President Donald Trump has ratcheted up the national controversy over black National Football League players who refuse to stand while the U.S. National Anthem is played before games.
During a Friday night political rally in Alabama, Trump called on fans to boycott teams that allow players to engage in that particular form of protest.
The league’s TV ratings have slid since quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then the leader of the San Francisco 49ers, began the trend in September 2016.
‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, “Get that son of a b***h off the field right now! He is fired. He’s fired!”‘ Trump boomed.
His crowd applauded and chanted ‘USA! USA!’
All of which was RACIST!™, of course.
The outspoken president also said American football is ‘not the same game anymore’ since referees have clamped down on aggressive tackles, throwing penalty flags whenever they hear the crack of a vicious hit.
‘They are ruining the game, right?’ he asked. ‘They are ruining the game.’
It was ruined a long time ago if you ask me, and I haven’t paid the slightest attention to football in decades now, after having been an avid fan my whole life up until then. Trump’s complaint is certainly part of the reason—they run a play, then spend the next twenty minutes for the damned refs to decide what just happened, and whether it was penalizable or not. When you throw in tantrums from assholes like Kapernick, and the fact that half the players in the league are little more than violent, sub-literate thugs who, if they weren’t on the field getting paid millions to play a kid’s game would likely be out in the parking lot breaking into cars…well, it becomes a pretty tough thing to maintain any sort of interest in, for my money at least. Mike Walsh has seen enough too:
There’s no question that the has-been Kaepernick exacerbated the league’s slide in the ratings, but he alone is not responsible for it. The games have lengthened from three hours to four, while providing the same minuscule amount of “action” — eleven minutes. The players have grown ever more interchangeable; the teams might just as well field squads of tattooed robots. To illustrate just how far off the rails the league has gone, Los Angeles — a city that has no use for pro football and proved it could live without the Rams for years — now has two teams.
But if you ask this former fan, the rot runs deeper. Football, which is practically the state religion in Texas and across the South, used to be closely tied up with patriotism and love of country. The militaristic component of the sport, which was presented as akin to war, appealed especially to red-state dwellers. But sportscasters and sportswriters are overwhelmingly leftist in their outlook, and their eagerness to turn Kaepernick into a civil-rights icon has repelled a sizable section of football’s core audience — and one that, by the current evidence is growing.
He then quotes league commissioner and all-round idiot Roger Goodell:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement.
Uh huh. By refusing to show respect for its anthem and flag, and turning a damned game into a chance to make a snotty, ignorant, and ill-considered political statement that obliquely insults the people who ultimately pay their over-inflated salaries. I walked out on them a long time ago, and I haven’t missed ’em for even a moment.