09-22-17: NFL: Arrogance
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12-30-17: NFL: The Wilted Rose
I haven’t been moved to comment since the end of 2017, and it has been a blessed relief. But once again, the noble players and their enablers are in the news—Fox News:
A decision from NFL owners requiring players to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” if they are on the field when the anthem is played triggered intense reaction from supporters and opponents Wednesday, as one owner revealed that he abstained from the vote.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously at the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Fox News in an email that San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York was the only abstention.
‘I want to work with my team to make sure everything we do is about promoting the right types of social justice reform and getting to a better America,” said York, who added that he planned to meet with his players to discuss the new policy.
Well of course, because what’s the primary reason for being of professional football if it’s not “getting to a better America,” and “promoting the right types of social justice reform”? I’m sure that’s why fans attend games and watch the NFL on TV:
Announcer: “There’s the snap, and quarterback Cornelius Selfabsorbed drops back, and throws a long bomb to wide receiver number 29, Galufus Washington, and HE DROPS IT! HE HAD IT IN HIS HANDS, BUT JUST STOPPED AND DROPPED IT! WHAT COULD HE BE THINKING?!
Second Announcer: “Wait, he’s kneeling…yes, HE’S KNEELING ON THE FIELD TO PROTEST MICRO AGGRESSIONS! The referees are indicating a virtue signal, wait…yes, IT’S A MICRO AGGRESSION VIRTUE SIGNAL! That’s going to be a ten-yard gain for the San Francisco Only Our Lives Matters! AMAZING! WHAT A BLOW AGAINST NORMALALITY!
Announcer: Isn’t that “normalcy”?
Second Announcer: Shhh! Don’t grammarsplain.
Color Man: WHOOOEEEE! That’s the tenth virtue signal for Washington already this season. He’s already gained 120 social justice yards, and I believe that means he’s leading the league!
Announcer: And listen to that crowd! They love social justice here in San Francisco!
Second Announcer: That’s right! These San Francisco fans are the greatest in the Strive Against White Privilege and Oppression League!
New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson told Newsday that he voted for the new policy because ‘I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint.
Well sure, but I suspect it’s a great deal more about the “we’re bleeding money like mad” standpoint.
I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players,’ he said. ‘Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t.
Free speech? So the players can verbally accost the referees whenever they like, or say whatever they please during interviews before, during and after the games? They can stop to virtue signal and give speeches whenever they feel like it? In the middle of a play when the Super Bowl is on the line? I’m sure that would be just fine with Johnson because there are “some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with.”
Sure, like shutting up and playing football like adults. That’s a big one.
York said other initiatives were in the works, including a suspension of all concessions sales during the national anthem.
‘If we want to be sacrosanct, if we want to honor the flag, we’ve got to make sure we go through a litany of things,’ he said. ‘We’re not going to force people to stand in their seats, but we’re certainly going to make sure we’re not profiting during that two or three minutes of time during the game.
Sorry, but actually having been to a sporting event or two, I distinctly recall every fan, with the exception of a few drunks and obvious knuckleheads, pausing to honor the flag and anthem, and the vendors do the same. Haven’t see a litany yet. What sort of sporting events has York been attending?
The controversy even reached the White House, with President Trump telling supporters in September 2017: ‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b—- [itch] off the field right now, out, he’s fired.’
I’m sure a great many Americans would love to see that, but the sons of bitches are struggling with “some big, complicated issues,” so they can’t be expected to take a few minutes off for something so complicated as honoring America.
And do you know what Trump said about this new rule, gentle readers? He said people should stand proudly for the national anthem. PROUDLY?! That’s right; the President of the United States actually suggested Americans should honor the flag and everything for which it stands and act like they mean it. Can you imagine that?! What a racist!
Vice President Mike Pence, who left a game between the 49ers and Indianapolis Colts this past October after some 49ers knelt during the anthem, tweeted a link to a news story about the policy change with the phrase, ‘#Winning.’ Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, also tweeted about the story, saying he was “STILL NOT SICK OF WINNING!!!!”
Steelers guard Ramon Foster shrugged his shoulders when asked about the new policy, saying the owners will always hold an upper hand over the players.
‘If the team says ‘this is what we’re doing,’ and ownership (does too), you either deal with it or you’re probably going to get cut,’ Foster said. “You can fight the resistance on that one, but same as we can’t smoke marijuana because it’s illegal in certain states, or it’s legal in certain states, it’s the same issue. You have to adhere to the rules and if not, they’ll find a way to get you up out of there.
Poor Foster. But he’s a social justice warrior in a football outfit. He shouldn’t have to behave like an adult who understands what he’s suffering is called “being employed.”
The NFL Players Association expressed skepticism about the new policy in a statement: ‘The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy.’ NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.
As yes, the progressive definition of patriotism: pissing on America and normal Americans and screaming like stuck pigs when anyone suggests that’s not really, you know, patriotic. Normal Americans, which is what most football fans are, un-woke as they are, tend to notice that the player’s noble expressions of patriotism tend to occur only in stadiums on game days during the playing of the national anthem when there are TV cameras present to record and broadcast their exercise of superior morality and fervent devotion to their country.
The NFLPA did not immediately respond to questions about whether they would mount a legal challenge against the new policy.
Right. That would be based on the 93rdAmendment, the “right to virtue signal on TV with silly hair while being paid millions to behave like a self righteous ass” Amendment.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, a prominent protester, said the owners had ‘thwart[ed] the players’ constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country. For example:
‘Everyone loses when voices get stifled,’ said Jenkins, who added the Twitter hashtag, ‘#TheFightContinues’ to his statement.
That’s noted constitutional scholar Malcolm Jenkins, I’m sure, who will doubtless be nominated for a spot on the Supreme Court as soon as he has, through the vehicle of playing football, abolished racism and all other injustice by kneeling on a football field and spouting off about how noble he is.
The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 — the year it signed a marketing deal with the military. Goodell insisted the league met with countless players over the last year to get their input on the fractious anthem debate anthem, which some have even pointed to as a major reason for the NFL’s declining TV ratings.
That would be because it is a major reason for the NFL’s declining ratings, to say nothing of ticket sales and game attendance, about which Goodell is saying nothing.
Goodell was asked who would get to decide what actions would be considered disrespectful to the anthem or the U.S. flag.
‘Well, I think the general public has a very strong view of what respect for the flag is and that moment,’ he said. ‘We have language in our policy that talks about that, standing attention, hats off and focused. And I think the general arbiter will the clubs and the league and we’ll work with our players to get their viewpoint also.
Speaking for the general public, that would be standing still, hat off, hand over heart, paying attention and not acting like a stupid, spoiled delinquent intellect in a grotesquely overpaid steroid infused adult hulk. You know, like actually patriotic Americans have been taught to do since grade school? One might even sing a bit: “oh-oh say can you see…”
Of course, all of this could be resolved if the players just shut the hell up and played football, which is what fans pay to see when they want to see a football game. This would free the player’s evolved social consciousness to concentrate on football games, and they would be entirely free to make a better America on their own time. They certainly have the money to do that. Any fan that wants to be hectored about social justice and told what racists they are can tune into ESPN, MSNBC, CNN, etc.
More and more Americans now know what the players and owners and the whole NFL establishment think of them, and there are other choices for a bit of harmless viewing of violence: professional wrestling, for example. At least when wrestlers spout off, they’re not tediously insulting their fans, and they’re entertaining. Besides, they have Ronda Rousey.
But let’s put all that aside. I’m tired of logic and rationality. I’ve finally hit on a scam that will make me a billion, and the great patriots of the NFL have given me the idea. Ready, gentle readers?
What I want to know is why the NFL and the owners and Commissioner are oppressing women? Why are they anti-feminist? Why are they such crude vessels of mansplaining, testosterone, male superiority and privilege? Where are all the sisters of color? Why aren’t they in the offensive line? Why aren’t they referees? Why aren’t they owners? Why isn’t the commissioner a woman of color? Forget Saint Kaepernick The Radioactive, where are the black female quarterbacks! Don’t black female lives matter?
I’m going to shake down the NFL, every NFL sponsor, and get richer than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson! Just as soon as I adjust my wig, put on my makeup, and get a new dress. Gotta practice an outrageously stereotypical black female accent too…