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Conservatives Ready for Sexual Cowardice

Mainstream media closely follows the Michael Sam story

Mainstream media closely follows the Michael Sam story

When does doing something — other than charging a machine gun nest — that has been done countless times previously stop being ‘courageous?’ Sally Jenkins of the WaPost has ruled that football player Michael Sam’s advice to people interested in dating him is a monumental story: “There are great courageous sports stories being played on the international stage at the Sochi Olympics, yet nothing has resonated like this.”

Ho hum. Pardon me if I’m not vibrating like Ms. Jenkins. If Sam doesn’t want awkward situations where female groupies try to make time with him, why doesn’t he just open an account on eHomony.com?

Other than the occasional soap–on–a–rope joke whispered out of Sam and the gaystapo’s earshot, he will have smooth sailing in the locker room. The Canadian Football League may be treating Sam comments as international hate crimes. (Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner Jr.  was fined after tweeting: “Michael Sam locker room gonna come with complimentary robes.”)

But in the NFL he’ll be treated like Bao Bao, the new panda baby at the national zoo. For teammates and football fans, Sam will be just another seldom–seen species that has problems when it comes to reproduction. Maybe he’ll be able to share Internet bandwidth with Bao Bao after he gets his own Sam Cam.

I tell you what real courage would be in a situation like this. A married potential NFL draftee announcing that he’s open to adulterous relationships and no one’s wife, girlfriend or daughter is off limits. Now that takes some courage and would certainly create a frisson of sexual tension at home, the locker room and various team functions.

Sam, on the other hand, is just a me–too narcissist hoping for a spot as Grand Marshall in a ‘pride parade.’ He’s certainly not the first athlete to go public. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a figure skater that walks on the wild side. Then you’ve got Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, innumerable female softball players and gymnasts.

In showbiz there’s Ellen, Rosie, Jodie and Neil and that’s just the ones with ‘e’ in their name. Even superheroes are getting in on the act. Green Lantern only lets his love light shine for men. Society has reached a point where we can start hanging clothes in that particular closet because it’s now empty.

And for the sake of accuracy, Sam is in limbo right now. He’s a former college player who has yet to make an NFL team. And it’s entirely possible he won’t be the only homosexual player in the NFL, just the most vocal.

(If you ask Deacon Jones, he probably considers all NFL kickers to be gay, but at least they’ve made the team, in contrast to Sam who is merely potential.)

Besides, when is giving in to a compulsion courageous? How about a linebacker who holds a news conference announcing he’s only interested in 18–year–old cheerleaders? Is that brave? Would Woody Allen be courageous if he finally admitted to abusing Dylan? The statute of limitations is up and like Woody says, “The heart wants what the heart wants.” Which is pretty much the foundational philosophy of the alternate lifestyle left.

In the wake of his proclamation Sam’s NFL draft value dropped almost a hundred points. This will be blamed on homophobia, but the real reason is how many teams — other than the Dallas Cowboys — need another narcissistic exhibitionist?

If NFL teams avoided signing Tim Tebow because of the alleged ‘distraction’ factor, what director of player personnel is going to volunteer to draft the Michael Sam three–ring circus?

The Broncos’ John Elway volunteered to lead the ‘some of my best friends…’ caucus when he said he would have no problem with Sam on his team, which is easy for Elway to say since he’s retired and showers at home.

But the real question is why announce now? Sam told his Missouri teammates that he was playing for the other side before last season. It was a simple statement that didn’t require a phone call to the New York Times. This current public relations campaign screams exploitation and not by the hetero community. It sounds like national homosexual advocacy organizations snooped into his private life and convinced Sam to take a stand that will benefit their fund raising.

If Sam has any doubts about his NFL future, and he’s not a sure thing, then his public statement guarantees a lucrative future career as a homosexual symbol. If he makes the NFL he demonstrates homosexuals are everywhere. If he doesn’t make the team he’s a living symbol of heterosexual bigotry. Either way Sam is on the speaking and interview circuit for a decade and national lobby groups stay current and in the news.

And while we’re discussing fanatics, the homosexual lobby is starting to remind me of some of the more zealous Mormons. There are groups of Latter Day Saints who baptize the dead by proxy so the deceased can enter into heaven in spite of the poor choices they made while alive. In like fashion homosexual scholars browse through history looking for notable figures they can recruit into the homosexual hall of fame.

Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind, along with Abraham Lincoln, my relative President James Buchanan and Janis Joplin to mention but a few. Something tells me activists are going to be taking a long hard look at unmarried early professional football players.

In the meantime, I’m ready for some sexual cowardice. How about returning to the days of a gentleman never tells? I know it’s unlikely, but one can dream.

So let’s close with a riddle: What do Michael Sam and Manti Te’o have in common? All their girlfriends are imaginary.

Is the NFL Becoming the No Fan League?

just spoke my first wordThe result of NFL’s experiment in negative market dynamics has just come in and the news is not good for Commissioner Roger Goodell. Last September the NFL greatly increased the irritation factor of attending games when the league banned women’s purses that were larger than a pack of cigarettes for ‘security’ reasons. (Complete details here.)

This development was added to the existing $10 hotdog, $10 beer, $40 parking place, pauses in the action for commercials you mercifully can’t see, wildly expensive ticket prices and the owner prancing around on the sidelines.

It’s enough to make you want to dedicate your life to eradicating ‘income inequality.’

I wondered how long it would take the descending curve of a fan’s desire to attend an increasingly expensive NFL game to cross the rising nuisance curve of pettifogging NFL rules. Well now we know: It took four months.

As this is written three of the four first–round NFL playoff games have failed to sell out even though the deadlines for all three have been extended. Even in Green Bay — home of put the baby on the waiting list for season tickets — still has seats available. The important point about a playoff game failing to sell out for the fan base is not the dent in the owner’s bottom line. It’s the fact the game will be blacked out in the local viewing area.

This has not happened since 2002 when the Dolphins – Ravens game in Miami failed to sell out.

So why does the unrest surface now? Because this is the first time season ticket holders have been asked to make an additional ticket purchase since the new ‘security’ rules took effect. Up until now season tickets were already paid for and not using them would be like throwing money away. Or buying a Redskin’s ticket.

Many are finding the extraordinary cost of attending the game when added to the degrading, increasingly TSA–like experience of entering the stadium is simply too much. It’s easier, warmer and the seats are better when one watches the game at home. Assuming the rest of the sheep in your locale continue buying enough tickets to fill the stadium.

I realize the TV commentary can be annoying, but so are the observations of nearby drunks in the stadium and there’s always the off chance they may hurl on you. (Something that never happens at home. Although I’ve been known to get a touch of indigestion following Pam Oliver’s inane sideline commentary.)

Since I’m part owner of the Packers, lets look at that situation in detail. It may be as cold as 4 below at game time Sunday, but that’s not keeping the fans away. In 1967 the Ice Bowl between the Packers and the Cowboys was even more frigid, yet the stadium was full. The difference? In 1967 fans weren’t strip searched before they were seated. Now I can only imagine the lines of parka–clad fans extending outside Lambeau Field waiting for their carefully selected layering to be explored in detail by suspicious ‘security’ fingers.

And how exactly does the ‘no purse large than a pack of Marlboros’ work when both of the pockets on my parka are the size of dinner plates? I’ve seen kangaroos with smaller pouches. Are you required to stuff large pockets with cardboard to reduce carrying capacity? Or is it one of the dreaded case–by–case safety decisions?

And how about the fan that uses battery-powered gloves and boots to keep warm? He’s going to be treated like a suicide bomber when guards get a load of his power pack and the jumble of wires connecting. At the Ice Bowl you could have brought a Duraflame log into the stadium, today they confiscate your matches.

As a result there were 8,500 seats still unsold on Wednesday. This represents almost 12 percent of stadium capacity in Green Bay. In Cincinnati there were 5,000 to 6,000 unsold tickets and in Indianapolis the number was 3,000.

If these tickets were unsold in the summer for an exhibition game no one would notice. But playoff games are for all the marbles and should be of peak interest to fans. The Packers have sold out EVERY regular season game since 1959, a string of 55 years, and for part of that time the team played in two different cities. Alienating 12 percent of the base is a significant insult that does not bode well for the future.

(UPDATE: Green Bay has sold out and so have the other sites. But this does not negate my conclusion. In the Packer’s case the tickets were purchased in bulk by civic–minded businesses so the game would be televised. This only encourages long-term erosion in stadium attendance. In addition, the seats will now be given away, which means the cost portion of cost/annoyance ratio is significantly reduced, so the fans will probably attend. But the market had already spoken beforehand when 12 percent were unsold.)

Most of the commentary regarding the unsold seats focuses on the cost of attending games, which is high. But I think the straw that crippled this camel is the arrogance of the NFL owners and the constant annoyance of ‘security theatre’ drama before you get to your seat.

For fat cats like the Redskins’ Dan Snyder, fans are slightly overweight ATM machines that need to be milked regularly. If people object to being treated like cattle then let them buy their own football team. But the cattle are getting restless and the beginning of a slow motion stampede for the exits may have begun this year.

The Feminization of The National Football League

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Only in the 2013 version of today’s NFL can a 6’5 300 pound grown man be considered a victim of bullying. What Richie Incognito did was certainly not appropriate but it was also ridiculous of the league to suspend him. Using the N-word and jokingly threatening a player’s mother is definitely in bad taste but does it warrant removing a player’s right to make a living? Jonathan Martin could have solved this problem the way most 300 pound lineman would have; by giving Incognito a taste of his own medicine. He could have lit him up in practice or popped him in the nose to let him know he wasn’t playing. These are grown men not 8 year old school children?

So what’s next is Richie Incognito supposed to make a public apology? Maybe tell the team and the media he will seek counseling and sensitivity training? Give me a break and more importantly, give Mr. Incognito a break as well.

The NFL over the past 10 years or so has really changed. The players are a lot bigger, taller, and physically stronger than they have ever been. There are linebackers now that can run as fast as receivers and quarterbacks that are faster than the fastest running backs. The game of professional football is changing.

New rules have slowly started to take over the game and have made it less violent and more cautious in the process. No longer on kickoffs can you have more than a 3 person wedge. No longer can you hit a quarterback above the shoulders or below the knees. No longer can you hit a defenseless receiver coming over the middle to grab a leaping catch. No longer can a running back lower his head and flatten a would-be tackler. The rules have gotten so bad many fans and even players are wondering if they should just put on mini-skirts and play two hand touch?

Back in the old days you could clothesline a guy and try to knock his head off. If you tried to make a leaping catch over the middle as a wide receiver you knew you were going to pay for it. The NFL back then had guys that would play with broken fingers, broken toes, even broken arms or legs. Now if one of these high priced Pre- Madonna’s has a hang nail or pulls a hamstring they are out for the rest of the game.

Football is a violent game. Players know and understand the risk that they take and get paid handsomely for it. The NFL is more of a business these days than a game of football. There are millions upon millions of dollars flying around on the field and the owners and the league are trying to protect their investments. Every time a player makes a vicious hit he is either fined or penalized.

The NFL in 2013 is a shadow of its former self. Political correctness and tolerance have now hi-jacked the ultimate tough mans game. It has become a corporate entertainment business much like Hollywood with the players playing the part of the actors.

Professional football is still a great sport to watch but it is less exciting now than in years past. The Super Bowl is still the largest and most watched sporting event in the world. Millions of people tune in to see the newest commercials and the elaborate half time performances; let’s just hope there remains more action and excitement on the field.

The Confederate Corner with George Neat anything but elections style – November 5th

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When: Tuesday, November 5th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Confederate Corner with George Neat on Blog Talk Radio

What: Yes there are Confederates north of the Mason-Dixon line, and George Neat is one of them. And we’re happy to bring his views to you in the “Confederate Corner” radio show.

For more information on George and his political views, please drop by the Confederate Corner at GoldwaterGal.com. (http://goldwatergal.com/goldwater-gal-media/confederate-corner/)

Tonight: It’s election night, and George will be talking about…. anything but the elections. Yes, there will be talk about ObamaCare, politically correct holidays, and bullies in the NFL, but no election talk. Makes perfect sense, since there really wasn’t anything of interest on the Pennsylvania ballot tonight, right?

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Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius – September 9th

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When: Monday, September 9th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius

What: Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it – or to not repeat the parts that should be. We’re in a solemn hour in the cause of freedom, and yes, we’re only ever one generation away from losing it. Allan Bourdius of the Their Finest Hour blog (theirfinesthour.blogspot.com) brings his conservative/libertarian fusion (“conservatarian”) perspective to the events of the day and contextualizes them with facts and history to arm the forces of liberty to better our communities and our society, open eyes, and win converts – so that one day our children, still with freedom intact, can look back and say of us, their parents: “This was their finest hour.”

Tonight: Allan will be talking with Felicia Cravens about Syria, and 9/11. Otherwise, the Steelers didn’t fare so well against the Titans, so there will be at least a little ranting about that! One thing is for certain – you don’t want to miss tonight’s show!

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TSA Annexes NFL

TSA logic: Coming to an NFL stadium near you.

TSA logic: Coming to an NFL stadium near you.

I never thought I’d live to see the day when you couldn’t bring more than 3 oz. of shampoo into a National Football League stadium. Over the years I’ve grudgingly accepted the ban on explosives, handguns, rifles and vuvuzelas, but this may be the last straw.

The NFL has now decreed that fans (quaintly known in some quarters as paying customers) may no longer bring purses larger than a pack of cigarettes (also banned, BTW) into the stadium. In addition, the ban includes briefcases, fanny packs, coolers, backpacks, cinch bags, computer bags (!) and camera bags. Instead attendees may fill one clear plastic bag no large than 12” X 6” X 12” with their worldly possessions.

NFL officials suggest items that won’t fit inside the bag may be put in your pockets, around your neck or slipped inside a handy body cavity. In its benevolence the NFL is allowing fans to bring blankets inside, as long as you sling it over your shoulder like the infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia did.

The reason for the change is as tiresome as it is irrelevant: “To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums.” The new policy will expedite all right. Once the argument with the TSA–wannabe is over, females will be jettisoning personal possessions into waiting trash bins like shipwreck survivors tossing unneeded weight out of a lifeboat.

How sowing confusion is going to speed up security lines is something of a mystery. Many items formerly contained in a purse will go into pockets instead, where they will trigger metal detectors. This, in turn, will trigger pat–downs, wandings, pocket emptying, possession dropping and possession forgetting. You’ll have all the fun of an airport security line without the bother of remembering to put your tray table in “its full, upright and locked position.”

This season the NFL will be conducting an unintentional experiment in market dynamics. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the descending curve of a fan’s desire to attend the game to cross the rising nuisance curve of petty NFL rules. Commissioner Roger Goodell’s lasting legacy may be as the man who made pro football a studio sport.

Various credulous observers have commented, “I understand the need for increased security when it comes to larger bags. All someone needs to do is mention the 2013 Boston Marathon to silence critics.”

I’ve got a news flash: One couldn’t bring a pressure cooker into a Redskins game before the Boston bombing, much less afterwards. Dan Snyder, Redskins owner, wouldn’t allow the competition with his over–priced hot dogs. And speaking of Snyder, the NFL advised owners to establish a location where females who didn’t get the word could check their purses outside the stadium, like a hotel does with coats, and then pick the purse up after the game.

Snyder — a noted paragon of customer service — provided a little expediting here, too. Women were told to trek back to their cars with their purse or drop it in the trash.

The safety concerns of the majority of fans, and almost all the women, concern being protected from aggressive drunks, hurling drunks, disrobing drunks, cursing drunks and fighting drunks. (For their part the drunks may have some complaints, too but they have trouble remembering.) But ending alcohol sales or increasing patrolling security inside the stadium would cut into owner profits, whereas making you throw your purse in the trash costs Snyder nothing.

When you combine that with the fact you have to leave earlier to catch a football game than you do to catch a flight. The traffic home will be at least as bad as traffic to the stadium. Parking can run you $50. The ticket can cost more than an airline flight. And you have to sit idle while play stops for a TV commercial — the option of sitting at home and watching the game looks better and better. In fact, during the 2011 season almost two million seats went unsold in the NFL.

Airlines don’t worry too much about security irritation because there is no real alternative for long distance travel. But the NFL provides its own alternative: Televised games! Where you see better, eat cheaper, have a smaller carbon footprint and are on a first name basis with the drunks.

I can’t imagine this latest “safety” brainstorm is going to make NFL owners happy if they start losing concession, parking and ticket revenue.

Of course it could be that football fans are intrinsically more dangerous than baseball fans. I went to a Nationals game this week. The guard glanced in my wife’s large, black, opaque bag, saw clear plastic bottles of water and waved her though. It took about 15 seconds. There were no metal detectors and no pat–downs. I didn’t remove my shoes or my belt. Yet the family didn’t feel the least bit unsafe.

Something tells me the clear plastic bag has more to do with mom sneaking a granola bar into the stadium than it does pressure cooker bombs.

It’s enough to make you wonder if Goodell drinks Maker’s Mark bourbon. You may recall earlier this year Maker’s Mark was presented with a problem many companies wish they had in Obama’s economy — more demand for their bourbon than the company could supply at current production levels.

Classical economics offers two choices to a company in this situation: Raise prices until the demand curve crosses the price curve or keep prices where they are, endure resulting shortages and ramp up production for the future.

Instead, the owners decided to water down their bourbon, reducing alcohol content from 90 proof to 84 proof, so as to increase supply at the same price. Customers were outraged and the company quickly backed down and kept the alcohol level the same.

Goodell is diluting the quality of his product, too. But instead of water he adds irritation.

Should NBC fire Bob Costas for 2nd Amendment rights attack during football game

Bob Costas Attacks 2nd Amendment Gun Rights During NBC football game to deny gun owners protection

On Sunday night, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas decided during a Halftime break to tell America that your Second Amendment gun rights should be dialed back if not eliminated. He was reacting to the Saturday morning murder-suicide committed by Jovan Belcher, former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. According to police officials, Belcher’s chose a gun to murder his 22-year-old girlfriend Kasandra M. Perkins, in an apparent domestic violence dispute.

Did Costas misuse his position as a sports commentator to decide upon his own, without knowing the factual circumstances of the domestic dispute? Was he legitimate in broadcasting a determination before law enforcement authorities had completed their investigation, of Belcher’s use of a gun to commit both her murder and his suicide? Should he have linked the murders to a condemnation of legal gun owners in 43-55 million households in America?

While the nation grieves for the murders which are devastating for both families and the young 3-month old child of the dead parents, Bob Costas decided to become judge, jury and executioner of the Second Amendment guarantees, by issuing a political verbal assault during the halftime show of the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.

There is a line in the sand that legitimate law abiding gun owners must draw and it must be firmly placed and unmovable. The use of the public airwaves to continue the assault against the U.S. Constitution is not something that should be continuously witnessed nor permitted to go unchallenged.

Why didn’t Costas do his homework before he went on the air with his fictional beliefs? Sure, there has been an increase in firearm ownership. In fact, there are approximately 43-55 million households in America with guns, which is about 43 to 50% of US households. Yet, what Costas neglected to mention is that with the increase of legal gun ownership in America, there has been a steady decline of murders due to gun violence. An armed American is a safer American.

Instead, Costas plays upon the fearful images that are fortified in the conscious of the nation, by media imagrey of horrific assault and murders of innocents like Aurora, Colorado’s murder in July. With the attack by shooting suspect James Holmes charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder, liberal gun control advocates targeted the Second Amendment as the convenient villain.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg demanded more detailed gun control measures from both presidential candidates, Obama and Romney. He stated in July, “I can tell you what we do here in New York. The State Legislature passed the toughest gun laws.”

It must be very comforting for families of victims who could not fight back, that with New York State’s stricter gun controls the murder rate has remained close to the current 4.0 and 4.05 per 100,000 as it has for last several years. In New York City, the tough “Stop and Frisk” measures have been attributed by law enforcement as the real solution to the lowering of gun murders in New York City, not tougher gun control laws.

So where does that leave law abiding citizens who continue to be victimized by liberal media pundits, as well as network news and sportscasters who feel compelled to interject personal opinions and nonsensical fabrications and cast them into cement as news?

NBC has a moral duty to either suspend Bob Costas, and any network official that allowed or agreed to let him engage in his on-air gun control rant. They should follow ESPN’s lead , when singer/ entertainer Hank Williams Jr. made a comment on Fox Network’s ‘Fox and Friends’ about Obama and Hitler in October of 2011 they suspended him. William’s nationally famous “Are you “Ready for Football” intro for ESPN football games was pulled from the air by ESPN after the incident.

Hank Williams Jr. did not crawl back with a lame excuse. Instead he stood his ground and left the network. In his personally written apology, Williams stated:
“I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports and this time it got the Best or Worst of me,” he wrote. The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone.”

Now it is Costas’ turn to show the same type of class and dignity that Williams displayed in standing up for his right to speak and tell America what was at stake on Fox network. Yet, one can tell, from the deafening silence from Costas and NBC regarding a suspension or resignation that the only dignity that exists is in the red blooded conservative veins of the Williams of the nation, who are unafraid and unbroken.

Remember, that Costas’ verbal assault is not the beginning of the attacks against your constitutional right to defend yourself and your family.

The true measure of your reaction will be how you will react when a network announcer informs the nation that the United Nation has just voted to outlaw American gun owners’ rights. Is it then too late to stand up for your constitutional rights that are taken, courtesy of a then U.S. State Department run by Secretary of State Susan Rice and a President Obama, who emphasizes, “We did it because it is the right thing to do?”

What will you then do America?

 

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MSM Twits Distort a Tweet

Replacement ref throws up hands in disbelief. NFL rules a touchdown.

Replacement ref throws up hands in disbelief. NFL rules a touchdown.

When reading MSM stories concerning the hypocrisy of Republicans or conservatives it is often difficult to decide whether the reporters are actively dishonest or just stupid.

An AP story by Scott Bauer and a Washington Post effort by Brad Plumer are prime examples. Both concern a tweet sent by Republican Gov. Scott Walker (R–WI) after the Green Bay Packers were robbed of their victory by a high school level replacement referee who was unable to distinguish between an interception and a touchdown.

Tuesday morning Walker tweeted, “After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs.” If you are a liberal journalist working for the Associated Press or the WaPost (I know that’s redundant) this is obviously an example of conservative hypocrisy.

The Post headline was: “Wisconsin governor fumbles on Twitter: Walker sees collective bargaining in a new light after the Packers’ loss.” The headline over the AP story was: “Union–busting Wis. governor calls for return of NFL’s union refs after call seals Packers loss.”

Both headlines reek of hypocrisy on Walker’s part and the Post even claimed a change of heart that existed only in the reporter’s fevered mind. But not all unions are alike, just as not all reporters are equally biased.

Both writers overlook the obvious fact that Walker’s fight in Wisconsin was against public employee unions and his tweet was about private sector unions. There is no hypocrisy involved in supporting one form of union and opposing the other.

Public employee unions are a conspiracy against the taxpayer. Union officials bargain with elected officials. The elected official wants union support in his next election. The union official simply wants more. They come to an agreement. The taxpayer, who picks up the tab, is not represented at the table. There are no market constraints on public employee unions. As long as taxes can be raised to cover salary, insurance and pension costs, the benefits keep rolling along.

This is not how it works in the private sector. Plumer attempts to graft the American Airlines’ labor dispute onto the Wisconsin controversy when he writes, “the referee feud is fairly representative of modern labor battles playing out in Wisconsin and elsewhere.”

This is simply false. Wisconsin labor disputes involved public employee unions and although flying American Airlines in many ways resembles a visit to the DMV, it is still a private sector entity with a private sector union.

Walker, as opposed to the two reporters, knows there’s a difference.

Another distinction is American Airlines declared bankruptcy because it could not survive in the private sector with the cost structure imposed on it by declining revenue and union contracts. Taxpayers and public employee unions are not involved.

The NFL referee’s union is obviously a private sector dispute being played out in public. And as a customer of the NFL and a supporter of the Packers, Walker is both intellectually consistent and within his rights to demand the NFL solve the problem by retuning the “real refs.”

Evidently this obvious distinction escaped the two “journalists” who thought they had a gotcha story.

On the other hand, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is the one with the political problem. He has manifestly failed and lost this strike. He has committed the cardinal firing offense for a business leader: being unprepared for a crisis he knew was coming, while debasing his product.

Goodell better hope he can keep 17 votes in his favor among the 32 NFL team owners. Otherwise he might be biggest casualty of this strike.

Think Football Would Be Left Alone by the Radical Left? Not For Long.

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The American Spectator recently pointed out that football has become “the new smoking.” If only the scourge of leftism were that toxic.

No, it’s much, much worse than that. Football represents a complete affront to the entire project of radicalism, which decades ago spread to our universities, schools, entertainment, and legal professions.

The last remaining conservative bastions — the military and professional sports — are presently under assault by leftists who cannot stand to leave these exemplars of patriotism and capitalist competition alone. So football fans better keep their heads on a swivel.

There is practically nothing more conceivably antithetical to the left’s worldview than American football. This makes it a sitting target, kind of like Barack Obama coming across the middle on James Harrison. [How would Obama talk his way out of the reality that he would get smoked?] The left is therefore working to co-opt the NFL and put it in the service of its political agenda.

Wild accusations? Unfounded speculation? Let’s look at what is happening under Roger Goodell, who is not only wussifying the league, but has moved the NFL seasons’s opening date this year to accommodate the Democrat convention speech of America’s royal majesty Barack Obama. As if a Republican would ever get such a courtesy.

The Obama administration earlier partnered with the National Football League with a “United We Serve” campaign that cross-promoted fitness and “service.” One might object that the NFL has partnered with “charitable” organizations in the past. The league has maintained a long and mutually beneficial relationship with The United Way. But United We Serve is no charitable organization, it is a political ploy designed to get Americans used to the well-established lefwing dream of everyone working for free. Sounds like slavery – with a smile.

For those who believe this is no more than right-wing pontification, observe the language on the White House “blog” describing United We Serve: “It’s going to take all of us working together to build a new foundation for America and it will happen one community at a time.” Yeah, kind of like Obama’s former community organizing outfit ACORN — why would the NFL want a piece of that action?

There is always the possibility that the NFL is simply clueless and sees nothing wrong with inviting a politically divisive figure to serve as representative of the league. Then again, the political correctness police banned Rush Limbaugh from partial ownership of the St. Louis Rams. And remember how Hank Williams Jr. was banned from Monday Night Football for his anti-Obama rant? Are you ready for some fascism?

Then we have numerous subtle assaults on the game, such as the attempt to protect football players from the real effects of concussions, as if NFL players have no choice how they use their bodies for a living (i.e. violently, while making millions of dollars). Again, there is the subtle message that contracts are coercive instruments of owners and not voluntary agreements between individually responsible adults.

But let’s get down to brass tacks. The political left is targeting the NFL and watering down its cultural significance with the leftist ethic of altruism, because the NFL represents a defiance of the socialist narrative virtually en toto. Is it really necessary to make 300 pound football players wear pink wristbands and ribbons for a month to show solidarity with breast cancer victims? Just cut a check for a million dollars and be done with it. Besides, it’s not like prostate cancer isn’t afflicting hundreds of thousands of men.

Sorry, I’ve been a football fanatic my whole life, and I know bullshit when I see it. My first words in life (no joking) were “football you bet.” I know the game. I know the political left. And I know when the latter is mucking up the former, just like it does everything else.

Professional football is an inherently conservative institution. Teaching both individual greatness and teamwork, football brings out the best in men through competition. Heck, most NFL franchise owners are conservative and donate Republican, which is no fait accompli in this crony capitalist climate. But is very ironic and disappointing that Republicans will be holding their convention in a 62% government-funded arena while chanting the slogan “We Built This.” Yet as any political observer nowadays can figure out, conservative and Republican are not even close to being the same thing. But on to the bigger picture.

Does anyone think that leftists fail to grasp how important professional football is to American culture? The NFL has all the traits that effete modern liberals despise. There is capitalism, manliness, and competition – making the league a perennial institution of solid American values so provocative that neomarxist shock-troops cannot help but try to co-opt it.

Best of all, in football results matter. This makes a football game a test of two teams: There is a superior team and an inferior team on any given Sunday. This black or white, up or down way of evaluating superiority clashes mightily with the left’s morally relativist worldview.

The National Football League is also a powerful indictment of the Marxian myth that there are two classes in a capitalist society, the haves and the have-nots, and that the former class unremittingly and perpetually exploits the latter. Professional football players come from all socioeconomic backgrounds (in fact usually lower and middle class ones) and they work their butts off to make the most of their talent; there is no free ride, and no excuses here.

The NFL, without any affirmative action policy and simply through the standard of open competition, confirms an argument that conservatives have been making for years: That a true market is colorblind. In the NFL, the rule is simple: Either you are a great football player or you are a fan.

Football players sell themselves and their unique set of skills to the NFL – and if successful, they become millionaires. The ultimate reason they become millionaires? Because the middle class has the time, the technological means, and the money to financially support the game.

The NFL constitutes a running threat to the leftist narrative. The leftwing march through all the institutions of the culture in order to subvert the economy continues, and professional sports is merely the last of American bastions to resist the left’s creeping program.

Here’s a hail Mary, keep the ubiquitous President Obama and his socialist program out of my Sundays. If you think Tea Party activists are bad, you haven’t seen thirty thousand rabid Kansas City Chiefs tailgaters.

NFL Player Busted by Undercover DHS Agents

Hurd said that he was already distributing four kilos of cocaine per week in the greater Chicago, but that wasn't enough.

Chicago Bears wider receiver Sam Hurd was arrested on Wednesday as he was caught purchasing a kilo of cocaine from an undercover DHS agent. Hurd had signed with the Chicago Bears on July 29th, 2011 for three years and $5.1 million dollars, after a stint with the Dallas Cowboys. During his arrest, according to sports.yahoo.com, Hurd was already involved in a major Chicago drug-trafficking ring in which the sale four kilos of cocaine a week was not enough:

According to Jensen’s reports,(Chicago Sun Times) Hurd met with an undercover Homeland Security agent on Wednesday and attempted to set up a system by which he would purchase 5-10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in Chicago. Here’s the real kicker — according to the complaint, Hurd said that he was already distributing four kilos of cocaine per week in the greater Chicago area with a co-conspirator, but that this amount wasn’t enough.

Hurd apparently has been involved in drug-trafficking in the Chicago area from the very first day he was signed by the Chicago Bears, as when Hurd’s co=conspirator met with agents on July 27th of this year he had a bag which contained $88,000 in cash, as detailed from the above-linked Yahoo sports article:

The agent in question believes that Hurd has 21 possible violations of federal statute in a timeline that goes from July of this year through last night. The complaint, which can be seen at the Dallas Morning News’ website, relates the agent’s statement that Hurd was willing to pay $25,000 per kilogram of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana. The statement also says that when Hurd’s co-conspirator (identified as “T.L.”) met with the agent on July 27, he had a bag in his vehicle which contained $88,000 in cash.

After a series of cocaine purchases by T.L. Sam Hurd actually met the agent on Dec. 14 where Hurd admitted that T.L. was in charge of most of the deals, while Hurd himself focused on only the “high end” deals. Hurd then asked the agent if “Mexican cell phones” could be provided for future deals because he thought law enforcement couldn’t listen to Mexican telephones. Hurd then explained that he was a Chicago Bears football player and that he could make arrangements after football practice to pay for the kilo of cocaine that the agent gave him. Hurd was then arrested as he walked away from a Chicago restaurant with the kilo of cocaine.

Former Dallas Cowboys and current Bears teammate Roy Williams weighed in on the tragic situation, while noting that Hurd has a wife and daughter, in stating, “But I know it has to be tough for him, because he has his family, and that’s a choice that he made. And there are consequences with the choices that you make.”

The Chicago Bears have cut Hurd from the team and he is out on a $100,000 cash bond he posted. Hurd’s attorneys David Brenner and Brett Greenfield described Sam Hurd as follows in a statement during a telephone interview from their Los Angeles office: “He is a nice, nice young man,” Greenfield said of Hurd. “People have nothing but wonderful things to say about him” … Would the countless numbers of families that have had their lives ripped apart by the drugs sold by the likes of Sam Hurd and company feel the same way as his high-priced attorneys, that Sam Hurd is indeed a very very nice young man?

Ready for Some Football? Verizon Has Its Eyes on Texas

FiOS TV Subscribers in Dallas-Fort Worth Area Can Now Access New FiOS1 High School Sports Widget; UT Longhorn Network Available in Texas and Nationwide

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — From the drama of high school football Friday night lights to the national stage at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, Verizon has Texas football covered for FiOS TV subscribers.

With the football season kicking off, Verizon is launching the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget exclusively for FiOS TV customers in the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex service area.  Through the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget, only FiOS TV is delivering on-demand high school sports news, stats, photos and video highlights for area schools through an enjoyable, informative TV-entertainment experience. The widget is the latest addition to a robust array of options on FiOS TV to enhance the viewing experience for high school, college and professional sports.

In addition, The Longhorn Network, offered by the University of Texas in conjunction with ESPN, is now available, in high definition and standard definition, to UT sports fans in Texas and across the nation who subscribe to Verizon FiOS TV.  The launch date on FiOS TV of the network — dedicated to all things UT, from sports to cultural events —  comes in time for the Sept. 3 Rice vs. Texas matchup.

The Longhorn Network also will be available in the near future online, on tablets and on smart phones to fans with a Verizon FiOS TV plan, making UT athletics and other programming easily available anywhere, anytime.

“Texans love football, and we are making the most of the immense capabilities of the FiOS network to deliver a unique gridiron experience for our customers,” said Shawne Angelle, president of operations for Verizon’s Texas region. “The new FiOS1 High School Sports Widget and the Longhorn Network will add to the already rich FiOS football viewing experience – from the stadium to the living room.”

FiOS TV already provides the NFL Network, the NFL RedZone Channel, and the Football and ESPN Fantasy Sports apps; and ESPN3 is available on FiOS Internet.

More than 500,000 households in the company’s Dallas-Fort Worth FiOS service area can take advantage of the FiOS1 High School Sports Widget, which covers 38 area teams.  The widget is offered in conjunction with MaxPreps.com, the online high school sports leader and a CBSSports.com site.

To access the widget, FiOS TV customers can click on the “Widgets” button on their remote control, access high school football under “Sports” and “Featured,” and then click on “FiOS1 High School Sports Widget.”

Packers Prevail: 31 – 25 Aaron Rodgers Straps on Title Belt, Wins MVP

    Superbowl XLV was expected to be  a battle royal between two blue collar teams known for smashmouth football and gritty play , and it certainly delivered on Sunday. The Packers came out swinging, with MVP QB Aaron Rodgers throwing laser-like darts and the defense scoring early as the Packers looked like they were going to blow out the Steelers, in building a 21 – 3 lead right out of the gate. Pittsburgh hung tough behind Big Ben Roethlisberger and their never say die defense, and closed out the first half with a quick touchdown to make it 21 – 10 at the half.

      The game heated up to a fever pitch in the second half, with Pittsburgh’s smothering defense confusing Rodgers at times, forcing them to four straight punts in a row, while closing to within 21 – 17 by the end of the 3rd quarter. This became so exciting that fans seemed to root for Green Bay in the beginning, and then turned to rooting for a  Pittsburgh comeback in the second half.  The momentum swings has everyone on the edge of their seats for the entire second half. Pittsburgh seemed to have solved Green Bays offensive gameplan, while their offense hammered away with the running game, moving the ball at will.  This was truly a heavyweight battle for the ages, with neither team giving an inch in the second half.

    Pittsburgh scored in the fourth quarter to pull within 28 – 25 by topping off the touchdown with a two-point conversion. This set up a finish that had  fans across the country and around the world mesmerized. Pittsburgh had the ball on the 13 yard line with 1;59 left in the game and trailing 31`-25.  They had to drive 87 yards to go for a winning touchdown, with only one timeout left. Pittsburgh had been here before, and usually found the way to pull out the win. Just 3 weeks ago, Pittsburgh was down 21-7  in the playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens and pulled out that win, so many fans considered this Pittsburgh’s game to win. The Packer’s defense had let the Steelers back in the game not once but twice with Pittsburgh scoring seemingly at will, with star Packer’s defensive back Ron Woodson sitting on the sidelines with a broken collar bone. Pittsburgh drove to near mid-field with short passes over the middle with under a minute remaining. On fourth down with a Championship hanging in the balance, Big Ben’s pass was swatted out of the hands of  Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace and the Packers had sealed what many fans thought was an improbable victory. A valiant, furious comeback Pittsburgh victory was denied by the gritty, never-say die Packers. A truly blue-collar win for all NFL fans.

  Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers, whose trademark celebration after throwing touchdowns is a wrapping his arms around his waste as a statement of wanting a title belt, was named Superbowl XLV MVP. In what has to be considered one of the greatest heavyweight battles in Superbowl history, Rodgers strapped on his Title belt, while also taking home MVP honors to boot. How fitting is that ?

                                                                         Notable stats:

   Rodgers completed 24 0f 39 passes for 304 yards, 3 TD’s and no interceptions. Big Ben had a heroic effort in going 25/40 for 263 yards with 2 TD’s and 2 ints.

   The Steelers had 126 yards rushing while holding the Packers to only 50. Pittsburgh led in time of possession with 33:25 to the Packers 26:35.

   Pittsburgh was penalized 6 times for 55 yards, Packers had 7 penalties for 67 yards. 

 Receiving stars : Pittsburgh: Wallace caught 9 passes for 89 yards anda 1 TD, and Ward had 7 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD. Packers Receiving stars: Jordy Nelson had 9 catches for 140 yards and 1 TD and G. Jennings had 4 catches for 64 yards and 2 TD’s.

   So there we have it, Superbowl XLV will see the Lombardi trophy coming back home to Green Bay, Wisconsin, the home of the Packers and Lombardi Stadium. The 2010 Packers have put the “Title” back in Titletown, and the NFL Gods and Coach Lombardi surely have to be smiling today. Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers, Superbowl XLV Champions!!

Aaron Rodgers completed 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions

CDN Sports: Super Sunday is Finally Here!

 

 

           

 

                    Superbowl XLV

The Green Bay Packers vs The Pittsburgh Steelers

  

                                                                               

The day all NFL fans have been waiting for has finally arrived.  Today Superbowl XLV will be played in Dallas, Texas’ newest billion-dollar attraction, Cowboys Stadium.  While getting to the stadium could get dicey with freezing rain predicted in the evening, once inside the fans and players will be comfortable in  the climate controlled environment of one of the most glamorous sports venues ever created  .

  Pregame shows will start at the crack dawn and run right up to the big game for hardcore NFL fans eagerly awaiting the crowning of a new champion, while at the same time hating to see the season come to an end. This off-season has fans and players alike uneasy, as the NFL and the NFLPA ( National Football Players Association) are in tough negotiations, which, if not resolved could lead to a strike interrupting next season. Lets move forward towards today’s big game annalysis, and check out the festivities.

   The halftime show will feature the multi-talented group, The Black-Eyed Peas, and it has been rumored to include a surprise appearance on stage with them by 2 Rock n Roll legends. Last years halftime show was watched by an incredible 153 million Americans, not to mention the worldwide attention it garners. This is the biggest day in sports, bar none. The glitz and glamour of the superbowl will be over the top as always, but this is the NFL Championship game, and history will be made today. Lets take a look at the teams, and then I will give you my “conservative” predicition.

     Both the Packers and Steelers were picked by many to be in the Superbowl, yet both teams looked anything but super at times during the season. The Packers were ravaged with injuries that left them without their starting running back and tight end along with half their starting defense for pretty much the whole season. Aaron Rogers brilliant season, the emergence of a running game, and reserve players stepping up to rejuvenate their defense helped the Packers recover from a disasatrous stretch during mid-season and make the playoffs as a wildcard team. The Steelers started off without their starting QB for 4 games, ( which they won 3 of) and while their defense was pretty much stifling oppopnents all season long, their offense seemed to be no more than mediocre at times.  This game has all the makings for a historic clash of titans on the biggest stage ever. Both teams also match up very well, with both defenses ranked near the top, and both QB’s being young future hall of famers.

    When the Steelers have the ball, they should have the advantage in the running game with Rashard Mendenhall a bruising runner with very deceptive speed. The Packers counter this with a stout run defense and rookie Clay Mathews constant backfield pressure and speed. Packers defensive coordinator Dom Caper’s blitz packages will be key to slowing down the Steelers passing game. Pittsburgh QB  Big Ben Roethlisberger has had a steady season where he has proven time and time again that he can find a way to win in big games.  The Packers were 2nd in the league with 47 sacks.

    When the Packers have the ball, they will rely on QB Aaron Rogers laser arm and quick passing attack to thart the dangerous Steelers pass rush. The Steelers linebackers are among  the fastest in the league, led by James harrison and a league leading total of 48 sacks. The Packers will try to slow down the Steelers pass rush with a steady diet of emerging star rookie RB James Starks running the ball. The Packers have a slight advantage in the passing game, with Greg Jennings always a deep threat and complimented by 4 other young emerging recieving stars. Steelers superstar safety troy Polamalu always seems to be in the right place at the right time with 7 ints this season. If Rogers has the time he will pick the Steelers apart with the mid-passing attack. The Steelers need to keep someone  in place to spy on Rogers , as he is very capable of trucking the ball and running for huge chunks of yardage at critical times.

   This game could very well come down to special teams match-ups with two evenly matched teams on offense and defense. The Packers Mason Crosby hit 2 field goals over 50 yards this season while the Steelers Shaun Suisham was 8 of 9 form 40-49 yeards with no field goals over 50 yards. In the punting game Pittsburgh’s Sepulveda had a slightly better average while the Packer’s Mashay had 25 kicks downs inside the 20 yard line. No clear advantage here, unless it comes down to a game winning field goal try from over 50 yards where Crosby has a slight advantage. In the punt return game, Pittsburgh should have a slight advantage with Sanders returning punts vs whoever the Packers send out there.

             Enjoy your Superbowl Sunday and thanks for checking out the new CDN Sports page.     My prediction: Packers 34 –  Steelers 27.