Those words mean little to most people except for those who were watchers of the show Cheers. On a particular episode, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEtTtfOGkx8) the fictional drink, Screaming Viking, enables Sammy to get his job back.
The new bartender swears he can make any drink and promises to quit if he can not fill a drink order. When the Screaming Viking is requested by all the guys including Norm and Cliff, the new bartender leaves, and Sammy gets his job back. As soon as Rebecca Howe turns her back, everyone spits the drink out.
The Screaming Viking which includes bruised cucumbers is gross. The combination of liquor and cucumbers is apparently nasty. They just don’t work together.
What’s the point?
Here’s another nasty combination: sports and politics.
Do you remember when you used to pick up a newspaper and politics were part of the front page and that was it? Politics was not mentioned in the sports section. Politics was not mentioned in the entertainment section. Politics was not mentioned in the weather section. Politics had its place. It was the front page and the front page only.
Oh, how I long for those times.
Those times were simpler, less complicated.
And then there’s sports.
A debate on sports focused on who was the best quarterback of all time, which team has better pitching, Wilt or Russell, best goaltender ever. And that’s pretty much it.
And I love these debates. Plenty of other people love these debates too. Hence sports talk radio, ESPN, etc.
Over the years, politics, and everything around it, has become a mess. Mrs. MMK has compared the political situation of recent years to a married couple fighting leaving the children to watch. It seems everyone’s behavior, children included, has sunk to new lows.
Whether or not this is necessary is not the point. Who is right or wrong is not the point. It’s simply not fun to watch or be a part of. And every individual, like it or not, is part of it to some degree.
So, yes I think football players or any athlete for that matter has the right to voice his or her opinion. They are people and not machines. Their lives don’t begin and end on the playing field. They are part of the country as well and they have opinions.
Despite this belief, I wish sports could go back to being the pleasant diversion it has been in the past. While I’m passionate about sports – despite the heartbreak my beloved Philadelphia teams induce each season – it is only a diversion from real life.
I feel sad that the diversion of sports is being polluted by the toxicity that is politics these days.
I long for compromise, civility, and decency … even more than a championship for one of my Philadelphia sports teams.
If we could just have some calm, I’d be happy to down a Screaming Viking in celebration.