NFL Players Feuding At Training Camp Over Game Of Thrones Spoilers

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WSJ – As NFL players start training camp, they’ve got to make weight and learn the playbook. These are the requirements to make the team in the fall. But among players, another task has become equally important, and it’s causing problems throughout NFL camps. You must finish watching “Game of Thrones,” because the loudest debate in NFL locker rooms right now is not over Deflategate; it’s over television spoilers. With the exception of off-season workouts, this is the first time some teams have gotten together en masse in more than eight months. Naturally, talk at the lunch table or in the training room turns to the wildly popular HBO show, which wrapped its fifth season in June. (Warning: spoilers ahead.) “If you don’t know that Jon Snow died, if you don’t know what the White Walkers are, that’s not my problem,” said Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul, referencing a character who appeared to die in the last episode and a new breed of villains that were a focal point of the most recent season. “It means you aren’t a fan and you don’t watch the show.” Pressure to keep up with the show and avoid spoilers is such that Paul said his teammate, running back Silas Redd, watched “four or five episodes” the first night of camp in Richmond, Va. “When we are away from the field and want to get away, we want to talk about [‘Game of Thrones’],” said Cleveland Browns guard John Greco, one of the few NFLers who actually watched the show as it aired at his wife’s insistence and didn’t binge-watch between training sessions. But then Greco noticed Gary Barnidge, a Browns tight end, “covering his ears or head out the other way.” That is because Barnidge is still a season behind on the show. Like most players, his schedule of workouts and traveling means he can’t keep up with the show in real-time. Despite having the longest off-season in major pro sports, NFL players have shockingly little free time. This dynamic creates a locker room where everyone is at different points in the show. “I want to finish; I want to be a part of these conversations,” Barnidge said. Many players have no sympathy for those like Barnidge, and that’s creating awkwardness. Washington offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger is harsher than his teammate Paul: “I’ll wait a couple of days,” he said. “But I mean, if you haven’t watched it by then, close your ears. Earmuffs. I want to talk about it.”

Ugh the Spoiler Complainers. One of the worst sects in all of society. Dont care if you’re an internet twitter follower or an NFL lineman, if you’re complaining about other people talking about a TV show you havent seen yet, you’re an asshole. The world does not stop and start and your convenience. Other people’s conversations are not subject to your TV viewing schedule. Walking up to someone and blatantly telling them what happened or tweeting the outcome of a show on purpose is a whole different story. Like intentional spoiling should be punishable by, at least a punch in the face, at most, the electric chair. But if you expect people not to talk about a TV show with other people who have watched it just because you havent I just dont even understand your brain. Just more of this Me Me Me, I’m The Only Person That Matters mentality from the world.

Like that dude on the Redskins said – earmuffs bro. Go into another room. Go sit somewhere else in the locker room. Sometimes words will be spoken out loud that your ears dont want to hear and if thats happening just get away. Stop being a little baby. Be an adult and make sure viewing television on time is the most important priority in your life.