bias is showing.
Dec. 4th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
I press on, as much as I can (so maybe that bias is affecting me here). The questions always come uup of their own volition anyway, slam into me when I'm cooking dinner or trying to sleep at night, so I don't feel the need to make them welcome.

I think it's very important to say that grief affects people differently; for all there is more awareness of this in revent years, there are still a lot of assumptions made. Grieving people are told by the well-meaning unaffected what they are feeling, what they should be feeling, and it bothers me at the best of times to have someone else tell me what I am feeling. Look at Zirin's article: the decision shouldn't have been for the players or the team, it should have been made by higher-ups, it shouldn't have been allowed.... Maybe so, but not because he knows what every Chief was thinking; he doesn't. Something really engaging, at which one is highly skilled, can be a welcome focus.

I'm not saying they thought that because I don't know either, but it is a possibility and it shouldn't be ignored to make an easy point about what's wrong with the NFL. Plenty of things are, without having to skew such emotive issues to make them one-sided.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for passing that link along, Tim. Magary makes some good points.

Suicide is such an irrational act that it's hard to figure out a rational reaction to it. I agreed with the commenter's response to Magary that taking a couple of days off would have been a respectful thing to do.
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