Well, here we are 2019. Weird to even think about it. I’m surprised it is 2019 already. It feels like yesterday it was 2000 and I was turning 11. Well, I can’t say that anymore. This is a big year. I am turning 30 this year. A lot happened in 2018 and I’m excited to be moving on into 2019 to see what it has in store for me.
The first thing which 2019 has in store is my new project (or business, or whatever it turns out to be) Fidem et Gratia Books™ (or FGB). At the end of last year, I started rebinding Bibles and so I started Faith and Grace Rebinders. Well, that journey is continuing, but I am also starting this as I will be able to add typesetting to the FGB platform. So if you are looking for a book rebound in leather, or are wanting a project typeset you should get in touch with me in order to see if I can help you out.
This post isn’t here to talk about my new projects but to talk about sports. I’m an American Football lover (which I root for the Denver Broncos in the NFL and the Oregon Ducks for collegiate). I can enjoy watching Basketball (Blazers) or Baseball (Dodgers), sometimes I will watch soccer (international football – Timbers), but really when it comes down to it, I am a gridiron football lover. However, I am getting tired of the political climate and especially how some of the players have used their sport as their platform to put forth their political ideas and agendas. (I am not alone in this frustration.)
I do not expect sports players to be mindless drones who simply play a game for my viewing pleasure. I want them to be people, just don’t use the game as your platform. If – and that is a big “if” – you have an opinion get onto one of the shows which caters to the sharing of that type of opinion. People can choose to tune in or not then. Don’t do it at the game. When you start using a game as a political platform you make people who simply want to watch the game get frustrated and stop watching, stop buying tickets and you hurt the sport. We’ve seen this with the NFL, from what I’ve heard among my friends they are just as bothered as I am. Well, I am going to put the politics aside with one final note: If most of us, common people in the workforce were to become as politically vocal on the job (because let’s face it that’s what they are doing) as these NFL players have, we would be fired, without question.
Well, what alternative do those of us whose love is gridiron football have? The other sports I’ve listed do not compare, they are not the same as football. Well, I’ve found it. I’ve found the alternative: Rugby. (More specifically rugby union.) There has been a new attempt to start a rugby league in the US and it is being called Major League Rugby (MLR). Rugby has always been the kind of enigmatic more violent (I thought) version of football. Well, I’ve finally been learning how it works and it’s really fun to watch! It doesn’t replace football, but I am having fun watching it!
Let’s help the MLR be successful! The sport is great and a blast to watch. The rules aren’t that hard to figure out. Let’s watch rugby!