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  1. NFL Week 3

    He could discover that Trump beheaded a prostitute this morning. The only way you're getting rid of him before January 2020 is through impeachment. His tax returns are also unlikely to reveal anything other than he's probably not as rich as he says he is. Remember the Rachel Maddow tax return reveal that turned into Al Capone's vault.
  2. NFL Week 3

    By the way this says a lot about how probably the majority of NFL fans feel... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-25/steeler-who-stood-for-anthem-now-has-best-selling-nfl-jersey?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social This was a guy that most NFL fans had never heard of unless you followed the Steelers, and now has the best selling jersey apparently. As '7' said, the NFL needs to get out in front of this.
  3. NFL Week 3

    When people realize that Trump is just trolling them, intentionally or unintentionally, the better off we'll all be, and they'll be able to beat him. Meaning, he takes a position that probably a majority of people agree with -- that NFL players should stand during the national anthem --and says it in an inflammatory matter. Meanwhile, his political opponents, predictably, feel the need not to just say, I believe in free speech, but rather take a position that most voters disagree with, i.e. I support overpaid multi-millionaire entertainers who disrespect the flag and the country, and who are also calling anyone who doesn't join in their silly protest a racist deplorable. It's pretty much exactly what he did with the border wall. Most people in this country, actually the vast majority of people, oppose illegal immigration, and pretty stridently. So Trump proposes something completely unrealistic, but gaudy, in how to deal with it. His political opponents would have been much better served by believably saying they also oppose illegal immigration, but that there's a much more effective way to deal with it. Instead, pretty much all of his opponents from the primaries all the way to Hillary felt compelled to appear as if they supported unrestricted illegal immigration, letting criminals out of jail to avoid deportation, and all the other bad stuff that happens when we don't enforce our immigration laws. Basically when people get beyond their belief that middle America is irredeemably racist and that there's no substance to what Trump is selling, they can easily beat him. Hint, Trump's campaign was more or less a rehash of Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan. As to Mueller's investigation, you're going to be sorely sorely disappointed. He'll get indictments for some marginal figures that actually have nothing to do with the original purpose of his investigation, who Trump will ultimately pardon. Meanwhile, that'll cause his political opponents to once again focus on Russia, while Trump talks about things people care about.
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    For some reason, this reminds me about Lou Reed's intro at a Velvet Underground concert in Dallas in I think 1969. He spent a few lines talking about how the Cowboys trounced the Eagles earlier that afternoon. You can probably find the CD on ebay. Kind of cool that someone as counterculture as Lou Reed could connect with an audience over something like that. I doubt it could happen now.
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    I guess it's the interwebs and social media, a little dose of cable news, that makes this stuff inevitable. You had people cracking skulls at Vietnam War protests, but ultimately you didn't get into heated arguments with people about politics at games, at least it didn't seem like people did. Hell, I've seen a ton of fights over the years at Devils games, but I doubt that a single one has been over politics. Twenty or thirty years ago, some player would have done his thing, it might get a brief mention on the nightly news, maybe, and that would be it. Players wouldn't really have the opportunity to comment to everyone in the world on whim and same with fans and sports writers, etc. And yeah, having a President with an active twitter account that says whatever comes into his mind and is otherwise an undignified and boorish fellow doesn't help either.
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    I really didn't know that, but it's probably because I had been to something like 2 or 3 NFL games before then, and I may have missed the anthem at all of them. I agree with 7 that the NFL has to get out in front of this if it wants to save its ratings. They can either do something like he suggests, or maybe require all players to stand in a dignified manner during the anthem but with something explicit that players can't be disciplined for political views stated on social media, and the like. As it stands now, this has really stuck in my craw.
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    Actually, next year the custom will be 100 years old. I think it started with baseball. Otherwise, I bring up Schilling, et al. to make the point that the people who say kneeling during the anthem is a free speech issue mostly don't really believe it themselves. It's certainly hypocritical for any ESPN employee or executive to claim that it is.
  8. 2017 Training Camp thread

    If he does get sent back to the OHL though, he really has to crush it, like exceed 100 points. If he doesn't do that, it's a big cause for concern.
  9. NFL Week 3

    And not for nothing, I would be lying if I said this had nothing to do with the Dolphins getting embarrassed by the Jets.
  10. NFL Week 3

    Agreed, although the whole uniting part works both ways. One way to do that is not to sh!t all over a custom that's been around for about 100 years now, especially not over a pseudo-intellectual wannabe arm chair revolutionary like Kaepernick. It would also help if more people understood that Trump got elected because of very real and important issues that I won't get into. Or, how about this, if you really hate Trump, you should listen to what Steve Bannon -- a guy who, whatever you think of him, is a political genius -- said: "The Democrats, the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em, I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats." It seems like the people that are kneeling during the national anthem are doing exactly what Trump wants them to do. Hell, it almost makes me want to vote for him just for spite.
  11. NFL Week 3

    It became an issue in the NBA in the late 90s. And it was also an issue baseball with Carlos Delgado, who, if I recall, gave up his protest (which was really, really silly) after a couple of games after pressure from either the Mets or the league front office. So it wouldn't shock me if there's some boilerplate in the NFL CBA to the same effect, but Goodell didn't want the headache.
  12. NFL Week 3

    Again, as I've said before, it's always subject to any sort of state statute or what's in the CBA. My guess is that the NFL CBA doesn't say anything specifically about it one way or the other, although I wouldn't be surprised if it did, since the same law firms/lawyers generally draft all the CBAs for all the sports leagues and it might be boilerplate at this point. Even so, the CBA didn't say anything specifically about domestic abuse or deflating footballs, but there are catch-all provisions that allow the commissioner to do whatever he wants.
  13. NFL Week 3

    I agree with everything you said, except for blaming players for being disrespectful during the national anthem. I do blame them for that, I vehemently disapprove of it, and it shows their ignorance and pettiness. It reveals their belief that Trump (or any President for that matter) is somehow the country. And frankly, it shows their ignorance of how Trump, against all probablity, became the President in the first place, and no, it is not connected to anything liberals claim it is. It shows the NFL's hypocrisy in its claim that it's somehow committed to free speech, which it is not and never has been. So for the time being, I'm going to do something more productive with my time, like read a book, instead of supporting their silly "look at me" protest. If it were me, I would have done what the NBA did, and I would have started fining and suspending players who were disrespectful during the national anthem, the second it happened. If you want to go off on your twitter page or whatever, that's fine, although we, as any private employer, reserve the right to discipline you if you say something that's way out of line and otherwise bad for business. Way out of line would not include criticizing the President, but it might include wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt. Communist dictators are just as loathsome as fascist dictators.
  14. NFL Week 3

    You and Trump definitely have one thing in common, it's always, always about him.
  15. NFL Week 3

    You know you've won an argument when someone just calls you a racist, it's the corollary to Godwin's Law. In any event, below are some simple questions to see if you really understand the First Amendment or the concept of free speech. Does an employer have the right to fire an employee he finds out is a neo-Nazi, notwithstanding the fact that the First Amendment unconditionally gives that employee the right to be a neo-Nazi? Was ESPN wrong to fire Curt Schilling for his speech, or more precisely was it illegal for them to do so? Same question for James Damore and Google? Did Stephen Ross have any right to discipline one of his employees for something he wrote on Twitter? If you believe in the concept of free speech to the extent you claim you do, the content of the speech or the individuals I'm naming should be irrelevant, but somehow it always is. As Nat Hentoff said, free speech for me, but not for thee. And for the record, I have always despised Trump, even when people thought him to be this iconoclastic businessman. I thought so little of him that I brought myself to praise that no-talent hack Rosie O'Donnell when she was one of the few celebrities who realized it before it was fashionable to say so. He is grossly unqualified to run a lemonade stand, much less be the President. However, I appreciate and know enough about this country, the Constitution and our system of government in general to know that even someone like Trump can do very little damage on his own, the only exception (obviously a big one) of starting a nuclear war.
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