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  • NFL's 'Sunday Night Football' Slightly Down In Ratings Again

    09/26/2016 10:21:50 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 23 replies
    Can't Post ^ | 26 Sept 2016 | Brandon Katz
    Chicago Bears last night drew in 18.62 million viewers, scoring a 6.8/21 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the group most coveted by advertisers. That marks a fall from last week’s 7.4 rating in the 18-49 demo. Last night’s game also scored a 12.9/21 in Nielsen’s metered-market rating, a decline from last week’s 13.7/23.
  • NFL Sponsors and Contact Information

    09/25/2016 8:13:13 AM PDT · by pb929 · 46 replies
    Vanity ^ | 9/25/16 | Self
    This is a list of current NFL sponsors along with contact information for most of them. I will complete the missing info soon. If you are upset about the disrespect some NFL players have been showing toward our flag and the support they've gotten from their teams and the NFL itself, you can contact their sponsors and let them know how you feel.
  • Ratings Deflategate: Why the NFL is down this season

    09/25/2016 7:40:53 AM PDT · by Will88 · 71 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 23, 2016 | Frank Pallotta
    Through the first two weeks of the regular season, the league's premiere game, NBC's "Sunday Night Football," is down 12% in viewership compared to last year; ESPN's big game, "Monday Night Football," is also down 12%; and CBS' first "Thursday Night Football" game fell a whopping 26%, according to Nielsen data.
  • Boycott the NFL

    09/24/2016 10:02:57 PM PDT · by pboyington · 58 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 24, 2016 | Joe Ragonese
    I was a police officer for 36 years. Prior to being a police officer I served six years in the U.S. Air Force, four on active duty and two in the reserves. Before that, my fondest memories, while growing up, are of going to the VFW with my dad on Friday night for their fish fry or clam bake. When I was in high school I played on that VFW Post’s Drum & Bugle Corps. My Dad served in the Merchant Marine during WW II, and recounted having been torpedoed once while on a North Atlantic convoy. All of my...
  • Colin Kaepernick Caper: Throw Away Country

    09/24/2016 9:59:38 PM PDT · by pboyington · 6 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 24, 2016 | Frosty Wooldridge
    The United States of America, your community, your state, our nation—faces becoming a “Throw Away Country.” While San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick created the latest sensation by dishonoring our flag, our military men and women who fought and died to make this a free country, and our national anthem—he represents a rip tide of angry, misguided and anti-American citizens or non-citizens growing in strength and numbers daily. If we celebrate another 10 million or 50 million Colin Kaepernicks, will we survive? In the past month, high school students disgraced our national anthem by kneeling in irreverence and protest against our...
  • When security taught about surviving a police encounter, Jenkins knew things had changed

    09/24/2016 3:33:36 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 09/24/2016 | Les Bowen
    ---SNIP--- Eagles safety Jenkins, 28, plans to continue his protest Sunday when his team faces the visiting Steelers. Regardless of heated, visceral reaction from some fans, he said he feels the issue of racial inequality is too important for him to be silent.
  • LOOK: Kaepernick kneels at high school game while players protest on their backs

    09/24/2016 3:50:59 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 24, 2016 | Ryan Wilson
    Colin Kaepernick has yet to throw a regular-season pass, but the 49ers' backup quarterback's decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest social inequality has made an impact that extends well beyond a football game. As Kaepernick continues to protest, he has been joined by other NFL players, and athletes -- both professional and amateur -- in other sports. It has become a divisive topic nationally, especially in light of recent shootings of African-American men by police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina. On Friday night, Kaepernick was in Oakland at Castlemont High School, where he...

    09/23/2016 6:48:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | September 21, 2016 | Sean Keely
    Primetime ratings for the opening weekend of the 2016 NFL season were not kind. Not only were they down across almost the entire board, Monday Night Football‘s numbers showed signs that last season’s slide might be continuing. MNF averaged an 8.1 rating for the 2015 season while garnering an average viewership of 12.9 million, down two percent and three percent, respectively. In Week 1 of the 2016 season, the early game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins was the least watched MNF game since 2012 (7.7 rating, 13.0 million viewers), while the San Francisco 49ers – Los Angeles Rams...
  • Richard Sherman says people are ignoring message of NFL players' protests

    09/23/2016 6:02:20 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 79 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 21, 2016 | Dan Loumena
    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman did not take questions from reporters on Wednesday during his media session, instead reading a statement that said the message of NFL players’ protests during the national anthem has been lost.
  • NFL Has 32 League-Wide Partners This Season

    09/22/2016 9:19:05 PM PDT · by calebcar · 23 replies
    Sports Business Daily ^ | September 23, 2015
    The NFL this season has 32 league-wide category sponsors, including new brands in the auto and yogurt categories. Hyundai this season begins a four-year deal with the league. The automaker replaces GM, which had been the NFL’s official auto brand since ’01. Dannon, which began running Super Bowl spots in ’12, begins the first year of its league-wide deal after signing on in July '14. NFL corporate partnership benefits vary from deal to deal, but they typically include category exclusivity, use of league marks for advertising and promotional purposes, event signage, media exposure through radio, print and TV ads, as...
  • Poll: 44% Likely to Turn Off NFL If National Anthem Protests Continue

    09/22/2016 10:11:48 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/22/16 | Daniel J. Flynn
    A Yahoo survey says that 44 percent of Americans report a likelihood of shutting off NFL games should players continue to kneel for the national anthem. The poll result follows Nielsen ratings showing that many fans already do something else beside watching football this season. Monday Night Football endured its lowest ratings earlier this week since moving to ESPN a decade ago and Sunday games also suffer year-to-year losses, albeit smaller than the double-digit decline witnessed at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The absence of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may help explain viewership losses. But another quarterback also not...
  • NFL’s end run to the left doesn’t sit well with Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon

    09/22/2016 9:18:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    “Kilgannon Demands NFL Halt Anti-American Protests” Not everyone agrees with the radical swerve to the left exhibited by the National Football League during the past years. On September 6th, Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon addressed a direct though respectful letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking that he put an end to the Anti-American, National Anthem protests of San Francisco Forty Niners’ reserve Colin Kaepernick and other players. Speaking “…on behalf of those we represent at Freedom Alliance – military heroes and their families,” Kilgannon made certain to remind Commissioner Goodell that the NFL, its teams owners and players are...
  • Poll: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick most disliked player in league

    09/22/2016 3:25:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 21, 2016 | Darren Rovell
    Colin Kaepernick is now the most disliked player in the NFL. That's at least according to a recent poll of Americans by E-Poll Marketing Research, which asked 1,100 people whose demographics were representative of the general population. The poll, taken last week, revealed that Kaepernick was "disliked a lot" by 29 percent of those polled, more than any of the more than 350 players asked about in the survey. Kaepernick finished ahead, in the dislike category, of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (22 percent), Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh (21 percent), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (13...
  • Poll: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick most disliked player in league

    09/21/2016 6:16:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 21, 2016 | DARREN ROVELL
    Colin Kaepernick is now the most disliked player in the NFL. That's at least according to a recent poll of Americans by E-Poll Marketing Research, which asked 1,100 people whose demographics were representative of the general population. The poll, taken last week, revealed that Kaepernick was "disliked a lot" by 29 percent of those polled, more than any of the more than 350 players asked about in the survey. Kaepernick finished ahead, in the dislike category, of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (22 percent), Miami Dolphins defensive end Ndamukong Suh (21 percent), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (13...
  • Are National Anthem Protests Costing NFL Viewership?

    09/21/2016 10:29:06 AM PDT · by hawaiianninja · 99 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 20 Sept 2016 | Christy Strawser
    (WWJ) James Olson, a Sports Illustrated subscriber since fourth grade, watches action-packed NFL games on TV to escape from the endless round of political bickering playing out on other channels. But with more national anthem protests cropping up, he feels like politics has taken over his favorite sport, too. So he’s tuning out. “I want to say to these guys ‘If you weren’t playing in the NFL, you would be working at McDonalds. I think people have had it,” said, Olson, a Birmingham, Mich., resident.
  • NFL’s TV ratings still falling?

    09/20/2016 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 74 replies
    Is it time for Roger Goodell and the NFL to hit the panic button? Last week’s Sunday Night Football matchup drew in its lowest ratings in seven years (Monday Night Football didn’t fare any better) and last night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings fell even further. According to Deadline, the primetime portion of last night’s game scored a 13.7/22 in Nielsen’s metered market ratings as the Vikings went on to beat the Packers 17-14. Not only is that down 18% from last year’s ratings, it’s also a 9% dip compared to the SNF opener just last...
  • Kaepernick says 'everybody's eyes' on Tulsa probe

    09/20/2016 4:18:21 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 20, 2016 | The Associated Press
    San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa is "the perfect example" of what he's protesting when he refuses to stand for the national anthem at 49ers' games. Kaepernick said Tuesday that "everybody's eyes" will be on Tulsa as authorities investigate the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher. He says criminal charges should be filed in the shooting death.
  • Colin Kaepernick says he's received death threats from 'a couple different avenues'

    09/20/2016 3:49:08 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 20, 2016 | Sean Wagner-McGough
    Colin Kaepernick's protest has turned ugly. The 49ers' quarterback revealed on Tuesday that he's received death threats from "a couple different avenues," according to Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne. The Mercury News' Cam Inman provided more information: Kaepernick said he does not alert team security in the wake of such threats, because, "to me, if something like that were to happen, you've proved my point and it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now. [Snip] Kaepernick has maintained that he'll continue...
  • NFL Week 2 Overnights: Eagles/Bears Hits Week 2 Low on MNF("lowest ever for MNF in Week 2")

    09/20/2016 12:30:36 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 69 replies ^ | Sept 20, 2016
    The Week 2 Eagles/Bears Monday Night Football game earned an 8.3 overnight rating on ESPN, down 11% from Jets/Colts last year (9.3), down 16% from Eagles/Colts in 2014 (9.9), and the lowest ever for MNF in Week 2 of the season. The previous low was an 8.5 for Washington/Philadelphia in 2007. The Eagles’ win, which peaked at a 10.1 from 9:30-9:45 PM ET, was the ninth of the first 13 NFL telecast windows this season to hit a multi-year low in the overnights. That includes all three MNF telecasts. ESPN’s telecast drew a 16.2 rating in Philadelphia and an 11.2...
  • NFL Live Thread Week Three

    09/20/2016 5:26:28 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 197 replies
    NFL Live Thread Week 3 Thursday, Sept. 22 8:25 p.m. ET Texans at Patriots Sunday, Sept. 25 1 p.m. ET Cardinals at Bills 1 p.m. ET Raiders at Titans 1 p.m. ET Redskins at Giants 1 p.m. ET Browns at Dolphins 1 p.m. ET Ravens at Jaguars 1 p.m. ET Lions at Packers 1 p.m. ET Broncos at Bengals 1 p.m. ET Vikings at Panthers 4:05 p.m. ET Rams at Buccaneers 4:05 p.m. ET 49ers at Seahawks 4:25 p.m. ET Jets at Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET Chargers at Colts 4:25 p.m. ET Steelers at Eagles 8:30 p.m. ET Bears at...
  • NFL Suffers Ratings Drop After Pandering To The SJW Narrative

    09/19/2016 5:53:39 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 114 replies ^ | Sept 16, 2016 | Brian Logan
    The NFL has been a ratings juggernaut for years, a consistent cash cow for the major TV networks. However, last weekend, there was a notable decrease in viewership. The incident was discussed on September 12th in an article by the Barrett Sports Media network:When the NFL kicks off regular season play, television networks expect their ratings to soar higher than the previous season. Given the popularity of the National Football League, it’s understandable to have those expectations. But for the start of the 2016 campaign, the ratings were less than what FOX, CBS and NBC had hoped for. The NFL...
  • Vanity: MNF Preview Show Broke the Camels Back - Tired of the PC

    09/19/2016 5:49:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Vanity | February 19, 2016 | Me
    I was watching the ESPN Monday Night Football preview show and there was the scroll on the left side of the screen of what was upcoming. On item had the Aguilas (Eagles) v. Osos (Bears). This is PC pandering for Hispanic Heritage Month starting this week. I know this because of course the Fortune 500 company I work for distributed an e-mail telling us cubicle serfs it was Hispanic Month and we should all appreciate it. When I saw that I turned off the tv and walked away. The NFL and their PC corporate partners have broken my back. This...
  • Who Controls Game Airing Content?

    09/19/2016 5:39:13 PM PDT · by rey · 12 replies
    Someone raised an interesting point a few days ago. During the regular season, the anthem is not shown and now it is. Who controls what is seen from a game and what is not? My friend says the network because it is their system which is airing it and is ultimately responsible for what is aired. I thought all the content was the property of the NFL and couldn't be used, aired, transmitted, or retransmitted without their permission? Who is responsible? It is sort of like when the Klan marches; if no one shows for the parade, what's the point?...
  • Taking a knee isn't enough - black power salute by three Eagles.

    09/19/2016 5:26:12 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 87 replies
  • Report: Lady Gaga to Headline 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show

    09/19/2016 7:33:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 19, 2016 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Pop superstar Lady Gaga is set to headline the 2017 NFL Super Bowl halftime show, according to a report. Us Weekly reports that the 30-year-old “Fame Monster” will perform February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
  • 2016 NFL TV RATINGS (Compared to last year) [Down 27% in some markets]

    09/19/2016 7:22:33 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 67 replies ^ | 19 Sept 2016
    Television ratings and viewership for every game of the 2016 NFL season, compared to last yearWEEK ONE Late DH NYG/DAL (90%) FOX 15.5, +15% Kickoff CAR/DEN NBC 14.6, -10% SNF NE/AZ NBC 13.1, -15% Single Regional action CBS 9.3, -20% Early DH GB/JAX (34%) FOX 9.2 +2% MNF PIT/WSH ESPN 7.7, -9% MNF LA/SF ESPN 6.2 -30% WEEK TWOTNF NYJ/BUF CBS, NFLN 9.5 -26%

    09/19/2016 5:45:10 AM PDT · by KansasConservative1 · 37 replies
    Self ^ | 091916 | Self
    Having served my country for 10 years, TO ME it is an abomination that the over-paid NFL players sit (or otherwise disrespect)our flag and our national anthem. They have the right to do that, I have the right to #BoycottNFL I may be the only one but I will not pay for the "stage" for these losers to stand on.
  • Roger Goodell praises player demonstrations for going from 'protests to progress'

    09/19/2016 3:59:36 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
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  • Roger Goodell says players' demonstrations going from 'protests to progress'

    09/18/2016 6:25:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies ^ | 9/18/16 | Ben Goessling
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged players to speak their minds on social issues Sunday in the wake of Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand for the national anthem. While Goodell said he has not reached out to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, the commissioner has praised the shift of players' activism from 'protests to progress.'
  • Eagles planning anthem demonstration on Monday night

    09/17/2016 12:49:46 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 99 replies
    Pro Football Talk ^ | 09/17/2016 | Mike Florio
    The first Sunday of the regular season coincided with the 15th anniversary of 9/11. And while there were still some demonstrations from NFL players during the national anthem, at least one team refrained on that day — but won’t in Week Two. “Everybody wants to be a part of it and I feel like it’s no different on our team,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins told Glen Macnow of WIP in Philadelphia on Friday, via “We got guys, especially myself, who feel very strongly about the topic. Last week, we talked about doing some stuff, but we wanted to make...
  • Clutching his tiny American flag, Redskins lineman becomes a U.S. citizen

    09/14/2016 9:43:18 AM PDT · by boycott · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-14-16 | Dan Steinberg
    The latest story about an NFL player and a flag began Tuesday morning just after 11, in the great hall of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Frances Perkins building. All 45 candidates for naturalization held miniature American flags as they sat in plastic chairs and listened to government officials deliver paeans to the power of immigration. Those included the first two candidates in the front row, perhaps the smallest and the biggest of the 45. There was tiny Dahlia Lyons, a native of the Philippines and the only military spouse in the ceremony. And next to her was the 6-foot-5...
  • NFL Idiots Dissing Our National Anthem Is Another Reason Why Trump Will Win!

    09/14/2016 8:51:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 14, 2016 | Lloyd Marcus
    My intention was to enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon on my sofa watching NFL football. Outrageously, players on both teams, Miami vs Seattle, protested our National Anthem. I became extremely angry. I could not stomach watching these highly paid, arrogant, ungrateful, spoiled-brat idiots play football. I yelled to Mary in another room, “Honey, get dressed. I'm taking you to dinner!” For crying out loud, here we are on the anniversary of 9/11. These morons showed no respect for their country, nor the 3000 Americans murdered by Islamic terrorists on this day 15 years ago. Why are NFL coaches allowing players...
  • South Park Teases New Season With Trailer Trashing Colin Kaepernick Supporters

    09/14/2016 3:48:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies ^ | 9/13/16 | Charlie Hoffmann
    The South Park characters were shown singing these lyrics: Colin Kaepernick is great. / Cops are pigs, cops are pigs. / Wait, someone just took my stuff I need to call the cops. / Oh, no, I just said cops are pigs. / Who’s gonna help me get my stuff? Why did I listen to Colin Kaepernick, / He’s not even any good. / Oh, I just got all my stuff back Cops are pigs again, cops are pigs. / Colin Kaepernick’s a good backup … The tweet includes a not so subtle jab at Kaepernick by asking viewers to...
  • NFL Live Thread Week Two

    09/13/2016 12:20:22 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 128 replies
    NFL Live Thread Week Two Thursday, Sept. 15 8:25 p.m. ET Jets at Bills Sunday, Sept. 18 1 p.m. ET 49ers at Panthers 1 p.m. ET Cowboys at Redskins 1 p.m. ET Bengals at Steelers 1 p.m. ET Saints at Giants 1 p.m. ET Dolphins at Patriots 1 p.m. ET Chiefs at Texans 1 p.m. ET Titans at Lions 1 p.m. ET Ravens at Browns 4:05 p.m. ET Seahawks at Rams 4:05 p.m. ET Buccaneers at Cardinals 4:25 p.m. ET Jaguars at Chargers 4:25 p.m. ET Falcons at Raiders 4:25 p.m. ET Colts at Broncos 8:30 p.m. ET Packers at...

    09/13/2016 11:35:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Vice Sports ^ | September 12, 2016 | Ty Schalter
    The Houston Texans' Lamar Miller is one of the last of a dying breed: the workhorse running back. Miller's 106-yard Texans debut made him the only NFL tailback to crack the century mark this week, pending Monday Night Football's results. If that holds, it'll be the first time that's happened since at least the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. Moreover, he did it in a distinctly old-school way: with a heavy diet of 28 carries, and no run longer than 12 yards. Miller kept the offense on schedule; the Texans were able to convert 60 percent of their third-down opportunities.
  • CenturyLink is terminating agreement with Brandon Marshall

    09/13/2016 9:43:33 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 27 replies ^ | 9/12/16 | Century Link
    “We completely respect Brandon Marshall's personal decision and right to take an action to support something in which he strongly believes. America is anchored in the right of individuals to express their beliefs. While we acknowledge Brandon's right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.”
  • National Anthem has special meaning for Villanueva

    09/13/2016 9:20:31 AM PDT · by grayhog · 8 replies ^ | 8/29/2016 | Interview
    Alejandro Villanueva takes great pride every time he hears the National Anthem. Alejandro Villanueva was hesitant at first to address the conversation generated over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick making the decision not to stand during the National Anthem before the team’s games as part of a political statement. Villanueva is respectful of the fact that everyone has the freedom to express themselves in whatever manner they see fit. But after being asked several times during the Steelers’ open locker room session at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday morning what his thoughts were, Villanueva shared his take...
  • 5 players join 49ers Kaepernick in Monday Night Football protest (Pics)

    09/13/2016 6:40:43 AM PDT · by GailA · 82 replies
    AZ ^ | 9/13/19
    RNN) – San Francisco backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem on Monday night, and was joined by teammate Eric Reid. The game was the second contest of a Monday Night Football doubleheader. The 49ers are playing the Rams. Teammates Eli Harold and Antoine Bethea each raised a fist in the air.
  • 49ers fans trying to dump tickets to Rams game at a fraction of face value

    09/12/2016 7:51:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies ^ | 9/12/16 | Bill Disbrow
    The 49er Faithful are already being tested. With a shortage of talent and a brutal schedule on tap, the 2016 team is projected to be the worst in a long, long time. It seems some fans are already jumping ship. As of Monday morning, tickets to the opening night game against the Los Angeles Rams were offered for under $50 on the ticket resale site StubHub, $40 (plus fees) on the team's official resale partner, TicketMaster. Compare that to the cheapest individual seat for season ticket holders, $85, and you have a massive discount for the first game of the...
  • Dumping Dolphins

    09/12/2016 11:41:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Facebook ^ | September 12, 2016 | Michael P. Ramirez
    DUMPING DOLPHINS I have to say, after the pathetic display by the Miami Dolphins yesterday - and I'm not just talking about their usual pathetic play on the field, but rather, the silly seated protest during the national anthem - I am sad to say, the time may have come to finally hang up my fins. To be completely fair, I must confess, I actually stopped watching professional football almost two decades ago... Don't get me wrong, I am still a longtime Dolphin fan... It's just they haven't played professional football since 2002. I remember the golden days of the...
  • Four Dolphins take knee - Seattle team unified

    09/12/2016 7:25:37 AM PDT · by GailA · 29 replies
    Sunsentinal ^ | 9/12/19
    Seattle’s full team interlocked arms and stood on the sideline. “Unity,” was their idea. Unity of a team asking for a more unified community. Cornerback Jeremy Lane, who took a knee during Seattle’s game last week, joined the team in locked arms. So the players agreed to act like a team with one voice here. On the Dolphins, four players - Arian Foster, Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins - stood during a ceremony for the 9-11 victims on Sunday’s 15th anniversary. They then dropped to a knee at the start of the anthem. The rest of the team...
  • Titans' Avery Williamson Wears 9/11 Tribute Cleats Despite NFL Fine Threat

    09/12/2016 5:25:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Williamson decided he will auction them off to benefit Operation Warrior WishesThe NFL has already ruled at least one 9/11 tribute out of bounds on opening weekend. Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson wore a pair of custom cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks during the home opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, despite being told by the league to shelve them. On 15th Anniversary of 9/11, 'the Grief Never Goes Away' Williamson was informed by the league he would be fined for a uniform violation if he wore the shoes.
  • Hyde: Four protesting Dolphins joined by a big fifth — owner Steve Ross

    09/12/2016 5:38:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 9/11/16 | Dave Hyde
    Steve Ross applauded the four Dolphins players who knelt during the anthem.... After they stood by kneeling, after they spoke loudly saying nothing, long after four Miami Dolphins players became a national story by their protest during the national anthem, they were joined by a fifth Dolphin. Steve Ross, the team owner, went up to safety Michael Thomas in the locker room and shook his hand. And so this national sports protest for change and more racial awareness got its biggest recruit to date.... He's a multi-billionaire. He's a game-changer, too. And if players face some fans' wrath for kneeling...
  • Seattle Seahawks Won’t Take A Knee Or Sit During National Anthem

    09/11/2016 3:47:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | September 11, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    There were rumors that the Seattle Seahawks were going to protest the national anthem. Reports of a good portion, or even the whole team, were going to participate in this act on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks certainly raised some people’s blood pressures, ever since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to remain seated during the national anthem.Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”The Seahawks protest though was met with a different reaction due to the day, their season-opener against...
  • Giants Stars Dare NFL to Fine Them for Cleats in Tribute of 9/11

    09/11/2016 11:23:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 11, 2016 | Emily Saul
    These guys are true blue. Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz paid their respects to the victims of 9/11 on Sunday by wearing the patriotic commemorative cleats as the Giants took on the Cowboys in Dallas — despite NFL warnings that players would be fined for wearing the un-sanctioned footwear. Beckham’s special cleats were red, white and blue and emblazoned with the bust of a bald eagle.
  • [Vanity] The NFL Hall of Shame

    09/11/2016 9:25:41 PM PDT · by sargon · 48 replies
    Vanity | 9/12/2016 | Self
    Fellow FReepers, like many of you, I was appalled today at the disrespect for the national anthem of this country which was displayed by some NFL players on some teams. I would like to create a list of all NFL teams, along with what their players did during the playing of the national anthem before each NFL game this week. My team is the Miami Dolphins, and to my dismay, 4 Dolphins players (Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills) took a knee and refused to stand at attention during the playing of our national anthem before the...
  • Chiefs' Marcus Peters raises fist during national anthem

    09/11/2016 7:21:26 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 11, 2016 | Matt Young
    Kansas City Chiefs cornerback and Oakland native Marcus Peters stood for the national anthem, but held up his fist throughout the song before Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium, as the rest of his team interlocked their arms.
  • Are you really ready to stand your ground?

    09/11/2016 7:05:35 PM PDT · by propdog57 · 48 replies
    If you think about, there are not many who can give up football because of the recent protest. America has few real patriots anymore. Yes I am talking to you. To take a stand about anything that happens in this crazy backwards world is only for the few and faithful. The rest of you are just all talk. and that is how we got here today.....
  • NFL says it will fine players who wear 9/11 tribute cleats

    09/11/2016 11:01:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 11, 2016
    The NFL has already ruled at least one 9/11 tribute out of bounds on opening weekend. Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson has been told to shelve a pair of cleats he planned to wear to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. According to The Tennessean , Williamson was informed by the league he would be fined for a uniform violation if he wore the shoes. New York Giants receivers Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz are expected to wear similar shoes. Other players, including Atlanta's Julio Jones, already wore similar cleats during warms-ups.
  • Four Miami Dolphins refuse to Stand for National Anthem

    09/11/2016 1:56:01 PM PDT · by dsm69 · 154 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9/11/2016 | James Walker/Twitter
    #Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas, Arian Foster and Jelani Jenkins took a knee during national anthem