“I’m not sure how I feel about Rodgers’s greasy, long-haired, asshole, douchebag heel-turn…”
Me, in my Week Three picks column
And now, here we are, in Week Nine.
Aaron Rodgers has COVID. He’s not the first player or coach to get it this season, nor, I’m sure, will he be the last.
That’s not the reason that some people are upset, though. They’re upset because of what Rodgers has said and done, at the beginning of the season, and especially this week.
Aaron Rodgers, when asked about his vaccination status, said that he was “immunized.” He has not, in fact, received any COVID vaccine. In an interview with Pat McAfee this week, Rodgers characterized his use of the word “immunized” as a planned misdirection, but true.
I call it a lie.
Now, about that interview.
He started off with a bang, stating, “"I realize I'm in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I'd like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself.” As his rambling speech continued, he would repeat his use of “woke” and “cancel culture,” as well as terms like “witch hunt,” to describe the ordeal he has been through. He scolded the league for forcing him to wear a mask, accusing them of “shaming,” him.
Victims. Aren’t we all?
He also claims that he is allergic to an ingredient in both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna), which is plausible. I just don’t know if I believe him. I wonder if he was diagnosed by an expert, or if he just did his own research. I mean, he’s a really smart guy, a “critical thinker.” He studies, like when he hosted Jeopardy. Remember that? Aaron wants you to. Jeopardy is a show for smart people.
Aaron Rodgers. Smart guy. Critical thinker.
I have so many questions, but I don’t want to bore anybody, so I’ll just mention a few things that bug me about the whole situation.
Regarding Rodgers’s allergy (which, if true, is likely to polyethylene glycol, or PEG), he refers to the CDC’s advice to not take the vaccine if you have this allergy. He also says that among the treatments he has taken is the drug ivermectin, which the CDC (as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) does not approve nor authorize as a COVID treatment. So, does he trust the experts, or doesn’t he? I guess it depends on whether he likes what he hears. Not exactly thinking critically.
Furthermore, if he’s such a sceptic, why criticize the league’s policy on mask wearing for unvaccinated personnel? He says that he shouldn’t need the mask if he’s only around vaccinated people, which means he must have faith in the vaccines, except he doesn’t, and he practices social distancing, which is what the experts recommend, even though he doesn’t trust them. Confusing, right?
Also, he gets advice from Joe Rogan. That statement stands by itself.
Oh, and one more question: If you take such good care of yourself, and take all your vitamins and quack remedies, and listen to Joe Rogan, and “do your own research,” and wear masks and all that other stuff you’re supposed to do, and you’re only around vaccinated people at work, how did you get COVID?
Aaron Rodgers believes he is special, and he is. He’s an extremely good football player. However, when he talks about himself, he says things like “I march to the beat of my own drum,” and “I’m a critical thinker,” and “I believe in bodily autonomy.” He plays the victim, of “woke mobs” of “crazed individuals,” conducting a “witch hunt” in the name of “cancel culture.” He cherry-picks facts that suit him, and criticizes anyone who doesn’t agree with him. He implores people to stop lying, when he is the one who lied.
Aaron Rodgers is special. Just ask him.
If you ask me, Aaron Rodgers is a snowflake.
He’s definitely not a horse or a cow, though.
Week Nine Picks
Winners in Bold
Atlanta at NO
In the past few seasons, Atlanta has become known as a team that will underperform, and for blowing leads. (Call it “The Curse of 28-3.”) They’re off to a typical 3-4 start, and face a New Orleans team that, despite some question marks at QB and WR, still has plenty of talent.
Denver at Dallas
Dallas continues to look like an upper-echelon team, while Denver just jettisoned Von Miller.
New England at Carolina
That talented Pats defense is really starting to look like something, and Mac Jones, supported by an effective running attack, has been improving steadily. After a good start, Carolina’s offense has struggled to score points and protect the QB.
Minnesota at Baltimore
With the exception of a 30-17 win over Seattle in Week 3, all of Minnesota’s games have ben decided by one score. Baltimore, coming off their bye after getting trounced by Cincinnati the week before, have the game’s best decider of one-score games: Justin Tucker.
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Cincinnati is coming off a disappointing loss to the New York (Green version), so I would be surprised if they don’t play well against Cleveland.
Buffalo at Jacksonville
Barring some catastrophe, Buffalo should win this one comfortably.
Houston at Miami
This is what the bottom of the barrel looks like.
Las Vegas at New York G (No Pick)
One of Vegas’s top receivers just killed someone. I feel weird talking about this game, so I won’t.
Los Angeles Bolts at Philadelphia
The Bolts need to snap out of whatever funk they’re in, and soon. Much has been made of the poor performance of the offense in their last two games, but I’m just as worried about how many points the team has given up.
Green Bay at KC
KC is bad, and I’m loving every minute of it. Even without Snowflake, Green Bay is good enough to win this, provided that Jordan Love doesn’t screw things up too badly.
Arizona at San Francisco
I was worried when I saw Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins on the injury report. If they’re both playing at less than 100%, this could be a close game.
Tennessee at Los Angeles R
Tennessee is going to have to figure out how to run their offense without its most important player, starting with a passing attack that features less play-action. The LA added Von Miller this week as their latest step in their win now program.
Chicago at Pittsburgh
No Khalil Mack again for Chicago. TJ Watt is ready to go, though.