I wasn't gonna blog today. It's unofficial NYD part II. There will be no Song of the Day blog to start the year; instead, DOL is thinking about Bill Safety Damar Hamlin. I'm starting this blog at 9:56 pm, and there's yet to be any official news, but there's no way they'll continue playing tonight.
It's a fucking tragedy and terrifying reality of the game. Honestly, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. You can try to make the game safer, but as long as massive professional athletes play this game, this is an unfortunate reality.
At this point, pretty much everybody has the same information, which isn't a lot, but whenever you hear CPR, it's not fucking good.
Tonight has one of those "where were you when" moments. This was suppo...the game has officially been suspended. It's now 10:01 pm. The game has been suspended. I personally think they should just call it a tie and move on. Yes, this game, on paper, was one of the best matchups in the over 50-year history of Monday Night Football. 12-3 Buffalo Bills @ 11-4 Cincinnati Bengals, but that doesn't fucking matter rn. You hate to speculate, but we all feel it. This young man's life is at stake. It's so fucking sad and just another reminder of how fragile life is. I was at the gym on the bike, watching the game, and texting friends. A couple minutes after the hit, I got a call from my mom and knew exactly what she was calling about. It's basically NYD. There's a feeling of optimism and starting fresh, but life goes on regardless of the date. Horrible things can happen. Life is so fragile. The hit didn't even look that scary. There are a dozen hits a week where you see something and are shocked someone wasn't seriously hurt. It's just the freak part of the game. I don't know what's gonna happen. I love football. It's hands down my favorite sport. My days as a key returner and key loss Division III Rhode Island high school football player, shaped me and still affect me to this day. I'll always think of myself as a former football player. My old teammates are my brothers. I love this game, and I'm sure the players on the Bills and Bengals feel the same way about their teammates. I can't even begin to imagine how they're feeling. I can't fathom seeing one of my teammates go down like that and being expected to play.
If there's any positive to take from this, it's that the game's been postponed. I feel like that would not have happened even five years ago. I bet there are ass holes out here who hate this decision and just want to see a game and don't care about what happens to the men who make this great game possible, but it's the right call. This game should be postponed. I don't know how you handle it this late in the season; frankly, it doesn't matter. All that matters is the well-being of Damar Hamlin. I feel weird using the word luckily given the circumstances, but luckily his family was there and is with him now. They said on TV that his mom rode in the ambulance with him. What happened tonight is terrifying, and I hope it's not as bad as we all think it could be, but in a way, it's better that his family was there instead of watching on TV across the country. I feel like that'd be a million times worse. I don't know. This just fucking sucks. I hate this. I wish it wasn't something that happened in a game, but sadly it is.
Of course, this moment will raise questions, especially if this man loses his life, but injuries like this make you wonder about the game's future. There's so much money at stake, I don't think the NFL is going anywhere soon, but this league is only 103 years old. Nothing lasts forever. As society progresses and we learn more about the risks of this game, who knows if the league will see 200?
SVP is on in the background as this type this, and they're showing clips of the player's reaction, and you just see all these grown men weeping and in pain. These warriors that we look up to as almost modern-day gladiators. For them to have this reaction, you know things aren't good, and really all we can do at this time is hope for the best. Maybe you pray, perhaps you don't. I get it either way. I hate thoughts and prayers after school shootings when they solve nothing, but I genuinely send my thoughts and prayers to Damar Hamlin and his family. Only 24 years old, such a young life. I'm sure he was amped for this huge game, and then before 9 pm he's literally in a fight for his life.
Unfortunately, serious injuries are a part of the game, and people have died playing it. I remember when Al Lucas died in an Arena League game in 2005. In 1971 Chuck Hughes of the Detroit Lions became the first and so far only player to die in an NFL game. We all hope he was the last, but we aren't sure at this very moment, and that's a fucking terrible thing. It fucking blows. There's such a somber feeling on what was supposed to be such a great night. I watch most MNF games, but I was legitimately excited for this game. I know millions of other people were too. Now we're all just hoping that this young man is alright. I fucking hate that I have to start my 2023 blogging year like this, but this is dozonlife, and life is full of twists and turns. Tragedies happen, and unfortunately, this year began with one. Nobody cares about this game right now. Nobody cares that I won a fantasy championship right now. There are more significant issues. You can hear the pain and fear in everybody's voice. This shit is so fucking scary. I feel like I'm just going in circles, and sure I peppered in a few classic DOL bits to try to make this piece more me and add a little humor in such a horrible time, but this is a serious moment. I'm glad the players aren't playing. Thank God they aren't. It would be such a bad fucking look. I'm sure Roger Goodell is pissed, but that's to be expected. Refund the tickets, call it a tie and move on. I love that the players said we're not playing. That's how you you use your power for good. Fuck the NFL and Goodell being like take five and get back out there. My hat is tipped to the Bills and Bengals for taking things into their own hands. Thoughts and Prayers for Damar Hamlin; we're all thinking about you and hoping for the best.
Update from Damar's agent:
I'll admit, I didn't know this name before the injury. It looks like Damar Hamlin was a hashtag good guy. I'm really hoping he pulls through and makes a full recovery.