NFL news tends to break on Twitter first, so a lot of us spend our days scrolling the app as part of our jobs. Whether you like it or not, non-football-content tends to find its way onto your timeline. The rest of the posts on the site can usually be broken down into five main categories: news presented in a dishonest fashion, bad-faith political arguments, mean-spirited trolling, naked racism and jokes stolen from other accounts.
If there is a saving grace for this sewer of lies it’s the dark sense of humor that many users have adopted, no doubt influenced by the content there. A genuine out-loud laugh (no, typing out LOL doesn’t count) at the end of a long day of doomscrolling can do a lot of good.
Since this past week has been harder on most of us than usual, we figured we could all use a little bit of levity. This joke we found this morning about Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is pretty wholesome by Twitter’s standards.
I’m not sure what you do, but Pete Carroll is gonna invite you to speak to the Seahawks https://t.co/FJSDpUre40
— Media Assassin (@eagsixcards) May 29, 2022
Wide receiver and hopefully new offensive captain Tyler Lockett certainly found it funny.
— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) May 29, 2022
The best jokes always have a ring of truth to them and this one definitely meets the criteria.
Over the years, coach Carroll has invited a wide cast of slick characters to speak at VMAC.
On the awesome side there was former Bulls sharpshooter and current head coach Steve Kerr, who has led his Warriors back to the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant after a few years’ absence. In addition to being a five-time world champion as a player, Kerr is maybe the most innovative basketball coach to come along in decades. He also understands far better than most what’s wrong with our country and isn’t afraid to speak his mind about it.
Steve Kerr on today’s tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/lsJ8RzPcmC
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 24, 2022
On the less attractive side of the ledger, Carroll has also invited some true morons to speak to the Seahawks – most notably the famous bigot Jordan Peterson, who recently fled Twitter with no apparent sense of irony as he complained about getting insulted on the platform.
Anyway, in case you can’t tell keeping our focus exclusively on football is pretty difficult for us right now.
Fortunately, this is one of the slowest times of the year for NFL news. Things will pick up again soon and we hope to be in a better place to provide you with that content.
For now, it feels fundamentally wrong to try to avoid talking about the elephant in the room. Something has to change this time because we cannot allow these mass-murders to keep happening.
We understand a lot of fans want to read about football as a way to escape the world around them but to hide our heads in the sand as children are slaughtered regularly while no significant effort to stop it is underway is too much to ask.
This particular tragedy feels different because it has revealed so many of the ways that our society is fundamentally broken.
At the top of the list is the fact that the killer was allowed to legally purchase military-grade weapons at his age. Speaking as someone who was once a troubled 18-year old kid, I can’t imagine a more dangerous combination and that concern is bared out by the numbers on mass shooting incidents, which are by and large perpetrated by unstable young men.
At a minimum, this outrage has to motivate us to move the age of legally buying guns at the national level up to 21 years old or better yet 43.
The Seahawks reporter who understands this best is Gregg Bell of the News Tribune, who is an army veteran and has extensive experience with these types of firearms. Here’s what he has to say on the subject.
Not allowing an 18-year-old to purchase an automatic weapon is a damn good place to start https://t.co/anAWMMAfvJ
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) May 26, 2022
Whatever we do, we can no longer accept hollow statements from our elected leaders.
For better or worse, this time something has to change.
We leave you today with this biblical wisdom from former Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
– James 1:27
— Doug Baldwin Jr 🌹 (@DougBaldwinJr) March 19, 2022
We hope you have a safe holiday weekend with your loved ones. Take care of eachother.