Thursday, September 15, 2016
The NFL is in trouble.
I saw it coming (as posted
in the comments here). And now the
ratings numbers confirm the NFL is in trouble.
With the dust settled on Week One, the NFL saw a
reduction in most key apples-to-apples comparisons from 2015 to 2016.
Via Forbes, the Thursday night opener between the
Panthers and Broncos drew
25.2 million, down eight percent from 2015 (Steelers-Patriots) and six percent
from 2014 (Packers-Seahawks). Also, Sunday night’s game between the Patriots
and Cardinals generated an audience of 20.65 million. Despite the game being
decided at the last second, the audience fell 18 percent in the 18-to-49
demographic, in comparison to last year’s Giants-Cowboys Sunday night opener.
The putrid ratings of the
second Monday Night game are of personal interest.
According to SportsBusiness
Daily, the ratings for the early game dropped from 9.8 in 2015
(Eagles-Falcons) to 9.1 for Steelers-Washington. The late game had an even
bigger decline, with last year’s Vikings-49ers 9.5 shrinking to 7.1 for
Yes, with the Rams back in the nation’s No. 2 media
market, the audience for a game that swapped out Minnesota for L.A. from one
year to the next saw a 2.4-point drop in ratings. Via Richard Deitsch of
SI.com, the total audience fell from 14.3 million to 10.3 million.
The quality of the game surely contributed
to the decline. But last year’s 20-3 drubbing of the Vikings by the 49ers
was a snooze-fest, too. It nevertheless drew four million more eyeballs.
Now you’d think SF vs. the
once again L.A. Rams would attract a lot of interest. This is quite a rivalry, now enhanced by both teams once
again being in Californicate. And
I was one of those interested.
But during the National
Anthem I saw players from both teams being jerks, including holding up raised
fists at the flag. Disgusted, I
turned off the T. V. before the game got under way. For it was not possible for both teams to lose. And it looks like I was not alone.
Here’s the bigger picture
with the NFL. Millennials do not
watch sports, particularly football, as much as older generations. So the base viewership of the NFL are
males over 30. But now they see an
NFL that prohibited the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a police-supporting decal,
that each year requires wearing pink in October, but that does not require players to stand respectfully for the
National Anthem. And for the first
time, a number of players are disrespecting the flag to push a Leftist lie. It’s enough to tick off just about any
red blooded, football-watching American male.
And those who watch NFL
want to root for a team. But what
happens when players from both teams disrespect the National Anthem and the
flag? TVs get turned off. And many who watch NFL want something
of an escape as Ed Morrissey points out.
They don’t tune in to watch a Black Lives Matter protest. Being angered by the refs or a team you
hate is one thing. Being angered
by Leftist millionaires disrespecting the flag is quite another.
The NFL is alienating many
of its core viewers. The league in
trouble and will be in further trouble if they do not act to stop the National
As for me, I’ve been a very
loyal NFL viewer since early childhood.
I remember my Mama being unhappy about the Ice Bowl game. I cried when Dallas lost (was robbed of)
their first Super Bowl. My Sunday
afternoon football watching has long been as regular as my church
But I, of all people, am
considering cancelling my NFL Sunday Ticket and boycotting the NFL.
The NFL is in deep trouble.
Labels: life, NFL, sport
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
A King in a Car Park? Again?
Archaeologists have discovered what could be King
Henry’s remains languishing beneath a Ministry of Justice car park on the site
of Reading prison.
The bones were detected among a series of graves
discovered by archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar (GPR), during an
exploration of the site containing the ruins of Reading Abbey.
This is what happens when
kings are not required to have parking permits.
Labels: history, humor
Monday, September 12, 2016
Hillary’s Deplorable Eliminationist Rhetoric
Hillary Clinton’s “Basket
of Deplorables” comment Friday night is already being overshadowed by her
health episode yesterday. But it
should not be forgotten.
For, as Glenn Reynolds has noted, it is eliminationist rhetoric, words that justify taking away the basic
rights of a large segment of the population because they are in the “wrong”
group and/or political opponents.
You know, just to be grossly generalist, you could
put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The
racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And
unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has
given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people – now have
11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited
Now some of these folks, they are irredeemable, but
thankfully they are not America.
So she smears almost a
quarter of American voters with hateful traits, then says they “irredeemable”
and “not America.”
You don’t have to be a
historian to hear echoes of the eliminationist rhetoric of Nazis and Communists
from the 20th Century.
And she said this to a LGQT
fundraiser in New York City. It is
safe to say many in the room have no problem taking away the freedom of speech,
freedom of religion, livelihoods, and more from conservatives, particularly
those who hold traditional values about the family. And they indeed cheered her on.
Thus what Hillary did is
the moral equivalent of going to a KKK rally and speaking on how “irredeemable”
“those n____s” are or going to a neo-Nazi rally and speaking against “the
Jews.” She went to an audience that wants to take Constitutional rights from
many political opponents, and she said, yes, those political opponents you hate
really are “deplorables,” “irredeemable,” and “not America.”
Regardless of her faux
political apology, this should disqualify her from the presidency.
Labels: Hillary, Hillary Clinton, totalitarians
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Hillary and Her People Knowingly Destroyed Emails UNDER SUBPOENA
One of the frustrations of
blogging is sometimes you are so overwhelmed with information that it is a big
ask to put it together in a presentable form. To apply this to the subject at hand, I know Hillary is a
crook. But to put together all the
evidence for that and make some sense of that would take days. And the “Mainstream” News Media isn’t
helping with that since the perp in question is a Democrat. They bent over backwards to get Nixon,
but the even more corrupt LBJ before him or Obama and Hillary after him? Not so much.
So I am all the more
appreciative of Ace for presenting and summarizing the fact that Hillary and
her people knowingly destroyed emails under subpoena. His post is a bit of a rant but I will defer to him.
And do know this is a
serious crime. Not only can
destroying evidence already under subpoena get you years in prison. But that act can be used as evidence
itself in a court of law. Heck,
deposing of evidence even not under
subpoena can be used against you in a court of law.
And this is only one of the
crimes of Hillary Clinton, albeit a damning one.
And she should be. “Lock her up.”
Labels: Hillary, Hillary Clinton
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Now an Airport Blocked? ENOUGH!
will U. S. and U. K. authorities stop going easy on Black Lives Matter? Willful unlawful blocking of transport
cannot be tolerated in a free society.
Yet the perps are handled with kid gloves and then given slaps on the
wrist, if even that. So,
predictably, their attacks on free travel are escalating.
nice to these people must not continue. Airports and major roads and highways
should be cleared of unlawful protesters with whatever force is necessary to
clear them quickly. If there are injuries, that’s the
protester’s d#$% fault. The time
it is now taking authorities to oh-so-gently clear protesters from roads and
now runways is absurd.
sentences should be commensurate with all the hours these people rob from
everyday decent people simply trying to go about their business - in other
words, months and even years, not . . . well has any of the BLM crowd gotten
more than a day or two?
blocking a nation’s transport is the equivalent of false imprisonment of the
victims; it is a crime and should be treated as such. And that includes stopping the crime with all necessary
force. ENOUGH with the predations
of Black Lives Matter and affiliated Leftists and of going easy against them.
the way, most of the criminals in the London City Airport blockage are
white. This has nothing to do with
skin color. It has to do with the
rule of law in a free society and with protecting citizens above protecting
Labels: Black Lives Matter, crime, Leftists
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Happiest Days
change of weather with the turn of August into September has made the mornings
and evenings pleasant. It’s not
just that they are cooler; the air feels different in a way I had almost
forgotten during the long summer.
refreshing change has turned my thoughts back to another late August, the most
pleasant one I’ve ever experienced – my first days in Oxford in 2007.
had just arrived there to study at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies. I got there a few days
early to settle in before the courses started. And I was excited.
I was about to live a dream of studying in Oxford. And the perfect weather had me that
much more eager to explore and experience.
combination of reveling in a new and happy experience and of looking forward to
living out a dream made those perhaps the happiest days of my life. (I know what you’re thinking. I’ve never been married.) Nine years later, I can still almost
taste how it felt.
was the ancient city of Oxford to experience, one of the great libraries of the
world to explore, church bells and music everywhere, glorious worship and
glorious architecture, along with varieties of Englishness to make one smile.
And even blackberries along the River Thames towpath and a mum and her boy
shopping had a newness I enjoyed.
hesitant to compare Oxford with the kingdom of God. But is that not what it will be like when Christ brings in
His Kingdom? He will “make all
things new.” (Revelation 21:5) And
not only will we get to revel in the newness, including us being new, we will look forward to enjoying God and his pure and
glorious goodness forever.
that is the secret to happiness, if there is such a thing – to have experiences
you enjoy now, particularly something good and new to venture into, along with
a future to look forward to.
this world can hardly provide that although those first days in Oxford were
almost intoxicating. Still, it
turned out a dark, rainy Autumn in Oxford was not as pleasant as August. That’s the way of Oxford and of this world. But God can certainly give newness and
a future better than we can even imagine.
I am happy to enjoy the newness of this present turn of August into September
and to look forward to the future turn of the kingdoms of this world into the
kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.
Labels: life, Oxford
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
When the Clintons Left the White House
a couple wants to spend some time at your house, you may consider what kind of
guests they were during their previous visit. If they and their friends, say, messed up your computers, smeared glue on your desk, left obscene messages about you, and generally vandalized your house, costing over $10,000 in damages, you perhaps, maybe, may
not invite them back.
why are we even considering letting the Clintons back in the White House?
isn’t it funny that the Democrat News Media (But I repeat myself.) is silent
about how the Clintons left the White House. Isn’t that something to consider in letting them back in?
(Note that the linked New York Times article is from 2002 and is complete with
lame Democrat spin, of course.)
and that’s not the only aspect of how the Clintons left the White House in 2001
about which the Noos Media is strangely quiet.
To be continued.
Labels: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton