Total buzzkill, dudes.
In response to the Marijuana Policy Project erecting billboards that criticize the NFL’s stance on pot, the folks at Smart Approaches to Marijuana have decided to erect some billboards of their own.
The billboards, scheduled to go up in the New York-New Jersey area Wednesday night, show a nondescript football player leaping through the air, the words “motivation, perseverance, determination” hovering above his head. Juxtaposed with the player is a marijuana leaf — at least I think that’s what a marijuana leaf looks like; I wouldn’t know — sitting below the phrase “none of the above.” (Which doesn’t exactly make sense since there’s nothing technically above the “none of the above” phrase: the “motivation, perseverance, determination” statement is to the left.) The billboard ends with a warning not to [cue ominous music] “lose in the game of life.”
It’s super effective. My evil ways are now done.
Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the chairperson of the anti-marijuana group, issued a statement about the billboards:
Marijuana use saps motivation, perseverance, and determination – the opposite of what it takes to win the Super Bowl. It is not a safe drug, especially for kids, and we need to reiterate the message to coaches, parents, players, and teens alike that it has no place in football (Politico).
It sounds like Kennedy and the folks at SAM won’t be enjoying a super bowl this Sunday. (Yes, I am actually the first person on the Internet to make that joke. Bow to my wit, minions.)