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The NFL Sucks Anyway. Why Suck More For Kaepernick?

Consequence is no coincidence
Hypocrites always want to play innocent
Always want to take it to the full out extent
Always want to make it seem like good intent
Never want to face it when it time for punishment

Lauryn Hill

People may call President Trump’s decision to call out the NFL players childish.  They may say it is a stupid distraction, but what they don’t understand is how to win a battle.

A good game is fought in the trenches. You’re offensive line will catapult you to victory or cave to ruin.
The NFL National Anthem battle is a battle in the trenches.  It is the culture war.  So if you want to call this behavior childish, you aren’t ready to win this fight.

We’ve become so sedated by pop culture that we’ve driven completely off the road.  We’re waking up to find that our country isn’t how we left it.  It’s been looted and plundered.  Worse!  Society celebrates the looters and the plunderers as heroes!

The NFL is part of this collective slumber.  They are the coliseum, the sports arena where men go and forget the world.   Really we should be thanking Colin Kaepernick, he has woken the world up.

He has shown us that football is no safe haven.  The tragedy of progressivism is they’re inability to differentiate problem from solution.  The NFL protestors have no idea what they’re asking for because they’re clueless about how to fix America.  Or in other words, how to make America great again.

If they knew they’d support Trump!

These ball players think they stand on the side of the people when they’re on the side of the problem.  They want to lull the dragon back to sleep and empower the elitist sucking the marrow from America’s bones. They want to preach to us the politics of their masters while selling out the rest of us to slavery.

How can these athletes call for unity when all they ever preach is division?   Look at this statement from LeBron James:

We all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care, and the friendships and everything that it creates. For him to try to use this platform to divide us even more, it’s not something I could stand for and it’s not something I could be quiet about.

These people know nothing of unity.  The only unity they know is left wing marching orders.  United as long as you think the right way.  That’s not united.  We’re not free to think what we please, but they’re free to deconstruct culture as they please.

 whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again”- Kobe Bryant

So the players can peacefully protest with divisive rhetoric but any response is divisive?

It’s like listening to Hillary Clinton yell “Stronger Together” when what she really means is “Stronger under me.”  Whoever does the PR for these people should get fired.  Hillary Clinton should write a book called, How to be hopelessly generic and disingenuous.

We’ve become so spoiled by the luxuries of living in America that some of us have forgotten just how blessed we are to be here.  I’ve written continuously about Hollywood and the corrupt media, but this liberal dysphoria has seeped onto the football field.

It was hard not watching the Vikings game today, I love that team so much.  But free speech doesn’t mean that there isn’t any consequences for what you say.  For too long people have used our freedom to say what they want and silence those that disagree with them.

 

Should the players stand?

It’s so funny how players can politicize football but the fans can’t speak of the politics in the sports forums?  Go ahead and go to a sports blog like SBNation and try to voice your thoughts on Kaepernick.  You will be shamed and exiled.

Despite Roger Goodell and several NFL owners claims otherwise, the NFL is about its money.  Really it’s laughable to think that Goodell gives a crap about the player’s “freedom of expression.”  Do y’all remember all the times Marshawn Lynch got fined for wearing an unlicensed hat? Or how players have to do press conferences or face a fine?  The wrong kind of touchdown celebrations can earn you a fine!

Do you remember when the NFL didn’t want Rihanna to play at Super Bowl halftime because she was the victim of domestic abuse?  Wouldn’t want anybody to be reminded of the NFL’s atrocious atrocious track record when it comes to supporting abusers!†

The Dallas Cowboys asked the NFL if the team could wear decals honoring the fallen members of the Dallas Police Department and the NFL said no.

So when someone like Roger Goodell talks about “unity” and “respect” due to the NFL, we here in the real world laugh in his face.

Divisive comments like this demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities says Roger Goodell said in response to President Trump.

Yes, that Roger Goodell who is universally hated by the left, the right, and the players..

Atlanta Falcon's statement
Just one of the many statements in response to Donald Trump

 

Almost every team put out a similar statement using the same weasel words.  It’s clear that they’re acting in lock step on this issue and getting their orders from the top.  Trump said eventually an owner would break rank, my guess is on Jerry Jones.

So should the players stand during the national anthem?

According to the NFL League Rule Book Pages A62-63 they’re are strict rules for what players are allowed to do during the National Anthem.  It states:

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.

During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

You and I pay for them to stand during the national anthem. And not through our ticket sales, but through our tax dollars. In 2009, Barack Obama’s Department of Defense began paying hundreds of thousands towards teams in a marketing strategy designed to show support for the troops and increase recruitment. The NFL then required all players and personnel to be on the sidelines during the national anthem.

If this was the deal that Roger Goodell made than that is the deal that Roger Goodell should honor.  Further if these highly paid athletes want to protest, they should gain the sophistication to articulate what exactly they are protesting.  And do it in such a way that doesn’t ruffle the feathers of those that pay your bills.

Let’s be honest, is Kaepernick worth the cost?

Do you remember that great year of 2013 when John Harbaugh was still the coach of the San Fransisco 49ers?  If you don’t, it was one of the last years that the team was any good.  In signs of horrendous ownership, John Harbough quickly left the 9ers just a few years later.

With Harbough gone, so went all of Colin Kaepernick’s talent.  Like many college football players when they come to the NFL, his start burnt bright but burst fast.

As a team, trying to win and not have a distraction on the team, I just take that as a player — there’s certain players that could be on the team with big distractions, and there’s other players that they’re not good enough or it’s not worth it. I think his situation is not good enough to have him on the team with all the attention that comes along with it. I’m sure if a guy like [Tom] Brady or a guy like, whoever is your favorite player — Odell Beckham or a guy like that — you’ll deal with that attention and play him.-LeSean McCoy

Colin Kaepernick is not a good quarterback.  Perhaps he could play clip-board carrier for some other team, but the national attention that team would receive would not be worth it.

Harbaugh and a great offensive line masked Kaepernick’s weaknesses.  There isn’t a team out there who would want him starting for them.  He wouldn’t win them any games.  When you’re benched for Blaine Gabbart, you know you have a problem at quarterback.

After leading the San Francisco 49ers to consecutive NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick was rewarded with a “record” seven-year, $126 million contract.

The 49ers reportedly restructured his contract, alleviating the team’s concerns regarding injury guarantees while also allowing Kaepernick out of his contract for 2017.  He knew he wouldn’t start fort that team so he hoped to find a different one.

Kaepernick allegedly doesn’t want to make “backup money” and specifically instructed his representative team not to sign one contract offered at the league’s minimum rate of $900,000 per year for a seventh-year player.

Mr. OverCompensation (a mixed black and white man raised by his white adoptive family) was fined $11,00 after a 28-20 loss against the Chicago Bears in 2015 by the NFL for using a racial slur, “f***ing n***a/er” to be specific.  I wonder where he learned to use such language…

His MTV girlfriend Nessa Diab, reportedly influenced the quarterback to sit during the national anthem in protest for “people that are being oppressed.”  This lady has given Kaepernick some bad advice on who his heroes should be.  You would think that supporting real life dictators such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevera would be a bad idea when protesting oppression.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick.

The Cost

One of the most forgotten principles of economics (one that should make my communist readers happy, but their miserable people so I doubt anything makes them happy) is that people aren’t only motivated by financial concerns when they make decisions.  There are a host of factors involved when they think of spending their money.  Otherwise people would aways pay by the lowest price point, and as we can see by the public’s love of Apple and Nike products, we don’t do this.

How is this applied to the NFL and the politicization of football? If the players were all pedophiles do you think the people would still watch?  No you don’t, you probably wouldn’t either.  The NFL players protesting have positioned themselves against America, whether that was their intention or not,  Americans find this so repugnant that they would rather stop watching football than stand the disrespect.

The market will judge what behavior is acceptable and what is not.  Right now the market is indicating that people are turned off by this anti-American stance.

Empty 49ers stadium
Empty 49ers stadium

The 49ers are in denial about how bad their situation is.  Though they take the time to respond to Trump but not the time to fill his stadium.  You can see from the picture above that the stadium looks pretty empty.

Pro Football Talk is reporting the 49ers as saying over 60,000 fans attended the game. There were 68,500 tickets available for Thursday night’s contest in Santa Clara, and per the report, the team distributed 97 percent of them.

So who is right?  Your eyes or Mr. York (owner of the 9ers)?

To be fair this isn’t a new problem their facing. They have had trouble keeping the stands filled the past few years.  Season ticket holders are even having trouble dumping their season tickets.

Some will deny that politics in the NFL are what ruining this game.  To them I would say politics in the NFL are a symptom of an organization that has forgotten its fans.  From the ref’s questionable play calling, to the awful Roger Goodell, the NFL has completely forgotten who pays their bills.  They need to be reminded.

Viewership for the league is down to its lowest point since 1998, according to Sports Media Watch.  ESPN laid off hundreds two months ago.  ESPN’s total-day ratings—that is, its average viewership over a 24-hour period—plunged 20 percent in the quarter over last year’s numbers. That’s the network’s worst result in six years and the the biggest drop for any of the cable sports channels, on a percentage basis.

Did I mention the tax payer money getting pumped into these millionaire owner’s stadiums?

All told, 29 of the NFL’s 31 stadiums have received public funds for construction or renovation. In the last two decades, the analysis found, taxpayers across the country have spent nearly $7 billion on stadiums for a league that surpassed $10 billion in revenue last season.

So you tell me who needs who?

The NFL Circus

Trump has awoken the dragon, he is making every single American pay attention to politics.  Where before we closed our eyes and pretended that the gigantic smile on Obama’s face wasn’t a cover for selling America out, now our eyes are wide open.

To people who think this is just a distraction, and that people will always choose their ball player stars over their President,  Scott Adams said it best.  President Trump has these people on their knees to protest a “dictator.”  Now what is that famous Game of Thrones saying?  Oh yes, they bent the knee.

The NFL/NBA pro sports word doesn’t realize how bad they’re going to lose on this.  But whenever Trump faces a potential loss (like this healthcare fiasco), he shows his enemies who the people really march for.  In other words sports world, you just lost one.

 

 

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