Nobody has ever done it better. I’m talking about J.J. Watt. B.B. broke the news to me Tuesday afternoon that Watt had announced his retirement, effective at the end of this season. She thought I would be crushed, but I just smiled. Did you see J.J. play Christmas night against the Bucs? He was at the very top of his game. He looked 23, not 33. He played like a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was unblockable. After all of those years, all of those injuries and all of those surgeries, he was J.J. Effing Watt. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for others that we know about. And realize he’s done thousands of other great things that we don’t know about. He’s a first ballot Human Being Hall of Famer.
I very much look forward to watching him play football two more times.
We’re all starting to realize the new chaotic landscape of college football. The “portal” is the gateway to insanity. NIL now stands for No Integrity Left. Look, I fully realize that players should have the same freedom of movement that coaches have always had, and that players have a right to a cut of the enormous revenue they generate. I get it. Legally, Constitutionally, I understand. It’s what this is going to do to the sport, and in fact is already doing to the sport, that I lament.
Will I keep watching? Will I continue to suspend disbelief? Will I show up? Will I celebrate victories and mourn losses. Will I continue to cheer my teams’ laundry? Will I pledge allegiance to my favorite helmets?
Of course. I’m an addict. The Pusher owns me.
I’ll be the first to admit that’s less than Radically Rational.