Of Fists and Knees (OPEN THREAD)

On October 16, 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who were representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, won the gold and bronze medals, respectively, for the 200 meter race.

During the medal ceremony, Smith and Carlos raised their black-gloved fists into the air in what Smith described was “a human rights salute” to protest a wide array of human rights abuses, especially those suffered by black persons.

The International Olympic Committee responded by expelling Smith and Carlos from the games. As The New York Times reported:

The decision to dismiss the athletes was made early this morning after the [US] committee had been summoned into a conference by the executive committee of the International Olympic Committee. Members of the United States committee, who were divided on the question of whether action should be taken, emphasized that the dismissals were by edict of the international unit. The I.O.C. had indicated, it was said, that it might bar the entire United States team from further participation if the athletes were not disciplined.

Fast-forward to 2016:  San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, sits down during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Afterwards, he explained his “rationale”:

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

Since then, Kaepernick had chosen to take a knee in response to the playing of the National Anthem (before he kicked himself out of a job). A few players followed suit, but most of them, black and white, remained standing during the playing of The Star Spangled Banner.

Then President Trump stepped into the controversy:

Now, players all over the league are taking a knee in “solidarity” with those who protest and in defiance of what they believe is a threat to their free speech rights.

First, they have no “free speech” rights while performing their duties for a private employer. True, the NFL has no rule requiring players to stand while the National Anthem is being played, but their insistence that they have this “right” to protest or that the president is somehow threatening the First Amendment is pure poppycock. They have every right to protest whatever they choose on their own time, but when their employers insist that they keep politics out of their jobs, they need to comply or find work elsewhere.

Smith and Carlos were rightly expelled from the Olympics, and every NFL owner is within h/er rights to dismiss any player who engages in political speech while on the job. The fact that many on the Left think this is a threat to liberty have perhaps forgotten to take a knee on behalf of conservative speakers who are violently denied a place to speak at various venues across the country. Perhaps they should lock arms the next time the Antifa shuts down a university because they hate free speech. Conservatives aren’t prohibiting liberals from engaging in political speech, but when the president says that such disrespectful behavior has no place during a ballgame, the Left acts like they’re being thrown into the gulag.  Liberals need to freshen up their understanding of civics.

Second, with respect to Kaepernick’s statement, the poor fella has probably taken too many blows to his head. He won’t stand during the anthem because this “country…oppresses black people.” Really? This country ended slavery, ended segregation, enacted civil rights legislation, has spent tons of money in government assistance programs and has created a work environment where he was able to make 11 million a year playing football. His apologists insist that he is merely objecting to police brutality and is not in any manner insulting our armed service members. If that were really the case, then he’d protest police brutality in the relevant jurisdictions instead of impugning the integrity of the entire nation. He would spend his personal time speaking out against the policies that offend him and offer what he considers viable solutions for what he thinks is immoral. When he protests the flag, he is insulting the entire nation—a nation that is the envy of the world.

What Kaepernick doesn’t realize (How could he? He’s a liberal.) is that when he protests the nation, he is protesting civil rights and equal justice under the law. It may not be a perfect system, but it is far, FAR better than what it was just a few decades ago. When you attack the nation that has helped you and your people to prosper (excepting the Democratic Party), then you are attacking the very system that has enabled you to be a millionaire. You don’t trash the country over some evil people in law enforcement.

By the way, law enforcement jurisdictions all over the country are putting cameras on vehicles and individuals in the effort to make them more accountable for their actions. Unless liberals want us to jettison our criminal justice system and replace it with kangaroo courts, what are we supposed to do when juries acquit alleged offenders? Are we supposed to hang the Zimmermans of the world because so-called activists want to lynch somebody for defending himself against punks like Trayvon Martin? Are we supposed to shoot a quota of white officers in order to assuage the Jesse Jacksons or Al Sharptons of the country?

When an innocent man is acquitted in a court of law, liberals “riot” because the jury wasn’t packed with enough Democrats, Antifa or NOW activists. Political results are all they care about. Pity so-called conservatives who listen to such garbage. Sane people will always punish to the fullest extent of the law officers who assault or murder suspects or innocent bystanders. They will not destroy an innocent person to please rabid apes like Hillary Clinton.

Somebody needs to teach some NFL players how to protest. They’re barking up the wrong tree.

Sorry, NFL, You DON'T Have an Unassailable 'Right' to Protest the National Anthem
Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners Week of September 22, 2017
  • Scalia

    NFL Broadcasting Stocks Slump As Protests Rise And TV Ratings Fall:

    During the past month the overall stock market is up more than 2% but shares of companies that broadcast NFL games–Comcast, Walt Disney, Fox, CBS–are all down between 1% to 8%.

    The NFL is now a hotbed of protests–a carry over from last year that began when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting during the National Anthem, to protests this year by those who feel Kaepernick, who is without a team, is being unfairly treated by by the league, to a stronger push by some players for an increase in NFL social activism.

    Towards the end of last season some felt the NFL’s ratings dip would be temporary and therefore would not ultimately hurt the networks by forcing them to reimburse advertisers. Instead, the opposite has happened.

    Ratings for the the NFL have been worse this season and attendance for some games has also been disappointing. The networks will pay over $5 billion this season to televise the NFL and were already facing unflattering margins on advertising profits. An article in The Hollywood Reporter reckons the drop in NFL ratings could trim the broadcaster’s earnings by $200 million. Disney’s ESPN, meanwhile, also continues to get hammered by cord-cutting.

    It’s just two weeks into the 2017 NFL season. But the trend is not good for the league and its networks. No one seems happy.

    • May they become penny stocks and be de-listed.

      • pennywit

        Aren’t most NFL teams privately owned?

  • Scalia

    Hillary Clinton: Women Who Support Trump Are ‘Publicly Disrespecting Themselves’:

    Hillary Clinton spoke about her thoughts on what she viewed as sexist comments by President Donald Trump and women who continued to support him.

    “When I see women doing that, I think why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace? In a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?” Clinton said in an interview on AM Joy.

    She added that the fight against sexism is ongoing, even for women. She also pointed out that, while more women voted for her, she lost white women’s vote. However, she said progress was still made because she won more votes from white women than former President Barack Obama did.

  • Scalia

    Bath Spa University ‘blocks transgender research’:

    A therapist says he is “astonished” by a university’s decision to stop him studying people who decide to reverse gender reassignment operations.

    James Caspian wanted to write a thesis on “detransition” as part of his master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University.

    He said it was rejected by the university’s ethics committee because it could be “politically incorrect”.

    The university said it couldn’t comment until after an internal investigation.

    Mr Caspian, a counsellor who specialises in therapy for transgender people, told Radio 4: “I was astonished at that decision.

    “I think that a university exists to encourage discussion, research – dissent even, challenging perhaps ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful.”

    He says he wanted to study people who had swapped gender and then changed their minds after coming across evidence of a growing number of people who regretted having the surgery and finding no research had been done into the subject.

    • jim_m

      American academia today is no different than the Vatican during the time of Galileo.

    • pennywit

      Wow. This is … just wow. I hope there’s more to the story. If some people regret their transition to another gender, then therapists very much need to be able to help these individuals.

      • Retired military

        Yeah paid for by your tax dollars and increased insurance costs.

    • pennywit

      I wonder sometimes if people who want to transition don’t really need to transition, but just want to explore gender identity and/or masculine/feminine aspects to their personality. For such a person, it might be healthier to act it out a little bit — perhaps keep a journal or write fiction in the voice of a person of the opposite gender, to play such a part on the stage, or even just dress and act as a member of the opposite gender on occasion. That sort of exercise is less permanent than transition.

      • Retired military

        If you were born with a vagina you are a woman. If you are born with a penis you are a man. This handles 99.999% of the population. Some folks are born
        with both or parts of both sexes. They are Extremely rare.

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        • pennywit

          And what would you say about somebody who is squarely male, but occasionally writes journals in the voice of a woman? Or somebody who is male, but sometimes dresses as a woman to go out because he wants to pretend for a few nights?

          • Milder forms of the illness.

          • Scalia

            As human beings, we might have all kinds of impulses, emotions and desires. I might want to punch a rude person in the nose, but refuse to act on it. I might be and have been attracted to lots of women, but I refrained because of my love for and commitment to my wife.

            The fact that you have “natural” tendencies doesn’t make them right, and it doesn’t mean you should act on them.

          • That which is your right may not always be the right thing to do.

          • Retired military

            Or the smartest.
            The statement
            Better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt
            fits a lot of folks nowadays.

          • Retired military

            I couldnt care less about them.
            Men have written books about women and visa versa probably since books were invented.
            If you like wearing a dress and let the boys get some air so be it. As long as you don’t disrupt work or cause issues so be it. Don’t women dress like men all the time?

  • Scalia

    Press Release: Colorado River v. State of Colorado: In a First-in-the-Nation Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of its Legal Rights to Exist, Restoration:

    Mercersburg, Pennsylvania: The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is serving as a legal adviser for the first-in-the-nation lawsuit in which a river is seeking recognition of its legal rights.

    To be filed next week in federal district court in Colorado, the lawsuit Colorado River v. State of Colorado seeks a ruling that the Colorado River, and its ecosystem, possess certain rights, including the right to exist, flourish, evolve, regenerate, and restoration.

    Further, the lawsuit seeks a declaration from the federal court that the State of Colorado – the defendant in the case – may be held liable for violating the rights of the River.

    The Plaintiff in the action is the Colorado River itself, with members of the environmental organization Deep Green Resistance serving as “next friends” in the lawsuit on behalf of the Colorado River ecosystem. They are represented by Jason Flores-Williams, a noted Colorado civil rights attorney.

    CELDF has been at the forefront of the growing movement to recognize the rights of nature, and has assisted the first places in the world to develop laws that establish legal rights of nature. This includes dozens of municipalities across the United States which have rights of nature laws in place, as well as the country of Ecuador.

    Did we not tell you that marriage to one’s plant, lawnmower, etc., is just around the corner?

    • pennywit

      Is this serious?

      • They seem to think so.

        • pennywit

          I can see a suit based on a property interest (for example, if I own a house adjacent to a lake, and you pollute the lake, you devalue my property) or a citizen’s suit over public land (i.e., I am a citizen who uses this park, you are trashing this park, therefore I have standing to tell you to stop it). But a river ecosystem as an independent entity? The only way I could see that is if somebody buys up the Colorado River (or as much of the land as possible adjacent to the Colorado), then sued for a property violation.

    • Not a legal entity, Lacks standing.

  • Scalia

    The legacy of socialism continues:

    In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes.

    ARAUCA, COLOMBIA
    At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour.

    “We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.”

    And all of them came from Venezuela.

    As Venezuela’s economy continues to collapse amid food shortages, hyperinflation and U.S. sanctions, waves of economic refugees have fled the country. Those with the means have gone to places like Miami, Santiago and Panama.

    Dayana, a 30-year-old mother of four, nursed a beer as she watched potential clients walk down the dirt road that runs in front of wooden shacks, bars and bordellos. Dressed for work in brightly colored spandex, Dayana said she used to be the manager of a food-processing plant on the outskirts of Caracas.

    But that job disappeared after the government seized the factory and “looted it,” she said.

    Seven months ago, struggling to put food on the table, she came to Colombia looking for work. Without an employment permit, she found herself working as a prostitute in the capital, Bogotá. While the money was better there, she eventually moved to Arauca, a cattle town of 260,000 people along the border with Venezuela, because it was easier to send food back to her children in Caracas.

    The previous night, her sister had traveled by bus for 18 hours from Caracas to pick up a bundle of groceries that Dayana had purchased — pasta, tuna, rice, cooking oil — and then immediately jumped on a bus back home.

    “If you had told me four years ago that I would be here, doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Dayana, who asked that her last name not be used. “But we’ve gone from crisis to crisis to crisis, and now look where we are.”

    • Notice the absence of politicians…

    • Walter_Cronanty

      This is called “bad luck.”

  • Scalia

    Survey: Just A Quarter Of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches Of Government:

    PHILADELPHIA — A sizable portion of the American public seems to show little interest in the fabric of the country’s government and history, a new survey finds.

    Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a shocking lack of knowledge as it pertains to U.S. politics among the general populace.

    In a new survey of American adults, just a quarter were able to name all three branches of the federal government, while 37% couldn’t name a single right protected by First Amendment.
    Fifty-three percent of respondents believed the falsehood that illegal immigrants aren’t granted any constitutional rights, while 37 percent couldn’t even name a single right endowed by the First Amendment.

    Thankfully, 48 percent of those surveyed were able to identify freedom of speech as being a right enshrined by the First Amendment, although far fewer could identify other rights accorded.

    These include freedom of religion (15 percent), freedom of the press (14 percent), right of peaceful assembly (10 percent), and right to petition the government (three percent).

    “Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome,” says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, in a press release. “These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”

    Meanwhile, only 26 percent of Americans could name all three branches of the federal government — that would be the executive, legislative, and judicial, for those playing at home.

    While conservatives were more likely to be able to name all three branches than liberals or moderates, the overall proportion of the public that can name all three has fallen by 12 percent since 2011.

    • pennywit

      Filet O’Fish, Chicken Nuggets, and cheese?

    • The fruits of the left’s march through academia.

  • Scalia

    Voting machine concerns have states eyeing return to paper ballots

    When voters in Virginia head to the polls this November, they’ll be casting their ballots the old-fashioned way.

    The state’s Board of Elections decided earlier this month to de-certify the widely used Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines ahead of the gubernatorial election – prompting counties and cities to replace their touchscreen machines with those that produce a paper trail.

    Virginia is not alone. Several states are now considering a return to old-fashioned paper ballots or a reinforced paper trail so results can be verified, amid concerns over hacking attempts in last year’s presidential race as well as longstanding cybersecurity worries about touchscreen machines.

  • Scalia

    Hillary Clinton: Women Who Support Trump Are ‘Publicly Disrespecting Themselves’:

    Hillary Clinton spoke about her thoughts on what she viewed as sexist comments by President Donald Trump and women who continued to support him.

    “When I see women doing that, I think why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace? In a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?” Clinton said in an interview on AM Joy.

    She added that the fight against sexism is ongoing, even for women. She also pointed out that, while more women voted for her, she lost white women’s vote. However, she said progress was still made because she won more votes from white women than former President Barack Obama did.

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    • Hank_M

      “Hillary Clinton spoke about her thoughts on what she viewed as sexist comments by President Donald Trump”

      Really? The woman who called Gennifer Flowers “trailer trash”, called Lewinsky a “narcissistic loony toon”, and referred to all of the other victims of her husband as bimbo’s?

      How can we miss her if she won’t go away?

  • Rdm42
  • Seems to me that Trump has won this discourse, (If there is a winner at all in any sense of the word). 99% percent of the reporting and dialog has been complaining about Trump, and about patriotic behavior or lack thereof. There has been almost no return to discussion of the topic that Kaepernick knelt for to begin with.I’ll bet there’s some that can even state what that issue is in the public in general. By everyone kneeling or holding arms, its diluted the use of it being a statement tool.

    It was a poor choice of a way to make a statement as it lead to other dialog rather than that that was intended.

  • Par4Course

    Great column, putting the present anthem-kneelers into historical perspective. They are entitled to protest without government reprisal but not without consequences from their employers or sports fans.

  • Retired military

    “Unless liberals want us to jettison our criminal justice system”

    Liberals would love to do this. Empty the jails and then their voters could get to the polls more easily.

  • Retired military

    Personally I hope the stadiums continue to empty and people choose to express their opinions with the remote control. I dont watch sports anyway.

  • Hank_M

    Bye bye NFL. It was already becoming unbearable to watch with the endless commercials.
    Now that politics have infested it, see ya.

    So this is about free speech now? These players and the left are now suddenly concerned about threats to “free speech”? Wasn’t it just recently they were busy beating up anyone who tried to express views they disagreed with in Berkeley, Charlottesville and elsewhere?
    Wonder what Charles Murray, Milo, Shapiro and others think about this.

    As for Colin Kaepernick, and his comment about “a country that oppresses Black people” and that “There are bodies in the street…” Chicago is calling.

  • Wild_Willie

    If you want to see an example of what happens when a leader does not act decisive look no further then the 49ers and the NFL last year. Had they taken the appropriate actions by their own rules, it would all be moot today. They took greed over right. Trump only mirrored the pathetic nature of the NFL. I stopped watching last year. The glorified highly paid performers are just like actors who open their mouths. I don’t take the garbage anymore. I use my wallet now to exercise my free speech rights. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf04bfa4e19338e2d5786785c67365bb766116adf90a288718c501437059e629.jpg

    • Retired military

      “If you want to see an example of what happens when a leader does not act decisive look no further then the 49ers and the NFL last year”

      Here let me fix that for you

      “If you want to see an example of what happens when a leader does not act decisive look no further then McCuckod McConnell and RINO Ryan since Trump was elected.”

  • pennywit

    I generally believe that as long as a protest movement does not involve violence or suppression of/interference with others’ rights, it’s not really my place to tell somebody the right or wrong way to protest.

    Standing/sitting/etc. for patriotic exercises is something of a sore point for me. Even in a milieu where constitutional rights don’t necessarily apply, I consider it rude and presumptuous to lecture another person about his participation in patriotic exercises. I think such things need to come from the heart, an honest expression of one’s feelings, rather than being imposed by someone else.

    • And persons who boycott or protest against such “patriotic exercises” are unfit for participation in civil society.

      • pennywit

        How do you feel about Jehovah’s Witnesses who do not recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

        • I don’t have much use for them, but I tolerate them.

        • Scalia

          Jehovah’s Witnesses do not vote. They have taken themselves out of civic exercises.

      • pennywit

        I should add: I don’t boycott or protest such things, but at times, I decline to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or Anthem for the simple reason that I’m an American, I have that right, and I feel it’s important to exercise it on occasion.

        • Same applies.

        • Scalia

          I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that mentality. Do you burn flags just because you can? Would you join the Westboro Baptist Church in screaming epithets at people during funerals just because you’re an American?

          • pennywit

            Do you burn flags just because you can? Would you join the Westboro Baptist Church in screaming epithets at people during funerals just because you’re an American?

            I don’t — burning flags isn’t my style, and screaming epithets at people actively inflicts emotional harm, even if constitutionally protected. But not to stand during a patriotic exercise? That’s a very non-harmful way to assert I have a right to do something, on par with people who openly carry firearms — they do it because they have a right to do so, and failure to occasionally exercise that right erodes it.

          • Scalia

            Yes, I understand that, but when I carried my weapon openly in my younger days, it was because I endorsed open carry. Although I prefer concealed carry, I still endorse those who choose to carry openly.

            OTOH, although I’ll tolerate flag burning, I do not endorse it. So, even if I believe that flag burning is protected by the First Amendment, I would never burn a flag because I think it’s a despicable act. That’s why I don’t understand your rationale. I do not believe that people should be compelled to stand for the flag, but I think it’s terrible if they don’t. The fact that I believe they have a right to sit down in no manner motivates me to join them just because I can.

          • pennywit

            That’s why I don’t understand your rationale. I do not believe that people should be compelled to stand for the flag, but I think it’s terrible if they don’t.

            I am at a public event. Everybody around me stands up for the patriotic exercises. I stand up, too. Am I doing so out of genuine love of country? Or because everyone else around me is doing it?

          • Scalia

            I don’t know. I stand out of love for my country.

          • pennywit

            I think some people stand out of love for their country, some stand because they want other people to see they love their country, some people stand because everybody else is doing it, and some stand because other people will condemn them if they don’t.

            I am aware that kind of social coercion (explicit or implicit) is everywhere, but I especially dislike it in the realms of religion and patriotism. That kind of thing should come from the heart. Otherwise, it’s insincere.

          • Scalia

            I think nowadays more people are indifferent to overt acts of patriotism (or any act of patriotism), but I see that as a sign of cultural corrosion.

            Regardless their reasons, it is offensive to me to see fellow Americans act indifferent or defiant when the country is being honored. They most certainly have the right to be that way, but we also have the right to condemn it.

    • Scalia

      …it’s not really my place to tell somebody the right or wrong way to protest.

      But if you’re an employer, it is perfectly within your right to insist that your employees restrict their civic activities to their personal time.

      Moreover, your liberty includes the right to criticize those who misuse company time to air political grievances. It is certainly my place to say that Kaepernick’s “protest” is both incoherent and out of place.

      Liberty cuts both ways.

      • pennywit

        I am speaking not so much in terms of law as I am in terms of etiquette. If I use my economic power to compel you to salute a portrait of Hillary Clinton as you enter the office each day, I’m a pretty shitty employer.

  • pennywit

    Is it true that if you kneel during the anthem, your game-winning touchdown gets reversed?

    Ahem.

    • Scalia

      That one hurt. I expected a loss (given their first team defense’s woeful performance against Brady in preseason), but to be that close and have it snatched away without recourse is a bitter pill to swallow.

      I’ve looked at the replay from every angle possible. Perhaps I’m too partisan, but I see no incontrovertible evidence Tate’s knee touched the turf. To be certain, it was very close, but a ruling cannot be reversed unless the evidence is incontrovertible that the ruling is wrong.

      On top of that, the reversal is an admission by the officials that the ruling was wrong, and at the point Tate’s knee allegedly touched the turf, there were 11 seconds on the clock. The Lions should have been able to run one more play.

      As Caldwell said, you can’t live on what-ifs, but Lions fans have lived with what-ifs for 60 years.

      • pennywit

        If it helps, your team is at 2-1 and second in the NFC North. That’s a respectable start to any season.

        • Scalia

          Actually, a three-way tie for first.

          • pennywit

            Serves me right for trusting the Googles.

          • Go Packers!

          • Scalia

            I take my hat off to them. They’ve certainly put a more quality product on the field than my Lions.

      • Vagabond661

        Ahem.

        As a Falcons fan, I can say Tate`s knee touched the turf as sure as Jerry Jones knee touched.

        • Scalia

          I can live with that, but would you not also agree that if his knee touched, it was at the 11-second mark? That being the case, the Lions should have had another play, no?

          • Vagabond661

            I can grant that. But it’s still not as heartbreaking as our loss in the last Superbowl.

          • Scalia

            Yeah, what an epic meltdown. That must have been terrible for you.

      • pennywit

        PS. You set up my punch line with this blog post. I feel no shame.

    • Scorpion

      Only if you’re praying. 😀

  • Vagabond661

    There was a football player who wore purple shoes or spikes to bring attention to domestic abuse, a topic that should strike a note with football players. He was fined as I remember. The NFL’s position was not to use the organization to promote a cause. You know like honoring policemen in Texas and 9/11.

    As far as Calling Capadick grand comment, oppresion against blacks? really? can you explain Obama and Oprah? Clarence Thomas? Coach Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Kneelers?

    Give me a effing break.

  • I figure it’s not going to be long before they’re crossing their wrists above their heads while kneeling.

    Slaves kneel. Free men stand.

  • Retired military

    Well Moore won in Alabama. I hope this sends a message to Mitch the Bitch McCuckold McConnell, RINO Ryan and crew about their establishment crap. I doubt that it will but I can always hope.

    • I hope the base stays angry.

    • Scalia

      Good riddance to Corker and to all the other RINOs. Big time congrats to Moore!

  • WHO’S THE BUSTER

    NFL reports ratings were up 3% for week 3 over last year.

    Why? They were not up against any debates and they had a compelling Monday night match up. These are the reasons that ratings fluctuate, although cord cutting does make it harder to track viewership.

    As for declining attendance? That has been happening for years and the reason, especially for football, is obvious. High prices for football are one component, but the fact that most people now have high definition televisions make viewing from the comfort of the couch with a bathroom nearby and inexpensive beer in the fridge a superior experience. Stadiums are trying to keep up with faster WiFi and big screens, but it is probably too late. Lastly, the age of loyal sports viewers is increasing, which again, makes the couch far more inviting.

    Live hockey is radically different and I enjoy it far more than watching it on a television, but I have often been invited to football games and I quickly decline (and not just because I am a long-suffering Lions fan). At a live football game you still only see the action when it is in front of you and I enjoy eight different replay angles and commentary (if you happen to catch a good announcing team).

    Lastly, Eric Ebron needs to take off his mittens. Even before the draft I screamed to take Aaron Donald as we knew that both Suh and Fairley were leaving. A tight end with bad hands and no blocking ability at number 10?

    • Scalia

      Agree with you about Ebron. He’s off and on. Bottom line: You have to catch the passes that hit your hands.

      With respect to ratings, yes, they fluctuate. And overall, they’re down. You can blame a lot of things, but a lot of people are also tuning out. It’s a huge mistake to politicize the game. You’d be the first to complain if they politicized it in a conservative direction. Leave your politics at home when you go to a game.