My Car Got Towed Last Night & I Fully Blame Roger Goodell & The NFL’s Greedy Peacock Playoff Game

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, if you are reading this, please reach out to me. I’d like to send you an invoice for my car towing bill.

I’ll do my best to make a long story relatively short. You probably know the gist of things just reading the title of this article anyways, so I won’t bore you with the minute details, and I’ll do my best to stick to the point.

As you probably know, the NFL decided to put one of their Wild Card Weekend games exclusively on NBC’s streaming service “Peacock.” The Kansas City Chiefs battled it out against the Miami Dolphins in what was the 4th coldest game in the history of the NFL, and the elements made for quite the lackluster postseason matchup.

All of the regular characters were there. The duo of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce was the main focus of the night, if you don’t choose to focus on the plethora of cutaways that NBC/Peacock did to show Taylor Swift sitting in one of the cozy, heated suites.

But as you can see in the video above, the score was pretty lopsided, and it was clear that the Miami Dolphins were ready to get back to their warm, sunny weather by the end of the game.

Like I stated earlier, the contest was shown exclusively on the Peacock, so NFL fans were only able to see the boring football game if they were subscribed to the streaming service.

I, for one, did not see that as an option. I refused to fall into the NFL’s trap of making me sign up for yet another streaming platform, so I instead chose to go to somewhere else that had access to Peacock, where I knew they would be showing the game.

In doing so, I chose to leave the safety and comfort of my own home (where I would have watched the game if it was on regular TV) and went out into the world, which I’m sure most of you know can be a cruel, unforgiving place.

When I got where I was going, the normal place to park was full (I’m assuming full of other Peacock protestors), so I ventured into a less familiar parking lot, found a spot, and brought my car to rest in it.

With hindsight, I’m now realizing why that spot was open. Unbeknownst to me, it was a reserved spot, and I left my car right smack dab in the middle of it as I locked my vehicle and walked in to watch the Dolphins take on the Chiefs.

Most of the game went like this:

I took in the mediocre game inside the establishment, and when I finally realized that the Dolphins weren’t going to pull it off, I decided to get up and leave. And let me ask you this…have you ever walked out to a parking lot where you know you left your car and it’s not there?

Probably one of the more frightening things a mortal man (or woman) can experience. To fast forward a bit through the more anxiety-riddled parts of the story that I’d rather not recount, I eventually found out where my car had been towed to, and was able to get a ride there and “bail it out.”

Just for a quick, helpful price break down, here are some cost comparisons that I unknowingly faced:

Peacock One Year Subscription: $29.99

Getting my Car out of the Impound Lot: $300

Should I have just subscribed to Peacock? Yes, looking back now, that $30 dollars for 12 months of all the NBC programming I could handle looks like a steal.

However, myself and many other NFL fans were too proud to submit to the evil plan that the National Football League and NBC had laid out to get people to purchase streaming service memberships, and I still (somewhat) stand by that.

Roger Goodell, I do hope you are reading this. I don’t want to put the blame all on you and the NFL, but I’m a red-blooded American, so I have to point a finger at someone or something else other than myself in a situation like this.

My NFL fandom led me out into the cruel, unforgiving world, and if you can hear me Mr. Commissioner, I’d just like to talk about some financial options for compensation (Tow Service Fee Refund, 12 Months of Peacock free, NFL Sunday Ticket for next season, etc.)

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock