After posting Saturday’s message, I thought for a bit. Believe it or not, I’m not a very confrontational person, but certain things get me goin’…. and I certainly was goin’.
But, I was still thinkin’.
Then, I went to church on Sunday.
The church at the center of this tempest is Fallcreek Baptist Church.Â I was there on Sunday, and I was impressed. They had just an incredible spirit about the whole thing.
I did not hear one bad word said against the NFL. No one so much as looked cross-eyed atÂ the mention of their name. All this from a group of people infected by a HUGE case of football fever – and a bad case of MASSIVE disappointment.
They had been looking forward for WEEKS for this – as an opportunity to be together with their families and have a great time watching their favorite game.
But like I said, I did not hear one negative word against the NFL.
What a great group of people. What a great spirit.
Even though everyone else was having a Super Bowl party… Even though every bar and restaurantÂ in Indianapolis had HUGE screens showing the game… This little group of Baptists quietly went andÂ watched the game at home. (Did you know that Colts Coach Dungy’s church also cancelled THEIR Super Bowl party?) Those who didn’t have TVs went to the houses of friends, and everyone was pleased theÂ Colts won.
That pretty much clinched it for me.
Â …and IT got even MORE clinched when I saw the list of advertisers of the Super Bowl.
My point is thatÂ it is hard to do aÂ ‘boycott’ without doing it in the spirit of retribution. No one is trying (or should try) to punish or hurt anyone. Our goal should be to persuade.
So, instead of a ‘boycott’ I propose a Campaign of Dissatisfaction. You are not going to try and hurt sales. You are not going to try and block the efforts of anyone. But, you ARE going to voice your dissatisfaction.
It doesn’t mean that you stop buying a product, but it does mean that you tell them that their support for the NFL, and by connection their support of their actions against Fallcreek Baptist Church, is not satisfactory.
You are voicing your dissatisfaction.
So here is a list of products that I saw advertised on the Super Bowl on Sunday. Pick out a few products and let them know that you are unhappy with the NFL, and that you want them to tell the NFL to shape up their act… And, that they haven’t helped their profits by advertising with them.
Airtran.comÂ Beatyourrisk.com â€“ (I was appalled at the violence of the commercial)Â BlockbusterÂ BudweiserÂ
CadillacÂ Careerbuilder.comÂ Chevrolet â€“ (can you believe how bad their commercials were?)Â Cierra MistÂ
Coca ColaÂ Comcast.comÂ DoritosÂ E*TradeÂ Emerald NutsÂ FedExÂ FlomaxFordÂ
Garmin.com – my runner-up nomination for the dumbest commercialÂ Godaddy.comÂ Hannibal RisingÂ
HondaÂ HP.comÂ Intel.Â IzodÂ
Kraft VelveetaÂ Michelin TiresÂ Motorola.comÂ NationwideÂ
PepsiÂ Prudential FinancialÂ RealCaliforniaCheese.comÂ Revlon Color fadeawayÂ
Salesgenie.comÂ Schick Quattro TitaniumÂ Snapple Green TeaÂ SnickersÂ
SprintÂ State FarmÂ Taco BellÂ T-MobileÂ
Toyota TundraÂ VanHeusenÂ Â
I could go without these products, but that’s not the point. We want to do this in the same spirit that Fallcreek Baptist Church, the people hurt by this, would want us to.Â
And, don’t forget to write to the NFL and CBS and your local CBS station. Let’s just make sure that we do this in the right way, with the right spirit.
The NFL and CBS
Apparently, The NFL and CBS are closely linked, so much so that if you want to make a complaint, you gotta contact them both:
Here are a couple emails that you should also send your comments to:
Via snail mail:
National Football League
280 Park Ave
New York NY 10017
NFL New Media Group
280 Park Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Also, contact your local CBS television station. You can find your station here:
Those of you in Indianapolis, that means WISH TV:
Jeff White, General Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
WISH-TV Channel 8
1950 N. Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Colts and the Bears
Then, letâ€™s not forget to contactÂ teams playingÂ in the Super BowlÂ
Contact the Colts, here: http://www.colts.com/mail.cfm
Contact the Bears, here: http://www.chicagobears.com/fancenter/Contact.asp