Today’s post is to join in with Dawn’s 2022 Festival of Leaves – to share street shots, and then rant a little about the NFL and their Fall 2022 gambling commercials.
Now let’s look down….
A little down time allowed me to make letters with the leaves.
The small colorful leaves reminded me of flower petals.
Part 2: Priorhouse Street Shots from Richmond, VA October 2022
For those that missed it, the October Priorhouse Interview (here) featured Brian (here and here) who takes some GREAT street shots.
This next street shot, a Steelers’ fan representing her favorite team with clothing, reminded me of author Ana Linden because this lady spent some time showing me her team-themed “high heels” – Also, in case you missed it, the August Priorhouse Interview (here) featured Ana (here).
I was leaving a store and saw this lady, a proud Steelers’ fan, walking by and I said something like “Go Steelers” – and of course she stopped to chat with me. I say “of course” because did you know that I never met a Steelers’ fan that I did not like?
Side note: NFL CHAT
1) NFL WOMEM ANNOUNCER ATTIRE
The Steelers’s fan (above) reminded me of the NFL chatting with Marc from Sorryless blog. Marc (here) writes about sports, current events, food, modern-day heroes, etc. – and we recently chatted about attire. Because in this day and age of great awokeness, the NFL has a lot of women announcers.
This inclusion of women (as announcers and refs) is awesome – and I recently watched the movie Flashback (2021) Prime Video, which had a fun depiction of the female plight –
The movie Flashback reminded me of A Christmas Carol “time travel” and the The Family Man (2000) “glimpse” – and paradigm shift in outlook. Flashback takes us on a comedic journey with a female lawyer who travels back in time to become enlightened about the struggle and fight for women’s rights over the years.
Anyhow, one of my NFL complaints relates to when the women wear “distracting clothes” or when they have an “unprofessional” look. My mother-n-law has complained about this for years with news anchors – she was annoyed and puzzled about why news anchor men had to sport the suits but the women could wear sexy dresses, show cleavage, have shoulders showing, and show knobby knees and thighs while walking along the camera.
I could relate to what my MIL was talking about when some of the NFL female announcers (well one lady in particular) wore clothes that were a huge distraction. It took away from the show. How do you feel about this clothing topic? I guess they do not have to dress completely boring, but when an outfit is distracting it takes away from the task at hand, which should be discussing football and presenting the next game or sharing football tidbits for viewers.
NFL attire for women should be professional and not distracting.
2) NFL GAMBLING ADS
One more NFL rant, or make that a complaint, is the tremendous influx of gambling commercials during the games this year. Commercial after commercial has plugs for gambling and this is very concerning. I am sure it is a huge source of revenue for the NFL. And some cities that were going under (financial problems) have brought in casinos to get needed money to help the city. I am not saying that is good, but It can help the city with funding. So I guess I understand the need for money and using gambling to help that.
So was the NFL hurting for money?
Did the NFL seriously need to bring in this huge promotion for gambling? The sad thing is that the millions of younger viewers are now exposed to more and more plugs for gambling. The increased gambling promotion will also lure more adults into this dangerously destructive behavior. It comes across as fun, but often pulls from enjoying the games.
The gambling promotion is done in a subtly enticing way. The ads come on during games and so viewers connect it to the NFL and this makes it seem good or okay. And in a day and age when porn exposure (and porn addiction) starts before puberty begins – and in a time when opioids, alcohol, scripts, and other addictions are plaguing society -DO WE REALLY NEED THE NFL to allow so many gambling commercials? I think NOT!
I am disappointed with the NFL gambling commercials. I am bored by them but then I also worry for what will trickle into society from this inundation. And the Kevin Hart commercials are particularly sad because he appeals to so many younger folks and to so many diverse folks in general. Does Hart realize the dangers of his ads?
Here is what I wonder.
Who at the NFL thought the many gambling commercials would be a good idea? Do they NOT make enough money from transportation and alcohol commercials? Do they not make enough money from all the “PRIME VIDEO” ads and the increased Amazon sponsorship? The folks at the NFL decided that showing Janet Jackson’s nipple is not okay, yet thousands of gambling ads are okay and might even be good for fans. Huh? That is wrong.
Gambling will go on without the need for all of these ads. The many ads pose a threat for some viewers and then they ruin the experience for other viewers who prefer a variety of commercials. The constant exposure to plugs for gambling is disappointing. Shame on the NFL for this surge of gambling promotions.
Dear NFL, here is a reminder about the dangers of gambling:
Addiction to gambling is just like being addicted to drugs.(Here)
Many people are surprised to learn that behavior addictions, like gambling addiction, start young and can be just as destructive as addictions to drugs or alcohol. (Here)
“Although gambling addictions do NOT receive as much media attention as drugs and alcohol, the problem is surprisingly common. In fact, researchers at the University of Buffalo found that problem gambling is considerably more common than alcohol dependency in the United States. They reported that as many as 750,000 people between the ages of 14 and 21 have a gambling addiction, and 3-5% of all Americans struggle with a gambling problem.”
“Gambling addiction is sometimes referred to as a “hidden illness” because there are no obvious physical signs or symptoms like there are in drug or alcohol addiction. Problem gamblers also typically deny or minimize the problem—even to themselves.” Guide for help is HERE
Okay readers, thanks for letting me rant about the current events with the NFL
Do you have any thoughts about these topics?
Also, thanks for checking out my October 2022 Leaves and Street Shots.
How is your month going?