The NFL has turned up its virtue-signaling another notch. It’s fining coaches for not wearing masks on the sidelines during games.
NFL fined three head coaches – – Denver’s Vic Fangio, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and SF’s Kyle Shanahan – $100,000 each for not wearing masks Sunday, and each of their teams another $250,000, sources told ESPN.
So that’s $1.05 million dollars in fines for not wearing masks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2020
The NFL, players and coaches, are tested very frequently. They can only take part if they test negative for the deadly virus, which, by the way, is mostly deadly in less than 1% of U.S. counties. The rest of us should ask our governors when they intend to abdicate their thrones.
Reaction across Twitter ranges from “Huh?” to “What is wrong with them?” And there are suggestions for other mask miscreants who could kick some cash into the league’s coffers.
Here’s a quick $400K for their own officials! pic.twitter.com/73yeJ0PlTf
— Tyler (@tshudazwho) September 22, 2020
I get it but I don’t. All players can sit on the sidelines socializing with no mask but a coach that has to communicate play calls clearly can’t? They all test negative prior to the game.
— Paul Lipko (@TheFFAdvantage) September 22, 2020
The players not only aren’t wearing masks (how could they?), they’re smashing into each other. As a former awful football player, I can testify that tackling — or getting crushed, as was usually my case — puts one within breathing distance of many others.
After hard-knocks contact and lots of heavy breathing, players often go and converse with their coaches.
It’s in the game, as EA Sports famously said for many years.
Coaches can pull their masks down when they’re calling plays — which tends to involve some high-velocity talking and spittle-flinging. That’s also in the game. But they’re supposed to pull the masks back up when they’re not calling plays.
They’re coaches. Football is a highly complex sport, practically military in its play design and execution. Coaches are pretty much always communicating with someone. It’s their job.
So the NFL’s fines make about as much sense as this guy’s mask.
— Andrew (@ndyWillis) September 22, 2020
Change your name, NFL. You’re not prioritizing football anymore.
What’s in the game now? Virtue-signaling against racism in the least racist country on earth and fining coaches for doing their jobs.
While we’re on the subject of dumb things in sports, ponder this:
The Dallas Cowboys played their high-contact and heavy-breathing game Sunday under a roof with 20,000 fans in the stadium. Cool, right? Progress toward normal.
Well, the Texas Rangers baseball team hasn’t had a fan in its stadium all season.
Their stadium is open-air…and it’s right across the street from the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
And there’s not a whole lot of contact inherent to what the boys of summer do.
According to Science! this is supposed to make sense.
I’m gonna have to whip out my favorite emoji for all this: