On an “isolated case” of organized dishonesty in the NFL


DB asked: 

“Isn’t conspiracy theoryism just another form of deity (god) worship? [Is it] yet another way for us to put the blame for the state of the world on some secret hidden thing….”

(DB is a member of “my” private group on facebook and that is where the above comment was posted.)


JR replies:

The foundation of “blame” begins with a concept of how something should be or should not be (and the “something” can be “the world” or a group or a person). Such linguistic categorizations are common and familiar, though they are ultimately entirely linguistic.

To me, it is a simple historical fact that many well-publicized “memes” include the “worship” of ideals not just as linguistic ideals (as in preferences or speculations), but as idols (as in unquestionable justifications to argue, ridicule, censor, etc). Ironically, a meme could say “that other meme should not be like that” or even “memes should not exist and also this meme is not a meme.”

Further, there are people with 200 Facebook friends or 2000, plus sponsored posts and so on. Why do I mention that? Because the “reach” of people (or groups) varies. Some have more reach than others, right?

That is not a theory. That is a claim, yes, though one that is rather plain and simple to assess for accuracy.

And if I say that, in a certain football game, the Eagles conspired among themselves to secretly deceive the Patriots in order to execute a trick play, that is about a conspiracy, right? However, not all conspiracies are secret in the general sense. The secret is mostly important from when the deception is planned to when it is executed (from the huddle to the snap).

The fact of the conspiracy itself may or may not be secret. (Disinformation and distraction are related issues though I don’t focus on them much here). So, even conspiracies like the US government secretly testing biological weapons on soldiers and civilians is something openly admitted later by the involved agencies and bureaucrats.

(MUCH later- like not until long after the specific programs were completed… and perhaps after decades of direct denials.)

So, *should* conspiracies exist or not? They might exist. That is all.

Dec 13, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) fakes a hand off to running back Darren Sproles (43) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills. The Eagles won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Does the media KNOW that organized dishonesty (including as many as SEVEN fake handoffs last season alone) are a standard part of NFL games? There is a big controversy being stirred up by a few isolated people (who are all troubled white male teenagers who support Trump and yet are all fans of Jewish rap stars THE BEASTIE BOYS) who seek attention by making a bunch of hysterical accusations about an alleged “high frequency of FAKE handoffs.” Don’t fall for their slander strategy!

Here is the moral question at the root of it all. Should any football player plan to intentionally fake going one way but then go another (or plan to FAKE a handoff but then intentionally keep the ball)? NO! Obviously, it would be dishonest and immoral and evil and sinful. However, deception and secrecy might exist too.

What about INTENTIONAL illegal acts of “illegal holding” to stop another player that is expected to otherwise score a touchdown or very large gain? Would a player ever eagerly “give up a 10-yard penalty” to prevent a 30-yard gain? In fact, would their teammates and coach and fans be MAD at them for FAILING to intentionally commit an ILLEGAL foul in order to better advance the interests of the team?

Above, we see the owner of a USFL football team (on the right) next to the actor who pretended to be The Incredible Hulk in a 1970s TV show, but actually was not REALLY all that incredible.

While I am on the topic of a group in which organized deception is not only allowed but compulsory, how prevalent is it? Note that the above examples CANNOT apply to lawyers for the mafia or government officials or corporate accountants at Enron or GE, but ONLY to sports. For instance, to be part of the KGB, you must show that your DNA is angelic and you are a confirmed saint (certified by the Superior General of the Order of the Sovereign Knights of Malta, who are very honest people). Same thing for CNN. Same thing for the DNC and the LDS and the FBI.

The NFL is the only exception. Those people are NOT EVEN CERTIFIED AS ANGELIC SAINTS!?!?! It is truly an outrage, right?

Sure, maybe the teams that I do not like will occasionally use dishonesty. However, other teams are not like that. Clearly, whenever someone is on a team with a name like “The Saints” (or, in baseball, “The Angels”), then what other PROOF do you need?

Now that we are clear on how RARE deception is, let’s focus more on the example of that one isolated case of an NFL player that was deceptive and dishonest by faking a handoff while actually keeping the ball. First, how do I know that it is an isolated case?

Again, that kind of activity would be deceptive (and I do not like deception although I DO like the NFL), therefore that must be an isolated case. See how easy that was?

Allegations that some teams repeatedly plan and practice fake handoffs are offensive to me, proving that the accusers MUST be guilty of something- as in literally anything that allows me to reflexively dismiss their assertions. My favorite team would NEVER do that because I am terrified and anxious, so I rigidly present myself as an HONEST person (not that other kind of person, because obviously there are those two totally different kinds of people and no gray area in between and no switching sides or trading between any non-Saintly teams and my team: the New Orleans Angels of the Holy Inquisition).

After that one isolated case of a fake handoff  by that one team that one time in the 3rd quarter of game 6 of the 2014 season, how can his teammates ever again trust such a deceptive person? Further, after a person has clearly conspired with his team against the other team, how can that player’s spouse trust that player with ANYTHING? How can their kids respect or trust that person who is established as a FRAUD?

Why? Because conspiracy and deception are common, everyday realities.

They can be key features of highly effective strategies. In fact, if someone on a team was not good at keeping secrets or deceiving others, they might be benched or fired or traded. (Again, all of this ONLY applies to the NFC and not the AFC or the NBA or the KGB or the DNC or CNN.)

There may be psychological resistance to some “theories” – like because of an individual’s emotional distress in relation to a specific claim (hysteria). It is just like a spouse may be dismissive of the idea that their mate has a certain history or tendency (or like a parent who responds to a reported incident by saying “my child does not behave like that!?!?).

So, is there at least one ORGANIZED conspiracy to present certain ideas about how the world should be or should not be? There might be.

Is there at least one organized conspiracy to present certain ideas about “how the world is?” Absolutely not because of these two obvious reasons: first that would be impossible and third people are not that naive and ninth reverse psychology cannot exist because language is the almighty god and directly forbids it.

Anyway, this all reminds me of back when I was a pro wrestler. The Hulkster and I were debating a few things. We agreed that it was impossible for someone to get so mad that they turn green and start behaving in ways that are not normal for them. Obviously, right?

However, there was some controversy between us about conspiracies. Was it was possible that actors and producers and screenplay writers would get together to conspire to all pretend to be other people (like repeating lines from the same script and pretending to be opponents)?

Then the Hulkster said “listen up, Mean Gene, that is just wrong! People totally should not do that. The KGB and CIA did not ever cooperate. Both claimed to be the enemy of the other, right? So that’s proof right there! Anyway, if the Undertaker knows what is good for him, he will stop saying insulting things about the activities of my cousin’s government’s alleged program to use crisis actors to make the next Star Wars movie. If he does not shut his damn mouth, then I am going to shut it for him at next Sunday’s pay-per-view event!?!?”

DB replied:

Bonus points for references to the Eagles and pro wrestling (even though [my] elder child has moved on from actual interest in wrestling to personal fandom of particular people). She also now sees the Illuminati in most things…. Illuminati confirmation…..

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