And in the middle of an NFL playoff race, what could ‘possibly’ explain the change?
They’ve had drops in attendance when the team has been struggling in the past. But the Ravens are not actually struggling this year.
Why do you think the fans have checked out in the middle of a successful season? Any guesses?
Let’s have a look at the letter the Ravens’ Dick Cass sent to the Season ticket holders, and get a window into what ownership thinks is going on.
The letter opens with pride in past accomplishments. Defensive records. A couple of Championships. Beloved players of yesteryear. Ho-hum. Predictable.
The letter goes on to gush about all the crazy awesome things the team is doing to make the city better, doncha know? Because that’s what the fans ‘really’ care about.
All along, our organization and our players have volunteered to make our community better. That work continues almost daily and, certainly, weekly. We are especially proud of our current players’ commitment to make Baltimore a better place to live and work.
In fact, when fans and ticket holders had something to say about the protests…
We have had significant numbers of no-shows in the past when our play on the field has not met the high standard we and you have set for the Ravens. But this year has been different. The numbers are higher, and it is noticeable. There are a number of reasons for the no-shows, but surely the one-time protest in London has been a factor.
Here is the team’s answer…
We have responded to your concerns about the protest by re-doubling the efforts of both the organization and our players to make the Baltimore area a better community. We have also reached out to a number of you who wrote or called about the protest. I personally made a number of phone calls and met with some of you. Some of my Ravens colleagues have also made a number of calls. While we have not been able to reach all of you, we have learned a lot from these interactions.
They’re ‘listening’ supposedly. They want to ‘unify’ the community.
We want the Ravens to continue to be a strong, unifying force and source of pride in our community. When the Ravens win, we can bring families and the community together. We’ve done that before, and we can do it again. In light of recent events, we are also reminded that winning alone is not always enough to make the Ravens the unifying force we want to be.
Are they really that thick?
Only a year or two ago, football WAS what ‘unified the community’. Right or Left, Black or White, Rich or Poor, loyal fans would put aside their squabbles, and come together for tailgating and overpriced beer.
Cheering their team and jeering their rivals, 70,000 spectators holding their breath together in anticipation to see if that last-second play would put the home team in the lead.
Big-bellied men leaving dignity at the door showing up in body paint in the home team’s colors, and wearing ridiculous hats.
It DID bring us together.
What happened? You were dumb enough to let the players bring their politics onto the field.
That single decision dispelled all of that magic.
You REMINDED the fans about what divided them, you unspeakably short-sighted dumbasses. And in doing that, you created an “us-and-them” dynamic in the stadium itself. You created division where none had existed.
You let it happen. Worse, you let it continue.
You even patted yourselves on the back for your commitment to ‘social justice’.
And in so doing, you Destroyed everything that made that moment magical in the first place.
If you think that letter is an apology? You’re wrong.
It sounds more like explainabrag. You want us to think you’re actually more awesome than we realize.
Maybe the fans are just now realizing that you are actually more pathetic than we realize.
Maybe our attachment to the IDEA of NFL football was blinding us to the reality of how ‘out of love’ we had really become with the people who play the game.
So many people whose values don’t line up with any of ours.
So many felons.
Fans can’t even give you one of those ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ letters in reply to the BS Dick Cass is slinging. Because that would be a lie.
Been nice knowing ya. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
The Effeminization Of The American Male
by Doug Giles
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A shirt that aptly describes the NFL — No Fans Left.
NFL’s TV ratings are plummeting as more players refuse to stand for the national anthem. It’s
hard to believe that a nation that has given these players the opportunity to achieve so much is
so easily disrespected. Even worse, consider the men and women who have laid down their
lives so that these athletes could live in a relatively safe country and enjoy their fame and
Hard-working, patriotic Americans don’t want to watch a bunch of whiners play football. They
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