What can happen when life interrupts football

There was an NFL game on NBC last night, and it was a doozy.  The San Francisco 49ers were ahead of the New England Patriots 31-3 at one point on the Pats’ home turf before New England went on a tear, rallying for 28 unanswered points to tie the game at 31-all before the Niners pulled away again for a wild 41-34 win.

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut

Official seal of Newtown, Connecticut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But there was something else going on behind the scenes early on while that game was going on.  There was a memorial service happening in Newtown, Connecticut, for the victims of Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  President Obama spoke during the service.  NBC broke away from the football game to broadcast Obama’s speech.

I’ve been in and around the media for the better part of my life now.  I know how decisions can be made when it comes to making a decision to interrupt the broadcast of a football game to show a presidential speech instead.  And I feel very comfortable — without having spoken to anyone at NBC — in saying that the President of the United States is not the one making the call on whether a major television network should show his speech or a football game.

I feel very comfortable in saying that NBC itself made the decision, based on the mood of a nation after 27 people were shot dead in Newtown with 20 of them being under the age of 8.

That fact didn’t seem to be factored in by a bunch of people who saw fit to take to the Twitter social media stream during the interruption of the broadcast and vent their anger over the fact that their viewing on that particular channel had been cut.

Their venting wasn’t pretty.  And it was captured for all to see — identities and all — at the site Deadspin.com.  Some of it was racist.  Pretty much all of it contained vulgarities directed at the President, seeming to think that it was his call that NBC interrupted the first quarter of the broadcast to show the speech.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned if you decide to click on the link below to see for yourself.

“Take that n***** off the TV, we wanna watch football!”

Yeah, it’s a free country and people are free to speak their minds and all.  That also leaves people free to feel the brunt of a backlash when their true colors show for all the world to see.  If you want to know what I mean, try getting into Twitter, look up the IDs of the people who vented their anger about the interruption, look at their accounts (if you can) and see the responses they got.

Yeah, it’s a free country.  And may that banner ever wave.

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Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at https://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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4 Responses to What can happen when life interrupts football

  1. erika6390 says:

    Holy Schmoly, Bat Man- you’ve got to be kidding me?!? I was watching that game (am a Forty-niner Faithful) and yes, we missed the first touchdown being scored, but I thought the President’s remarks were thoughtful and heartfelt. The commentators got us all caught up in about 22 seconds flat once the speech was over. I can’t believe that there can be any question that NBC made the right call. Kudos to them. I broke down in tears when President Obama read the names of the little children. Shame on those idiots, just shame on each one of them.

    Nice blog, as usual. I might have to come up with my own little rant on the topic.

  2. Reblogged this on Dark Acts Bible: Glass Half Empty, Base Cracked… and commented:
    This excellent post confirms what I’ve suspected all along (and this is my conclusion, not necessarily the author’s). Racism continues because racists simply aren’t very bright. It’s not like we can reason with them… And some people simply aren’t “human,” at all.

  3. Pingback: Rude, Racist Rats- Shall I Rant? « Erika Gardner

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