The Dallas Cowboys took to the field earlier tonight amid a wave of anti-American, anti-Trump protests over the National Anthem. America waited with bated breath to see what America’s Team would do when the Star Spangled Banner. Would the Cowboys nut up and shut up, or would they cuck about like so many other NFL teams?
Well…America has its answer:
Crowd erupts in boos as owner Jerry Jones and entire Dallas Cowboys team kneel live on Monday Night Football pic.twitter.com/ZBKt3KMXYR
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) September 26, 2017
The Dallas Cowboys show solidarity for anti-American Social Justice Warriors. American hero for a day Alejandro Villanueva backs off of his support for the country he fought so hard to protect. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the NFL is well and truly screwed.
Hopefully a massive boycott by the American people can save what was once America’s sport.
I’m not holding my breath.
UPDATE (Doomberg): Here’s a few more tidbits for you from all the stories coming out today.
On a day full of criticism from Donald Trump, political protests, linked arms, players taking a knee or not coming on the field at all during the national anthem, and renewed pleas for unity from the league, NBC and the NFL took a ratings hit on Sunday Night Football.
In metered market numbers, the primetime matchup that saw the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10 snared an 11.6/20, the worst SNF has performed this season so far. It’s an 8% dip from the early numbers of last week’s game, Atlanta’s 34-23 win over Green Bay. Amid cheers and boos from fans at FedEx Field in Maryland last night, the third week of the SNF season declined 10% from early numbers of the comparable game of last year on September 25, 2016.
Sunday’s SNF peaked with a 12.r5/20 during the second quarter from 9-9:30 PM ET. Still, NFL ratings are down double-digits this season so far after taking a similar tackle-for-loss last year. Add to that, Sunday’s game was the worst a Week 3 SNF has done in 11-years.
Sunday night’s nationally televised game between the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders on NBC was the lowest-rated Week 3 game since 2006, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Overall, the Redskins 27-10 victory was down 9 percent compared to last week’s matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons, and 11 percent when compared to last year’s Week 3 Sunday night game on NBC.
The afternoon games also didn’t fare well, with Fox’s national game between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles down 16 percent from the featured game in Week 3 last season on the network.
CBS’s national game at 4:25 p.m. ET, an overtime thriller featuring the Green Bay Packers comeback over the Cincinnati Bengals, was down just 1 percent when compared with 2016’s Week 3.
“NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN,” President Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”
As he took the field, where his Giants were bested by a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired, Brandon Marshall was seen arguing with an Eagles fan during pregame warm-ups. And at the end of a video that captured the heated exchange, the fan accuses the veteran wideout of spitting on him.
It’s unclear from the video whether Marshall actually spit on the man. But it is clear that the exchange isn’t a good look for anyone. Not all Eagles fans deserve the cold reputation that a select few have given Philadelphia over the years, but we also can’t see what the man may or may not have said to anger Marshall. At the same time, this is a 10-year NFL veteran we’re talking about, so bantering with a fan, no matter what he may have said, should probably be a last resort.
President Trump says players who protested the National Anthem being played before games should be fired from their teams over the weekend, and the whole world exploded. Yesterday, America was treated to NFL players taking a knee, or sitting or locking arms while the national anthem was being played in protest of what the President said. Well, guess what? They weren’t protesting a President, they were giving a big middle finger to the country.
That flag and that song should be a unifying moment, a moment to say ‘no matter what differences we have, we are all American, and it’s a privilege to be one.’ But a bad player,influenced by his radical Muslim girlfriend last year decided to make it about him. He claimed to be protesting the killing of black men in America by the police while at the same time wearing a shirt praising the Castros of Cuba. And it’s spread to this. ‘He’s practicing his first amendment rights’ everyone said.
Well Donald Trump practiced his first amendment rights and an entire league lost their minds. This tradition goes back a hundred years to World War 1. The people loved their country then, with boys fighting overseas in a horrible war. We have soldiers on the battlefield today, and these players just spit on them. The national anthem is about a nation, not about a President. And if these thugs don’t know that, they should be thrown off the team.
Dozens of upset NFL fans are boycotting their teams and burning their expensive memorabilia in response to players choosing to sit or kneel during the national anthem on Sunday.
More than 200 players in the league knelt or sat down during the national anthem following President Donald Trump‘s controversial comments about the NFL where he called for players who protested to be fired.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans are even more upset with the team after all of the players except for one stayed inside the locker room during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
In a video shared to YouTube, Robert Williams of Texas, burned over $1,000 worth of Steelers gear while slamming his favorite team.
‘We stand for this country. We have morals in this country,’ Williams says.
‘My great uncles bones are lying in the bottom of Pearl Harbour [sic] for this country, for the flag, for your freedom to play in the NFL and to say whatever you want to say.
But if you’ll permit me first, I was personally saddened. I did not watch the National Football League yesterday, and it was the first time in 45 years that I made an active decision not to watch, including my team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was not a decision made in anger. It was genuine sadness. I realized that I can no longer look at this game and watch this game and study this game and pretend, you know, fantasize, everything a fan does. This whole thing has removed for me the ingredients that are in the recipe that make up a fan.
The mystique is gone. That actually started vanishing a while ago. The larger-than-life aspect of it is gone. The belief, the wish, the desire that the people in the game were the best and brightest and special, and that’s why they were there, that’s gone. And it’s been politicized. It has been politicized and corrupted, and it didn’t start this weekend. It started years ago. And if I wanted to, I could go back and get the transcripts from a few years ago on this program where I first sensed that this was happening and was going to happen.
Of course, years ago I couldn’t predict this specific event, but my sadness actually began years ago when all of the attention focused on the danger and the supposed attempt to hide all of that, not specifically just the concussions. The whole aura that that created. The sports media began to criticize that which they report on. It just became politicized. It simply just became politicized. And the people politicizing it, since we’re talking about politics, the people that politicized it are people on the left. And when that happens, things change. It’s just over.
This is not old fuddy-duddy wanting the Ward and June Cleaver days back. It’s not that. It’s just I don’t think I’m gonna look forward to NFL Sundays — and this is not new. It wasn’t until last year — maybe the year before but certainly last year — that I started playing golf on Sunday afternoons in order to get home to see the second half of the late game and maybe the Sunday night game. That never happened before. But yesterday was the first day I did not watch any of the National Football League. I just didn’t care, which made me sad. I was depressed.