Just Play the Game

I know. I know. You’ve been wondering what to think about the whole Aaron Rodgers vaxgate thing, waiting for the sage wisdom of YSDA to kick in. Wait no more, sports fans.

We haven’t had much to say about this deal because we haven’t been able to come up with anything original. Yes, Rodgers is a flake, Yes, he’s a prima donna. We’ve known that, but we never thought he was an idiot, so that’s new. I mean, how is it that a self-appointed thinking man’s quarterback can turn down an FDA-approved drug that has been proven to be both overwhelmingly effective and overwhelmingly safe… and then take a drug designed for cattle as an alternative treatment with no evidence that it does anything? This making sense to anybody out there? If so, please write in below!

But, after giving this our best consideration, here’s what we think: just play the damn game. We just don’t care what Rodgers thinks about this or anything else outside of football. We care a great deal what he thinks about how he’s going to handle a blitz from the Seahawks on Sunday.

Rodgers and receiver Allen Lazard were each fined $14,000 for not following COVID protocols. It’s hard to take the NFL seriously.

What Packer fans learned last Sunday was that it’s really hard to play quarterback in the NFL and that Rodgers is really good at it. That’s taking nothing away from Jordon Love. Given his short week of preparation (thanks to Rodgers) and his almost total lack of experience as a starting QB in the NFL, I think he did okay. The jury is still out on whether he’s the guy who can take over from Rodgers on a permanent basis, but I’m pulling for him.

We also learned yet again how dysfunctional the NFL is. Rodgers flouted COVID protocols and lied to the league, the media and fans. And his penalty? A little over $14,000 in fines. Seriously?

There is one thing on which we’re in synch with Rodgers, though. He says he thinks for himself. We do, in fact, need more thinking for ourselves. There’s too much lock step going on. If we like to do anything here at YSDA, it’s surprise you, mix it up. Yeah, we’re for a lot of liberal stuff, but we have some views that might be regarded as downright sensible, if not conservative.

But a key ingredient in thinking for ones self is being properly informed and having some judgement about who we trust. We can’t be experts on everything, especially when it comes to viruses and their treatments. So, it’s sensible to trust somebody like Dr. Anthony Fauci and much less sensible to trust someone like, oh I don’t know, a radio host.

In a sane world Rodgers’ views on COVID treatments would be irrelevant because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. On the other hand, we should hang on every word when he shares his views on how to thwart a nickel defense.

The laudable inclination to think for ourselves comes with the obligation to read widely and to exercise some good judgement about the qualifications of people we’re going to trust on a given topic.

Rodgers can spout off all he wants about COVID. Let’s not care. He should just play the damn game.

Welcome to the 266th consecutive day of posts here at YSDA. Thanks for reading!


Published by dave cieslewicz

Madison/Upper Peninsula based writer. Mayor of Madison, WI from 2003 to 2011.

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