There was no shortage of those willing to comment on Facebook content over the weekend…and Ezekiel Elliott gave us another reminder of why it’s never a good idea to run on the field during a football game.
On a slow sports Monday I’ll share some of the many responses received from the weekend blog on objectionable Facebook posts and content.
Apparently, I’m not the only one to have done some house-cleaning.
“I started cleaning up during the campaign. Too much of a not-so-good thing.” … Rob
“Clearly there should be two separate Facebooks. One for political whiners and one for people who just want to communicate with their friend community.” … Debbie
“I’ve always wondered how people find so much time to spend on Facebook?” … Dale
“No politics, and I draw the line now on recipes for fudge brownies. But it has to be a good recipe.” … Michael
“Thank you for objecting to the “F” bomb, and please tell me when it became such an acceptable staple of language? Shouldn’t there be some extreme vetting on freedom of speech?” … Donald
“Imagine the increase in American productivity if there was no Facebook.” … Joe B.
“In my list of things to ban…Facebook, followed by its cousin, Twitter.” … Mary
And then…the latest example during Sunday night’s NFL Pro Bowl game of people who will do anything to be recognized.
The fan who ran out on the field; and will someone please share why we have such an impulse? And more, the headlines today make the point that its a good thing that the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott “playfully” tackled him, instead of someone like Sean Lee or Vonn Miller.
I’ve never understood why anyone would think it’s a good idea to run out on the field, unless they’re absolutely starved for attention and 30 seconds of fame. Only, it’s been done so much now there’s really no fame anymore. Just a night in jail.
My friend and former Press Pros colleague Dale Meggas was one of those people back in the day, although he never ran out on the field. Instead, he enjoyed climbing the north towers of Ohio Stadium to be the guy on camera when ABC panned the crowd after the OSU-Michigan game. He also had a pretty good collection of ABC and CBS banners he collected over the years.
“Just something to do,” he’d laugh. “But I don’t think he’d risk a broken back from a pro football player.
For that matter, it was probably the most exciting play in the Pro Bowl because obviously the players have taken an oath of safety first years ago. A meaningless all-star game is no place for Ezekiel Elliott to jeopardize his future.
Likewise, the NHL all-star game was an odd thing to watch because it really wasn’t a hockey game (they played 3 on 3), but more of a “skills” exhibition. There was no hitting, there was no teamwork…there was just skating.
Apparently they have to have these things, but until they actually play it with some meaningfulness there’s no reason to watch. If you noticed, the upper deck at the Pro Bowl was pretty empty, which raises the question: Why is it an all-star game if no one comes to watch?
There was, however, plenty of reason to watch the finals of the Australian Open tennis tournament, though. Played at an un-Godly hour, the replays shown on cable were very watchable. I don’t even like tennis, but it was amazing to see 35-year-old Roger Federer play so well for so long to beat Rafael Nadal, who’s 30. They talk about their ages as if that’s old, if you’re wondering. And it is for a tennis professional, which makes me and a lot like me nearly Neantherthal.
I doubt if you any of you stayed up to watch, either.