The Catch was the dawn of a new era in the NFL
When I first discovered the NFL in the early 1970s, the league had a handful of Harlem Globetrotters, and pretty much everyone else was the Washington Generals.
It was the Dolphins, Steelers, Cowboys, and Raiders, with each winning at least two Super Bowls from 1971 through 1980. At the other end of the spectrum were the teams that couldn’t get out of their own way.
The Generals had finally beaten the Globetrotters, opening the door for a greater range of championship possibilities. And while the 49ers quickly became the Globetrotters in their own right, that Clark-and-Joe-Montana-fueled ascension of the 49ers was special because it went so decidedly against what had become the norm for anyone who had been paying attention to the NFL — and especially for those of us who first noticed the NFL on the front end of a decade that consisted of only four haves and 24 have-nots.
Imagine wanting to please the boss so very badly that you run stills of guys knelt down PRAYING during pregame, Long said on Twitter. Not one Eagles player knelt for the anthem this [year]. Keep carrying his water to sow division while misrepresenting Christian men. Aren’t many of your viewers.. never mind.
Said tight end Zach Ertz, one of the Eagles shown kneeling: This can’t be serious…. Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this…
Long also addressed the deeper issue of blaming the cancellation of the White House visit on the anthem issue.
You’re complicit in PLAYING America, Long said to FOX News. This is just another day at the office for you, though. Most players (and there were many players, many players…) that wanted to opt out had decided long [before] the anthem rule came down. It wasn’t discussed once in our meetings about the visit.