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NFL will play black national anthem prior to Week 1 games, report says

The NFL will reportedly play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” which is also known as the black national anthem, before every Week 1 NFL game in the 2020 season, according to ESPN. The decision to play the song comes following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, which led to nationwide protests over racial inequality and police brutality. According to the ESPN report, the song will be played before “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Many players have been vocal about their stance on this topic. Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield already have said that they will kneel for the national anthem. The league and the NFL Players Association are also contemplating listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys, ESPN reported. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims. They also have other plans that haven’t been identified. The league hopes it demonstrates “a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,” according to ESPN’s source. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put out a video last month admitting that the league was wrong for not listening to their players when they knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. “We, at the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter,” Goodell said in the video. “I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country. “Without black players, there would be no National Football League and the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices and others on how we can improve and go forward for a better and more united NFL family.”

You really can’t make this stuff up, folks.  And no, you are not reading The Onion.  This is the absolute worst form of ankle-grabbing pandering we’ve seen yet.  Roger Goodell has single-handedly destroyed the NFL with this politically correct pandering gone wild.  Remember when we could watch pro sports free of politics?  Remember those days?  Now, it’s thrown in your face.  It kinda started with an entire month when all the players and coaches wear pink to support Breast Cancer.  Now, I’ve known survivors of this dreadful disease.  But, ALL cancer is dreadful.  And, breast cancer isn’t the #1 killer of women; not by a longshot.  It’s like 4th or so.  The #1 is heart disease.  But, that’s not as sexy/cool/politically correct as talking about boobs.  Right?  So, yeah..  The NFL makes all their athletes wear pink shoes, towels, and on and on…ALL MONTH.  Then, came that idiot Colin K. and his kneeling.  And, as if that highly offensive kneeling by these spoiled-brat millionaire athletes during the playing of our National Anthem wasn’t enough, they’re gonna elevate this so-called “black national anthem” right next to our actual National Anthem.  Disgusting.  We, of course, won’t watch this crap, and encourage everyone to vote with their remote and NOT watch this.  If enough folks tune it out, then maybe…just maybe…Goodell and the rest of the overpaid gazillionaires at the NFL will see their ratings tank and maybe…just maybe they’ll get the message.  We won’t hold our breath.  And, even if they DO get the message, they probably won’t change anything.  But, voting with our wallets, and our tv remotes, is about all we can do at this point.  Screw the NFL.

New England Patriots to be disciplined for filming Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline: report

The NFL is expected to take disciplinary action against the New England Patriots sometime in the next two weeks after the team admitted to filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline in early December for an online web series, according to a report Saturday. The league’s decision is expected to come sometime this month, although it was not immediately clear when as the league has yet to receive all the security reports surrounding the Dec. 8 incident involving an employee of Kraft Sports and Entertainment, Senior NFL reporter for ESPN Adam Schefter reported, citing league sources. Details about what the punishment would behave not been revealed but, being repeat offenders, the Patriots could face a costly penalty. In Sept. 2007, New England was caught videotaping New York Jets’ coaching staff signals from an unauthorized location and, more famously, in 2015, quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games after allegedly ordering the footballs to be deflated during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots admitted last month that a production crew member filmed the Bengals sideline during their game against the Cleveland Browns while profiling an advanced scout for the team’s internet series “Do Your Job.” However, the organization has not strayed from the claim that the employee did not know what they were doing was against NFL rules. “The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road,” a statement released from the team at the time read. “There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose. We understand and acknowledge that our video crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box.” The crew member has since been suspended. Schefter reported that other teams in the past were handed hefty fines for similar offenses. Former Browns’ general manager Ray Farmer was fined $250,000 for in-game in texting in 2015 while the Atlanta Falcons lost a 5th round pick and were fined $350,000 that same year for using fake crowd noises during home games in 2013 and 2014.

Soo… the Pats got caught cheating and/or breaking NFL rules.  Gee..what a shocker….not.  Remember how they cheated in the Super Bowl of 2002 against the (then) St. Louis Rams, and won by a field goal?  It was determined afterwards that the Pats DID cheat, and some of their coaching staff was fined.  Some even fired.  But, they got to keep their Super Bowl rings, and because of such brazen deceit for which the Pats didn’t have to forfeit their win, they were emboldened to continue their shenanigans.  What IS stunning is how people like Bill Belichick and the cronies on his coaching staff continue to be employed by Bob Kraft…a man who has character deficiencies of his own.  I guess them being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the TN Titans provides a little karma-like satisfaction.    🙂

NFL Attendance Crashes to 15-Year Low

NFL attendance for 2019 shows the league is still struggling to put fans in the seats. In fact, attendance crashed to a 15-year low. The NFL averaged 66,648 fans in the seats per game, the lowest level since 2004, according to David Broughton and Andrew Levin of Sports Business Daily. For the last 11 years, the Cowboys have had the highest average attendance with 90,929 fans. But 15 teams lost fans including the Jaguars (down 8.7 percent), the Raiders (minus 7.6 percent) and the Bengals (down 7.0 percent). On the other hand, Redskins attendance gained 7.3 percent and the Buffalo Bills attendance grew by 6 percent. “Attendance peaked in 2016, with 69,487 per game. In 2004, 66,328 attended each game, on average,” Profootball Talk reported. On the other hand, the league witnessed a rise in TV ratings. With a concerted push to get back to football and leave the politics behind, the league saw a five percent hike in its TV audience.

….and that’s the key.  The ONLY reason that the NFL is starting to make a slow comeback in it’s tv ratings, is because they’re TRYING on some VERY small level, to reduce the politics, but not the political correctness.  When they make some inroads there, more folks (myself included) might think about checking out a game or two on Sundays.

NFL Legend Jim Brown: We Should Not Kneel Instead of ‘Standing Up for Our Flag’

Former NFL player Jim Brown blasted those who decide to kneel instead of stand for the national anthem at a Thursday afternoon press conference outside the White House. “First of all, I’m an American. That flag is my flag,” Brown told the reporters crowded outside the White House. “I don’t think that we should take knees in protest instead of be standing up for our flag.” The NFL legend, along with rapper Kanye West, met with President Trump inside the White House Thursday to discuss issues of importance to the black community. “I gave him my opinion of the overall community of this country,” Brown said. “I expressed my desire to bring a plan, along with his plan, on how to help people. People need jobs, people need education, people need to be attended to, so that’s what I’m talking about.” Brown had publicly endorsed Trump’s 2020 re-election in August, admitting that left-wing black activists would criticize him over his endorsement. The NFL great also met with West shortly after giving Trump his endorsement. Brown has also spoken out against the national anthem protests in the NFL before, saying he would “never kneel” during our national anthem and would “always respect the flag.”

Kudos to Jim for calling the self-righteous, entitlement-minded punks in the NFL who continue to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem.  Jim gets it.  Excellent!    🙂

Week 3: More Empty Seats Plague NFL Stadiums Across the Nation

As the NFL kicks off Week Three, photos of empty stadiums continue making their way across the Internet showing that the league is still struggling to put fans in the seats. Vikings and Jaguars fans have clearly had it, despite the fact that both teams made deep playoff runs last year. According to photos, the Vikings also found fewer fans than they may have hoped at U.S. Bank Stadium. The game did not go their way, either, as they were handled by the Buffalo Bills 27-6. Things looked just as bad for the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium as they lost a close game to the Giants, 27-22. Photos also seem to show a dearth of fans for the Broncos-Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore where the Ravens took the day 27-1. it’s apparent the Falcons were not able to fill seats at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Hometown fans that did attend suffered as their team lost to the visiting Saints 43-37. At press time, the Los Angeles Chargers were struggling as they battled the L.A. Rams at home at L. A. Memorial Coliseum. But photos also noted that fans were less interested in the game.

To see photos from these games, click on the text above…and you be the judge.

NFL Anthem Protests: 10 Players from 6 Teams Protest on Week One

Ten National Football League (NFL) players from six teams protested, in one way or another, during the playing of the National Anthem in the first week of NFL regular season games. While ESPN reports that only two players knelt during the Anthem, three others raised a fist in protest, one sat on the bench and four more boycotted the Anthem in protest by hiding out in their stadium’s tunnels as it played. ESPN has announced it will not broadcast the National Anthem for any of the Monday Night Football games, including this week’s matchup between the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

Click on the text above to see a list of who all elected to protest in some fashion this past weekend.  Losers..

Poll: Nike Favorability Crashes 34% with Kaepernick Ad Campaign

A poll from Morning Consult shows devastating results for Nike’s brand favorability, in the days after making Colin Kaepernick the face of their new ad campaign. According to the poll via Axios, Nike’s numbers “dropped 34 points from a net +69 favorable impression (76% favorable, 7% unfavorable) among consumers to a net +35 favorable impression (60% favorable, 24% unfavorable).” These numbers are nothing short of devastating for Nike, and with no other news worthy of note, there’s no explanation for the sudden decline other than the company’s commitment to Kaepernick. According to Axios: “While Nike could face negative purchasing consideration as a result of the campaign, experts argue the sports goods giant likely calculated these risks and deemed that it wouldn’t impact its bottom line significantly, despite any short-term pushback. According to the poll, before Nike announced Kaepernick as the face of its ad campaign, only 2% of Americans reported hearing something negative about Nike recently. That number increased to 33% after the announcement. The poll also found that purchasing intent was down after the announcement. Earlier Morning Consult polling shows that brands have relatively little upside in wading into issues that involve President Trump.” Another key finding of the poll was that Nike’s favorability not only didn’t improve among African Americans, it actually declined. This finding is particularly devastating considering it was widely reported that Nike decided to embrace Kaepernick, in part, to increase their already considerable appeal among blacks. The report features over 8,000 interviews conducted among American adults, including 1,694 interviews pre-campaign launch (8/26/18 – 9/3/18) and 5,481 interviews post-campaign launch (9/4/18 – 9/5/18). Additionally, Morning Consult conducted a study among 1,168 adults in the U.S. about Nike’s ad and the decision to choose Kaepernick as the face of the campaign.

NFL Ratings Could Be Headed for Another Steep Drop in 2018

The National Football League Could lose even more viewers during the coming 2018 season, in what may be another “brutal blitz” on the league’s ratings. According to Richard Morgan of the New York Post, the NFL is facing a growing list of troubles, all of which will likely result in fewer fans and lower TV ratings. Indeed, the past two seasons have seen millions quit their football habit. In 2016 TV ratings fell eight percent, and in 2017 they fell an additional ten percent. To that Morgan adds, “ratings could fall even faster as the league continues to grapple with a slew of ugly controversies that have turned off viewers.” Naturally one of the chief controversies is still swirling. After two full seasons of player protests during the national anthem, the issue is still alive and kicking. In fact, players already re-started their protests during this year’s pre-season games despite the league’s criticism of the protests. The league made an aborted effort to ban the protests but then pulled back in favor of meeting with the National Football League Players Association to work out a mutually agreeable solution to the protests. Yet, the two sides have failed to produce a compromise resolution, and the season is set to start on Thursday. Further, as Morgan notes, an arbitrator has ruled that Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the league accusing the NFL of “colluding” to keep him out of professional football will go to court. In any case, the constant controversy over the anthem protests is not going away soon and that is driving fans away. However, as Morgan writes, the league has problems other than the protests. “Elsewhere, the NFL continues to be dogged by headlines over its concussion settlements with players, which crossed the $500 million mark this spring,” Morgan wrote. Though, there is another problem looming for the long-term health of the NFL: kids are not playing football. “According to research firm Statista, participation in tackle football among US kids ages 6 and older has plunged 38 percent since 2006,” Morgan notes..

And that’s just the beginning..

Backlash after Colin Kaepernick named face of Nike ad

Nike’s announcement Monday it would make Colin Kaepernick the face of its “Just Do It” campaign sparked a firestorm on social media — and literal fires, too. Some social media users took to Twitter to showcase their frustrations. Videos and photos showed fans completely destroying their Nike-branded apparel, with some going as far as letting the gear go up in flames. “First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country,” Twitter user Sean Clancy wrote. “I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive?” Clancy added a video of burning Nike sneakers to his tweet. John Rich, of the country music band Big & Rich, also shared a photo of the band’s soundman’s cut-up Nike socks. “Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks,” Rich wrote. “Former marine (sic). Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.” Several other Twitter users joined in and showed how they were boycotting the brand. Nike announced Kaepernick would be a part of the campaign along with other star athletes, including Serena Williams and Odell Beckham Jr. “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt,” Kaepernick, who has been with Nike since 2011 and hasn’t played a down of football since he failed to re-sign with the 49ers following the 2016 season, posted on Twitter. Ex-CIA Director John Brennan and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined a strangely diverse chorus of support for Kaepernick. Brennan, CIA Director from 2013-2017, tweeted his support for the former quarterback-turned-social-justice-activist. “Colin Kaepernick drew our collective attention to the problem of continued racial injustice in America,” Brennan wrote. “He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words of the preamble of our Constitution—‘in order to form a more perfect union.’ Well done, Colin, well done.” Ahmadinejad, who has lambasted the U.S. repeatedly over the years and led Iran from 2005-2013, also came out in support of Kaepernick. “The #NFL season will start this week, unfortunately once again @Kaepernick7 is not on a NFL roster. Even though he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league,” he tweeted.

Wow..  Just consider all of that.  Colin and that idiot (and MSNBC darling) John Brennan are on the same sheet of music as the former President of Iran (and Islamo-wacko who has funded terrorism and the proxy war against American troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere).  That is VERY revealing!  Glad I’m on the other side!  If you have been buying Nike gear, made in China, ya might want to consider any other brand of sportswear.  Shame on Nike for making that tool Colin the face of their latest campaign.  To see some pics and videos, and to read the rest of this article, click on the text above.  Unreal…

Opinion/Analysis: John Brennan, Colin Kaepernick: Two peas in an un-American pod

Former CIA chief John Brennan came out with some gushing words of praise for NFL anthem-kneeler Colin Kaepernick, saying the newly minted face of Nike actually gave “meaning” to America’s Constitution with his on-field shows and protests. With his kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. With his protesting of the anthem, the signature song of the nation. Think about that. That’s an odd view for an ex-intel guy to have, don’t you think? If anything, a CIA chief is supposed to be loyal to America’s interests — a real America First type, unafraid and unashamed to state and show unequivocal love for country. Yes? Kaepernick, meanwhile, has been unafraid and unashamed to use his elite NFL platform to protest something that’s not even real — the sport-like hunting and targeting by white police against black innocents — and, moreover, not very American, not very supportive of the rule of law. He’s worn pig cop socks to practice, for crying out loud, and then, get this, tried to explain it all away as some sort of quasi-support of cops. “I wore these socks, in the past,” Kaepernickwrote on Instagram in September of 2016, because the rogue cops that are allowed to hold positions in police departments not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust.” Hmm, OK. But that’s a whole lot of messaging to expect from one little pair of socks. Kaepernick, of course, then went on to become the face of the social justice movement — at least, on the NFL field, when cameras were rolling. And fans of America, upset with the perceived ‘diss to the country, to the veterans, to the patriots who fought at the forging of this nation, may have subsequently fled Kaepernick’s side, and dumped their NFL tickets. But not Brennan. Apparently, Brennan sees “America” when he sees Kaepernick’s face. “Colin Kaepernick drew our collective attention to the problem of continue racial injustice in America,” Brennan wrote on Twitter. “He did so not to disrespect our flag but to give meaning to the words of the preamble of our Constitution — ‘in order to form a more perfect union.’ Well done, Colin, well done.” He sent out the tweet in response to Nike’s selection of Kaepernick as its face of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. But it seems a bit astonishing that Brennan, out of all the Americans he could select to showcase as an example of fine, upstanding constitutional awareness, chose the individual who’s become, to many, the face of anti-Americanism in recent times. Then again, given Brennan’s angry Twitter feed, and his public condemnation of all-things-Donald-Trump, all-things-MAGA, maybe it makes perfect sense after all. Kaepernick’s unpatriotic kneeling may, in Brennan’s eyes, be what American patriotism is all about. Here we have it: Two peas in an un-American pod.

Agreed!!  And well said, Cheryl.  Cheryl Chumley is responsible for that spot-on op/ed.  Both Colin and former CIA boss under Obama (and now MSNBC darling, go figure), John Brennan are hate-America first agenda-driven liberal tools.  Thanks to Cheryl for calling them out.  Excellent!!  🙂