Trump Instigates NFL Labor Dispute

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Yesterday, I predicted the NFL would suffer a season-shortening labor dispute this season or next.

The reason: President Trump’s pressure on owners to crack down on anthem haters will stir up a fight between NFL Players Association and the owners.

As if on cue:

President Trump, in an exclusive interview with “Fox & Friends,” said that NFL owners are “afraid” to act against their players protesting the national anthem at games across the country.

“The NFL is in a box and they have to do something about it,” Trump told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth, in the interview aired Thursday morning.

Trump essentially questioned the owners’ manhood. The owners are wealthy business people. Huge egos. Extremely competitive. They will not resist Trump’s challenge.

Watch for two things before Sunday:

  1. Several owners will break with their teams and the league by threatening to fine or fire any player who refuses to stand for the national anthem.
  2. The NFLPA will issue a statement threatening to strike if any player is fined or fired for disrespecting the flag.

Healing won’t begin until all the pus is out of the zit.

NFL Losing a Laugher (Video)

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Blowout. Embarrassment. Lopsided. Laugher.

Humiliation.

Fans are doing to the NFL what Ray Rice did to his girlfriend in that elevator.

Bars are banning football.

The VFW has condemned the NFL. 

Fans are burning jerseys.

American Sniper’s widow livid.

Viewership is down 11% year-over-year.

Fans boo players they recognize.

Baltimore fans demanding Ray Lewis statue come down like he’s General Lee.

Major NFL sponsors are under increasing pressure to pull ads.

The anthem-haters are becoming the biggest sports PR disaster since the Black Sox scandal.

Up Next for the NFL: labor dispute will shorten either 2017 or 2018 season, or both. Owners will take a stand against anthem protests. Players’ union will object. All hell will break loose.

Pass the popcorn. Trump is #winning. 

 

 

Jack Kemp Stood for Civil Rights . . . And America

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Jack Kemp is on the top of my wall of heroes. Literally. An autographed Kemp card sits on top of my bookshelf housing the works and images of my heroes.

As the NFL self-destructs, it’s worth reading about Jack Kemp’s work for civil rights. And for the Republican Party. And for conservatism.

Jack Kemp’s Activism

Kemp did it all. And, thanks to Jeffrey Lord, we can remember Kemp’s finest moments of civil rights activism:

The 1964 American Football League All-Star Game was scheduled to be held in New Orleans in January, 1965. Kemp and team-mates Ernie Warlick and Cookie Gilchrist were members of the Eastern Division team. When they arrived at the New Orleans airport, Gilchrist and Warlick hailed a nearby cab. The cabbie told Gilchrist: “You have to take a colored cab”, to which Cookie replied “I don’t care what color it is, we just want a cab!” The driver explained that they had to wait for a cab used only for black patrons. He peered out at Kemp, though, and said “I’ll take you.” Kemp replied that if the cab was too good for his friends, it wasn’t good enough for him.

After similar treatment of the black players at their hotel and other Big Easy establishments, Kemp joined with the rest of the white players on the squad to support the black players in their boycott of the city. In an early civil rights stand, the players held out and the game was moved to Houston.

That’s Jack Kemp. Patriot and leader.

Jeffrey Lord asks that you honor Jack Kemp by shunning the NFL and all its works and all its empty promises.

Turn off the games. Don’t go to the games. Stop buying the endless merchandise.

As it were, it is apparently time for the fans of the NFL to “take a knee.” To boycott the NFL by simply closing their wallets and walking away from rich, privileged athletes who couldn’t polish Jack Kemp’s cleats. Much less have the real courage to go outside the football stadium and help — yes — make America great again.

The NFL that threatened to fine players for honoring 9/11 victims. The NFL that prohibited the Dallas Cowboys from honoring police officers assassinated in the line of duty. The NFL that now claims players right to desecrate the flag at work cannot be infringed. That NFL doesn’t deserve another American nickel.

You Can Take Action

Yet, that NFL that expresses its disrespect for the United States with juvenile pre-game demonstrations takes $7 billion in United States tax dollars to build stadiums.

Along with the NFL, let’s not do business with the NFL’s largest sponsors:

  • Boycott Ford
  • Boycott GM
  • Boycott Anheuser-Busch
  • Boycott Nike

How ignorant of Ford and GM. Did they do the math before supporting this anti-American demonstration? How many pickups do Ford and GM sell to former NFL fans? How many pickups and SUVs? (I’d buy Toyota and Nissan stock now.)

Next, the president should sign an executive order prohibiting any federal agency from advertising during NFL events. He should prohibit the Department of Defense from participating in any NFL event. No flyovers. No parachute drops. No color guards.

Finally, it’s time to remove the NFL’s antitrust exemption. Let the owners be subject to the laws that govern other industries.

In other words, it’s not enough to turn our backs on football. It’s time to actively destroy the NFL. 

 

My autographed Jack Kemp card

 

 

President Trump Popped the NFL’s Biggest Zit

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Coming to a head.

President Trump seems pathologically opposed to festering problems. When he sees a festering problem, he pops it like a zit. For example, the North Korean nukes problem has festered since the Clinton administration. Trump is bringing Little Rocket Man to a head.

NAFTA has been festering since the Clinton administration. Trump is bringing NAFTA to a head.

The latest example: the NFL anthem-haters.

This anthem-hating is over a year old. The anthem haters divided fans and hurt ratings for NFL last year and this year. Thirty-four percent of former fans who quit watching football blame the anthem haters.

The anthem-hater problem was not going away. It was festering. It was like a big, ugly zit. A third eye. Right in the middle of the NFL’s forehead.

Trump doesn’t like zits. So he popped it.

The NFL’s childish overreaction was predictable. These are, after all, the most brain-damaged people in the world, according to science. Research shows 99 percent of deceased NFL players have serious, debilitating brain damage. Something called CTE.

A new report shows 40 percent of living NFL players have other forms of serious brain damage. NFL players are slower than most men of the same age.

On the tests of thinking skills, about 50 percent [of NFL players] had significant problems on executive function, 45 percent on learning or memory, 42 percent on attention and concentration, and 24 percent on spatial and perceptual function.

One symptom of CTE is the loss of emotional regulation. Football players literally cannot control their emotions. Football players regress to puberty. Perpetual puberty. They hit their wives. They kill themselves. They throw tantrums. They make bad decisions. They’re emotional adolescents.

Unlike normal adolescents, though, there’s no hope for NFL players. Good life coaching won’t help them mature. They won’t outgrow their dysfunction. Over time, they’ll only get crazier.

It’s sad.

Rush Limbaugh loved football. Like me, Rush loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Rush’s love for football turned slowly to deep sadness. Sadness for a love that died.

The mystique is gone. That actually started vanishing a while ago. The larger-than-life aspect of it is gone. The belief, the wish, the desire that the people in the game were the best and brightest and special, and that’s why they were there, that’s gone. And it’s been politicized. It has been politicized and corrupted, and it didn’t start this weekend. It started years ago. And if I wanted to, I could go back and get the transcripts from a few years ago on this program where I first sensed that this was happening and was going to happen.

Sad. Sad that so many Americans have lost their love for the game of football. Such an American sports. The gridiron. The tailgate. The tension. The ‘immaculate reception.’ The memories. The memories that football players lose to concussions and brain damage.

Now, football tastes bad. Football tastes like the pus from a zit.

For years, leftists tried to hurt the sport. Leftists hated football’s masculine, all-American image. In the 1990s, leftists tried to “prove” that football fans beat their wives. (Their methods were suspect, at best.)

Having failed to discredit the game, leftists seem to have taken over sports journalism. Like Hollywood, sports journalism blacklists conservatives. ESPN fires broadcasters for deviating from their leftist party line.

ESPN fires broadcasters for expressing their political views. Yet ESPN hollers when President Trump suggests NFL owners fire players who use the game to promote political views.

As Rush Limbaugh said, the politicization of the NFL has festered for decades. But with his words and tweets, President Trump brought the issue to a head. President Trump popped the zit on the NFL’s forehead. And the NFL stands to lose. As Rush Limbaugh said:

But the one thing that this is not going to do… I don’t care what anybody says: The one thing this is not going to do is make the NFL more popular. It is not going to make the NFL more ingrained in our society. You just cannot have a business as large as the National Football League — which is as dependent on public dollars as it is. You simply cannot have a business that allows itself to be used to promote “social justice” when that promotion of social justice requires displays of anti-Americanism, however you want to define it.

There will be a resolution now. Finally, a resolution. A draining. It’s unavoidable. Thanks to President Trump, the festering pimple on the NFL’s face is oozing. It will heal. One way or the other, the issue will soon end.

Thank you, President Trump. Sometimes leadership is as simple as popping a zit.

What Else Can You Do?

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Brain damage. They all have brain damage. And they’ll likely die from it. Like Aaron Hernandez.

99 out of every 100 football players have serious brain damage.

Kneeling for CTE

NFL players and owners decided to show their disrespect to the flag, law enforcement, and the USA by kneeling during the national anthem. In a foreign country.

The president responded by saying the NFL (and the TV networks) would be in big trouble if people stopped watching or attending games.

Not everybody will stop watching football, of course. Just certain people. People, like me, who served in the military. People, like me, who have kids in the military. People, like me, who have loved ones in law enforcement. People, like me, who put America first.

Even among people like me, though, there’s a problem. What else can you do? On a Sunday afternoon, a Monday or Thursday night, what else could you possibly do?

What Else Is There?

It’s not like you have any choices. I mean, can you think of anything to do besides watching football?

Of course not. There’s nothing else on television. Netflix shuts down during football games. You don’t have any family or friends to visit. There’s no work to be done. No floors to be swept. No bedrooms to be painted. No laundry to be folded. No books to be read. Nothing to be done, is there?

When there’s a football game on, there’s nothing else to do. You almost have to watch those large, mostly minority men, get concussed. In fact, the new American pastime is watching men develop brain damage one play at a time. (See Aaron Hernandez family’s lawsuit against the NFL.)

Football, Suicide, Homicide, and Assault

Sure, you could go to PredictIt.org and bet on the next NFLer to commit suicide or kill a loved one, but that only takes a minute. Football games last 3.5 hours with all the commercials. But you could, if you wanted to make some money on it, bet on NFL player suicides and felonies. It’s one way to take back some of the money people wasted on Rams’ personal seat licenses.

Several ex-NFL players (Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling) who took their own lives were diagnosed with CTE postmortem. CTE victims have struggled with impulse control, turned violent against their spouses, abused drugs, raged and acted irrationally. In 2012 Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who had CTE, killed his girlfriend before shooting himself. —TIME Magazine

Come to think of it, maybe that’s what the whole NFL is doing by kneeling: committing suicide as a league.

Yesterday, I was a little angry at the NFL. Today, I’m angrier. Yesterday, I was angry about the anti-American sentiment of the commissioner and the players he owns. Today, I’m angry at the NFL and its owners. They make money by damaging men’s brains. The NFL and its sponsors are as bad as cigarette makers.

How Can You Watch?

After reading this TIME magazine article, I feel sorry for NFL players. They’re basically emotionally disturbed. Because of football. Football makes you crazy. Mentally or emotionally, football players can’t really be considered competent:

[T]he Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in which researchers examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players; 110 of them, or 99%, had CTE. Just this week, a study in the journal Nature’s Translational Psychiatry found that among of sample of 214 former high school, college, and professional players, playing tackle football before the age of 12 increased the odds of problems with behavioral regulation, apathy and executive functioning later in life by twofold, and the odds of suffering symptoms of depression threefold.

If you can think of something else to do while football’s going on, please share it in the comments below. Consider this a public service. You wouldn’t want to take pleasure in watching men get brain damage for their owner’s enrichment, would you?