At 43 years old, my hobbies, interests, they become simple, easy and more rewarding.

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At this age, I like to relax with my family, play basketball, gather with small groups of my friends and watch football. Watching the NFL and college football has never been more important to me, I love it.

By this time in the summer the start of the NFL season is all I can think. I have extra interest this year because my team (The Raiders) have higher expectations than ever before. So, as the regular season inches closer, I find myself consuming an unusual amount of NFL media. I make it a point to like or "heart" any football content on social media, so I'll get more of it.

So, when Antonio Brown's latest outrageous tweet started trending, there was no way I was going to miss it. This time, he was tweeting about regrets, what is A.B.'s biggest regret? Not getting to watch himself play football apparently. He wrote:

My biggest regret in my career doesn't involve calling my GM a "cracker", or showing up to Raiders camp late in a hot air balloon with frozen feet, or throwing rocks at the UPS driver, and it definitely doesn't involve taking my shirt off and doing a victory lap around the Jets stadium mid game while throwing up deuces. My biggest regret is that I'll never get to see me, Antonio Brown, play a game live. Sure, I can watch the game afterwards, but I can't imagine what that was like for you all to see something like that. Like watching the Beatles or Jesus perform at Red Rocks.

My opinions are now very inconsistent on this man. I want to change my vote from disapproval, to enjoyment. It annoyed me when he blew my team off, for no reason. It aggravated me that he mocked the idea of playing for the Raiders but I'm over it. The team is better-off, because he's not on it.

Now, I'm simply rooting for more fireworks, more dumb ass comments from A.B. Why wouldn't I? It's pure entertainment, and it does not impact my life in anyway. There was a time in my life, I would have scoffed at all of these off-field antics and headlines but now, I enjoy them. Antonio Brown, only hurt Antonio Brown, not me.

We now live in a world of media, and we live in a country where the NFL is king. The two are going to continually intersect, and I think things can only get funnier from here on-out. Thanks to podcasts, twitter, Instagram and Facebook, we learn more about our favorite athletes every week. That is fun, we can root for/against guys for their on-field play and now, for their personalities off the field.

It also creates opportunity for media people. Guys like Pat McAfee are enjoying the financial benefits of their hard-work and a rich football media landscape. It looks like there is plenty of food to go around and I plan on getting more than my fair share of spoonfuls of laughs and chances to create content (for money).

P.S. This will be the nicest article written about his tweet, It's never a good idea to compare yourself to Jesus, just ask the Beatles. It's also a piss-poor idea to compare yourself to the Beatles so doubling-up is as tone deaf as possible.

UPDATE: There have been suggestions that the original quote never came from Antonio Brown but he did tweet it. So, while the quote may have come from Ball Sack Sports. Antonio does agree that his biggest regret will be not seeing himself play live. This remains hilarious. 

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