Rigged NFL: Another Scripted Super Bowl To Keep People Distracted With Meaningless Drama, Bring The Brinks Truck To Vegas
For those a little slow on the uptake: football has been co-opted by a giant entertainment corporation. The NFL is an entertainment business, not a sport.
Super Bowl LVII descended upon Glendale, Arizona, and the entire nation on Sunday, taking everybody’s emotions, and money, along with it. Those who see the NFL games with clear eyes can easily tell something is awry. It just looks too good to be true. It doesn’t feel like real football.
Pat Troothner on YouTube does an extraordinary job of documenting instances of players purposely missing tackles, safeties stopping their pursuit before a running back even gets to the end zone, obvious magnet catches and intentionally leaving receivers wide open in the red zone.
Here’s the brutally honest truth: the players and referees are paid by the same exact people. They are fed by the same hand. And that means players across all 32 teams. They are all employees of the NFL, paid through revenue obtained by lucrative TV contracts renewed yearly with the major networks of ESPN, FOX, CBS and NBC. This draws hundreds of advertising partners and billions of advertising dollars to be spent on the program slots.
For those a little slow on the uptake: football has been co-opted by a giant entertainment corporation. The NFL is an entertainment business, not a sport. This is its legal definition as is the designation of WWE and professional roller derby. It is completely legal for the NFL to fix its games, as proven by the Mayer v. Belichick ruling in 2010 at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Now, I ain’t exactly the gambling type. I went to Las Vegas for the people-watching first, slot machines second. However, when the ritual became legal in the State of Ohio, I thought, “hey, I might as well take a free bet and place it somewhere. It can’t hurt.”
I decided to place my $200 wager on who would win the Super Bowl. This was in early January, before the NFL playoffs had even started. I ended up placing the bet on the Chiefs at +340.
If you asked me who I thought the best team in the NFL was, I would say the Philadelphia Eagles. I would then say the Cincinnati Bengals. Those two teams were the most consistent teams in football this year, and were scorching hot rolling into the postseason.
So why did I bet on the Chiefs? Because the winners of these games has nothing to do with football. It has nothing to do with what happens on the field.
What it does have to do with is agendas, and making the NFL partner sportsbooks the most money as humanly possible. I knew that Patrick Mahomes, who’s father was a professional baseball player and well-connected, would be put back on top of the heap. He is one of the NFL’s golden boys, born into the system and will reap the benefits for years to come.
Knowing that the NFL would go with the Chiefs revenge storyline against Joe Burrow and the Bengals, I made the bet that they would persevere in the Super Bowl. Which is precisely what happened.
See, once you understand that the games are engineered to make Vegas the most money off public wagers, and to keep the NFL buzzing as the most viewed TV show on the planet, it becomes quite easy to predict the outcomes. They are not decided on the field and have nothing to do with football logic.
“I think the Bengals’ linebackers are just stronger than the Chiefs!” “Well, I think that the Eagles have the better receivers!” “I think the Bengals defensive coordinator is better than the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator!”
All are meaningless points when discussing the winners of these games. Don’t believe me? Here’s a former Super Bowl winner saying exactly that:
“The game ain’t decided on the field. I played in the game. I set a Super Bowl record (two interceptions returned for touchdowns), and we knew every play they were running before the game even started.”
“I predicted who was gonna be in the Super Bowl. It ain’t about who has the best players. Football is entertainment, so what’s the most entertaining Super Bowl?”
That was Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety Dwight Smith, on the 2003 Super Bowl in which Tampa surprisingly routed the Oakland Raiders, 48-21, with Head Coach Jon Gruden beating his former team.
Two talk radio hosts pressed Smith about his predictions for the 2020 Super Bowl, in which the Chiefs played Tampa Bay. Here’s the exchange:
Host: “So how do you see this one playing out?”
Smith: “It depends on how Vegas makes the call. You know, whatever makes them the most money.”
Host: “So you think that the Super Bowl, the one you were a part of, was illegitimate?”
Smith: “I know EVERY ONE is.”
Looking at this year’s big game, 71% of the money wagered on the spread bet went towards the Eagles at -1.5. You’d think if something happens enough times people would start to put it together. Sadly, most still tuned in thinking honest competition was taking place on the gridiron, despite the relentless advertising and preaching bombarding our home screens during five hours of programming for a 60-minute game.
I figured it out long ago. That’s why I’m quite happy after this year’s Scripted Bowl. I have 700 reasons to be. Thanks National Fixed League; I’m going to Disney World!