A lesson the NFL hasn't learned: There really can be too much of a good thing – Washington Post

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I am seldom in the business of saying, “I told you so,” because most of the time I tell you anything I tell you something stupid. However, sitting on the sofa all day with a beer in one hand and the clicker in the other, occasionally Couch Slouch has a revelation, which, I suppose, can be explained by the fact that Yuengling is one incredibly tasty and intellectually stimulating mixture of hops, barley and yeast.

I told the NFL not to start Thursday night football.

Did those billionaire crumb bums listen? No.

And, thus, in an avaricious attempt to co-opt another of our diminishing calendar days, the NFL has spiraled downward.

NFL TV ratings are down 5.5 percent from 2016 and nearly 13 percent from 2015.

To be fair, there are plenty of possible factors for this decline in interest, among them:

* The Trump effect.

* The kneeling-during-the-national-anthem effect.

* The turned-off-by-brain-trauma effect.

* The too-many-bad-matchups-with-too-many-bad-quarterbacks effect.

* The tired-of-seeing-Bill-Belichick-win effect.

Actually, among all the alternative theories on waning NFL viewership, I mostly subscribe to the millennials-have-the-attention-span-of-a-tsetse-fly effect.

Exhibit A: The NFL RedZone channel.

RedZone allows you to see every touchdown without having to see any one contest; who wants to watch a stand-alone game when you can watch scoring play after scoring play? It’s like reading a book review rather than reading the book – you get the gist of it all without having to wade through 368 pages.

Millennials have limited patience; they stand in front of microwaves and implore, “Come on!”

(The other night, I sat down to watch “Citizen Kane” with stepson Isaiah, stepdaughter Mia and rescue pit Daisy. Isaiah and Mia were gone before Charles Foster Kane even became a newspaperman; Daisy stuck it out to the final “Rosebud.”)

Now, don’t

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