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The NFL ‘Anthem rebellion’ is quelled. It was over before it began



There are only two real possibilities here for each NFL team this coming Sunday, in Week 4 of the season.

1. Everybody kneels or no-shows

2. Everybody stands

Of course, there are exceptions to this, but no real shades of gray. One kneeling or sitting player is simply another Kaepernick, who will earn fan derision into eternity. One standing player when all others are in the locker room will become an instant hero, with the rest of the team made to look like cowering simps. We know this from Week 3, and so does the NFL, the players, the management, and the owners.

There are some hints of surrender. I say the “Anthem rebellion” is over. President Trump has won.

I think it was never really in doubt, because the president has a preternatural sense (for a liberal New York billionaire) of how the pulse of America feels on many issues. Without getting into raw speculation, 4D chess, or Scott Adams’ theories on persuasion and perception, I think Trump eats and drinks media and eschews analysis. His gut has been trained on how to do this for 40 years. He knows in his knower.

The first white flag came from the New England Patriots.

The Carolina Panthers, who are playing the Patriots, will also be standing. Team by team, most of them will end up showing up, and standing for the anthem. Some holdouts will do their own thing, and nothing will be done about it. The media will focus on those things, but the media also got called out for telling camera operators not to show booing fans.

Unfortunately, the ratings aren’t rigged to lie like that. Advertisers know what the public wants, when they’re burning memorabilia, getting refunds on satellite TV packages and overall tuning out.

The Baltimore Ravens are mum on what they’re going to do, and that in itself portends surrender.


The Patriots Just Announced How They’ll Spend the National Anthem on Sunday — It’ll Make a Statement Patriot players will stand this Sunday during the National Anthem, a league source told me.

The Patriots will play the Carolina Panthers, who reportedly will also be standing. Trump has called for a ban against protesting the national anthem in the NFL. The league has also seen its fair share of fan backlash involving disgruntled fans burning their jerseys and broad drops in the ratings.

Ravens fans, bars eye Sunday for sign of whether NFL protests will pass or continue – Baltimore Sun fan plans to wear his Ravens jersey inside out. Others talked of selling once-prized tickets or leaving their seats following the national anthem. The Ravens and rival Pittsburgh Steelers have played 46 times but never quite like they will on Sunday: when the outcome of the contest will compete for attention with whether players will kneel again during the anthem and how fans will react.

TV Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Down Again On Day Of Player Protests | Deadline’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s game, Atlanta’s 34-23 win over Green Bay. Still, NFL ratings are down double-digits this season so far after taking a similar tackle-for-loss last year. Add to that, Sunday’s game was the worst a Week 3 SNF has done in 11-years.

NFL Camera Operators Told not to Show Booing Crowd When Players Knelt During Anthem are everything to a message, and it wouldn’t do well if the networks showed the NFL kneelers — the media’s latest favorite fad — receiving boos and disapproving shouts while it was going on. The league saw this weekend’s unprecedented anthem coverage as a golden opportunity to demonstrate unity among players, coaches and owners — and opposition to Trump’s comments. Of course, in today’s era, when everyone and their dog has a camera that can display anything to everyone at that very moment, that “golden opportunity to demonstrate unity” narrative was bound to collapse faster than a house of cards in a wind tunnel.

DirecTV is offering refunds for NFL Sunday Ticket to fans offended by national anthem protests – LA Times subscribers who want to drop the NFL Sunday Ticket because of the protests during the national anthem before games are being offered refunds, according to multiple media sources.

The Wall Street Journal also spoke with some DirecTV subscribers who indicated the same. I just wanted to make a point.” The Journal noted that DirecTV had varying responses regarding the refunds. The Sunday Ticket package can cost close to $300.

NFL protests updates: A team-by-team look at the NFL vs. Donald Trump –

There are countless examples of the positive influence and extraordinary impact these players have on our community. Football is something that has always united us as Americans and, particularly in times like these, has the ability to inspire rather than divide. It’s a brotherhood in the locker room, we’re out in the community, and we know ourselves.

Here’s a look at how each team responded to Trump’s remarks…

Final Thoughts

Thus endeth the rebellion. For the NFL players, this ended worse than the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island in 1842, where the stolen cannon didn’t fire and the rebels scattered to the winds. It was a victory for Donald Trump, but most of all, it was a victory for the fans. The NFL and teams, collectively, have been screwing their fans for decades.

Think about it: the NFL is a sport where practically every player is a millionaire, every owner (except the oh-so-holy-and-grandfathered Green Bay Packers) a billionaire, most of the game officials are lawyers doing the job as a part-time gig, the league president is also an attorney, and everything the relatively small club of rich people do is designed to extract money from the very people they are all supposed to be entertaining. My father would have called it (and probably did at one point) “a racket.”

Finally, they’ve done something so distracting and deleterious to the game to incite fans, en masse, to depart and break the emotional bonds forged over generations to their teams. Of course, when teams pack up and move over extortion demands for new, ever-more-luxe stadiums anyway, that does tend to harm the marriage between fans and teams.

It doesn’t matter whether fans agree or disagree with Trump–most disagree. It’s the game of football that won here, and Trump was on the winning side. Trump chose the winning side before the battle even begun.

In fact, the battle was over before it began.

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  1. Susan

    September 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Stand or kneel, don’t forget that the NFL opposes Religious Freedom. People still shouldn’t give them their money.

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Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’



Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch Bambi

OZARKS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer.

David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history, the Springfield News-Leader reports .

“The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, for their heads, leaving the bodies of the deer to waste,” said Don Trotter, the prosecuting attorney in Lawrence County.

Berry, his father, two brothers and another man who helped them had their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges revoked temporarily or permanently. The men have paid a combined $51,000 in fines and court costs — but the judge ordered a special addition to Berry’s sentence for illegally taking wildlife.

Court records show he was ordered by Lawrence County Judge Robert George to “view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter” while at the county jail.

Berry was also sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation.

His father, David Berry Sr., and his brother, Kyle Berry, were arrested in August after a nearly nine-month investigation that also involved cases in Kansas, Nebraska and Canada. The Missouri Department of Conservation said information from the investigation led to 14 Missouri residents facing more than 230 charges in 11 counties.

Investigators say David Berry Sr.’s other son, Eric Berry, was later caught with another person spotlighting deer, where poachers use light at night to make deer pause and easier to hunt.

The investigation into the Berrys began in late 2015, when the conservation agency received an anonymous tip about deer poaching in Lawrence County.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader,

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Binge-worthy show: Counterpart works because J.K. Simmons is incredible. Twice.



With season 2 of the Starz hit Counterpart getting going, I thought I should go ahead and binge the first season to see if it’s one to follow going forward. Despite a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and universal acclaim, I’ll admit I probably wouldn’t move forward to season 2 if it weren’t for two letters and a surname: J.K. Simmons.

Very minor spoilers ahead for the sake of understanding why you should see this show.

Imagine if the world we know copied itself 30-years ago. These two worlds continued without knowledge of each other, save for a select few on each side who are aware of the tunnel below a building in Berlin that connects the two worlds. Now, imagine if both sides kept the existence of this secret from everyone, even most of the world’s governments, and instead ran a shadow organization in the building above the tunnel that allowed the two sides to cooperate.

That’s the world of Counterpart.

This is where it gets interesting. J.K. Simmons plays Howard Silk… twice. In the “alpha” version of the world he’s a mild-mannered operator working in the building above the tunnel but unaware of what it does or the role he plays in everything. The “prime” version is a badass secret agent who must travel to the “alpha” side to foil a plot that would bring the two sides to war.

The premise is pretty clever, albeit not completely unique. There have been stories of alternate realities playing with or against each other in everything from comic books to Star Trek shows. This is the first I’ve seen that plays it more as a spy game in an inter-reality Cold War setting, but nonetheless it’s a relatively common premise. What Star Trek fan doesn’t remember evil Spock?

Spock Mirror

On the merits of the story alone, I’d see this as an acceptable show to watch. Not quite binge-worthy, but a nice aside while waiting for the next season of The Expanse for sci-fi fans. What pushes it up to the binge-worthy level is the dual performances of Simmons. Despite the parallels between the two characters he plays, the audience is never confused about which one they’re seeing. He doesn’t even have to speak most of the time. We can tell by the way he carries himself, the expressions he makes, and the bearing he holds when looking at people.

That’s actually not that hard. What Simmons does masterfully is he accomplishes this without exaggerating the differences. He brings them to light with subtly, giving us just enough understanding of who the characters are without overplaying those differences.

There’s one more thing that the show does well that should be noted since it almost lost me otherwise. Just when you’re getting a little bored with the mundane aspects of the spy game, it slams you across the face with an unexpected twist or impromptu action scene. Even a simple conversation about arranging travel can turn into a gun versus fireplace poker fight to the death.

Great actors can take good material and turn it into something special. Though we’ve only seen one full season of Counterpart, it’s clear that J.K. Simmons makes it worth the watch.

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Travelers season 3 launches tonight and fans are going nuts



Travelers season 3 launches tonight and fans are going nuts

Technically, it will be launched tomorrow at midnight, but who wants to get technical?

Time traveling science fiction has never been as great as it is with Travelers. This is one of the most binge-worthy shows on streaming television for a reason.

Binge-worthy show: Travelers season 3 is here. Time to catch up on the first two seasons. 3 will be released on December 14 and I’m truly pumped. I haven’t been this excited about a new season of a show since the last season of Sherlock (which was admittedly disappointing). Season 2 ended with a world-changing cliffhanger. Luckily for those of you who haven’t seen the show yet, you have plenty of time to watch the two 12-episode season on Netflix.

Here’s a very brief overview of the premise:

Hundreds of years in the future, humankind isn’t doing so well. The planet is dying. The people are dying. All they have going for them is advanced technology that allows them to carry on with their dismal existences. Things are so bad, they decide to go back to the past – 2016 – and change things in a systematic way that will create a better world.

Season 2 ended on an extreme cliffhanger, one that will change the fabric of the story completely. It was so intense that by the last few minutes of the episode it almost seemed like a series finale. That’s how drastic it was. That’s how much things are about to change.

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are buzzing over the new season dropping. The Canadian-American show has resurrected an interest in time-travel entertainment while never getting too nerdy. It’s almost contradictory that the science invoked by an understanding of the space-time continuum is able to exist within an excellent cast and a tight storyline that keeps viewers so engaged.

The new season of Travelers drops on Netflix at midnight, PST. Fans should prepare their excuses for calling in sick tomorrow. The Director has a mission for you.

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