NFL Protests: Whether you agree with them or not, the NFL players and the executives that run the National Football League have really stepped in it, damaging their brand and alienating millions of fans and potential fans for no real good reason. It was a classic mistake. Like it or not, and whether it´s fair or not, many Americans feel that professional athletes as a whole lead a privileged existence, working only part of the year and earning millions for their efforts. When they´re seen leading "protests" by disrespecting the flag and the national anthem — and all the high ideals
What they are doing is a disgrace. The men and women who fought and died to save lives across the world are being slammed. The Democrats are trying to call it racism. If the football teams were mostly white, what would they call it? The same people who earn very little for fighting for our country are the ones who are watching and helping pay football players who make millions. They may not like Pres. Trump but that dislike does not translate into hating our country. In my humble opinion, the MSM has created this by trashing Pres. Trump all day every day. He is standing up for America. What is so bad about that!
The Titans in Charge of running the NFL, the Coaches and the Owners really stepped in it on Sunday. They thought they could fool the Simpletons who sit at home in their Recliners, drinking Beer and eating Chips, by not going on to the Field until after the National Anthem was played. What an INSULT to the Fans! What these Millionaires haven´t yet figured out is the fact that the President let the Roaring Lion out of the Cage when he pointed his finger at those Thugs wearing NFL Uniforms who have been taking a Knee and getting away with it. NOW the world is awake and watching their every move. NOW the Fans are NOT happy! NOW Those who watched at Home are turning OFF their TV Sets! NOW there are thousands of empty seats at the Stadiums. hmmmm What to do! The NFL had better figure it out before next Sunday or they will lose many thousands more Fans who are waiting, and watching, to see if the NFL has realized they could lose EVERYTHING just to pacify the Black Spoiled Brats who think they´re king of the Hill! Those Brats could lose everything as well if the Fans walk away and there isn´t any money to pay their Huge Salaries! I hope that happens!
Some of you may understand this. Others may ridicule it. But, I feel like an old friend died. I am grieving for the days my late father and brother and I spent watching our favorite team, cheering and making a memory. I feel like those memories have been sullied, intentionally.
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George R., 9/26/2017 8:15:58 AM (No. 11395862)
I´ve been a Redskins fan since 1954 and it wasn´t always easy; I lived in Texas for 6 years. I´ve been an American for longer than that, now given the mandate to choose between the two, guess who wins? God Bless the USA! Goddamn the NFL!
#6, I agree with you. I enjoyed football, played it, against a few NFL players while serving in the USAF in Europe, as well as against some All Americans. (In those days, lots of NFL players and All Americans served in the military, unlike today.) Over time, the owners and the NFL changed the ru les to make it a giant player game, rather than a talent player game. (1939 NY Giants line averaged under 200 lbs. In the 1960s,
there were 230-240 pound linemen. Now an interior lineman under 300 pounds is unusual.) As a western Pa native, I rooted for the Steelers - they were America´s team, contrary to what Jerry Jones thinks - a team from a gritty pre-NAFTA industrial town, who played their hearts out for their fans. But owner greed and a contemptible commissioner, Rotten Roger Goodell, ruined the product. Roger would have Ok´d OJs return to the NFL, if he had better knees.
Tim Tebow took a knee and Was run out of football for doing so and praying. These jerks are taking a knee and using our National Anthem to protest. And we are suppose to accept that. Not on your life will I. I think all this is being done to stop the patriotism in this country but the only thing that is happening here is this country is seeing just who is is unpatriotic. Protest some other way. Don´t use the National Anthem.
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Rather Read, 9/26/2017 9:02:16 AM (No. 11395933)
When a player in the NFL gets fined, it´s usually more than my yearly salary and he can pay it out of his pocket change. And he thinks he´s oppressed? Sorry, guys you have lost me. Good bye and don´t forget to lock the door to the empty stadium on your way out.
Goodell is a left wing disingenuous jerk. Jerry Jones is a dope (did he really think fans were going to swallow his little stunt last night? Moron.). No matter how these players "protest" they are accusing America of racism, they are focusing on the very police officers who every day have to go into these urban hellholes and try to keep the residents from hurting each other, and of course, the players are totally ignoring the real problems of America´s Black communities, i.e. illegitimacy, Democrat politicians, generational welfare, crime, failed traditional union schools. They can take their phony protests and gth. They have ruined a great American pastime. Liberals ruin everything they get anywhere near, be it our education system, our inner cities, a sport, a business, national unity, you name it, they damage or destroy it.
The fans and other citizens who don´t give a rats about football are picking up the tab for those stadiums they are making their money in. As a tax payer, I resent their arrogance and lack of respect for those who are wounded and died for this country. Enough! Play ball or leave the field.
The owners and the players will feel it in the pocket book before the fans miss NFL Football. The NFL is right up there with Hollyweird. Politics does not belong in sports or entertainment. They all need to learn their lessons. If not, look for empty stadiums and theaters.
Here in Las Vegas, many people do this- Go all in in one last desperation move that most often, in retrospect, was a totally stupid thing to do. The NFL (Goodell) was trapped (or so they thought) between a really hard place and a massive rock. "Goodell´s explanation of "freedom of expression" is total BS. He shut down all sorts of "freedoms of expression" on the field before- like the Dallas players wearing symbols of grief over the slain police officers, a player´s expression of which shoes are best, etc. But, this egregious expression of despising our nation´s flag and anthem by millionaire ball players is okay? And then, the AH doubles down with it! He goes all in! Jerry Jones and the Cowboys? and they WERE America´s team! That hanger is lost forever, now. Imagine we have come to this! It´s nearly impossible to contemplate. How can that many otherwise intelligent people get this that wrong?
Well, they managed it. And now the battle lines are drawn. "Sumpter" has been fired upon!
Nos. 9 and 10 are what the NFL will lose after this...and those are core fans. The image of "a team from a gritty pre-NAFTA industrial town, who played their hearts out for their fans" is replaced by the mocking monicker "Kneelers" and the fuzzy Villaneuve episode where a coach and a teammate have thrown a popular player under the bus for violating "team unity", although apparently approved by his other teammates. And one wonders about the saintly Rooneys...
The Washington situation is no less bizarre. We have mostly black players demanding some undefined action related to "civil rights" playing for a team named that which a fair number consider a racial slur. Not a peep on that front. It´s not a black thing, I guess.
But what thing is it? It was a thing before Trump tweeted, which is the NFL´s excuse for organized disrespect and defiance of its customers.
Perhaps it is still the Kaepernick thing: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color..."
The NFL perhaps needs to change its shield to one of red, black and green replacing the "oppressive" Stars and Stripes until all that supposed oppression ends. One wonders how much educational and professional opportunity was wasted on football "scholarships".
The Football audience has been in general decline for a while now. This marketing plan (that is what it is) stands a decent chance of dramatically increasing audience worldwide (especially among Muslims, hence the genuflection) even if comes at a cost of some US fans. This is not player driven, the NFL changed the rules specifically so this could happen.
#6 I´m with you but this isn´t Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris anymore or those snowy games on ice when tough players played the game for the love of it and of America. Bradshaw received $12K for a Super Bowl and a commissioner would fire a team for the heathen antics of today. No an old friend has passed and it´s all memories and bubble gum cards now.
Patriots fans get to pay $4.50 for a cup of tap water. Now that they have been called out on it, the Pats have apologized. Too late!
Football has gotten too expensive anyway. Food and drink prices are ridiculous and because they have a captive audience. On TV, there are too many commercials. Every time there is a few seconds to spare between plays, they break away and we miss things.
1. Cancel the anti-trust exemption. 2. No more Federal funds for stadiums. 3. Cancel the tax exemption. 4. Networks: re-negotiate based on viewers. 5. Don´t go to games. If you go, don´t buy food or drinks. 6. turn off the tube. Boycotts work.
#6 I share your pain. I would like to thank LeSean "Shady" McCoy for unshackling me from 58 seasons of bondage to the Buffalo Bills. I can reacquaint myself with my bride and family, and work on lowering my handicap. I gave up my season tickets after the first strike in the 80´s and can walk away from it all now.
It always seems to be the few who ruin everything for the majority. Not all of the football players are thugs. Many past and present players like Kurt Warner, Tim Tebow, Len Dawson, Drew Brees, and Tony Romo are hurt by the thugs and idiots like Kaepernick and the other "oppressed " players. Are the owners, who joined the knealers, afraid the players will quit the team if they don´t side with them? Dream on. If fans dont Watch and buy stuff, they just might wake up.
#6 isn´t alone. So many of us, some with many decades of watching the NFL, have good memories of watching the games with family and/or friends. Sad to see all that shot down with disrespect for the flag and all it represents.
Somebody explain this to me: (Make it simple, because I´m none too bright.) Thousands of our fellow citizens and neighbors have lost everything, their world is a shambles, and they have nowhere to go, no clue how to begin to rebuild their shattered lives, no power, no water, no communications, so they aren´t even sure how their relatives are.... And while the world has utterly crumbled for so many, we as a nation stand transfixed by the spectacle of football players, pampered, petulant part-timers, worth tens of millions of dollars, behaving poorly. And we have the vapors. Fanning ourselves in shock at the very idea that idiots act like idiots. Got Values, anybody? Turn off your silly TV. Send the price of a season ticket and refreshments to the charity or rebuilding organization of your choice, and let Hollywood, NFL, and the rest of those clowns stew in their own juice.
I love Pittsburgh; the people are great; friendly and down-to-earth. I went to college there and have some really wonderful memories. I was a senior during Bradshaw´s rookie year and was a HUGE fan for several decades. I miss the old Steelers; what a total come-down. The current crop can´t hold a candle to those guys.
"Well Said" comments all. Suppose we boycott the games at stadiums and on TV so the teams do not get their anticipated loot from us. If the black snowflakes don´t get their contract salaries, do we end up paying them?
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