In recent years, some former NFL players have tried to tell the public about how every season is actually scripted. The most famous incident was when former NFL running back Arian Foster made this wild claim with a straight face.
The NFL world has reacted with its own memes and jokes about the whole thing, as many folks take full advantage of conspiracy theories that liken the NFL to the WWE. Did something good or bad happen to your favorite team or rival? It's all part of the script.
The NFL itself hasn't been deaf to these comments, and the league itself has jumped into the fray.
First, at the NFL Draft in Kansas City, Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on an episode of New Heights with the Kelce brothers and joked that "the script" called for two brothers to play each other in the Super Bowl. When the Bosas didn't agree, they turned to the Kelces.
And now, just two weeks before the season starts, the NFL has gone one step further by unveiling the table read of the 104th NFL script—and it is gold.
Ja'Marr Chase's handless catches. DK Metcalf abs. Shirtless Kirk Cousins. It goes on and on and on. And I loved every second of it.
The best joke though is the suggestion that "the Patrick Mahomes character be written out of the script entirely". Yes, the thought that the NFL's biggest star shouldn't play a role in the upcoming season leaves the room—and the quarterback himself—speechless.
"Patrick you're an actor. Act like one," says host Keegan Michael-Key. After his leading role in the Netflix docuseries Quarterback, Key isn't wrong. Mahomes is officially an actor, but not on the football field.
The video perfectly encapsulates the ridiculousness of the idea that the NFL is scripted. Or maybe that's just what they want us to think.
And who knows, maybe it does? As a Chiefs fan, I won't complain. We've had our fair share of bad scripts over the years. Let's relish in the current plot while it lasts.