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Published:July 2nd, 2011 13:48 EST
The NFL is Lucky Fans are Disorganized

The NFL is Lucky Fans are Disorganized

By Donna Cavanagh

Do you remember Egypt and how social media helped to overthrow the government and then that coup led to the toppling of other governments? I want to start a similar Domino effect with the NFL.  To do this I need fans of all teams to come together and unite as one and hit the NFL where it hurts--in their deep pockets.

Yes, I want to start an NFL fan coup. I know men everywhere are wincing at the fact that a woman is thinking about this, but let me put your minds at ease, Gentlemen. First, while I am no Norma Rae, I did grow up in a union leader`s household so I get the whole strength in numbers thing.  Secondly, I am a devout NFL fan which means, I WANT TO SEE ALL THE PLAYERS BACK IN THEIR TIGHT LITTLE UNIFORMS ON THAT PLAYING FIELD OPENING DAY! 

Now, that I have established my credentials, allow me to lay out my plan to end the strike:

The NFL receives a substantial amount of revenue from TV which gets their money from advertising.  Follow the money trail and what this means is -- okay, Guys are you sitting down?  And don`t scream in panic when I say this -- NO BEER:  Yes, I said NO BEER. Breathe now! It`s going to be okay, I promise.  Let me clarify:  I don`t mean you can`t have any beer, just not the beer that is advertised on national TV. So, skip your usual Bud, Miller, Coors and the beer of the most interesting man in the world,Dos Equis (who I find hard to believe is the most interesting man in the world, but hey, that`s just me) and instead opt for your local breweries or better yet, get one of those beer-making gadgets and make your own brew.  Let me tell you, when the beer companies see their sales spiral downward, there will be a lot of pressure put on the NFL to end this ridiculous stalemate.

I don`t mean to feed into the stereotype about men and football, but I have noticed that men do enjoy along with beer during the games, a variety of munchies--the saltier the better. The snack food companies also know men like these types of  "eats" and advertise on TV during games. I suggest that a boycott of all the major snack companies be put into place as well. Yep, it`s time to give up the Doritos, Lays, chicken wings, nachos, chips, dip and tacos.

I know your stomachs ache for these foods especially from September through February while the NFL is in full swing, but remember, we are shooting for a higher goal here. This is about more than just satisfying your yen for junk. This is about getting the NFL out of the conference rooms and courtrooms and back onto the playing fields. You can look at this snack-free time as one of re-awakening; a time to re-evaluate your eating habits; a time to flush all that crap out of your systems. 

Honestly, I know going cold turkey on the snacks thing is going to be difficult, so maybe you can find some non-national snacks to buy.  Not all snack companies advertise on national TV, and maybe --and this is a radical thought--you can eat  raw veggies or fresh fruit instead. 

I know the idea of eating the healthy stuff might be too difficult to swallow. Let`s face the facts: : men without snack food are like women with over-the-top PMS.  They will get mean and demanding and scary so maybe a lot of men on snack and beer deprivation will scare the hell out of  both sides of the NFL and encourage them to settle.  Now, that I think about it -- maybe we can add the women with the over-the-top PMS into the fray too and watch the NFL get really afraid.

See how simple it could be to start a revolt. But it has to be done on an organized basis.  Someone has to step up and start a Facebook or Twitter group to get this coup going. I would say Linked In but those people are the corporate type so organized revolts don`t suit their profiles.  

So, there we have my plan: Let`s get rolling so we can bring back the NFL in all its glory. Remember, Gentlemen, if you refuse to act, not only will you not have a football season, but you might just find your Sundays filled with trips to the mall or worse, watching soccer.