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Are NFL TV ratings in trouble?

What is the impact of Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem kneel?

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I have been trying to avoid the whole Colin Kaepernick issue but I had to write a little something now that he has been named the starter again.  He can protest all he wants, I don’t have to agree with him but lately I have been reading about the declining TV ratings for NFL football games.  I get the feeling the NFL is not going to panic anytime soon.  Colin Kaepernick would like to think that his pregame protests are having an effect on viewership but that remains to be seen.  Is he the modern day Rosa Parks or Ghandi or whoever?  Perhaps.  I personally don’t care what he does.  Putting aside the racial component of this,  I get bored by the involvement of politics/protests in entertainment.  Much like I hate when an actor espouses their views on politics, I equally can’t stand when a professional athlete has to take the attention away from a game.  If they want to tweet or Facebook their opinion outside the game, fine.  Let them deal with the feedback there.

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I would love to see demonstrations during professional sports or Hollywood award ceremonies set aside for the audiences sake.   Most of us pay for entertainment because we want to escape (and yes we pay if it involves cable/satellite, going to a game or a purchasing a movie ticket or Redbox),  even if for a few hours.  We work 40-60 hours a week and just want to socialize or enjoy the moment without stress.  Actors and athletes get paid to entertain.  Plain and simple.  The money they earn comes from the people who pay to watch.  A Supreme Court Justice is calling Kaepernick’s protests “dumb and disrespectful”.   I agree but my point is the distraction of the protest.  I am tired of the distractions.  We get enough clutter in our daily lives from the 24 hour news cycle, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, group text messages, you name it.

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You get the point.  I just want to watch a movie or a God damn football game in peace.  Leave your message to another venue.  Pay for your own stadium or theater and invite people to that event.  If they show up then you know your voice is being heard your way and not irritating others that want an escape.  I am not trying to take away from his message.  Whatever he thinks is wrong with this country is on him.

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I am old enough to remember the late 70’s and the beauty of the 80’s.  Life was simpler then.  I was excited when MTV came out and it let me escape with mindless hours of music videos.  No messages, just entertainment.  No internet, no twitter, fewer cable channels, no cell phones.  Back then NFL games or movies were majestic.  Big events, great escapes.  Terrorism was distant, the world was safe to travel, there were no selfies or Kardashians!  I love America.  I loved it then and I love it now.  There is only a handful of times I experienced discrimination and it happened during my college years (all the intellectuals there!).   I am Mexican and have a some insight into the racial side of life. I studied sociology and criminal justice in college, played professional football and had plenty of friends of every race, color or creed.

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The irony about all this has now come full circle.  A lot of people have said Kaepernick isn’t starting because of his protests, or because he is black.  Some have said Chip Kelly cut previous black stars like DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy (see the idiot known as Skip Bayless) because of his racial views.  Colin Kaepernick is going to start again for the San Francisco 49ers so I think that puts that issue to rest.   I think it’s safe to say that the ratings for his upcoming game will probably get a big boost.  Your welcome NFL, I don’t think your ratings will be in trouble this week.

Several questions arise as NFL season gets under way

Specter of Sept. 11 anthem protests overshadows games

To football fans and Fantasy Football League players across the globe, the opening Sunday of the National Football League’s regular season is like Christmas morning.

And having the NFL’s opening weekend fall on the 15th anniversary of the horrifying 9/11 attacks on our country only serves to make today that much more special. After all, those attacks brought about a tremendous, renewed spirit of patriotism in our nation, and what could possibly be more of an American tradition than our own bruising brand of football?

Sure, the 2016 campaign actually opened Thursday night with the defending champion Denver Broncos again turning back the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of last February’s Super Bowl.

But that was just one game, sort of a tasty appetizer that helped whet our appetite for what takes place today, when we get the full-meal-deal, a tantalizing smorgasbord of 13 games that will help usher in another edition of our country’s most popular sport.

And as the NFL season gets underway, there are some questions that will be answered in the weeks ahead as players and teams try to navigate the always difficult path to the playoffs and, eventually, the Super Bowl.

Questions like:

• Who are all these new starting quarterbacks? And will any of them be able to play up to expectations?

In Denver, Trevor Siemian took over for retired legend Peyton Manning and, with virtually zero previous experience in a regular-season game, all he did in his debut is help lead the Broncos to a come-from-behind victory over the Panthers in Thursday’s season-opener.

Rookie QB Dak Prescott takes the reins in Dallas in the wake of veteran Tony Romo’s latest injury. Another rookie, Carson Wentz, has been handed the car keys in Philadelphia, which prompted the Eagles to ship veteran Sam Bradford off to Minnesota.

Brock Osweiler, who started several games in Manning’s absence last season in Denver, is now the new QB in Houston. And another highly touted rookie, Jared Goff, could wind up being the first-stringer for the Rams, who have returned to Los Angeles after relocating in St. Louis for the last couple of decades.

 

Source: www.deseretnews.com

NFL denies Cowboys’ request to wear decal honoring fallen Dallas officers

The NFL denied the Dallas Cowboys’ request to wear a decal on their helmets during the season that would have paid tribute to the five police officers killed last month in an ambush.

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The team had been wearing a decal with the words “Arm in Arm” since the first day of training camp this summer. Dallas police Chief David Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings paid the team a visit on that day, according to Fox 4 News.


Some Tweets on the topic:

 

 


The NFL’s strict rules on uniforms forced the league to deny the Cowboys’ request to wear the decal for the upcoming season.

Dallas police said it appreciated the Cowboys’ support.

“Their concern for the families of our fallen officers, the Dallas Police Department, and the City of Dallas is what matters most, and we know that support will continue for the immediate and long term future,” the department said in a statement.


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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and tight end Jason Witten, who created the decal, said they were disappointed with the league’s decision but said they believed the stickers already served its purpose.

The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation told TMZ they were “extremely upset” over the NFL’s decision.

“The NFL had an opportunity to be leaders and advocates for change in law enforcement,” Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of the foundation, told the website. “”These are our friends and our loved ones … it hurts to not have the NFL fully support us.”

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While I agree it appears there is a double standard coming from the NFL towards the Cowboys, this may just be a uniform issue.  The league does have a strict dress code.  Fines are issued every week for players violating the dress code.  But…the league doesn’t have an issue with the pink and camo for other causes.  It would be nice if they could let the boys in blue get some support with all the bull-fertilizer they have been through these past few years.

Dallas will kick-off its preseason schedule against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.

 

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NFL star Benjamin Watson takes on Planned Parenthood

NFL star says ‘whole idea’ of Planned Parenthood is to ‘exterminate blacks’

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  • Benjamin Watson made the remarks in an interview with a pro-life group
  • He justified the comment by suggesting Margaret Sanger was racist
  • Sanger founded what would become Planned Parenthood in October 1916
  • ‘The whole idea… in the past was to exterminate blacks,’ Watson said

Christian NFL player Ben Watson does not hesitate to call out Planned Parenthood’s targeting of minority women and their babies for abortions.

In a recent interview with Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center in San Diego, the Baltimore Ravens player talked about the racial divide in America and how it factors into the abortion issue.

“… Abortion saddens me period, but it seems to be something that is really pushed on minorities and provided to minorities especially as something that they should do,” Watson said.

He pointed to Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger and her eugenic push to exterminate people she deemed “unfit.” Today, “it’s working,” Watson said.

“We sit here and talk about advancing the black agenda, whatever that means, we talk about our interests, and what’s important to us – like having political power and advancement and all those things – and then we are turning around and we are killing our children,” Watson continued. “And we are buying the lie that it’s our personal decision to make.”

The NFL star said he is sympathetic to the women who are struggling with an unplanned pregnancy. But Watson, a husband and father of five children, said many men are not stepping up to help their children and the women in their lives like they should. He urged men to take responsibility for their actions.

“He need to be there to support her through the physical changes of the pregnancy, and help and provide emotional strength, and do it together,” Watson continued. “As much as he has a role in making the baby in the first place, it needs to take both of them the whole way through.”

Sometimes, Watson said he does have the opportunity to talk with other NFL players about abortion and his pro-life convictions. Just like in almost any career setting, Watson said they talk about many different things, including politics and religion.

“You’ve got guys that consider themselves Conservative and pro-life, and you’ve got guys that consider themselves Liberal and pro-choice, and it kind of goes back and forth,” he said. “What I love is that in most of the situations I have been in, not all of them, but most, even if we sometimes talk abrasively to each other, we still have love for each other.”

Last year, after the Center for Medical Progress began releasing its undercover Planned Parenthood videos, Watson wasn’t shy about speaking up for unborn babies either.


He posted on his Facebook wall:

As horrific as it is, the issue isn’t really the sale of human parts. It’s the legal practice that allows this to even be a possibility. Killing children and simply discarding the leftovers is not any more acceptable than profiting off of them. #PlannedParenthood


Asked if he has faced backlash for his stance, Watson told Turning Point, “I won’t say I’m not afraid, and I will say that I’ve received some flak for some of the things I’ve said … I decided that you know, if the spirit of God has prompted me to say something, I’m going to trust in God and say it.”

I have to give mad respect to Ben Watson.  No matter what your position on Planned Parenthood, it takes some cajones to speak up like he has.  With the digital world we live in now the backlash will be inevitable.

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