The NFL has seen all your complaints, jokes and conspiracy theories about how the league’s games and seasons are scripted.
So, rather than fight them all and attempt to dispute them, the NFL is leaning into it harder than ever.
First, commissioner Roger Goodell joked last year about the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl being part of the NFL script.
“We got together and we decided two brothers should play each other in the Super Bowl,” he said.
Goodell’s joke was in response to the many complaints that the NFL is rigged.
• A 2017 game between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints was fixed.
• The Minneapolis Miracle, also involving the Saints, was scripted.
• Super Bowl LIV was rigged in favor of Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
• Trevor Lawrence “admitted” that the NFL is scripted after his 27 point comeback against the Chargers last season.
• Pat McAfee piled on the NFL is rigged bandwagon after last season’s AFC Championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.
• Former NFL running back Arian Foster claimed last year that the NFL has script writers.
And those are just the “NFL is rigged” conspiracies that come immediately to mind.
So, on Thursday, the NFL shared a video to its Twitter account that conspiracy theorists are sure to point to at some point in the near future.
It’s a tongue-in-cheek look “behind-the-scenes” of the “table read” for the 104th season of the NFL.
According to this video, Keegan Michael-Key appears to be in charge of the proceedings which feature players like Jalen Ramsey, Ja’Marr Chase, D.K. Metcalf, Justin Fields, Kirk Cousins and Patrick Mahomes.
The highlight of the video might be when one of the NFL’s “script writers” suggests writing Patrick Mahomes, attending the meeting remotely, out of the script entirely – something Jalen Ramsey and Justin Fields seem more than willing to do.
— NFL (@NFL) August 24, 2023
Cue the tin-foil hat wearers claiming the video was made merely to deflect the fact that the NFL is, in fact, actually scripted.
“The greatest trick the NFL pulled was convincing people the script didn’t exist,” one fan wrote.
NFL confirmed rigged?!!??!
— University Provost Dee Snutts III (@Kirilionaire) August 24, 2023
“Look at the Mockery!!! Best way to hide is in plain sight now!! Fanboyyyys think sports is real,” read another comment.
Glad yall finally telling the truth, even if it is in 'joke' form. The way i see it is so many people see the script now that yall are trying to reverse psychology it to your advantage to downplay it.
— N8-28 (@33Abnormal) August 24, 2023
To be fair, the Minnesota Vikings’ Twitter account isn’t exactly helping matters…