As NFL ratings plunge, the press has adamantly avoided placing any blame on player national anthem protests. However, on Bill Simmons’ show Any Given Wednesday, “the Kaepernick thing” was finally mentioned…and quickly shut down. On October 19, host Simmons had on sportscasters Al Michaels and Bob Costas to discuss the fate of the NFL. He began the discussion by citing the recent NFL ratings drop, asking, “Do you remember the ‘what’s wrong with football, is it gonna fall apart, is this it’?”
While ABC and CBS on Monday highlighted the fire bombing of a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina as “political terrorism,” NBC only gave the story seconds and avoided using that phrase. CBS This Morning opened the program with the story and reporter Jeff Pegues explained, “Local officials are calling the violence an act of political terrorism.”
Within the first five seconds of Thursday's episode, I was already thankful that the events on Fox's new sports drama Pitch are fictional. Partly because I don’t understand how on earth a 23-year-old girl (sorry, woman, they emphasize) could match up to men twice her size in any sport. But mostly, it’s because I don’t know how long I’d be able to stand the hashtag #PutHerInTheGame.
The spate of NFL flag/anthem protests, the same protests that Commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged, are taking a toll on NFL ratings.
It appears as though ESPN is finally taking a stand against anthem/flag protests at football games. Well, at least the Fayetteville, North Carolina ESPN affiliate which carries East Carolina football is taking a stand.
For reason number 273 why Mike Ditka is the greatest, and should be made President for life immediately, I present to you “Da Coach’s” comments that he made on Dallas radio in regard to the Colin Kaepernick anthem/flag protest.
Since it’s impossible to report any story involving a black person without resorting to race, SB Nation took the Patriots’ starting African-American quarterback Jacoby Brissett against the Houston Texans and branded it a major civil rights victory.
Pitch is a show about the first ever female Major League Baseball player. A funny premise, since the fastest pitch ever thrown by a woman was 69 mph, a feat easily reached, and frequently surpassed, by most male high school pitchers.
In a desperate attempt to convince the world that they still exist, Time magazine put anthem-protesting, second string quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the cover.
ABC premiered their new comedy, Speechless, on Wednesday night, which tells the tale of an overly-eccentric mother of a child with cerebral palsy. The mom’s (Minnie Driver) obsession with finding the right school for her disabled child takes her to one particular school that once had a Viking as their mascot. I say “had,” because they exchanged the Viking for something a little less offensive.