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Don’t boycott the NFL, boycott ESPN

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In my childhood, Sport Center was on for a couple sessions on mornings when there was no school. Nowadays, ESPN has shifted away from its core focus to pursue other matters. What started out as a sports channel has now become a sports gossip channel. And with this deviation fictional celebrity LaVar Ball is a household name like the Kardashians and Colin Kaepernick is covered weekly, which is more airtime than a jobless backup quarterback should receive. Many people took their disagreement with Kaepernick out on the NFL. And I’m here to say that they shouldn’t.

First, I would like to point out the obvious fact that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL. The NFL franchises have heeded the fact that Kaepernick is poison for the brand. In the NFL, there is a direct correlation between talent and the amount of distraction that is tolerable for a team. Kaepernick failed this metric with flying colors. The NFL does believe in second chances (note: he walked out on his contract before being cut) and he blew that opportunity too. The Baltimore Ravens were the only team interested in offering a second chance. Ray Lewis was even trying to help him out but Kaepernick’s girlfriend tweeted a racist photo comparing owner Steve Biscotti to Candy from Django.

You don’t insult the people who are trying to get your boyfriend a job. It’s a direct reflection of his bad attitude.

Now I understand that Kaepernick’s stupidity has spread, however NFL teams are clamping down, such as the Cleveland Browns locking arms with each other and men and women in uniform for their opening game. The NFL has heeded your displeasure. Reward their behavior.

Second, we shouldn’t judge the whole brand by the actions of a few. We certainly reject calls for gun control when someone used a “AR-15” in a high-profile shooting. We reject that the few people who so happen to be white supremacists are representative of all white people. Why? Because we believe it’s wrong to judge a whole group of people for the actions of a few. It’s called reasoning and accountability, things we small government folks are fond of. If the NFL rampantly promoted liberal ideology, the situation would be different. Furthermore, it isn’t the NFL’s authority to make people stand. They don’t contract with players, but furthermore we would and should complain if they took to fine people for their political speech. As conservatives, it’s hypocritical for us to demand companies to punish unpopular speech, especially after Google. But the NFL let the free market outcome take place and teams decided against signing Kaepernick. The NFL didn’t force a team to keep him in the league. They aren’t shaming teams for not signing him despite the likes of Tom Savage. The NFL doesn’t have a toxic culture promoting liberal propaganda. ESPN does.

ESPN’s departure from sports coverage has directly corresponded with their entrance into being liberal propaganda outlet. Jemele Hill is just the latest ice cube in a toxic Kool-Aid. ESPN hardly batted an eye and gave a halfhearted apology for her insulting the president. However, Linda Cohn was suspended by ESPN for saying they were being too political. Curt Schilling was fired for opposing transgenderism. But even beyond which political opinions are deemed acceptable for their employees, ESPN uses its platform to promote its liberal agenda. It glorified Michael Sam for being gay. He never played a down in the NFL. They gave him an award for being gay. The following year, they gave Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner the courage award for being dressing up as a woman. He hasn’t been an athlete in decades, but that doesn’t matter for the sports gossip channel.

ESPN’s toxicity is comparable to that of CNN. The good news is, ESPN is not a monopoly. There’s FS1, NBCSN, NFL Network, MLB Network, NHL Network(not that ESPN covers hockey) and more! We want sports not liberal sports gossip. We should send ESPN that message. The NFL was a false victim for our displeasure mixing sports and politics. We shouldn’t take notice of one player’s protest. Furthermore, there are a lot of players out there who use their platform for good like Derek Carr. But the amount of publicity Kaepernick has received shouldn’t reflect on the NFL. It should reflect on ESPN. They glamorize it. Bottom line: If you want to watch football where players respect the flag, watch the NFL. If you care to know the few players who hate this country, watch ESPN.

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Harden scores 48 points, Rockets beat Lakers 138-134 in OT

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Harden scores 48 points Rockets beat Lakers 138-134 in OT

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden was the star for the Houston Rockets as usual on Saturday night, but he and the team got a big boost from Eric Gordon in his second game back after recovering from a bruised knee.

Harden scored 48 points, Gordon added 30 and the Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 in overtime.

The Rockets trailed for most of the night and were down by 18 in the second-half. Gordon sent it to overtime with a 3-pointer, and made four free throws in the last seconds of the extra period.

“He’s playing unbelievable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said of Gordon.

Coming off 57- and 58-point games, Harden had his 19th straight game with at least 30 and he’s had 40 in 10 of the last 13. He was 14 of 30 from the field, going 8 of 19 on 3-pointers, and hit 12 of 15 free throws.

Harden was asked if Gordon being back after missing eight games before his return on Wednesday night eased the burden on him a little bit.

“A little bit? It takes a lot of burden off me,” Harden said. “He’s so offensively gifted and talented being able to shoot the basketball, being able to get to the rim, being able to make plays for others. You get a guy like that on the floor with you it makes it easier for not only myself but for everybody.”

Brandon Ingram missed a 3 for Los Angeles before Harden hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 132-130 with less than a minute left. Ingram tied it with a basket, and Harden again made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 133-132.

Los Angeles missed a 3 before Gordon also made just 1 of 2 free throws to leave Houston up by two with 12.6 seconds left. Kyle Kuzma lost the ball and it went out of bounds to give Houston the ball back. Gordon added four free throws after that to secure the victory.

It was the second straight overtime game for both teams after Houston lost to Brooklyn on Wednesday night and Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Kuzma had 32 points for Los Angeles and Ingram added 21 in a game where coach Luke Walton was ejected in the third quarter.

Already without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, the Lakers have another injury concern after Lonzo Ball sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. Walton said his X-rays were negative but that he’d have an MRI and “we’ll see where we are after that.”

Four straight points by the Lakers stretched the lead to nine in the fourth quarter, but Harden and Gordon made consecutive 3-pointers cut it to 112-109 with about two minutes remaining.

Los Angeles made four free throws to make it 116-109 about a minute later, but Harden made two 3-pointers around a basket by Ivica Zubac to get Houston within three with about 30 seconds left.

Lance Stephenson missed a 3-pointer and Harden made two free throws to cut the lead to 118-117 with 5.7 seconds left.

Zubac made two more free throws before Gordon’s off-balance 3-pointer with 2 seconds left sent it to OT.

“I saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope running out to me and I thought he was going to fly right by me, but he stood right there,” Gordon said. “So I had to try to shoot it with confidence and I’m glad it went in.”

The Lakers built a huge lead early and were up 64-46 at halftime, with Kuzma scoring 24 points.

They were ahead by 17 with about eight minutes left in the third quarter after scoring five straight points capped by a basket from Kuzma before Houston scored the next 15 points to cut it to 74-72 three minutes later. James Ennis had five points in that stretch and P.J. Tucker capped it with a 3-pointer.

Ball was injured just before Houston’s run began. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainer’s before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by Stephenson and Michael Beasley.

Walton was ejected a couple of minutes after that when he got two technical fouls after yelling at officials during a timeout.

Ingram pointed to losing Ball as when things started to get away from the Lakers.

“Right when Lonzo went out,” he said. “That’s exactly when it went away. We lost momentum a little bit.”

TIP-INS

Lakers: James was out for the 13th straight game with a strained left groin and did not make the trip. … Stephenson finished with 16 points.

Rockets: Harden also had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. … Ennis returned after missing Wednesday’s game after cutting his left leg in a fall at his house. … Chris Paul missed his 14th game in a row with a strained left hamstring … Clint Capela had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

THEY SAID IT

D’Antoni on Houston’s comeback: “Words don’t do it. That was just our guys showing a lot of heart.”

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host Golden State on Monday night.

Rockets: Visit Philadelphia on Monday night.

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‘Unsolved Mysteries’ is coming back, only ‘Stranger’

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Robert Stack brought us over 500 Unsolved Mysteries episodes from 1987 to 2010 across three networks. Apparently, that’s not enough, and now the executive producer of Stranger Things wants a shot at rebooting the iconic television show for Netflix.

Netflix Reboots ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ With ‘Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy

https://deadline.com/2019/01/netflix-unsolved-mysteries-shawn-levy-1202537462/The series, which was hosted by Robert Stack and ran for over 500 episodes between 1987 and 2010, is being refreshed by Stranger Things EP Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment and Netflix.

The 12-part show will use re-enactments in a documentary format to profile real-life mysteries and unsolved crimes, lost love, cases involving missing persons and unexplained paranormal events. Each episode will focus on one mystery. In the original series, actors played the victims, criminals and witnesses but family members and police were regularly interviewed.

My Take

This is one of those shows that really doesn’t have a conclusion. It could conceivably go on indefinitely because there are always new and interesting mysteries to be solved. Since each one has its own spin and attachment to reality, there’s no need to worry about fatigue.

Some shows need to be buried forever. Others have a valid reason to keep going and get a reboot. Unsolved Mysteries falls in the latter category.


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Trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum reveals everything we need and nothing we don’t

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Trailer for John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum reveals everything we need and nothing we dont

Fans of action movies have been foaming at the mouth over the John Wick series since it was launched in 2014. The first movie was amazing, scoring an uncanny 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, a rarity for action flicks. The sequel in 2017 was even better, scoring an 89% and breaking from the Hollywood tradition of completely botching things the second time around.

As the series reaches its cinematic climax, hopes are high that the long journey of the titular character, played by Keanu Reeves, will be the exception to the rule by delivering on three great movies. Few series have been able to do this, especially in the action genre. One can argue the Mission ImpossibleFast and Furious, and James Bond series were able to do it, but none of them did it consecutively. There were stinkers mixed in.

Lord of the Rings was a fantasy series with action while the original Star Wars trilogy did science fiction action like no other. Can John Wick be the first purely action trilogy to pull the trifecta?

If the trailer is any indicator, yes. Yes they can.

It has motorcycle sword fights. There’s a giant in the mix. We even get to see gun play on horseback. Throw in Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston, and the amazing supporting cast that has returned and suddenly there’s hope that the impossible can happen. They might be able to go from great to greater to greatest. Thankfully, this is a rare “good” trailer that gives us just enough information to know where we stand in the series but does’t have real spoilers that ruin the whole thing.

It’s noteworthy that this series has been one continuous series of events. Chapter 2 picked up shortly after the first, while Chapter 3 is an immediate continuation from Chapter 2.

The subtitle of the film, “Parabellum,” is Latin for “prepare for war.” That may not be possible since nothing can prepare fans to wait for it to come out, but we’re almost there. The film hits theaters on May 17.


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