Marshawn Lynch sits for U.S. anthem, stands for Mexican anthem

The Oakland Raiders played a home game down in Mexico on Sunday, losing to the New England Patriots 33-8. The Raiders losing is nothing new. The big story coming out of Mexico City on Sunday was Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch.

Marshawn Lynch stood for the Mexican National Anthem but sat for the American National Anthem. That’s just rude.

How brainwashed by the Black Lives Matter propagandists Lynch must be to protest your own nation in a foreign country? If the man hates the United States so much, he has the money to immigrate anywhere in the world that would have him. New Zealand, France, Canada, Zimbabwe, or Yemen are only some of the wonderful countries Marshawn Lynch could move to if he wanted to get out from under the oppressive shadow of the boot of the United States.

Considering all the countries in the world that would make a better home for Marshawn Lynch, why does he insist on staying in the United States? If I didn’t know any better, I’d think the United States and its able opportunities stack up quite nicely when compared to the rest of the world.

GQ names Colin Kaepernick its ‘Citizen of the Year’

I just learned GQ is still a magazine. I also learned they have named former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year. Good for them. I’m glad a print magazine is still able to remain viable in 2017. I also value good citizenship.

I’m just not sure what world GQ is living in if they think someone like Colin Kaepernick displays good citizenship.

Kaepernick is the first man who got attention for showing disrespect to the flag and the National Anthem by sitting, not standing like everyone else. His sign of disrespect became his own personal protest. The reason for the protest was the number of black men who had been shot and killed by police officers. As of this morning, 874 people have been shot and killed by police in 2017. Of that number, 424 were white and 203 were black.

I’ve long had a problem with Kaepernick’s misguided attempt to bring attention to police shootings. There is a time and place for everything. Protesting against the United State of America while everyone is paying their respects to the United States of America is not the right time and it’s not the right place.

It’s rude.

Colin Kaepernick has to know what he was doing was rude, but he just didn’t care. It was more important to him that he demonstrated that he was taking a stand (by sitting) for his black brothers and sisters. Kaepernick was born to a white mother who gave him up for adoption when he was six weeks old.  His birth mother says she knows who the birth father is, but she refuses to name him. He was then adopted by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, a white couple from Wisconsin.

Colin Kaepernick’s blackness is tenuous at best. A biological father who rejected him at birth? That’s his sum total connection to the black community.

People like Colin Kaepernick would have you believe that the United States of America is a racist place. It’s so racist, that a white couple would adopt a baby of mixed race and raise it as their own. If only the rest of the world could be as racist as the United States. The world would be a much better place.

 

The NFL could ban National Anthem protests if they wanted to

We’re currently in Week 9 of the National Football League 2017 schedule. It’s the ninth week in a row the league is allowing players to protest during the National Anthem. The only question at this point is why the NFL is allowing this stupid spectacle to continue.

The idea the league doesn’t have total control of what players can and cannot do while standing on the sidelines is a joke. The NFL expects us to believe there’s nothing they can do about players sitting, kneeling, or raising a fist in the air during the National Anthem?

Sorry, I’m not buying that.

The NFL bans players from wearing Beats headphones anywhere in the stadium. If a player wants to wear headphones before or after a game, they have to wear only Bose headphones. The NFL also specifies what kind of tablet device teams and players can use. They have to use a specific kind of fake iPad, the Microsoft Surface Pro, not a real iPad made by Apple.

The list of products players aren’t allowed to use on the field or the sidelines are extensive. It’s one of the things that makes the decision of the NFL not to stop players from protesting during the National Anthem so weird.

The NFL will only fine a player protesting the National Anthem if he’s wearing Beats headphones or using an iPad while doing it.

Why is it the National Basketball Association can require players to stand during the national anthem, but the NFL can not?

The NBA rulebook states:

2) Players, coaches, and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.

The NFL doesn’t have such a rule because it doesn’t want it. The question is why?

Is the NFL trying to lose money?

If I was a conspiracy theory guy, I’d think the NFL was purposely trying to damage its own product so it can then leverage the damage to its advantage. The amount of money the owners pay the players is based on how much revenue the league and teams make. The less money the NFL makes, the less money it will have to share with players.

Are they trying to decrease revenue so they can play players less?

My name is John Schnatter, but you can call me Papa.

TV ratings of NFL games are down compared to last year. Sponsors are threatening to pull their ads if the protests don’t stop. Papa John’s, the official crappy chain pizza sponsor of the NFL, posted lower than expected earnings for North America this past quarter. Papa John Schnatter, the founder, and CEO of Papa John’s is blaming National Anthem protests for weaker sales.  Schnatter said the following:

NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.

If he thinks this is true, how long until he decides Papa John’s needs to end its partnership with the NFL? It could happen sooner rather than later. Once the first big-time sponsor leaves, more will follow.

Almost all players in the NFL represent the privileged 1%

This whole National Anthem protest thing is so stupid. Maybe I’d feel differently if the people doing the protesting weren’t privileged members of the 1% and living large compared to the rest of us, the other 99%. When I was 19-years-old I had to join the Air Force, not because I wanted to, but because I had no other options. I couldn’t find a real job. I couldn’t afford to go to college. If I was going to make anything of my life, I had to enlist in the military.

In the military, you must respect the flag and the National Anthem

While in the military, I learned to respect the flag and the National Anthem. It was ingrained into my core. Every day, on every Air Force base I was ever at, the base flag was lowered before sunset. Before it was lowered, a bugle call was played over a loudspeaker. It alerted everyone to prepare for retreat, the lowering of the flag.

After the bugle call was complete, the National Anthem was played and the flag was lowered, removed, and folded up. While the National Anthem played, you were to stop whatever you were doing, turn to face the music, and stand at attention. You were required to salute if you were in uniform. You were required to salute or put your hand on your heart if you were in civilian clothes. You were required to pull off to the side of the when driving a motor vehicle.

The Air Force could court marshall someone for not standing at attention during retreat. You could go to jail for not honoring the flag and the National Anthem.

I think this is why I find these National Anthem protests so disgusting. They not only disrespect our country, they disrespect anyone who served in the military. It’s not about freedom of speech. When players are on the sideline before a game, they’re at work. Your employer puts expectations on you when you are on the job. Respecting the National Anthem should be one of those expectations.

NFL players can disrespect the country on their own time

If players want to disrespect the National Anthem on their own time, I have no problem with that. They can burn the American flag on their own time and I would not complain. My problem is when they protest while everyone in attendance is standing and showing respect to our country. Standing for the National Anthem is a something all Americans share together. The National Anthem protests shit all over that.

There is a time and place for everything. Before a game when everyone else is standing in respect is not the right time or the right place. It’s the wrong time and wrong place.

 

 

Megan Rapinoe is a sexist, ageist bigot

American soccer player Megan Rapinoe criticized FIFA for including Florida State striker Deyna Castellanos in the group of three candidates for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017 award. Rapinoe never heard of Castellanos before and because of that fact, didn’t deserve to be a finalist.

From ESPN:

Rapinoe, a forward for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign, accused football’s governing body of belittling the women’s game, calling FIFA “old, male and stale.”

How did naming a player Rapinoe had never heard of before belittle the woman’s game? Castellanos reportedly did well at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup last year and because of that, garnered a lot of attention.

Not from Rapinoe. Supposedly she had never heard of Castellanos.

Megan Rapinoe is a sexist, ageist bigot - Bent Corner
Deyna Castellanos (@deynac18).

Why is it okay for Rapinoe to use the terms “old” and “male” as a pejorative?

Take it from me, people don’t choose to be old. It happens naturally as they traverse this thing we call life. Time travels in only one direction and everyone, even Rapinioe, gets older every minute.

Speaking of things people don’t choose, people don’t choose their biological sex. Being male or female is not a choice, it’s how you were born. I’m male, but I never chose to be one. It’s who I am. Condemning someone because of their biological sex is sexist and bigoted.

Jealous much?

I think Megan Rapinoe is a bigot, and in regards to Deyna Castellanos, more than a little jealous.

The Ezekiel Elliott six-game suspension

According to My Top Sportsbooks, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have to step up their game this season while their brightest star player is suspended. If the suspension stands, second year running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss the first six games of the season. This is a long suspension, especially considering the police thoroughly investigated and found no credible evidence substantiating it. Supposedly Elliot put his hands on an ex-girlfriend with enough force to leave bruises.

The NFL investigated things themselves. Unlike the police, the NFL concluded Ezekiel Elliott committed a crime. The crime? Violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

How is it the NFL is better than the police at determining if a crime took place? Since when is it the NFL’s business to investigate crimes?

If the six-game suspension stands, it means the Dallas Cowboys will be without the Ezekiel Elliott for the following games:

  • New York Giants
  • @Denver Broncos
  • @Arizona Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Green Bay Packers
  • @San Francisco 49ers

That’s three home games, three road games, and a bye week between the fifth and sixth game. These six teams had a combined record of 43-52 last season, with the Rams and the 49ers contributing heavily to the loosing side of things.

You know who’s the happiest about Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension? The Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers, and 49ers. They now get to play the Cowboys without their best running back on the field.

Roger Goodell is judge and executioner

This is one of the many problems with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell being judge and executioner for players and the misdeeds they may or may not have committed. Goodell works for the 32 team owners in the NFL. Goodell doesn’t work for the players, nor does he work for the fans. Goodell is biased. This six-game suspension made one owner angry, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, but it probably pleased the 31 other owners.

For their sake, I hope none of their star players have ex-girlfriends with photos of bruises. It doesn’t mater if a crime took place. If a woman has bruises, it must be because of her ex-boyfriend, especially when that ex-boyfriend averages 5.1 yards per rushing attempt and averages over 100 yards per game.