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Are NFL TV ratings in trouble?

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


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.


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.

Did Tim Tebow make the team?

Tim Tebow might just have locked up spot on Eagles’ 53-man roster

Playing too little or too much in the fourth preseason game can be a bad sign for a player trying to make an NFL roster. But in the case of Tim Tebow, a strong effort Thursday night against theNew York Jets might mean that Tebow could make the Philadelphia Eagles‘ Week 1 roster.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow (11) looks to pass during warmups before their pre-season game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 3, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Rich Schultz, Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow (11) looks to pass during warmups before their pre-season game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 3, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Rich Schultz, Getty Images)

All signs and reports had pointed toward Chip Kelly keeping Tebow, but nothing is ever clear with Kelly, who said this would be a “big week” for Tebow. If that’s the case, he made the most of it, completing 11-of-17 passes — including some nice touch throws — for 189 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.

Tebow, in a battle with Matt Barkley for the Eagles’ third QB spot (if they keep three) behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, watched Barkley start the game but struggle. His second pass of the game was picked off, and though Barkley led a field-goal drive on his next chance, he finished an unimpressive 4-of-9 passing for 45 yards with that one INT.

On the third and fourth series, Tebow moved the ball a little but ended both drives with punts. But he got the Eagles moving right before the half — against Jets second- and third-stringers, yes — and strung together big plays, taking over on his own 15-yard line with 1:49 remaining. Shaking loose from a sack to run for 17 yards. Passes for 28 and 23 yards. And after taking a sack, Tebow hit Rasheed Bailey for his first TD pass of the preseason.

Taking over again in the fourth quarter, Tebow had a rough series after completing a pretty 45-yard touch pass, incurring a false start, getting called for intentional grounding and getting picked inside the Jets’ red zone.

But he atoned on his final possession, leading a nine-play, 45-yard TD drive capped by a 9-yard pass to Freddie Martino.

Tebow was 2-of-2 passing and had two rushes for 14 yards on the drive.

Overall, he has looked decent this preseason. Throw in some decent training-camp performances, which earned some praise from Kelly, and Tebow looks like he has a good chance to make the team and perhaps even carve out a role as a specialist. Bradford is the starter and Sanchez is the backup. Is Tebow the third? We shall see. But Thursday helped his solid cause.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him atedholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

From Yahoo Sports

One fascinating fact about each of the top 32 NFL draft prospects

For The Win

Because the first round of the NFL draft usually consists of a handful of guys you’ve heard of and way, way more that you haven’t, FTW made a list of 32 of the top prospects for this year’s annual NFL selection show and came up with one fascinating fact about each that you can use to wow your friends at your draft party or local watering hole.

If you’re an NFL fan who dabbles in college football, chances are you’ve heard of exactly four players prior to all the draft coverage (Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper and Todd Gurley), so consider this an introduction to the other 28. Oh, and since we don’t pretend to have a clue about what the draft order is going to be — with the exception of Winston at No. 1 — the following list is arranged completely at random.

1. Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida

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Watching the N.F.L. Draft From a Fantasy Football Perspective

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, with Cris Carter, left, and Michael Irvin, right, should immediately pay fantasy dividends because he figures to start right away in the N.F.L. CreditCharles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

After an eventful college football season, months of anticipation and analysis, and the scouting combine, the N.F.L. draft is finally upon us. Any fantasy football player knows that rookies can become the underrated picks who win you a championship. With an eye toward the 2015 fantasy season, here is what we are going to be looking for on draft weekend.

The 2014 N.F.L. draft class was a bonanza for fantasy owners, producing five of the season’s top 25 receivers. At running back, Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason led a class with mixed results. This year’s class might not produce quite as much talent, but there is still plenty of fantasy potential.

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For a rookie to have fantasy success, it takes talent and opportunity. The most talented receivers need a competent quarterback to throw them the ball, and running backs need the right scheme and offensive line around them to succeed. Going into last season’s draft, Sammy Watkins was the clear top prospect at wide receiver. But landing in Buffalo with E.J. Manuel throwing to him made Watkins’s season a slight disappointment, as he finished 25th among wide receivers in fantasy points. On the other hand, Jordan Matthews landed in the high-octane Philadelphia offense and ended a spot ahead of Watkins in fantasy scoring despite being drafted 38 picks later.

Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are two of the best quarterbacks to enter the draft in recent memory, but rookie quarterbacks often struggle compared with running backs and wide receivers. At running back, Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are the clear top two options and the rookie backs most likely to earn a starting job. Each has been graded as a first-round pick by most draft experts. Behind them there are many prospects whose fantasy value will rely mostly on opportunity.

Amari Cooper is likely to be the first receiver off the board, which is not always a good thing. Depending on where he lands and who his quarterback is, he may not be the top fantasy receiver. Other top options will be Kevin White, DeVante Parker, Jaelen Strong and Breshad Perriman. Each is likely to be a first-round pick and will definitely be relevant for fantasy drafts this season.

Sometimes a better way to project rookie fantasy potential is to reverse engineer the process by finding the teams with the most unstable skill position starters. At running back, the Patriots lost Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen and have historically been willing to use new running backs, so that situation is wide open. Adrian Peterson could plausibly be traded, leaving the Vikings with only Matt Asiata, who averaged 3.5 yards per carry last season. The Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray and his 392 carries from last year, and the Chargers’ three running backs are Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead, none of whom deserve a starting job.

At receiver, there are a lot of good potential landing spots for rookies. The Browns, the Ravens, the Texans and the Chiefs are good examples of teams that could use help in their receiving corps, so if any of them draft a talented prospect, that rookie could step in and have a huge immediate impact.

Of course, neither talent nor opportunity can help players who are stuck on injured reserve, so following prospects with injury histories on draft day is key. N.F.L. teams are not necessarily acting with the same goals as fantasy owners. They might be overly sensitive to long-term outlooks given the recent troubles of Josh Gordon, Justin Blackmon and Johnny Manziel, but that does not mean fantasy owners should be scared if a high-upside running back talent falls on draft day.

In this draft, Boise State running back Jay Ajayi has a checkered injury history that teams are reported to be worried about. The concerns are all long-term and should not affect him in his rookie year. The team that drafts him is likely to want to get value early in his career, so the injury concerns may actually be a fantasy positive.

There are a lot of variables that affect a rookie’s fantasy stock. Although we are five months from the regular season, the draft is a time when talent pours into the league and many questions are answered, for both N.F.L. and fantasy owners.

Source: NY Times