…because if there is one thing that they don’t need is for the New England Patriots and Tom Brady to have one more reason to think of themselves as underdogs, hated by the NFL and wanting revenge:

Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers … and … and?

The fourth playoff quarterback never appeared in the championship round teaser for the 2017 NFL Playoffs on NFL Network. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was the only quarterback left out.

Let the anti-NFL conspiracy theories commence.

It’s worth noting that if you go to the NFL network twitter feed or the NFL site this story is completely ignored.

Well we can’t assume the NFL has it in for the Patriots, it’s not as if they’re rescinding fines for opposing players body slamming members of the Patriots on the field and celebrating, oh wait.

What kind of message does this send to the rest of the league? For a guy that’s all about integrity, Roger Goodell certainly sends a weird message to the players.

In fairness it might not be about their hatred of the Patriots, it could be all about Brady & Kraft’s public friendship with the president elect, either way if I’m the Steelers I don’t need this right now.

As their rating continue to tank (at least relatively speaking, compared to Comedy Central and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee the NFL is still god) The NFL is still in total denial of the cost of the National Anthem protests.

“Finally, it is worth noting that we see no evidence that concern over player protests during the National Anthem is having any material impact on ratings. In fact, our own data shows that perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016.”

Matt Dolloff isn’t buying it

“Finally, it is worth noting that we see no evidence that concern over player protests during the National Anthem is having any material impact on ratings. In fact, our own data shows that perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016.”

and it’s costing the networks that carry them but in the end Mr. Dolloff opinion, valid as it seems, is not enough to tag the NFL as liars.

But this tweet is:

The story is here:

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick has been handed the reins to take over as the team’s starting quarterback.
The decision comes amid the squad’s four-game slump and less-than-stellar 1-4 start to the season.

Now by any rational measure this move makes sense, your San Francisco has started 1-4 and sits in last in the NFL west 1-2 in their Division and 1-4 in their conference and tied for the worst record in the NFC. If they want to make up the 2 1/2 games (likely more thanks to tie breakers) they are behind in the wild card and have any chance of moving ahead of the 10 teams they have to overtake to get that last wild card slot with only 11 game to go something has to be done NOW!

Replacing an ineffective quarterback with a veteran who despite injury and a bad streak lately has in the past led a team to a Superbowl appearance is a sound and logical risk to take at this time to change things. Any student of the game would agree.

Yet not only did the head coach feel compelled to state explicitly that this move was “a football decision” but the San Francisco 49ers team felt compelled to include that explicit statement in explanation to the 1.36 Million fans who follow the team on twitter.

Why? I submit and suggest that they are so worried about a backlash from fans, they considered a statement of the obvious necessary.

And that dear friends tells you that when the NFL says that the boycott is having little effect are lying to the public in the best traditions of Hillary Clinton


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The most significant result from the dropping NFL ratings due to turning the NFL into a platform for SJW comes from Rush Limbaugh via Ace of Spades post on the NFL.

Limbaugh also notes the networks are going to have to pay advertisers a lot of money in free ads and give-backs due to not hitting the ratings goals they promised when they sold the add space.

One of the things that our SJW friends have going for them for a long time is the fact that for large business concerns is that the cost of paying them off, either in terms of ash or symbolic ceremonial actions that give them legitimacy is generally trivial.

A photo op and a check large enough to keep the SJW leaders in airfare, hotels, good restaurants and booze and you could count on your company getting a “get out of protests” free card avoiding the bad publicity aided and abetted by a press whose payoff to the SJW community consists of said coverage and publicity.

For this reason the same NFL that objected when the Dallas Cowboys honoring their murdered police has had no problem with the various protests that have spread since Colin Kaepernick first took a knee.

But the prospect of the NFL having to actually lay out cash to customers thanks to falling ratings and the resulting drop in revenue from future advertisings rates and network licensing might actually change the dynamic.  It’s pretty much the same situation that A & E had when they discovered to their embarrassment that they were dependent on a customer base diametrically opposed to the agenda of he SJW’s they were trying to appease.

I suspect that if these ratings drops continue over the next few weeks and the price of these protests continue to rise the NFL will decide that the price of appeasing the Kaepernicks of the world is too high.

Closing thought, I suspect once the cost of these actions funnels down to the contracts of the NFL’s player/protesters the agents who negotiate these contracts will take note.  That will be bad news for college players with NFL hopes who decided to join in on this nonsense.


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Jean Claude: My salary is X, my expenses are Y. As long as my family is provided for… …I do not care where the difference comes from. That is my entire involvement.

Taken 2008

For NFL fans the name Dexter Manley brings to mind an 11 year career that included two Superbowl championships with the Washington Redskins as one of the most dominant defensive players in the league.

But for me Dexter Manley is the perfect example of what the opposition to Charter Schools in general and question 2 in Massachusetts in particular is all.

You see Dexter Manley had a secret and in 1989 he sat before a congressional hearing and revealed that despite graduating from high school and four years of college at Oklahoma State University, he was functionally illiterate.

It’s an important tale because we know Dexter wasn’t the only athlete to play out his big-time eligibility for a major institute of education as a complete and deliberate lie. It wasn’t that Dexter couldn’t read “Hamlet,” it was that he could barely read “Run, Spot, Run.”

He got out of Oklahoma State with second-grade reading skills. How can that happen?

It happened because it was a question of goals. In both grammar school and high school the goal wasn’t to educate Dexter Manley, it was to advance him through the system so that said system appeared to work.

Once he got to college on a football scholarship the goal for Oklahoma State wasn’t to educate Dexter Manley it was to make sure he was able, under the rules, to play football for the school.

In both those cases stats, not the education of Dexter Manley was the primary goal so Manley was exempt from the basic standard of knowing how to read.

And it’s not only standards of education that are often ignored for the sake of stats, it’s also standards of behavior with consequences that are sometimes fatal:

Trayvon was staying with Green after he had been suspended for the second time in six months from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, where both his father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, lived.
Both of Trayvon’s suspensions during his junior year at Krop High involved crimes that could have led to his prosecution as a juvenile offender. However, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department (MDSPD) in 2010 had implemented a policy that reduced the number of criminal reports, manipulating statistics to create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system. Less than two weeks before Martin’s death, the school system commended Chief Hurley for “decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011.” What was actually happening was that crimes were not being reported as crimes, but instead treated as disciplinary infractions. . . .

And because of that goal of making stats look better rather than stopping criminal behavor Trayvon Martin found himself 200 miles away from home where he would meet a fellow named Zimmerman and his destiny.

And that brings us to Charter Schools as described by Thomas Sowell described them thus:

One of the few bright spots for black children in American ghettos have been some charter schools that have educated these children to levels equal to, and in some cases better than, those in affluent suburbs.

You see the primary goal is the education of the student and if that is the goal rather than simply advancing students your standards are higher and those higher standards both in terms of academic performance and behavior lead to better performance, which is why charter schools invariably produce long waiting lists of students whose parents wish to send their children there.  It also provides a safer environment.  It’s no coincidence that one critic of charter schools in Philadelphia that I interviewed commented that parents still prefer them because of an environment and discipline that made those inner city schools safe.

It’s also why the teachers unions are spending a fortune in order to stop them:

teachers unions are responsible for almost all the money donated to the anti-charter group Save Our Public Schools. The Massachusetts Teachers Association contributed $4.6 million in 2016, followed by the National Education Association with $1.9 million.

And those contributions are all about a goal that has very little to do with the education of students Thomas Sowell again:

That is a de facto declaration of moral bankruptcy in both cases, just as in the case of the Ivy League chemistry professor. In all three cases, it is a question of promoting one’s own special interests, while offering “favors” to blacks.

The Democrats’ special interest is in serving the teachers’ unions, which oppose charter schools and support Democrats financially. The NAACP’s special interest is in serving the same donors — and in keeping ghetto schools controlled by racial activists, as part of their turf.

It’s all about goals, and if your goal is about the education and development of students then charter schools and question 2 are for you.

Closing thought: How much additional motivation to perform do you think is generated for charter schools by the millions of dollars and the intense scrutiny that their opponents give them?

9-23-2016

From Roger Goodell Commissioner NFL

To : Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett et/al

Subj: Many Thanks

Hello:

Wanted to drop you a quick line of thanks for your 3-0 start this season in general and your 27-0 thumping of the Houston Texans in particular.

As you may have heard for the 2nd week in a row our ratings are down. Furthermore a new a Yahoo Poll shows 44% of Americans say they are likely to shut off NFL games if player protests continue.

These results meant that it was very likely that all of the Friday sports shows on TV and radio would have been discussing both the ratings and this poll, particularly given the events in Charlotte this week.

However the fine play of Jimmy Garoppolo in weeks 1 & 2 and his subsequent injury forcing you to play Rookie Jacoby Brissett vs Miami and his Subsequent start against the Texans provided a welcome topic for discussion for NFL fans everywhere, particularly given Mr. Belichick’s decision to not sign an experienced QB to back him up.

Furthermore young Mr. Brissett’s fine play complemented by excellent defense giving the Patriots a 27-0 victory in a game where the Texans were favored by 2, his injury and the subsequent quarterback controversies on who to start for week 4 vs Buffalo and the potential of a completely unanticipated QB controversy on starting Brady week five if the team goes 4-0 without him has the potential to completely change the conversation everywhere.

I must confess that while my intentions toward your franchise were completely punitive your teams ability to completely confound me and the rest of the league that wanted to bring you down has come at precisely the right time for all of us who are desperate to protect our high profits and subsequent high paychecks from the possibility of the fans figuring out there are other alternatives out there.

Once again keep up the good work.

Sincerely

Roger Goodell
Commissioner NFL

Scarlet: So you just tell Daddy I’m on my way to the U.S.S.R. That’s short for Russia.
C.R. MacNamara: Are you out of your seventeen-year-old mind? Russia is to get out of, not to get into!

One Two Three 1961

Dennis:  Help Help I’m being repressed

Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975

There have been a lot of words already written about Quarterback Colin “20 Mil for 5-11” Kaepernick’s self righteous virtue signaling rant from praise from the left, to caution from the NFL to outrage and some spectacular answers to him from James Woods and Jake Tapper but in all of this click generating ranting going on there is a basic question worth asking that nobody seems to be raising.

Kaepernick is claiming that this country is an oppressor of blacks and people of color and doing so rather loudly.

Yet one of the drivers of this election is: Do we put up a wall to stop the seemingly unending flow of people of color coming here illegally by hook or by crook, leaving their country and cultures behind to move themselves and their families hundreds or even thousands of miles to a completely foreign land?

And you thought moving down the block was a pain

Furthermore that doesn’t even count the tens of thousands of people of color who not only come here legally from all over the world every year but the even greater numbers still waiting to do so.

This begs the obvious questions:

If America is the land of oppression that Mr.Kaepernick purports it to be

 Why is there a continual never ending supply of people of color entering the country, legally and illegally?

 Why is there not a mass exodus of people of color leaving the United States for greener pastures?

I think that’s an excellent question don’t you and before you answer these questions remember we not only live in an information age where communication across boarders via email, text and cell phone is incredibly easy but we also have a national and international media that jump all over any news of American racial unrest so if America was a land of danger and repression they would know it.


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Client: That’s pretty steep!

Jon Sable: Depends on how you look at it. I’ve always figured that 70% of something is worth more that 100% of nothing.

John Sable, Freelance #11 Maggie the Cat 1984

Cleveland Browns running back Isiah Crowell has a history of bad decision making dating back to his Georgia Bulldog days:

Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell, who was in and out of Bulldogs coach Mark Richt’s doghouse as a freshman, was dismissed from the team Friday after being arrested on weapons charges by Athens-Clarke County Police overnight.

Crowell, from Columbus, Ga., was arrested and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor, according to the Athens-Clarke County Jail booking report.

Crowell, 19, was charged with a felony count of possessing a weapon in a school zone, a felony count of altered identification mark and a misdemeanor count of possession/carrying a concealed weapon.

So there was not a lot of surprise when he made another bad decision to send out a cartoon showing a police officer getting his throat slit by a masked man on social media

Crowell pulled the cartoon but his initial apology went over flat, but old friend Ed Morrissey is giving him credit for attempting to do better the second time around

Give Crowell some credit, too. He’s parting with nearly a month’s salary (when spread out over the year), and the money goes to help those who truly need some community support. On top of that, he’s offering a personal and full apology, not some I’m sorry everyone misunderstood my genius non-apology. “I don’t want to be part of the problem,” Crowell said in the video above, “I want to be part of the solution.” Making amends is the first step. Maintaining that example for his fans is the next step. He really is putting his money where his mouth is, and maybe that will be a valuable life lesson to Crowell and others to think before engaging in public debates.

Now as a good Catholic I’m certainly a big fan of constriction and I very much hope that Mr. Crowell is sincere in his regret but I think the real lesson from this story is that if there was one subject that Mr. Crowell aced during his time at first Georgia then Alabama State it’s economics.

You see Mr. Crowell is slated to earn $592,000 this season with the Cleveland Browns and if the Browns decided that he is too radioactive to keep then that 592K will be in jeopardy.  And if the NFL decides the same then Mr. Crowell might find himself unemployable as a football player and lucky to find a $15 hr job even if the minimum wage is raised that high.

So while some might say that $37,000 is a high price to pay for a single cartoon, I submit and suggest that fully tax deductible $37K is a wise investment in remaining in the top 10% of American incomes for at least the next several years.

That’s the thing about math, it doesn’t care what you believe or what you think, it’s just relentlessly true.


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Just under a year ago, before his suspension was overturned I wrote about how Tom Brady’s suspension had a huge silver lining for the Patriots:

First of all Tom Brady is 37 years old, while he is arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history even the greatest gets old and the toll of 15 seasons of getting hit has to have a cumulative effect on a body.

Second of all the Patriots are a pragmatic bunch of folks, they understand Brady is getting older and need to start considering who might be replacing him down the line.

Third of all how do you motivate a man who is:

1. Married to a Supermodel
2. Has all the money he will ever need
3. Has all already been to six superbowls and won 4

That’s why this suspension will do wonders for everybody.

Well now Brady’s suspension has been reinstated by the US appeals court

Last year, a federal court ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had not treated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fairly in a disciplinary investigation, overturning a four-game suspension at the start of the 2015 season. Today, the 2nd Circuit threw a flag on the lower court and Brady, overturning the ruling and reinstating the suspension:

Other than the fact that Tom Brady’s is now 38 instead of 37 every single argument I made concerning the advantages of Brady getting a 4 week rest to start the season still applies.

Add to that the fact that the only reason Brady did not reach his 7th superbowl was a missed 2 pt conversion and the questionable coaching decision not to settle for 3 points with plenty of time on the clock on several occasions you have to believe Tom will want that 5th ring even more than he did last year.

I suggest the fans of Buffalo, Houston, Arizona and Miami enjoy their 4 game Bradyless windfall (which are not btw guaranteed wins for them) because after those four games the rest of the league is going to be paying for it.

P.S.  None of this changes the fact that there is absolutely no way minor functionaries fiddled with footballs without the knowledge and or consent of their QB and if you believe they would you’ll believe anything.  Yet it is a minor thing which produces a miniscule if any advantage but you’re not telling me it didn’t happen.

Back in 2014 when the NFL tried to shop Michael Sam to the entire league after the Rams cut him I wrote this:

If this report is true every player who did not make a practice squad now has a discrimination case against the NFL if he chooses to file it, in fact a class action suit in behalf of every player that didn’t have the league trolling for him would be both possible and very interesting as would the NFL’s reaction to such a suit.

Even worse every player in the league KNOWS that the slightest objection or word concerning this kind of favoritism will cause them to be pilloried by the league, blacklisted by media. I’m sure that fact is going to earn Mr. Sam a bunch of friends in locker rooms around the league.

It’s certainly possible that thanks to injury and needs various team need Sam might find himself signed to an actual squad, Dallas did have a spate of injuries in their defense which would suggest a good fit, but thanks to this report from this point on Michael Sam is officially a token and the first question any team that signs him off Dallas’ practice squad will have to answer: “Did anyone from the league contact your organization to prompt you in any way to sign Mr. Sam?” and no matter what the answer fans and players will not believe it.

Now today we discover that such a suit would have a much earlier origin:

A longtime NFL reporter revealed Wednesday the NFL agreed to a deal where the Los Angeles Rams — then St. Louis — didn’t have to do HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series in 2014 if they drafted Michael Sam.

It also means that every single player who was undrafted the year the Rams took Michael Sam has a case against the NFL for damages as they colluded with the Rams to deny them a chance to be drafted based on their sexual orientation in order to give a job to a man who found one game in the Canadian Football League too much for him.

Given the wealth of the NFL, their “non profit” status and the number of unemployed lawyers this is the type of suit that would be very interesting. I suspect the league would pay a fortune just to forestall discovery.

They should have taken a lesson from the NBA and Jason Collins.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto: I had intended to deal a fatal blow to the American Fleet by attacking Pearl Harbour immediately after Japan’s declaration of war, but according to American radio, Pearl Harbour was attacked fifty-five minutes before our ultimatum was delivered to Washington. I can’t imagine anything that would infuriate the Americans more. I fear all that we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

Tora Tora Tora 1970

This week the New England Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans to go to 12-2 clinching a first round bye in the playoffs with two games to go.  The Titans fell to 3-11.

New England Started 10-0 and it was generally agreed that the whole “deflategate” scandal had motivated the already formidable patriot to the point where they pretty much wanted to punish the rest of the league to the point where even an incredible assortment of injuries were not enough to stop them.

But the passage of time, the reality of how hard it is to win every game in  the NFL, and even more injuries finally took their toll and the Patriot managed to lose two in a row before returning to their winning ways last week vs Houston and again vs a young & weak Tennessee team.

For all of their renewed success it looked very much like the Pats had managed to prove their point , the anger was gone and the only motivation left would be the normal desire to win.  That in itself has made the Patriot formattable enough for this this team to 6 superbowls in 15 years.

And then the NFL does this:

NFL Reportedly Tested PSI Of Footballs From Patriots-Titans Game

Now on twitter, it’s claimed that this is random.

But given the game (one that the Patriots were expected to easily win) the headline at Drudge:

STING: NFL Tests Air Levels In Footballs Used In PATRIOTS Game…

and the chip that had already been on the Patriots shoulders most of the year, and the deflategate conversations that it is going to revive I can’t think of anything that could happen that would infuriate Patriots fans who don’t trust the league and Patriots players who already think the NFL’s goal this year is to stop them and Tom Brady the best quarterback in the history of the game who normally need no motivation to win other than a desire to do so.

Congratulations NFL, you have for the second time this year awoken the sleeping giant and filled it with a terrible resolve that will be taken out out on every team they face beginning with the NY Jets this weekend.

One should never get ahead of oneself when it comes to the playoffs but if you are a Carolina fan and claimed you weren’t worried about facing the Patriots in the Superbowl, you should be now.