The rituals of Sunday afternoon have become integrated into our culture. And when there is negative news, even if it involves the NFL, where do fans turn? They turn to the actual games for the excitement and respite from day-to-day life.
"Protect the shield." -- That's what the NFL and its stone-faced commissioner Roger Goodell tell its players. After Monday night's debacle between Green Bay and Seattle, the NFL should be embarrassed by the product it put on the field.
To gauge the evolution of American culture and tastes, simply trace the substitution of the public's love affair with the more textured, pastoral game of baseball by the current obsession with the faster-paced, more violent National Football League.