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Math and a Red Carpet
By Mona Lease

Hi, all!! Everyone is all a-twitter over the NFL and a pro-player or some pro-players, who refuse to face the Flag or stand during games. The following is my speculation:

A woman filmed herself and put it on the computer for all to view. Acting like a reporter of sorts...she said she "investigated" the NFL players. She states that out of all of the players in the NFL teams combined - she found: There were 713 run-ins with the law: 2004-2014 - there were: 202 DUIs, 88 assaults, 85 domestic violence cases, 38 gun charges, 35 alcohol-related crashes, 21 burglary and/or theft charges, 7 murders, and 6 cases of animal abuse.

All of these numbers do not add up to the 713 run-ins she cites. She calls the NFL the National Felons League. And people applaud her. On material like this...people have jumped on the bandwagon and boycotted the NFL. I am neither for or against the NFL. To me it's like alcohol or cigarettes: Be it Busch or Budweiser...it's still beer. Be it a cigar or a cheroot...it's still tobacco. NFL or NHL...it's still sports. People did not have this big of a hiss when cigarettes topped $7 a pack.

I took a look at the NFL rulebook on line. It does spell out rules for proper behavior during the game...the entire game.

In the United Kingdom there is the "Red Carpet Rule." If the Queen - or any other dignitaries - are on the Red Carpet...take all of the pictures you like...this is their public life.

However....they are entitled to their private life. If there is no Red Carpet under their feet....you may not photograph them.

Now - the above is "royalty." Shouldn't the NFL pro-players be entitled to a private life? The 'crimes' the woman cites are a little ridiculous....except for the murder and the animal cruelty. Take another look at the list.

The other side of this is: Would it physically end the lives of the pro-players if they just followed the rules? Sports is their job. We all have things about our jobs we think are unfair, distasteful, or "not ours to honor." Try some "gazintas" here. How many minutes are in a football game with no extra time being played? Remember the time for the National Anthem.

The concensus is that an NFL football game is 4 quarters...each being 15 minutes long. There are 2 minute breaks between the 1st and 2nd quarter and between the 3rd and 4th quarter. The Halftime show between the 2nd and 3rd quarter is 12 minutes long. The average length of the National Anthem is 1 minute 56 seconds.

Four (4) quarters at 15 minutes each is 60 minutes to a Super Bowl game. A 2 minute break between quarters 1 and 2 is two minutes added to the 60 minutes to the game for a total of 62 minutes. Add another 2 minutes for the two-minute break between quarters 3 and 4 for a total of 64 minutes for the game. Add 2 minutes for the National Anthem for a total of 66 minutes. Add the 12 minutes of Halftime for a grand total of 78 minutes for which the players get paid for a Super Bowl Game.

So - 64 "gazinta" a pro-player's salary how many times?

According to moneynation.com - a typical NFL pro-player makes $860,000 a year (2015). Conceivably - the NFL players could make how many $1,000s to stand with their helmet in their left hand, face the Flag, listen to the Anthem, and refrain from speaking for 1 minute and 56 seconds?

I know people who would demean/compromise themselves for less than an estimated $50,000 to listen to an anthem  for 1 minute and 56 seconds - if you count practice/playoff games. Wouldn't it be more palatable to think of it this way, guys?

Again - that's just my thinking. And their insurance probably does not argue over who pays what...like mine does.

Remember the kiddies and our service people. Take good care of the furry and feathered ones out there. Be safe and healthy. See ya next time. Ever Toodles!!! MONA


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