Last night, the national news opened with Deflate-gate.
I don’t care about or feel like defending the lack of air in the footballs, or wondering if the Pats cheat or not. I honestly don’t care either way. I’ve had a few passionate, anti-Patriots friends ask me “what do you think?”
Next Sunday, I’m watching “kids” I don’t know — and likely wouldn’t care much about on a personal level — run around on a field throwing and running with a football.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Pats fan. I’m into it. I hope the Pats win. But most of all, I get to hang with my family and have a good night diverting my mind from thinking about everything else I have to worry about. (That seems to increase with age, doesn’t it?) I’ll likely have
a drink some drinks to aid this diversion, and give my kids some sparkling grape juice and let them pretend it’s wine…like my grandfather did with me.
But I can’t stop thinking about all the time and “press” that’s going into a deflated ball. Or hating a sports team.
“It’s important, it’s the integrity of the game.”
Is it? Does it really matter? Really? What if we…what if the media and our country put all that time, energy, and money into cancer, poverty, animal abuse, education…instead of all that focus on a ball a bit light on air, or sports in general?
Send out a direct mail fundraising piece and ask prospective donors for $10 to fight cancer, and just one out of 100 people will respond with a donation. (Actually, it’s often less than 1 out of 100…some charities are lucky to get a 1/2 a person per 100.)
99 people who didn’t donate will think:
-I don’t have the money.
-I don’t trust charities.
-I don’t care.
-I don’t donate.
-These people are overpaid.
-I donate to another charity.
-My donation won’t make a difference.
-I don’t believe you.
Out of the 99% of people who chose not to donate to a given charity have spent (wasted) a large percentage of the past week hearing about the Patriots and Deflate-gate. It’s been hard to avoid considering the media has spent a surprising amount of space on 2 PSI.
What if just 1% of 99 out of every 100 people who are being sucked into the deflate-gate debate donated just $10 to charity? Seeing that 49% of the population claims to be a fan of the NFL, I’d say the dollars given to charity would be quite large.
What if the same time, money, and energy instead was put towards solving bigger problems, like cancer, poverty, sick or hungry children, animal abuse, the environment….as has been put into deflate gate?
How about instead of this sign, it read “Donate $10 to cancer and we’ll fill up your tires”?
What if, instead of the Patriots Are Still Cheating facebook page, this person instead started a “Cancer is Still Winning” page? Or the nearly 8,000 people on I Hate the New England Patriots page moved some of that passion over to fighting against something bigger?
Right now, there are almost nine million search results for ‘New England Patriots Deflate Gate‘.
Imagine if just 1% of those results went to something more important?