Will The Crime Rate Increase If There’s No NFL Season?
Baltimore Ravens defensive star (and Old Spice endorser) Ray Lewis certainly seems to think so and he’s had his share of run-ins with the law, so he should know.
“Do this research, if we don’t have a season—watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game. There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us. Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”
Seemingly at the center of his argument is the old adage, “the idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” Basically, people with nothing to do have a tendency to turn to mischief because they are not preoccupied with more constructive things. While it is not exactly clear whether or not statistics would support such an argument, it seems to make pretty good common sense at a glance.
We should also consider the fact that competitive sports and such can bring people together. For the most part, we see people who support the home and away teams sitting right next to each other with no one getting hurt. We see fans, regardless of where their allegiances lie, wishing the best to injured players who leave the field. Most importantly, people with real differences—varying ethnicities, opposing political parties/views, and religions are united for the 60 minutes of regulation during a football game. Without sports to unite us, things might get a little rougher out in the streets.
Watching competitive sports on television or in the arena is a good way to escape our own problems and issues, at least for a few hours at the beginning of every week. What happens when that safe escape is taken away from us? It may mean the hard times we face with economic uncertainty, resistantly high unemployment rates, and the like will feel even more burdensome. Such pressure could come with serious consequences as people will do anything when they feel trapped and desperate with nothing to lose.
Unfortunately, our society has a tendency to downplay foresight, so we don’t seem to heed these types of forewarnings until it’s too late. Plus, those who insist on the lockout—millionaire and billionaire owners of the NFL franchises—are not likely to be affected in a way that will make them act with urgency.
Until both sides are willing to reach the agreement it will take to bring the longest work stoppage the NFL has ever seen to an end, maybe Football Nation can divert its attention to protesting the lockout.