The Washington Redskins are already planning their 2019 NFL season to be without the quarterback services of Alex Smith. You may remember Smith suffered a gruesome compound fracture to his right in a game against the Houston Texans on November 18, 2018.
Smith’s injury was so severe, it required over a month in the hospital and numerous procedures to remove infected tissue.
It should then be no surprise that he will not play football this season.
Bookmakers in Las Vegas were giving degenerate gamblers 17 points so they would place a bet on the Bills. When bookmakers give odds, their goal is to get an even amount of degenerate gamblers on each team. They hope to make their money on the vig, the amount charged to the winner. Yesterday’s upset was the largest in 23 years.
I don’t bet on football. I only bet on the weather and Nerf cockfights. It’s like regular cockfighting, but the combatants wear Nerf boxing gloves over their talons so the cocks don’t get hurt. It’s good clean fun. I learned all about it in the Boy Scouts.
Yesterday’s game is the reason you watch the football. Even though you think you know what will happen, you never really know.
Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Russell Okung stood with his fist raised during the national anthem Saturday before a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals game at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Who is Russell Okung?
Russell Okung is the starting left tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers. He’s been in the NFL for nine seasons. He was drafted out of Oklahoma State in 2009 by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round with the sixth overall pick. He played for the Seahawks for six seasons. He then played one season for the Denver Broncos in 2016 before joining the Chargers in 2017. He currently makes over $12 million a season in the NFL. He’s the highest paid left tackle in the NFL.
I don’t get that. If there’s anyone who should be singing the praises of the United States, it’s someone like Russell Okung. Would he have preferred his parents not to come here and instead stayed in Nigeria? Where else in the world could he make $12 million a year with his particular set of talents? Even if he wasn’t really good at throwing blocks against other men his size who also possessed strength and speed similar to his own, where else in the world would he rather live?
Americans should be able to protest
I don’t even have a problem with Okung protesting. If that’s the way he feels, that’s the way he feels. If he wants to protest against the country in which he lives and provided him the opportunities he has made the most of, he should be able to do that.
I have a problem with the time and venue he chooses to carry out his protest. He picks a time and place where thousands of other Americans are honoring our country. What Okung and other NFL players are doing during the national anthem is just plain rude.
It’s rude to everyone else in the stadium.
It’s rude to the people watching on TV.
It’s rude to the people who learn about it after the fact.
Players who want to protest against the United States should do it on their own time
If players like Okung want to protest against the United States, they should not do it on the sidelines of an NFL game. They should not do it wearing their NFL uniform. When they’re on the sidelines and wearing their uniform, they’re representing the NFL and their team. When people pay to go to an NFL game or when they watch it on TV, they’re not doing it to watch millionaires protest against the United States. They do it because they want to watch football.
If players like Okung cannot respect their country then they should at least respect the fans, the people who make it possible for them to do what they’re paid so handsomely to do.
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was going to become the new head coach on the Indianapolis Colts until he decided he wasn’t. The Colts released an official statement on the matter:
After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts’ new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team. Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field.
“Agreeing to contract terms” isn’t the same thing as signing the contract. I’m assuming he never signed the contract otherwise the Colts would have probably lead with that. Plus, Josh McDaniels was still contractually obligated to the New England Patriots until after the Super Bowl. He wouldn’t have been able to sign a contract with the Colts until his time with the Patriots was over.
This could be a planned elaborate prank by the Patriots on the Colts. It was the Colts who got the wheels in motion for Deflategate. In the first quarter of the 2014 AFC Championship game, Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted a pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Jackson gave the ball for safekeeping to the Colts’ equipment staff. Upon inspection of the ball, the equipment staff decided the ball felt kind of squishy. It was as though it didn’t have enough air in it. They alerted game officials and all of the Patriots footballs were tested at halftime.
Did Josh McDaniels change his mind about the job offer as revenge for deflategate?
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s the federal holiday set aside to honor the man who did so much to end systemic racism for our country. He was killed making this country better for children of all color.
You know what he didn’t do? Kneel or show disrespect during the National Anthem.
The New Yorker magazine has a ginned up cover showing King doing just that. It shows King kneeling locking arms with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The image indicates it’s on the sideline of an NFL game during the National Anthem.
If you want to exercise your First Amendment right and take a stand (or a knee) against perceived racial injustice, I will back you up one hundred percent. Just don’t do it when hundreds and thousands of our fellow Americans are standing to honor our flag and our anthem. When we stand for the National Anthem one of the people we are honoring is one of our greatest Americans, Martin Luther King Jr.
Seeing this cover of The New Yorker magazine makes me think a little less of Martin Luther King Jr. even though I know it never happened. That’s the power of propaganda. King deserves better. He was a great American. He doesn’t deserve to have his reputation misused like The New Yorker did.
NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” match up between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers brought in 17.2 million viewers on Sunday night. That number was down 35% from last year’s Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game, which was the most-watched prime time regular season since Thanksgiving 2015.
Yes. NFL viewership is down. That should be no big surprise.
For one thing, NFL football, like all sports is boring. For every second of excitement, there are minutes of complete boredom. There are too many commercials in between the boredom. I used to think the commercials were needed because of what was going on to get the field ready for play. That’s not so. I’ve gone to a few NFL games and during the times where commercials are being shown on TV, the players are just standing around with their hands on their hips waiting to play.
People are tired of being bored when they watch TV.
Another problem with the NFL is the perception that its players are criminals and thugs. I believe this perception is due mostly to the fact that many of the players are criminals and thugs. After a while of hearing about player legal problems, fans and casual viewers begin to form an opinion that’s hard to shake, not that it even deserves to be shaken. A long time ago, the NFL decided that it was okay to field players who had a not-so-normal propensity of running afoul of the law. Nobody is forcing the NFL to draft players out of college who seem like they will be bad citizens.
The thing that’s killing the NFL now is its stance on the National Anthem protests. It bothers people, casual viewers of the NFL, that so many of its players are refusing to stand up and show their respect during the National Anthem. What’s even worse are players, American players, who sit during our National Anthem, but stand for the Mexican Anthem. The NFL’s reaction to all this?
Nothing unless you count the league’s stupid Salute to Service gimmick. It’s where they make officially licensed clothing styled with military coloring. The NFL claims they do not profit from the sale of Salute to Service products. I do not believe them.
If the NFL really wanted to salute the service of people who have served in the military, they would make their players stand for the National Anthem. They would also offer a discount to military veterans on their overpriced crap. The National Anthem is a big deal to the military and its veterans. Perhaps if anyone in a leadership position within the NFL had served in the military, they would know that.
If the NFL wants to increase viewership, make the games less boring. Eliminate all the commercials breaks. If networks need to tell viewers what products and services they should be buying, put something at the top of the screen. Stop fielding players who if it wasn’t for the NFL, would be selling drugs or serving time in prison for selling drugs. Stop allowing players to disrespect the National Anthem.