Local Church Member Vows to Forsake Idol of Professional Football in Order to Better Love Idol of America
Dallas, TX – Greg Simpson has been a long-time fan of the NFL, but has taken a principled stand against supporting the league now that doing so has conflicted with his greater allegiance to the Ol’ Red, White, and Blue.
“This was a hard decision,” Greg confided to close friends via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. “My allegiance to the NFL has trumped so many other commitments in my life. My church, kids, wife, job, heck, even hunting season, but this…this was the last straw.”
Many of his friends supported his decision, while others thought perhaps he was over-reacting. But Greg was adamant that although his allegiance had been strong enough to justify missing several church activities that conflicted with the schedule, “there are some things a man just can’t ignore. I gave them the benefit of the doubt with all that domestic-violence and player-safety stuff, but this is beyond the pail. I won’t tote this water.”
Greg commemorated his break with what has always been a “Top-10 Idol” in his life by dropping and/or trading away every member of his fantasy team, burning his replica jersey, throwing out his other NFL-related paraphernalia, canceling his scheduled DVR of Sunday Morning Countdown, and informing his bowling team that their annual Super Bowl watch-party was officially not happening.
“I might still tune in,” he said at the end of his Facebook post/Tweet storm/Instagram caption. “But it’ll strictly be for the commercials and maybe the half-time show. I’m just gonna fast-forward the game, or change the channel to…whatever else might be on that night.”
When one commenter made the off-hand comment that they would see him at church Sunday, Greg said he was spending the next weekend or two at the lake to clear his head and find peace.