Victor Cruz: It’s not just a Game

Did you see Victor Cruz get hurt on a 4th and 3 play in the 3rd quarter of tonight’s Sunday Night Game of the Week?

Obviously Cruz suffered a significant injury on that play … a torn patella tendon according to Michelle Tafoya. And our friends the sports media focused on Cruz weeping as he was carted off the field; his season likely over.

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I love the NFL because it’s a game, but it’s not a game. It’s very serious business to the coaches and men who play it. When I hear fans say “it’s just a game”, or “they get paid all that money”, I think about guys like Victor Cruz, playing hard for his team on a night where they aren’t going to win.

The NFL is a taskmaster. It’s a hard life. It’s a lot of work, work that would injure most of us very badly. It’s actually quite similar to the military where medically speaking, your employer doesn’t really care about your health as long as you can do your job. When I think about those so-called “fans” believing this is like the game kids played in junior high and high school, it’s absurd. Really sad because these men give a lot for something most of them … almost all of them … care very deeply about. It is NOT just a “kids game”, one that “we would pay for free.” That’s laughable. Victor Cruz is lying on a table somewhere in Lincoln Financial Field stadium, preparing for a career-impacting surgery, and fans think it’s a “game?” Ridiculous.

Like I said, I love the game, and the men who play it for the pleasure of millions of us.

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About bittersportspills

I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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