Yesterday I argued that the there was an actual reason why the San Francisco 49ers might as well sign Colin Kaepernick (2-10 last year as a starter) as they can’t do any worse with him as they have been doing without him (0-6) but there is one other reason why it doesn’t really matter anymore if the instigator (or as I suspect the boyfriend of the REAL instigator) of the NFL protests is signed.

It’s because the damage has already been done.

For the owners and the players who by contract (rightly) get a large share of revenue the decision to first tolerate Kaepernick’s solo protest and then to react to , rather than ignore, the President’s remarks at his famous Alabama appearance for the defeated Luther Strange has burst the dam.

They have managed to turn the most popular sport in the nation into one of  the most divisive brands in the country.

After more than a year of rampant NFL player protests, the National Football League is now seen as one of the most divisive brand names in America, a new report finds.

As reported in the New York Times, a new Morning Consult survey found that the NFL is viewed as “polarizing,” by nearly as many people as view President Donald Trump’s hotels that way. The survey found that the NFL now figures in among the top ten most polarizing brand names. The top ten most divisive list includes Trump hotels, CNN, NBC News, The New York Times, MSNBC, Fox News, the NFL, ABC News, HuffPost, and CBS News.

They have managed to tank the ratings to the point where CBS’ stock is suffering:

Declining NFL television ratings will lower CBS earnings, according to Credit Suisse.

The firm cut its third-quarter EPS estimates by 5 percent, citing CBS’ softer Sunday NFL ratings. The media company reports on Nov. 2.

Which means bad news when renegotiating contracts:

The downgrade comes at a time when the NFL is negotiating two important distribution deals that end after this season: Verizon’s $250 million a year streaming agreement and the $450 million a year Thursday Night Football deal for games shared by CBS and NBC.

 Through five weeks, the league’s ratings are substantially lower this season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News.:

The league’s average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped 7% vs. the same period of the 2016 season, and the average game audiences are down 18% compared to the first five weeks of the 2015 season.

How bad is it?  While at a bar I actually saw an ad run for people to get on the Patriots season ticket waiting list which is undoubtedly the result of the decision of 17 pats to kneel that first week after the Trump speech:

They have not kneeled since but apparently the damage is already done. Which is why the networks spent this week pretending the protests weren’t happening and the league which spent a year denying that the anthem protests were hurting their bottom line is desperate for a solution.

But given this story:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners of each team, representatives of the players’ union and players themselves will meet Tuesday to discuss ways to “move from protest to progress.”

Among the topics will be enhancing their platforms for speaking out on social issues, and the league’s policy that suggests but does not mandate players standing for the national anthem.

There is a quiet mandate, though, for those discussions: figuring out how to get the attention back on those social issues, not how they are being publicized.

And getting the attention back on football.

I can tell you it will not help. The very fact that “social issues” are on the agenda gives it away. This is a football league and it’s purpose is to play football. If players want to get involved off the field that’s fine but it’s not the league’s job to push the left’s political agenda.

Most incredible of all, they have done this in defiance of their ticket buying fan base on behalf of a bunch of liberals whose only interest in the game is being seen at the spectacle of a super bowl and an ultra liberal sports media who convinced them they it was the thing to do.

I think short of an abject apology the owner, from players individually and the players union as a whole for disrespecting the flag (an apology that many fans would love to accept) the days of the NFL as it once was is over.

Update: This is a start

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apologized to local military leaders for demonstrating during the national anthem in London last month…”This was an oversight and certainly not intended to send a message that would disparage you, our flag or our nation,” Lamping wrote to Bill Spann, director of Jacksonville’s military affairs and veterans department.

The line that really hit me was this:

“The notion never entered the minds of our players or anyone affiliated with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but today we can understand how the events in London on September 24 could have been viewed or misinterpreted,”

Yes you read that right, the notion never entered the minds of either the players or the management of the Jacksonville Jaguars that disrespecting the US flag while standing for God save the queen on foreign soil might be insulting to America.

That tells you everything you need to know.

Chicago’s South Side last autumn

I’m not a fan of Colin Kaepernick or his protests.  I think he’s a rich dirtbag fraud who has been pushed into this nonsense by his young lady and no concept of actual reality.  I think he’s a proper object for a combination of pity for his ignorance and contempt for his actions.   Furthermore I’ve resented the MSM/ESPN etc trying to pressure teams to sign a 2-10 QB for social justice reasons.

I have however, also said over the course of a season due to the nature of the game (injuries etc) Kaepernick might be a useful choice for a team and that if there is a solid football reason to sign him, my contempt for him is not a valid excuse for a team not to.

Well in my opinion that time has come.  There is a team that needs a change quick and Colin Kaepernick would be the perfect tool (pun intended) to achieve that change.

That team is the San Francisco 49ers.

Consider these five reasons why SF and Kaepernick is an excellent fit:

Colin Kaepernick was 2-10 last season starting for that team, that is pathetic by normal football standards, however the San Francisco 49ers are currently 0-6.  So while Kaepernick’s record is horrible his winning percentage last year is .167 above the current winning percentage of San Francisco.

While there is a new coach in San Francisco this year there is not a new team wholesale, Kaepernick is familiar with the players, and fans and they are familiar with him.  That would cut down considerably on the assimilation time.

San Francisco has lost their last 5 games by 3 points or less.  Even a small improvement at QB would have turned some of those losses into wins.  Despite his record last year Kaepernick was at one time a premier QB in the league and is likely enough of an improvement to turn some of those losses into wins.

San Francisco needs a short term solution  as it searches for its quarterback of the future.  Kaepernick likely doesn’t have more than a couple of years left in him thus bringing him in doesn’t mess with the long term plan much.

Finally you don’t want to pay a lot for a short term solution, Kaepernick would not (or should not anyways) be an expensive signing and is unlikely to hurt the team on their cap space (and BOY would it solve a lot of problems for the league if he refused an offered contract because he thought it was too low).

Those are all the football reasons why Kaepernick to San Francisco would be a good signing for the team.  He’s a no good bastard but San Francisco’s job is to win games and I think Kaepernick is the most logical choice to help them do so in the short term.  Now let me give you one reason why the NFL would absolutely love this to happen.

San Francisco already has the largest contingent of players protesting in the league and shows no sign of stopping they are constantly being booed over it.  Thus the addition of Kaepernick to SF will not change that image or hurt attendance (and given that it’s San Francisco the heart of the land of Harvey Weinstein Democrats it might even put a few fans in the seats) and will take the pressure of SJW’s off of every other team.  Furthermore once he is signed Kaepernick, becomes the face of the protests and the focus of the anger over them instead of the league. Suddenly he, instead of Goodell becomes the villain in the story.  

Now for myself I don’t think that will work in the long term, I think the fans won’t forget and that the players who choose to protest the anthem can kiss any future endorsement deals goodbye but I don’t see a better plan for the NFL to distract angry fans and advertisers.

Anyway that’s my two cents.

There are two stories out there that are winding the irony meter to 11.

The first is the one that everyone is talking about, that is Hollywood Leftist and kingmaker Harvey Weinstein’s outing as a serial Sexual Harasser by the New York Times.

The idea of course that a Hollywood exec would use his power to bed actresses etc is not much of a surprise (as they say, what else is a private island for?) but the real irony is his advocacy for Hillary on down and various “women’s” causes that gave him a pass from those on the left who doubtless knew this was going on and said nothing are now rushing to return the funds  he  gave em over the years although I doubt Obama will be in a rush to give back the $600K plus he bundled for him after all this time together.

I don’t know if Weinstein’s “I’m a liberal Maybe give me a pass” defense will save him, but Bill Clinton isn’t being shunned by anyone these days

I’ll give the last word to Iowahawk

Irony #2 involves this Budweiser

The same day that the Wall Street Journal declared Cornoa the new King of Beers Budweiser is still taking calls like this:

Anheuser-Busch is asking NFL fans for their opinion on the National Anthem issue. NOTE: This is legitimate. I personally called and they have option 1 solely for this issue.

1-800-342-5283 (Option #1)

This is the number to Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis. They want to know how you feel about NFL players kneeling during the anthem and if they should continue supporting the NFL through advertisement dollars. When you call you will get an automated response and it asks if are calling about the NFL. Press 1 and then leave your message.

Budweiser is running ads like this during the Baseball playoffs

Does anyone see the irony of running ads with an “America” can while the NFL is protesting during the national anthem and complaining about police and getting responses like this:

“To the brave NFL players that ran into a hotel with an active sniper… Nevermind, those were police officers…”

I don’t think the problems for Budweiser and the NFL are going anywhere.

Get out of here
You crazy voice
You’re the devil
Not my Father
Or some evil
Flesh desire
Let me be
I am free

Back in the dim and distant past known as last year, upon its rerelease yours truly wrote a review of contemporary Christian music pioneer Oden Fong’s 1979 classic record Come For The Children. Not so much a concept as timeline record, as Fong detailed life on earth spent following Christ as Lord and Savior prior to His return he noted, in the song “Crazy Voices,” how satanic and worldly distractions do their best to lure believers off course, with predictably disastrous consequences.

In a world seemingly gone completely mad, one where instant sports millionaires claim oppression while hellhounds murder innocents for the crime of concert attendance, what is good and acceptable finds itself drowning beneath torrents of vile social media and public discourse rage. The anger over what is happening is understandable by anyone with a heart. The expressions and ideas set forth to prevent future horrors are regrettably often as steeped in lunacy as the acts bringing on these outbursts, for they fail to address the root cause of evil, namely humanity’s inhumanity. Acts of violence are seemingly paradoxically properly addressed solely by an act of violence: a lone figure nailed to a bloody cross so none need descend from this earth into perpetual utter isolation and agony. We do not need more gun control. We need more Spirit-led self-control.

The crazy voices surround us all, sometimes screaming and sometimes whispering their lies. They proclaim they have the answers, the solutions to prevent future evil played out by bullets sprayed about, or bombs or transportation vessels or whatever weapons are available used with murderous intent. They have neither. The only answer is holding on to Christ’s nail-scarred Hand, emulating as best we can in our stubborn state of rumbling fumbling tumbling stumbling bumbling imperfect humanity Jesus’ love. Nothing else works.

Nothing.

Buried in all the news about the NFL is a paragraph in this observer piece by Ashe Snow that perfectly encapsulates what the media don’t get about Donald Trump and twitter

Tweets mean nothing. It takes no effort at all to send one. Acting like Trump actually spent all day Monday caring about the NFL because of what he tweeted is absurd. Does the media really think all he does is tweet? It sure seems like it. They would rather write dozens of articles about every single one of the president’s tweets than look into what he’s actually doing.

That’s the real secret about Donald Trump and twitter, he understand the media mind set, he knows that with just a few tweets he can send them down a rabbit hole all day while he gets work done, or to push them in a direction they don’t want to go, or get the heat off of a project that he is dealing with or lobbying for.

A great example of this has been the reactions on WEEI on Trump that I hear when I drive in and go home from work. For some reason the libs on the station think that Trump is obsessed with the NFL, the reality is that his line at the rally last monday was a throw away applause line and once he saw the reaction it only took a few tweets to get them and the left where he wanted. I doubt he spent more than 3-4 minutes a day on it, but the media was fully committed and while they were congratulating themselves over the NFL’s “victory” over Trump and taking knees in congress Trump was getting things done in Puerto Rico without worrying about the media butting in.

Politico reported, “Rossello and other officials praised the federal government for planning its response in detail before the storm hit, a contrast with what Puerto Rico has long seen as the neglect of 3.4 million Americans living in a territory without a vote in Congress or the electoral college.”

There is only one issue I have with the piece, and that’s this line:

I’m not defending Trump’s tweets. I wish he’d stop.

Snow is dead wrong there. Trump’s tweets are a valuable weapon against the left. Via twitter he gets his message out without them forcing them to react to him rather than the other way around and putting them into battles they don’t want to fight and baiting them into positions they can’t defend. Why do you think they keep attacking his tweets every chance they get?

Tweet away Mr. President, Tweet Away.

A few days ago I wrote that the entire NFL protest business was a trap for Democrats that they cheerfully walked right into:

this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while helping the left in places that they are already winning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because nothing is going to win over white working class voters than a bunch of rich athletes talking about how oppressed they are by the country that made them rich.

I got a lot of grief over thing on twitter both from the left and from nevertrumpers who insisted that this was a huge defeat for Trump and a huge win for the NFL and that the President has embarrassed himself.

Three days later this is from the Hill:

While Democrats broadly say Trump’s fight with the NFL and NBA will help them politically in both the 2018 and 2020 elections, they also appear wary of completely entering the fray on the controversial issue.

Potential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn’t put out press releases on the issue or weigh in on Twitter, at least as of Tuesday night.

That’s odd? I thought the media both political and sports called this a losing issue for Trump.

Democratic insiders, strategists and sources close to potential candidates say it’s tricky to work out the right message that knocks Trump for what many privately see as race baiting but that is not perceived as criticism of the flag or anthem.

Being cast as insufficiently patriotic is a charge countless Democrats have had to deal with for generations.

“I think everyone is aware of the tight rope we have to walk on this issue,” said one Democrat who has spoken to Democratic National Committee officials about the latest controversy. “I think that’s something we’re all trying to figure out now.”

Harris’s and Warren’s offices declined to comment for this story. Sanders’s and Booker’s offices did not respond to requests for comment.

Remember these are national democrat candidates who are trying to appeal to Democrat primary voter and not even the candidates of color like Booker or Harris are willing to go out there.

If these national ultra liberals candidates are not willing to put themselves out there, how much less willing will Democrat candidates for Senate in Red States be willing to do so?

To find out I called Claire McCaskill’s office to get commentary I was transferred to the Press office’s voice mail where I left a message asking “Does Senator McCaskill support or oppose NFL players kneeling for the National anthem?”

Over the next several days I’m going to call offices of the all the other Senators running for Re-election in 2018. It will be interesting to see if the answers vary based on both party and how their state voted in 2016.

I’ll give the last word to Ari Fleischer

I think 2018 will be just as much fun.


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There was a big development in the NFL/Protest story today out of CBS Boston:

Just one week after many members of the Patriots kneeled during the national anthem, a new report indicates that they will all stand together as a team next time out.

A league source told CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay on Tuesday that all Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled.

Given the fact that even WNBA fans (not known for their conservatism) booed when the LA Sparks decided to protest the anthem and poll results like this…

national survey by Kansas City-based Remington Research Group of about 2,000 voters claims that America is on Trump’s side. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the public opinion survey indicated that NFL players should stand while the national anthem is being played as part of pre-game ceremonies. Against the backdrop of a two-year decline in NFL television ratings, about half of the respondents revealed that they are less likely to watch their favorite NFL team moving forward because of the anthem protests.

Of the 51 percent of the respondents who said they are watching less football, about 70 percent noted that it was because players are using the games “as a stage for their political views.” Some 80 percent want less politics during sporting events, and 60 percent suggest that players should use a more appropriate space to protest other than NFL games.

The same data showed a 46 percent/47 percent favorable-unfavorable opinion of President Trump.

…such a decision would make an awful lot of sense.

However since the initial report was based on a “league source” I decided to check with the patriots and give their media department a call.

The man who answered was very polite.  He acknowledged the existence of the CBS report and was aware of what it said but when asked if it was correct he had no comment on it.  For clarity I asked him directly:

“So you can not confirm or deny that the CBS report is accurate?”

“That is correct.”

So there you have it, the Patriots can’t or won’t confirm that their players will be standing for the National Anthem this week.

Closing thought:   I read dawife the initial report, she said that if true she is obliged as a Christian to give the Patriots a 2nd chance, I suspect that if players are kneeling this week they will not get a 3rd from her.



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by baldilocks

For the last few days, it’s been all about Donald Trump and his fiery words to NFL owners regarding players who choose to sit down or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. Lots of mischaracterizations out there about the state of this feud, including that it’s a “First Amendment” issue or a “Free Speech” issue. It’s neither. It’s a contractual issue between the employer – the NFL – and the employees –the players. And if the employer chooses to allow its employees to react in any way that an individual employee sees fit, then that’s the way it should be.

And, of course, the consumers — ticket-buyers and viewers — should respond in the way each individual consumer sees fit. Nothing new there.

Consumers should remember that

[t]he league regularly clamps down on social messaging, like wearing cleats commemorating the heroes of the 9/11 attacks or decals honoring slain Dallas law enforcement officers. Taking a knee for God can also be problematic, just ask Tim Tebow. But the anthem protests are explicitly league-sanctioned activities.

Emphasis mine.

I think that the ultimately goal is to bankrupt the NFL. Why owners would go along with this is open to speculation, so that’s what I will do. Speculate.

The elite know things about which we non-elites can only conspiracy theorize and I think they see which way the wind is blowing in this country – toward socialism. And many of them are undoubtedly assisting the wind’s direction. So, they want to cut their losses sooner than later and, therefore, are willing to see their Golden Egg-laying Goose destroyed. No big deal because, for most of them, the NFL isn’t their only Goose. One wonders whether President Trump’s son-of-a-female-dog commentary was intended to speed up this process; to inflame anger in the true tools in this saga: the players and the consumers, not to mention the taxpayers who often fund the construction of stadiums.

But there’s something else to consider:

The last thing Americans (and particularly American men) need is agenda-spreading bread and circuses, either paying for the “privilege” or wasting hours in front of the telescreen. With the accelerated pace the Republic is being internally subverted, and with the enhanced and extended dangers that appears to be making inevitable, I’m sure we could all find more productive uses for our limited time and resources.

If my theory is correct, I don’t think the elite bargained for the fact that they might be removing a distraction from those who would oppose their true agenda, but that’s what they are probably doing.

Speaking of dead geese and removing a distraction, this is from the Instagram account of Sonequa Martin-Green, the star of the new Star Trek: Discovery:

The cast is kneeling in solidarity with the NFL players.

I watched the first two episodes free via CBS All Access and I was impressed. Because of that, I had been thinking about buying the service, but now I think I’ll pass. I already have to ignore enough Leftist political musings from members of the older Trek casts.

Maybe I’ll check it out when it’s free – assuming there aren’t more pressing things on all of our plates by then.

(Thanks to Big Hollywood)

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For fun I went to the Pittsburgh Steelers shop to see what is for sale and guess what is the #1 shirt that’s featured when go get there:

Now anyone who knows football knows a team lives and dies by its offensive line but it’s unheard of for an offensive linemen to be the #1 jersey selling for a team.

And remember the Stellers didn’t want him to take that lonely stand. But they and the NFL are happy to make a buck off of him doing so.

Now if you don’t want to give the NFL your money amazon has this

and a page of alternatives that the NFL doesn’t get a penny from it

There is a lesson for NFL players if they were willing to hear it.