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History of National anthem before sporting events

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I read recently where the Green Bay Packers have been stressing the importance of the history of the National anthem to his players for 10 years. That is way before Colin Kaepernick became a major pain in the butt to the NFL. Long before Malcolm Jenkins was joined by Howie Longs son Chris raising his fist as a symbol of black power. And before Marshawn Lynch sat on the bench during the anthem, just being Marshawn

For those of you who do not know the history of the National anthem I thought I would share it with you. The first thing to remember is that it’s a battle song.

The most memorable lines involve rockets and bombs, and the lesser-known verses conjure “the havoc of war” and “the gloom of the grave.”

The second thing to remember? It’s a taunt, a lyrical grenade chucked at a defeated opponent. “See that flag still flying, the one you tried to capture?” it famously asks the British. We are familiar with taunting our enemies. The most recent taunt came when Kim Jong midget started yapping about his nukes and bombing Guam. Next thing you know B1B bombers are heading to Guam and the class punk shut his mouth.

That’s why, in a country that loudly lauds actions on the battlefield and the playing field, “The Star-Spangled Banner” and American athletics have a nearly indissoluble marriage. Hatched during one war, institutionalized during another, this song has become so entrenched in our sports identity that it’s almost impossible to think of one without the other.

Our nation honors war. Our nation loves sports. Our nation glorifies winning. Our national anthem strikes all three chords at the same time. We honor our warriors. That is why the destruction of confederate monuments and statues is so offensive to many.

Those chords were ringing loudly on Sept. 17, 2001, the day Major League Baseball resumed following 9/11. The country was in morning, and sports was a way of healing our wounds. No one was offended by the National anthem being played on that day or by walking by confederate statues on the way to games. People wore “I Love New York” buttons and FDNY hats all over the country. We were united by our grief. .”

National anthem Of course, in American sports, the flag — and the anthem — is always there. At the biggest events, pregame festivities surrounding the song provide as much spectacle as the games themselves. The anthem is a show, and a show of force. Every year, the Pentagon approves several hundred requests for military flyovers (even if that means five F-18s buzzing the closed roof of Cowboys Stadium, as was the case at this year’s Super Bowl). At lesser events, even at the high school level, a color guard is often on hand with the flag as the anthem is played. A game without the anthem is likely one that doesn’t matter much.

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The wartime roots of the National anthem are unmistakable. Key wrote it to bear witness to a bloody battle during the War of 1812. But its origins as a game-day ritual are murkier. It’s not as if every other country in the world plays its anthem before every game. So what is the history of the National anthem in US sports?

THAT STORY BEGINS, as so many tales in modern American sports do, with Babe Ruth. History records various games in which “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played dating from the mid-1800s, but Ruth’s last postseason appearances for the Boston Red Sox coincided with the song’s first unbreakable bond with the sports world, in 1918. Game 1 of that year’s World Series was notable for many reasons. The Red Sox and Cubs were both champs then. World War I blackened everything, including the national pastime. And on Sept 4, the day before the first game a bomb ripped through the Chicago Federal Building killing four people and injuring 30.

history of national anthem in sportsThe Red Sox beat the Cubs in the 1918 World Series — and wouldn’t win another title for 86 years. The “Star-Spangled Banner” would have a better run.

 

With one exception: the seventh-inning stretch. As was common during sporting events, a military band was on hand to play, and while the fans were on their feet, the musicians fired up “The Star-Spangled Banner.” They weren’t the only active-duty servicemen on the field, though. Red Sox third baseman Fred Thomas was playing the Series while on furlough from the Navy, where he’d been learning seamanship at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Chicago…

Upon hearing the opening notes of Key’s song from the military band, Thomas immediately faced the flag and snapped to attention with a military salute. The other players on the field followed suit, in “civilian” fashion, meaning they stood and put their right hands over their hearts. The crowd, already standing, showed its first real signs of life all day, joining in a spontaneous sing-along, haltingly at first, then finishing with flair.

The Cubs front office realized it had witnessed something unique. For the next two games, it had the band play “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the seventh-inning stretch, to similarly enthusiastic crowds. By Game 3, a bigger crowd of 27,000 was in attendance. Not to be outdone, the Red Sox ratcheted up the pageantry when the Series relocated to Boston for the next three games. At Fenway Park, “The Star-Spangled Banner” moved from the seventh-inning stretch to the pregame festivities, and the team coupled the playing of the song with the introduction of wounded soldiers who had received free tickets.

Like the Chicago fans, the normally reserved Boston crowd erupted for the pregame anthem and the hobbled heroes. As the Tribune wrote of the wounded soldiers at Game 6, “[T]heir entrance on crutches supported by their comrades evoked louder cheers than anything the athletes did on the diamond.”

The red sox ended up winning the Series in six games, their third championship in four years and their last for the next 86…

Still, the Series’ most enduring legacy belongs to a song. Other major league teams noticed the popular reaction to “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1918, and over the next decade it became standard for World Series and holiday games. In subsequent years, through subsequent wars, it grew into the daily institution we know today.

Congress didn’t officially adopt the “The Star-Spangled Banner” until 1931 — and by that time it was already a baseball tradition steeped in wartime patriotism. Thanks to a brass band, some fickle fans and a player who snapped to attention on a somber day in September, the old battle ballad was the national pastime’s anthem more than a decade before it was the nation’s.

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Colin Kaepernick,  Marshawn Lynch, Malcolm Jenkins and whoever cares to join them in their ridiculous protest this year. Remember the history of the national anthem when you are on your knee or raising your fist. The National anthem has been throughout history in sports a healing, uniting song that brings Americans together. What you are doing is tearing us apart.

 

 

49ers looking for new quarterback for this year after Garoppolo injury, guess who it will not be?

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The San Francisco 49 ers had the nightmare every NFL team and fan fears happen Sunday. Their starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with probably a season ending knee injury.

The 49 ers traded Garoppolo from the New England Patriots last year and Garoppolo led them to 7 straight wins resurrecting the once proud franchise. With Garoppolo down the social justice warriors began the drumbeat for Nike’s new spokesman Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick has not played for almost 2 years mostly because he sucks. But the social justice warriors would say it is because of his stance on protesting during the National Anthem.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49 ers have had no internal discussions about the team’s former starting quarterback after discussing him last year as they searched for a solution to the position.

“I made that decision [to not pursue Kaepernick] because of the style of offense we wanted to go with,” Shanahan said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “That’s kind of what I said last year. It’s the same situation now. I always look into what style of offense I want to do, what style of offense we’ve been doing for the last two years.

“When you start to get to these quarterbacks we’re talking about, C.J.’s our guy and we have Nick Mullens backing him up. When you get into a third or fourth guy, whoever that is, you’d like to bring in guys who you felt you didn’t have to change much of your offense for.”

The 49 ers will promote Nick Mullens from the practice squad to backup up C.J. Beathard. They will workout Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates and possibly Matt Moore.

Shanahan said the 49 ers asked Moore, but it was unclear whether he would participate.

Sooner or later the social justice warriors will give up on a team signing Kaepernick. There are new quarterbacks coming out every year and unless Jim Harbaugh leaves Michigan and can coach Kap again he will still suck. From the looks of it the 49ers do not have very good options. But at least they will have a sucky quarterback that doesn’t make an ass of himself.

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According to the Daily Beast the Uproar over new Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick is Empty Right Wing hysteria

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Liberal rag The Daily Beast describes the uproar over Colin Kaepernick getting a Nike just do it jig as Empty right wing hysteria. Kaepernick who single highhandedly has turned the National Football league from an organization where you watch FOOTBALL, hot sideline reporters and smoking hot cheerleaders into a social justice cause.

Now Nike has decided to enter the fray and tie  the failed quarterback and social justice with their most iconic slogan. The Beast seems to think Nike knows what they are doing after all large organizations have rather large marketing departments. And we all know these marketing people are geniuses look no further than the developer of New Coke.

The Beast compares Kaepernick to Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Serena Williams all successfully vetted and used in Nike ad campaigns. But to make the comparison accurate wouldn’t Kaepernick have to actually accomplish something in sports? Have we really reached the point that being a social justice warrior makes you an iconic sports figure in the likes of Michael Jordan?

The Beast writer describes Kaepernick’s initial act of taking a knee during the National anthem to protest police brutality towards black people. This drove some people crazy, presumably because they have never been exposed to the idea that a silent, non-disruptive protest against an institution you think is committing grave injustices might be kind of a good idea if you were trying to shed light on those injustices.

Kneeling according to Kaepernick did start as a protest against police brutality against black people. Then another social justice warrior Michael Bennett of the Seahawks got arrested for resisting arrest in Las Vegas and it expanded to a social justice mission.

In a 2017 campaign speech President Trump entered the fray and said “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” and the police brutality/social justice cause became a we hate Trump and he can’t tell us what to do cause. 

It remains to be seen if the Nike campaign will be successful. Already there are videos on youtube of people burning their Nike apparel. It it all a bunch or right wing hysteria or has Nike developed an ad campaign equal to New Coke?

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Stupid ESPN panel questions Tiger Woods blackness because he dared to not disrespect President Trump

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An ESPN panel was near hysterics because Tiger Woods did not trash Trump. Woods after his last round at The Northern Trust GOLF tournament was being interviewed. Most of the intelligent reporters were asking him golf questions because well he is a golfer and he just finished playing golf. But CNN must have slipped in a lying liberal who had to question him on his relationship with Trump on a professional and personal level.

“He’s the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.” This is what Tiger Woods said to cause the ESPN panel to go ballistic. 

Max Kellerman began the onslaught by saying it was a “thoughtless statement dressed up as a thoughtful statement.”

“And it either holds in contempt the intelligence of people who hear it or else it’s just a stupid thing to say. … To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect onto its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the office holder should have respect for the office,” he said.

Kellerman then  ripped Woods for the measured response.

“We must respect the office therefore that confers respect to the occupant. Tiger, is that is what you are saying? If that is what you are saying, that is a stupid comment,” the co-host of ESPN’s “First Take” bellowed.

Stephen A. Smith who last year defended Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett after he assaulted an elderly paraplegic then chimed in about Woods blackness.  

After asking if that’s what Woods believes, Smith chimed in to say: “Well, first of all, we don’t know what Tiger Woods believes. He’s Cablinasian. He’s not black.”

Smith went on to claim Woods doesn’t identify as a black man, suggesting that black Americans “haven’t respected that from Tiger for quite some time.”

“To say you must have respect for the office — Tiger, be clear. Are you saying that the office, therefore, confers respect on to its present temporary occupant? No. Having respect for the office means principally, in my view, is the office holder should have respect for the office,” Kellerman added.

New ESPN chief Jimmy Pitaro wants to distance the network from politics. Pitaro recently stated.“If you ask me is there a false narrative out there, I will tell you ESPN being a political organization is false,” Pitaro told the paper. “I will tell you I have been very, very clear with employees here that it is not our jobs to cover politics, purely.”

Reports are ESPN is paying controversial host Jemele Hill up to 6 million dollars just to go away. If Pitaro does indeed want to move away from politics perhaps a lecture to the ESPN panel of Smith and Kellerman would be necessary. Otherwise the loss of 500,000 subscribers just in April may be the tip of the iceberg.

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Johnny Manziel getting NFL tryout for comeback triggering Social Justice warriors wanting Kaepernick signed

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Johnny Manziel is continuing his comeback bid throwing for 13 NFL teams at the University of San Diego pro day. Manziel’s career was derailed in the NFL after excessive partying and what Manziel describes as self medicating with alcohol. The former Heisman trophy winner has turned his life around and recently married.

Manziel has been signed by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and he’s made it clear he wants to play in the NFL again. It remains to be seen if a team will take a chance on Johnny Manziel. He is only 25 and if he has truly turned his life around he may be worth the gamble.

“I think I’ve changed drastically. I’ve obviously had to hit a series of lows to get to a point where I feel comfortable in my own skin, in my own life and with where I’m at. A lot has changed personally in what I’ve learned about myself and what I’ve learned about life through the highs and the lows,” Manziel said. “So I don’t necessarily think I’d be where I am today without going through some of the harder stuff, but I feel like I’m a better person because of it even if it derailed what I wanted to do for a while.”

 

Manziel getting a look has triggered the social justice warriors in favor of Colin Kaepernick being signed. But there are differences. Johnny Manziel is 25 and if he has turned his life around should be in the prime of his career. Colin Kaepernick is 30 and there is the small fact that he sucks. Throw in the fact that Kaepernick has a collusion suit against the league that he wants to sign him and there really is no comparison.

If Johnny football has turned his life around he deserves a second chance. Colin Kaepernick has had his chance and he decided to make a political statement rather than focus on his NFL career. Actions have consequences and Kaepernick has to live with that.

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NFL rules change is going to drive the left nuts, what changed their minds? Empty stadiums and getting beat by Baseball?

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A new NFL rules change will take effect this coming season that will penalize teams and players for not respecting the National Anthem and kneeling or sitting during the Anthem. The left is going to go nuts. Probably they already are. What changed the NFL and Roger Goodell’s minds?

Could their minds have been changed by half empty stadiums in 2017? Could it be that TV ratings took a nosedive as fans got sick of seeing overpaid players disrespect the country and the flag?

At the NFL owners meeting the owners decided on the NFL rules change. The previous rule said the players “should” stand for the anthem. Well Colin Kapernick and a group of NFL thugs ended all of that and the NFL became a circus last year. Making a political statement, one that the players could not even agree what it was took the place of simply playing a game. And the fans noticed.

“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

The new rule states; If a player does go on the field and protests during the anthem, the team would be fined by the league. The new policy also enables each club to have its own rules for discipline if a player is on the field and does “not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

Watch out these responses will be mild compared to how ESPN responds. They will be lucky to even have any viewers after they respond. I can just imagine what Stephen A. Smith will have to say.

 

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ESPN host Stephen A. Smith defends Michael Bennett after felony charges of injuring a elderly paraplegic

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ESPN host Stephen A. Smith defended Michael Bennett in his recent indictment of felony injury to the elderly. He defended the former Seattle Seahawk because of how a black man of his size would look in the court of public opinion for shoving a 66-year-old paraplegic.

Smith started off his comments by saying if Bennett is guilty then he should be dealt with accordingly and pay the price, but since there is no video evidence and since Bennett has been nominated and given awards for his philanthropy, the ESPN host called for more evidence.

Partial transcript:

Listen, this is the same Michael Bennett that was a nominee for the Walter Payton man of the year award, this is the same Michael Bennett, who along with his brother, was honored at the B.E.T. Awards for their philanthropy and sympathies for what ails our community. This is the same Michael Bennett, put this camera on me, please. It is very important I say this. He is 6’4″, 274 pounds. That’s what he is listed as; a defensive lineman in the National Football League and do we have a depiction of him getting into a fight with somebody? No. You trying to tell me this man sat up there and just shoved aside and put his hands on and disregarded a 66-year-old paraplegic?

Now, tell me what possible chance does he have to look good or to come across as innocent in all of this? You’ve got video, that’s an entirely different ball game. But, you are trying to tell me with no video whatsoever, you are just going to paint a picture as this humongous black man on a football field for the Super Bowl 14 months ago, 14 months and you are going to bring it to the equation? A 66-year-old paraplegic and what you want us to do, by bringing that up, what are we supposed to believe about this man? It sounds despicable. It sounds disgusting. Do you know what somebody who would do that to a paraplegic deserves?

Smith went on to say that if any of the information out there is wrong, then what is happening to Bennett is “beyond cruel” and why black men talk about how they are always depicted in a bad light.

“Is there anything about him that says to you that he would do something like that?” Smith asked. “And then we sit up here as black men and take this there. If we sit up here as black men and talk about the willingness to depict us in that kind of fashion, then we are going racial. But that cannot happen.”

Why is it that ESPN black host refuse to believe that the social justice warriors of the NFL can possibly do wrong? Michael Bennett last August had a run in with police in Las Vegas. He said he was targeted because he was black and roughed up unnecessarily. He was not. It turns out he ran from the police and was a smart ass. Michael Bennett has a history of violence. If ESPN and Stephen A. Smith were not so blinded by their liberalism they would see this.

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Antonio Brown shows great disrespect on Memorial Day weekend, Players do not get the fans rage on anthem

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Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown does not seem to get the NFL fans rage as he shows great disrespect for the National Anthem on of all things Memorial Day weekend.

Last week at the NFL owners meeting the owners came to a consensus that if a player is on the field for the National Anthem he must stand of face a 15 yard penalty for his team and possible fines.

“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

Previously, NFL regulations said players “should” stand for the anthem, an allowance that raged out of control as players protested police brutality and racism in the United States. President Trump launched attacks at the league and its players, and the NFL has scrambled for a solution that takes its protesters off the field ever since.

Shortly after the announcement of the NFL rules change New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson offered to pay the fines for his players that chose to kneel for the anthem.

Johnson said “Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest,” This is what is wrong with the NFL handling of their social justice warriors. Guys like Antonio Brown act as children. They have to be told this is the way it is and if you do not cooperate these are the consequences. Now that the Jets owner provided an out, even though he did not offer to pay the fines of other teams players.

Brown added on the picture “Send the invoice to Christopher Johnson #JetsChairman #Respect #TakeAkneeonIG #Tag Me. The NFL has to put a stop to the players injecting politics into the league. People watch the NFL for entertainment not to hear Antonio Brown’s political statements.

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Papa John’s will end it’s sponsorship of the NFL next season after being the “official pizza of the NFL”

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Papa John’s will be ending their sponsorship of the NFL two months after the pizza chains founder John Schnatter stepped down. Schnatter resigned after a controversy arose over comments he made regarding the NFL kneelers.

The announcement was first reported by Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino before being confirmed in an earnings call with the company’s investors Tuesday afternoon.

In a joint statement to the media the NFL and Papa John’s made the announcement that the sponsorship would shift to individual relationships with NFL teams.

“The NFL and Papa John’s have made a mutual decision to shift from their official league sponsorship to a focus on partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, presence in broadcast and digital media, and key personalities in the sport,” a statement obtained by ESPN read.

During a press call in November, Schnatter said the NFL had hurt the chain’s business by refusing to address the protests, which at the time were inflamed into a national controversy by remarks from President Trump.

 

The president’s remarks last year calling on NFL team owners to fire players who protest sparked dozens of other protests across the league, and a rift between some conservative fans and NFL teams.

Trump at the time last fall was campaigning for  Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), said we (Americans) are “unified by great American values.”

“We’re proud of our country and we’re proud of our flag,” he said.

 

He said players who disrespect the flag and kneel for the national anthem should be ejected from the stadium and cut from the team.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b**** off the field right now – he’s fired,'” Trump said.

As you know the debate raged throughout the NFL season. Attendance fell for the games and viewership fell on TV. Papa John’s is being replaced by Pizza Hut as a National sponsor of the NFL. We will see what tricks the social justice warriors have up their sleeves this year.

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Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin arrested today for posting threatening images on instagram

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was arrested today for posting threatening images on his Instagram. Martin is a real sore spot for me being a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan. He was in the middle of a bullying controversy with Richie Incognito in 2014. The Dolphins lost an All-Pro Guard Incognito because Martin is a big pussy.

Harvard-Westlake High School closed two Los Angeles-area campuses Friday because of an Instagram post from the verified account of alumnus and former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, which featured an image of a shotgun and mentioned the private school by name.

The Los Angeles Times and ABC News reported Martin had been taken into custody.

“The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern Harvard Westlake said in a message to students. Friday morning and obtained by the Times. “So, out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to close school today. The school’s private security team is working with the Los Angeles Police Department, which is present on both campuses. With these precautions in place, we believe there is no imminent threat to our campuses or our school community.”

The school’s President confirmed to The Chronicle the school’s student online newspaper, that an Instagram post from verified user @jmart led to the decision to close the campuses.

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Martin a second round Draft pick of the Dolphins out of Stanford in 2012 and left the team in 2013. An investigation by the NFL found that  Incognito, Pouncey and John Jerry had engaged in harassment directed at Martin, who said he considered suicide.

“I’m a man,” Martin told NBC’s Tony Dungy in January 2014 during his first interview after leaving the Dolphins. “I’m a grown man. I’ve been in locker rooms. There’s vulgar language in locker rooms. One instance doesn’t bother me. It’s the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation … but I felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right. And it came down to the point where, you know, I thought it was best just to remove myself from the situation.”

Martin graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2008 and apparently felt uncomfortable as a minority there.

“You learn to tone down your size & blackness by becoming shy, introverted, friendly, so you won’t scare the little rich white kids or their parents,” he wrote in a Facebook post from 2015. “Neither black nor white people accept you because they don’t understand you. It takes away from your self-confidence, your self-worth, your sanity.”

I can relate to Jonathan Martin in two respects. I played College Football and I was bullied for two years in middle school. I heard rough language in football locker room . And Football is a sport that if you are not tough enough you will not survive. My feelings about the bullying is it is only a life changer if you let it be. Jonathan Martin and people like him have mental issues that need to be addressed. He is a menace to society.

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Now NFL will not allow Super Bowl ad mocking short and fat North Korea communist dictator

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First the NFL rejects a veterans group’s one page ad for the Super Bowl simply asking attendees #PleaseStand. They said the ad was too political as if them giving 100 million dollars to social justice causes is not political. Now the NFL and NBC (network broadcasting) has rejected  a video ad from AML BitCoin because it makes fun of North Korean leader Kim Jong Midget.

The NFL also said the AML BitCoin ad was “too political.” The ad features an actor protraying the North Korean midget leader and he is angry his hackers cannot steal AML BitCoin crypto-currency .

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“We have been informed by our media buyers that the network carrying the NFL’s Super Bowl game, NBC, will not accept our television ad ‘North Korea Can’t Steal AML BitCoin’ for placement during the broadcast.” AML Bitcoin president Marcus Andrade wrote in a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

“An ad taking Kim Jong-un, dictator of North Korea, to task in a humorous and biting way should not be offensive to anyone,” the letter continues. “Our ad reminds viewers that Kim Jong-un and his army of hackers have been stealing billions of dollars of Bitcoin and other digital currencies for the past few years, funding their rogue nuclear weapons programs and thwarting efforts by the rest of the world to sanction this behavior. And our ad points out that, unlike the other digital currencies, the AML BitCoin has been designed with features that prevent his army from stealing it.”

Crypto currencies have suffered from hacking problems that have resulted in severe market devaluation. AML BitCoin was simply trying to point out that their service is safer in a numerous way. Apparently the NFL is triggered by veterans groups that want people to actually stand for our National Anthem and making fun of a short and fat communist dictator. They would probably have no problem running a Black Lives matter Super Bowl commercial.

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President shames NFL kneelers in SOTU’ We proudly stand for our National Anthem

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Stand for National Anthem.  President Trump without naming the NFL shames them by saying in the State of the Union “We stand for our National Anthem. This just a few days before the Superbowl where many players of both the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles have been kneelers throughout this NFL season.

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The NFL recently denied a Veterans group add that featured “please stand.” as too political.

“The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl. It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Fox News.

Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, told Fox News the NFL “has become too politically correct for its own good.”

“It wouldn’t let the Dallas Cowboys honor the slain police officers who died defending its citizens, but it bends over backward to support the anthem protests,” Gainor told us. “Now it won’t even allow a fantastic organization to call for fans to stand up for our veterans. It turns out the NFL has been lying to us for years. It doesn’t represent patriotic Americans. It doesn’t represent veterans. It is simply a sport for whiny millionaires.”

With failing ratings and lost revenue in the NFL directly related to the NFL kneelers the NFL remains resolute in supporting Social Justice warriors. The President hit a home run with the State of the Union address. The only ones that can disagree with Stand for the National Anthem are the NFL and the Democrats.

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NFL Network wants the wrongful termination suit by Jami Cantor thrown out on bases she consented to the abuse

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The NFL Network is trying to get the a wrongful termination suit by Jami Cantor thrown out on the basis that she consented to groping by the Network stars. In a court filing on January 18, lawyers for the network say Cantor ‘consented’ to being sexually harassed by her co-workers, including retired football players.

They also say Cantor’s  firing was warranted, after she stole clothes from the network.

In early December the NFL Network suspended three analysts after they were accused of sexual harassment and assault by a former wardrobe stylist. The behavior that Jami Cantor details sounds as if the NFL Network stars took their cues from Matt Lauer. I mean who gives a woman sex toys for Christmas and doesn’t think about the repercussions.

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Jami Cantor filed a complaint in Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles on Monday claiming that she was subjected to constant sexual misconduct by the former football greats employed by the network.

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Among those named in the filing are Marshall Faulk, with the court papers stating: ‘Mr. Faulk greeted Plaintiff by fondling her breasts and groping her behind. As time went on, Mr. Faulk became more aggressive, such as inviting Plaintiff to his hotel room, stroking and pulling out his genitals in front of her, pointing to his crotch and asking Plaintiff, “when are you gonna get on this already?”

‘He also pinned Plaintiff against a wall, demanding oral sex while he pulled his pants down.’

Cantor also names Donovan McNabb, Warren Sapp and Heath Evans in her complaint, among others.

The complaint, filed by Cantor’s attorney Laura Horton, also accuses former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor of sending ‘sexually inappropriate pictures of himself, and a nude video while masturbating in the shower.’

Eric Davis, who won a Super Bowl while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, allegedly ‘grabbed Plaintiff’s behind, slid his hand between Plaintiff’s legs, and touched Plaintiff’s privates, while saying, “I can’t handle your a** it is so luscious.”‘

Do the charges that have been made against the NFL Network stars sound like something a woman would consent to? Perhaps if it were revealed that she had an affair with one of the athletes but three separate men and she let them fondle her breast and rear, she wanted them to pull down their pants and ask for oral sex, she wanted pictures of one of these creeps masturbating in the shower? Come on man.

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Could it possibly be the beginning of the end for Patriots dynasty?

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Could it possibly be the beginning of the end for the New England Patriots dynasty? Tom Brady came to the Patriots as a sixth round draft pick out of the University of Michigan. Tom Brady a certain hall of fame first ballot player the 199th player picked in the 2000 draft.

Since Brady became their starting quarterback in 2001, the Patriots have never had a losing season and have won 14 division titles. The Patriots played in eleven AFC Championship Games from 2001 to 2016—including six in a row from 2011 to 2016—and won seven of them.

ESPN is reporting several cracks in the armor of Brady, Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel. Beginning with a December 3 outburst between Brady and McDaniel. The Patriots were playing division rival Buffalo Bills and Brady had just thrown late and behind receiver Brandin Cooks on third down, ending a first-quarter drive.

When Brady came to the sideline he was of course pissed because he is a very competitive player and McDaniel got in his face. “He was wide open,” McDaniels said to Brady, referring to Cooks.

Brady kept walking, and glaring at McDaniels, so the coach repeated: “We had him open. Brady snapped back at McDaniel “I got it” Then with everyone on the sidelines and television cameras catching the exchange yelled toward McDaniel “F—k you”. Brady later apologized and said the words and McDaniel dismissed the incident as “part of what makes him great”.

 

The Patriots have achieved historical success as a team with Belichick and Brady and the reason they believe they have achieved so much is sticking together as a team thru difficulties. The Patriots have won even with Roger Goodell’s ridiculous attack and the deflategate scandal.

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Belichick, Brady and owner Robert Kraft — have had serious disagreements. They differ on Brady’s trainer, body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero; over the team’s long-term plans at quarterback; over Belichick’s bracing coaching style; and most of all, over who will be the last man standing. Those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group.

The Patriots deny that there is a rift in the building and issued a statement today. The fact remains that Tom Brady is a 40 year old quarterback and will be a 41 year old quarterback next season. Belichick has cut or traded superstars in the past. Josh McDaniel will be interviewing for head coaching jobs including the Chicago Bears. Could it be that this playoff run will be the trio’s last.

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Sunday Night Football Cancelled this week, not many people watching anyway

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The NFL canceled Sunday Night Football this week. With New Years eve falling on Sunday and most people being at New Years parties and not watching TV much less football the league made the decision to drop the last Sunday Night game of the year.

 

The last time the NFL had a game on New Year’s eve was 2006 between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. It was Brett Favre’s last game with the Packers and thought to be his last game as a pro. So the game was viewed to be one that many would watch. Still only 13.4 million watched the game a quarter below the other Sunday night games that year.

 

Sunday Night Football and NFL viewership as a whole has been down significantly with the NFL kneeling protest continuing. This year the protest reached a peak in week 3 after  President Trump commented on the NFL protest at a rally in Huntsville Alabama.

 

“But you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway.”

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“But you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium, I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore anyway.”

The NFL was smart to cancel Sunday Night Football this week. The game was not going to matter anyway. Their viewership is taking a nosedive. Add to that New Years eve and not many potential viewers a very bad year for the NFL would have ended with an implosion.

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Puff Daddy wants to buy the Carolina Panthers and

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Puff Daddy feels like his dream of owning an NFL team have a chance to become a reality. Diddy first announced last October his desire to own an NFL team. With Jerry Richardson announcing he will be selling the Carolina Panthers after the 2017 season after it was revealed he reached settlement with four former employees over sexual misconduct allegations.

“Attention to the Carolina PANTHERS!! ATTENTION NFL! This is a chance to make history!!! There are NO AFRICAN AMERICAN MAJORITY OWNERS IN THE NFL!!!! I WOULD LIKE TO BUY THE CAROLINA PANTHERS!!! Let’s GOOOOOOO!!!!! Spread the word. Tell the world! No joke,” wrote Puff on Instagram.

The initial news of the sale was reported on the Carolina Panthers website.  Owner,Jerry Richardson had announced his decision to sell off the Panthers by the end of the 2017 season, revealing in a letter: “I believe that it’s time to turn the franchise over to new ownership.”

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According to Sports Illustrated the “significant settlements” from Richardson came after he made inappropriate comments to women on jeans day. I guess this is another reason to not have casual Friday. He also made a racial slur to a former employee. The current value of the Panthers according to Forbes Magazine is 1.5 billion.

As for Puff, he’s hoping to remedy the league’s lack of minority owners by inserting his name into the race for ownership. “I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine,” he said on his Instagram video. The hip-hop mogul also vowed to bring in Colin Kaepernick in hopes of reviving his career, following the controversy surrounding Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the National Anthem, and his subsequent limbo as a seemingly blackballed free agent.

“I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback. It’s just competition baby, it’s just competition. But also, I will have the best halftime show, the best selection of music and we will win Super Bowl after Super Bowl.”

I guess Puff Daddy is willing to discard 3 time pro-bowler and 2015 MVP Cam Newton. That seems like an even trade Cam Newton for Colin Kaepernick.  The NFL requires any new owner to purchase at least 30% of the team himself to prevent large groups from joining together to buy teams. The exception is the community owned Green Bay Packers. Puff Daddy is reportedly worth 820 million according to Forbes magazine.

After announcing his decision to seek ownership of the Panthers, NBA star (and Charlotte native) Stephen Curry chimed in and revealed his intentions to join Diddy on the huge power play. “I want in,” he tweeted.

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Carolina Panthers owner to sell team after sexual misconduct allegations surface

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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he would be selling the team after the 2017 season, two days after the team said he was under investigation for sexual misconduct.

“I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season,” Richardson wrote in a message posted to the team’s website.

“I hope everyone in this organization, both on and off the field, will be firmly focused on just one mission: to play and win the Super Bowl.”

The announcement comes just two days after the Panthers said it would launch an investigation into Richardson’s conduct.

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The NFL told USA Today on Sunday that it has taken over the investigation.

The announcement also comes hours after a Sports Illustrated report detailed how at least four former Panthers employees reached settlements with Richardson over his behavior.

The allegations against the owner include sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur, according to SI.

Earlier in the season Houston Texans owner found himself in hot water over making  a comment at the NFL owners meeting. Texans owner Bob McNair commented, “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” during a meeting of NFL owners over what to do about players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

The Carolina Panthers will be ok, they still have Cam Newton. Don’t expect the endless barrage of sexual misconduct charges to end anytime soon. Every man has skeletons in their closet. There has only been one perfect man. We are about to celebrate his birthday.

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Seahawks player tries to go in stands after a fan who threw object

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Seahawks player tries to go in stands after a fan. Sunday in the National Football  League the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Jacksonville Jaguars  turned ugly late after a scuffle on the field and a near-scuffle between a player and fans.

As Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles took a knee to run out the clock in the final seconds, two Seahawks defenders hit him late, starting a fracas on the field.

Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson was ejected, and as he made his way into the tunnel, he turned back to argue with nearby fans in the stands.

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As the two parties exchanged words, someone appeared to throw an object at Jefferson. He tried climbing into the stands to fight the person, but security stopped him.

 

It was almost an ugly moment for the Jaguars, the Seahawks, the NFL, and everyone involved.

The guy who threw the drink is a pure idiot. The Seahawks player Jefferson is 6’4” 291 lbs of pure nastiness. Jefferson also has to have better control of his emotions. The NFL is facing a decline of epic proportions in attendance. And the latest distraction is sure not to help.

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High school cheerleaders now kneeling for anthem, thanks Colin

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High School Cheerleaders are now kneeling during the National Anthem in NFL like protest. Thanks Colin Kaepernick. This is your legacy leading youth to disrespect their country. Since President Trump would not accept it you should be Time Man of the year. It would be befitting of the liberal rag to have you on the cover.

In a match between McCallum and Lyndon B Johnson high schools, at least six cheerleaders were on bended knee for “The Star-Spangled Banner”, according to the Houston Chronicle.

No player from either team knelt during the national anthem, added the Chronicle.

Tyrell Washington, a McCallum player, said that the players didn’t notice the protest. It is believed the cheerleaders also knelt during an earlier meeting before the game.

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McCallum football coach Charles Taylor came out in support of players who wished to take part in the kneeling demonstration. “I’ll say it; if my kids made the decision to do that, I’d support my kids.”

He added: “I love my kids. If they want to hit a knee, I’d support them because they are good kids.”

In Texas, several school districts said in a news release that players would be allowed to kneel during the national anthem without fear of any reprisals.

Issuing a statement, the Frisco School District has instructed coaches not to stop any students from kneeling.

According to WFAA-TV, the school said it “did not create a district policy, and did not impose or suggest consequences for any students or staff for expressing an opinion on the merits of standing, sitting, kneeling, or locking arms during the national anthem”.

In Louisiana, a high school principal sent out a letter to students and parents warning that any sportsmen or women could be taken out of their teams for protesting against the national anthem.

The action has spread throughout the sporting community after Donald Trump told NFL owners to dismiss players who knelt during the national anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespect our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired.’”

A year ago, Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco quarterback, began kneeling when the national anthem was played in protest against police brutality and racial injustice.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” Kaepernick told NFL Media at the start of his protest.

Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s teammates told the New York Times: “We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.”

Kaepernick should be ashamed that he has led High School cheerleaders to disrespect their country. I bet he is not ashamed but instead proud. And he wonders why he is still out of the NFL.

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NFL Ratings freefall continues in week 13

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NFL Ratings freefall continues in week 13 as the protest continue and the 50 million dollar man looks for ways to pacify players instead of being a leader. Ratings are down as much as 23% compared to games last year. Stadiums also continue to have massive attendance decline.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is apparently wanting to become the 50 million dollar man. This is the amount Goodell has requested in contract negotiations along with lifetime use of a private jet.

Goodell, whose proposed contract with the NFL currently is undergoing and approval process, asked the league’s compensation committee in August to raise his salary from $30 million to $49.d million per year, ESPN reported Sunday.

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I guess when you are in the middle of destroying the NFL it is an additional burden to be expected to live on a measly 30 million dollars per year. Think about it for a minute. Goodell who has been the patsy behind the NFL anthem protest and been in charge during a two-year decline in ratings wants almost 1 million dollars per week to do what? Hand out fines and determine if players are wearing the right socks?

As NFL ratings freefall continues so does game attendance. Empty seats at Stubhub stadium for new LA Chargers. The freaking stadium only holds about 26,000 and empty seats galore.

Goodell also has requested lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family.

Goodell and Jerry Jones have been in the midst of battle for two years over Ezekiel Elliott suspensions and Jones has threatened to sue if a contract is reached without approval of team owners.

An unnamed NFL owner told ESPN that there are “several owners in this league who don’t make $40 million a year.” The owner added: “That number for Roger just seems too much. It’s offensive. It’s unseemly.”

Goodell has made headlines in recent months for his handling of league players protesting during the national anthem ahead of NFL games.

Roger Goodell said last month “we want our players to stand” during the anthem, but stopped short of imposing a rule for players to do so.

One team owner, regarding the possibility Goodell possibly would leave his position, said “the problem” with the NFL is “no one is talking about games anymore.”

“It’s about concussions, Jones vs. Goodell, [Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension], the anthem. No one is talking about football. It’s just killing the game,” the owner told ESPN.

Another owner told the sports network that “Roger is defiant,” and they don’t believe he’ll “take a pay cut” or resign as commissioner of the NFL.

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