Houston Rockets G.M. joins the anti-football idiot parade

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Mark Cuban isn’t the only figure connected to a Texas basketball team who is taking shots at the unofficial sport of Texas.

Houston Rockets G.M. Daryl Morey recently predicted the demise of the NFL in a social-media post.

“Tick tock it is just a matter of time before the NFL is basically irrelevant as a sport,” Morey said. “No global base, no one plays anymore.”

The cartoonishly misguided claim came in response to comments regarding the NBA’s desire to get a pie of the gambling pie, if/when New York legalizes sports wagering. So does Morey think the NFL won’t try to do the same thing? And does Morey not realize that, because BILLIONS more already are wagered on the NFL than the NBA, the NFL will generate even more money when the football and basketball leagues are getting a cut of the total action?

Also, to the extent that Morey believes “no one plays [football] anymore,” he should open his eyes and/or remove his head from an orifice that would keep his eyes covered. He lives and works in Texas. College and high school football is everywhere in Texas. And neither college nor high school football is going anywhere any time soon (or ever) in Texas, even if participation at the youth level has declined over time.

I know, it’s hard for these other sports to accept the NFL’s dominance. And, I know, it costs nothing to make self-serving proclamations about the demise of a sports league that currently is doing far better than the NBA. The only risk to uttering such ridiculousness is being called an idiot.

So, Daryl, you’re an idiot.

56 responses to “Houston Rockets G.M. joins the anti-football idiot parade

  1. Besides, the NBA and MLB need football. Without football the 24 hour sports networks would never survive. NBA and MLB are not strong enough combined to carry a 24 hour sports network by themselves.

  2. “…an orifice that would keep his eyes covered.”

    Thanks Mike, I will quote you on this one, and give due credit. One of your funnier ones, but not even close to “frozen glory hole.” Keep’em coming.

  3. The cartoonishly misguided claim came in response to comments regarding the NBA’s desire to get a pie of the gambling pie, if/when New York legalizes sports wagering. So does Morey think the NFL won’t try to do the same thing?
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    I don’t know. The NFL has taken bizarre moral stands that have cost them money before. The assumption is that now that the NBA has opened the door, the NFL will follow. But who knows what crazy Roger will do. How many millions has the NFL blown attacking legal gambling throughout the years when they could have attempted to make money off of it instead?

  4. Mr. Morey, This is your owner, will you report to my office to explain this ridiculousness spewing from your pie hole…..

  5. Nevertheless it only takes one scandal in which the NBA or NFL got their 1% of the scam to destroy either league.

    Pay $1000 for family of four to see game

    With $1000 worth of replica jersey’s on their back

    Paying $15 for a beer

    While the people at home are watching expensive commercials, including $5 million plus per commercial for Superbowl on television networks that spend billions for tv rights deals

    All this could go away from one scandal. Because no one wants to pay top dollar for a rigged league.

    Yet if any scandal is profited and enjoined by the NFL or NBA by being a part of that process, that’s exactly who will be blamed.

    There’s reasons why the people who built these leagues were against gambling. Even when they had far fewer ‘revenue streams’. Now they have revenue streams out their yin yang and they want to tempt fate.

    Because once you start taking gambling money, you are placing the golden goose over a camp fire. Get too close to the fire, and that bird is cooked.

    But as of now, its the NBA, who is primed to cook their goose.

    It’s as if Tim Dongahy didn’t even happen.

    The NBA or NFL in cahoots with gambling is putting an open season sign on refs and players to point shave spreads, win/lose.

    These leagues should realize that NBA isn’t all of basketball, and the NFL isn’t all of football. Plenty of other options to watch the game. High school. College. Other pro/semi-pro leagues.

    Not to mention, while its baseball, Pete Rose is still banned for betting on baseball.

    How would the NBA police that if say Greg Popovich wanted to bet on the NBA, if the NBA is a partner with gambling?

  6. Rockets are 20-plus years removed from their last championship (i.e. Cowboys of south Texas) so Morey needs to focus on improving HIS franchise and leave the big time sports alone. Unless you enjoy watching James Harden dribble the air out of the ball and then chunk a 30 footer, Rockets are zero fun to watch and WILL NOT win a championship with this team.

    Meanwhile, the MLB World Champs live a few blocks away at Minute Maid Park. Go Astros!

    Oh yeah, go Texans too. :o)

  7. Listen, I love this game and I think everyone that comes here and reads the articles loves this game. I played this game, and this game was good to me. A lot of people who come here have played this game at one level or another.

    I am getting involved a little bit in coaching now that one of my sons is old enough to play FLAG. I talked with a lot of FLAG and Pop Warner coaches this past season. We are seeing Contact Football dry up a bit, and FLAG gain popularity. I will not let my son play Contact until he is in High School at the Earliest.

    The Head Injury issue is going to change this game. They are on the verge of a test that will be able to determine if a living person has CTE. That will be a Game-Changer.

    For now, the game is still a Jauggernaut, but the amount of kids playing the sport at a Contact Level needs to be monitored.

  8. The NFL is undoubdedly bigger than the NBA. But the NFL would rather have the NBA’s growth numbers; NBA ratings are up double digits this year while NFL ratings are down. And since NBA players are more liberal than NFL players, it’s not just politics. The NFL could borrow a lot from the NBA, and NFL owners know it.

  9. Havent watched the NBA since the days of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Julius Irving. Its nothing but hype and showmanship now. Boring as hell.

    Way to go Florio! Long live the NFL!

  10. The feeling with these people is if they repeat a lie enough times, people will begin to believe them. The sad part is, they’re right. We are not a very well informed society, so we become the target of ill-minded people.

  11. NFL is NOT the “unofficial” sport of Texas.

    It’s Friday night high school ball, college ball a somewhat distant 2nd. On field game may be similar but everything else is different.

  12. What @tommyribs said. Football will always be #1 in my heart, but it ain’t going to remain #1 in America. In about 20-30 years, another sport (my guess: soccer) will surpass it. Laugh if you must, but as a kid I remember baseball fans saying football would never overtake baseball.

    Right now mothers are not letting their sons play football, yet ALL these kids play soccer. Where is the football talent base going to be in 20-30 years?

  13. The NFL is undoubdedly bigger than the NBA. But the NFL would rather have the NBA’s growth numbers; NBA ratings are up double digits this year while NFL ratings are down. And since NBA players are more liberal than NFL players, it’s not just politics. The NFL could borrow a lot from the NBA, and NFL owners know it.

    This is true to a degree, but the NBA TV ratings fluctuate based on the matchups with only a few teams at the top generating ratings. The overall numbers are still nowhere near Footballs worst ratings and teams are playing to half empty arenas more often than not. The NBA is not in as good a shape as they claim to be. They are reliant on a few stars and about 20% of it’s teams that can compete for a title. It’s also just not nearly as entertaining a game to watch. The NFL may cease to exist one day, but it won’t be because of losing ratings to other sports. It’s still the king of TV.

  14. Not sure he’s an idiot so much as confident in the legendary incompetence of Roger Goodell. The man could lose an eye trying to eat a marshmallow.

  15. stexan says:
    January 25, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    NFL is NOT the “unofficial” sport of Texas.

    It’s Friday night high school ball, college ball a somewhat distant 2nd. On field game may be similar but everything else is different.
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    As a born and raised Texan, yes, I agree HS football is the official sport. My high school (Trinity Euless) had a Gatorade commercial a few years back. The NYT did an article on them, their o-line weighed more than the Redskins did.

  16. Well, to be clear, Morey graduated from Northwestern and MIT – so he’s not exactly an “idiot”. He also introduced moneyball into basketball. Just sayin’.

    Having said that, Slow Joe is right – the NBA will not be the winner of the “non-concussive sports” Olympics.

  17. LOL…The NBA. NCAA Basketball is great once football season ends. The NBA? Who cares? That could disappear tomorrow and most people wouldn’t even notice.

  18. adding to what @Slow Joe (Bucs fan) said, of the youth I know, which is quite a few, they watch basketball, they play soccer, they follow football. NFL games are too long and slow for the younger generation, and don’t discount the CTE issue.
    Kids are following stars, and the NBA can market star players better than a team sport like the NFL. (Yeah, I said it, the NBA isn’t a team sport)
    Football will always exist, especially as a way to get into college for young men who have no other options, but remember, Pro boxing used to be king and now I’d say it’s 99% dead.

  19. Seems like the average 5th grader would recognize that he’s exaggerating to make a point when he says “nobody” plays football anymore. What he obviously means is that fewer people are playing as we become more aware of issues like CTE. There probably will come a point where football either isn’t played or the game is seriously modified to lessen the risk of injury so he’s really not that far off base. The popularity of the NFL has peaked and while it’s still very popular there’s no question things are going to go downhill from here. Objectively most of us realize this even if we refuse to admit it

  20. Every weekend in the fall 80,000 attend an NFL game in Texas. Over 250,000 attend a college football game. And over 1,000,000 attend a high school football game. My school district just spent over $60 million on their second football stadium. Nobody plays anymore??? Stupid statement.

  21. edavidberg says:

    January 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    In Illinois the legislature is trying to ban football for kids under 12. Absolutely insane.
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    Actually “Tackle” football.

    That being said I cant stand the NBA…. College Hoops rule.

  22. Interesting because where I graduated high school, the population is almost nothing. My class had around 100 twenty years ago and it’s about the same now. Yet they still have enough kids go out for football that they have juniors on JV and they won a state championship this year. Not Texas, either – north of the Mason-Dixon.

  23. While I don’t think football is in immediate trouble, as others have pointed out, the injuries, and especially the concussion issue, has parents pushing their children in other directions. I also think that the NFL leadership (Goodell and the owners)have been somewhat tone deaf on a lot of issues, and that is going to have consequences down the line that we are not seeing right now. God forbid, but if a football player suffers a fatal injury, then we will see a rush to have it further regulated. Plus, great athletes that used to go for football are going to shift to other sports like basketball, baseball, and soccer because the ridiculous college football system that basically treats players like slaves and doesn’t allow them to earn compensation for 2-3 years, where as in the other sports, a kid coming out of high school can immediately sign a professional contract and be paid for the sacrifice of their bodies.

  24. High school and college sports are king in Texas. Football and basketball. Yes, pro teams are followed but high school and college is the main attraction.

    Example: One local school district built a new football stadium at a cost of – wait on it – seventy million dollars. Search for Katy TX.

    HS Basketball is big. Just last year a retired Texas boys basketball head coach was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Search for Robert Hughes Sr.

  25. Everyone wants Joe Thomas to give his opinion on this matter……because the worlds greatest football player who plays on the worlds worst football team must chime in.

  26. Nobody would care about the NFL if they couldn’t gamble on it. NFL’s biggest fans gamble, bottom line.

  27. What’s this dude talking about?
    I haven’t watched the NBA since Jordan retired (the first time.)
    If I wanted to watch 1v1 ball hogs, I’d watch playground ball on my way home from work.

  28. “In about 20-30 years, another sport (my guess: soccer) will surpass it.”

    Dude, soccer? Soccer?? LOL. Soccer won’t ever be as popular as HIGH SCHOOL football. Isn’t soccer just a way to unload your kids for x hours a week? Or for universities to satisfy Title IX?

  29. The guy traded a variety of NBA journeymen and three low end 1st rounders for James Harden and Chris Paul. You may not like him dissing the NFL, but he’s not an idiot.

  30. January 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    Well, to be clear, Morey graduated from Northwestern and MIT – so he’s not exactly an “idiot”. He also introduced moneyball into basketball. Just sayin’.
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    Morey’s educations suggests he’s intelligent, maybe beyond most. But intelligence doesn’t always equate to being smart.

  31. Morey is hoping that’s the case. Sorry dude. Still the best sport hands down. If somehow they legalize wagering it will just make it better and even more popular.

  32. Does anyone else think the NBA is like WWE wrestling? Great athletes but staged for the superstars and persistent basketball rule violations. It is a bit fake sometimes.

  33. The NFL has lost me. I’ll still watch my team, but that’s about it.

    The NBA never had me. I’d rather powerwash my house than sit through one of their contests (bore-fests). Same goes for MLB.

    The NHL is the only major sports league that still offers any real entertainment value, IMO.

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