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Jerry Jones to Roger Goodell: “I’m gonna come after you with everything I have”

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The NFL has problems, and I’m not talking about their lack of star power at the quarterback position. From dwindling attendance to the public relations nightmare of players kneeling, the NFL under Commissioner Roger Goodell has been in a state of a decline for a while.

Jerry Jones agrees. The Dallas Cowboy’s owner had some harsh words for the commissioner.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in bitter battle few saw coming led by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/21441056/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-bitter-battle-saw-coming-led-dallas-cowboys-owner-jerry-jones“I’m gonna come after you with everything I have,” Jones said. Then he mentioned Deflategate. “If you think Bob Kraft came after you hard, Bob Kraft is a p—y compared to what I’m going to do.”

Nobody knows what Jones is going to do. But at the age of 58, Goodell is fighting to keep his job. In public, he looks fresh and energetic, and he is more resolute than ever to leave with a legacy of having come close to fixing football’s long-standing issues. Up close, though, his face has changed due to relentless stress; it is now sallow and lined and tired. Roger Goodell is in a battle few saw coming, with the league’s membership teetering on an all-out, unprecedented civil war.

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Carolina Panthers owner selling team after reports of sexual harassment, racial slurs

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Carolina Panthers owner selling team after reports of sexual harassment racial slurs

Two years removed from a Super Bowl loss, the Carolina Panthers will soon have a new owner. The team made multiple confidential payouts for workplace misconduct by owner Jerry Richardson that included sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur. Richardson will be selling the team at the end of the season.

The team is reportedly worth around $2.3 billion. With franchise quarterback Cam Newton signed through 2020 and a probably playoff berth this season, they have an upside now that they’re on the market.

Further Reading

Jerry Richardson: New details on allegations against Panthers owner

https://www.si.com/jerry-richardson-carolina-panthers-settlements-workplace-misconduct-sexual-harassment-racial-slurFriday was Jeans Day, when most staffers at the Carolina Panthers team offices would wear denim to work. The female employees knew what that meant. As the team’s owner, Jerry Richardson, made his rounds on the way to his spacious office, he would ask women to turn around so he could admire their backsides. Then, in his rolling Southern drawl, he’d offer comment, drawing from a store of one-liners he’d recycle each week. Among those in heaviest rotation: Show me how you wiggle to get those jeans up. I bet you had to lay down on your bed to fit into those jeans. Did you step into those jeans or did you have to jump into them?

Panthers owner selling team upon reports of sexual misconduct – Axios

https://www.axios.com/panthers-owner-selling-team-upon-reports-of-sexual-misconduct-2518280277.htmlCarolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said on Sunday he would be selling his NFL team at the end of this season, according to Sports Illustrated.

Why it matters: The announcement comes hours after a Sports Illustrated report that the Panthers were opening an internal investigation into “workplace misconduct” claims against Richardson. Among these is an alleged racial slur against an African American employee, and repeated sexual harassment against female employees.

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Don’t watch the trailer for 15:17 to Paris. Just see the movie.

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Dont watch the trailer for 1517 to Paris Just see the movie

You’ll thank me later if you do exactly as I say. On this story, you’ll notice a trailer. I’m obligated to put it up there because most of you won’t heed my warning. You’ll hear that there’s a true story directed by Clint Eastwood starring the actual men who lived through the experiences of that day and you’ll watch the trailer.

I wish I hadn’t.

I wish I would have done what I used to do, which was to not watch trailers of movies I already know I’m going to watch in theaters. Lately, I’ve been writing more entertainment stories so I’m compelled to watch trailers. It’s my burden to bear.

It doesn’t have to be yours. Plan on seeing this movie next February. If you need a refresher on the events from 2015, here’s the synopsis of the movie:

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

There. Now do yourself a favor and skip the trailer. Just watch the movie itself. You’ve been warned.

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit?

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Do feminists really want to win awards for anything other than merit

I don’t dive into stories about feminism very often. One story caught my eye and brought out the “fairness” tingling I usually bury in my gizzards. The claim being made by many feminists following the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations is that the absence of a woman for the Best Director category is wrong, not because there were women who were more deserving but because the nomination should be a reflection of the diversity in society.

In other words, they’re saying there should have been a token woman in the mix even if she didn’t deserve it because women need more women to be given things they don’t deserve. Or something like that.

Here’s the story from DailyWire that compiles many of the complaints by feminists:

Feminists Angry Over Golden Globes Snubbing Female Directors

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24608/feminists-angry-over-golden-globes-snubbing-female-paul-bois“Award shows are only relevant insofar as they provide an interesting portrait of the zeitgeist,” writes Zeba Blay at HuffPo. “We can debate all day about which movie is better than which or who deserved what trophy, but as a collective, these nominations and accolades are supposed to say something about the culture as a whole, and that’s perhaps the only thing that makes them worth talking about at all.”

“The main thing the Golden Globes give a nominee is visibility,” tweeted Rebecca Keegan, the Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair. “Another reason why it’s depressing they went with an all male director category. Few women directors will achieve power of Spielberg, Nolan, Scott without the opportunity to be seen.”

Actress Amber Tamblyn chastised Spielberg and Nolan on Twitter for failing to campaign on behalf of women directors, which is rather anti-feminist considering that her call is for men to help women up when they should be able to do it themselves.

“The men nominated here should speak to the fact that they don’t share this honor with a single woman in their category,” Tamblyn tweeted. “That something is glaringly missing from this list. Be an ally. This is not acceptable.”

Gerwig aside, the other lady directors that feminists have alleged were snubbed are: Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman,” Sofia Coppola for “The Beguiled,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Detroit,” and Dee Rees for “Mudbound.”

My Take

These awards (and any like them) should come down to one thing: merit. I already hate that there’s politics involved in so many of them; it still stings that Zero Dark Thirty was so thoroughly snubbed over politics. I also can’t stand that they use a round-robin system at times. They like to spread the love, so if an amazing performance is put out by someone who has already won and another person in the same category hasn’t gone on stage before, they’re often given the nod. This last complaint is minor, but it’s there.

What’s not minor is the notion that we need to express cultural diversity through awards nominations. If feminists want more women to win awards, help get more women to make movies. Support those movies financially by going to see them. One of the names on the feminists’ list of snubbed directors is Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled. Nobody nominated it because nobody saw it. The period piece had a total domestic gross of just over $10 million and scored a respectable 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. Respectable, but not award-worthy when you consider the lowest score among the movies with directors nominated is an 86% for Steven Speilberg’s The Post.

This is just another way of adding politics to Hollywood. Is it too much to ask that Hollywood simply focused on entertaining us? Leave the social justice, political correctness, and cultural righteousness out of the movie business.

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