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Sunday, October 09, 2016

NFL Week 5

And the Vikings shoot to make it five straight against Houston. This is the weekly NFL open thread.

Okay, now this is going to sound crazy, but rest assured, it has NOTHING to do with my being a Vikings fan. A friend who shall go unnamed subscribes to the scripted theory of the NFL, by which he means that the probable outcome of the season is more or less determined in advance.

It doesn't always hold up, of course, due to the unpredictable elements of the game, but he points out that there are observable primary, secondary, and tertiary narratives. And here's where it gets interesting: for the first time, I'm picking up a narrative that suggests the Vikings are scripted to win the Super Bowl this year.

One example, and far from the most egregious:

The play of their defense has been the biggest on-field factor in their success, which should sound like a familiar formula to those with memories long enough to remember how the Broncos fueled their run to the Super Bowl last season. One member of that Broncos team is now in Minnesota and running back Ronnie Hillman has found more links the two clubs than a standout defense.

“The big thing is the camaraderie,” Hillman said, via the Pioneer Press. “This team plays for each other, and that’s the biggest part. This team has the same brotherhood — these guys treat each other like family the exact same [as in Denver], and that’s what you need to have a championship team. I saw it here right away, how these guys treat each other with respect and without excuses — they’re accountable for what they do, and that’s definitely a good trait to have as a whole. The guys are cool.”

There’s a lot of time between Week Five and the Super Bowl for those comparisons to grow stronger or prove to be superficial, but the Vikings have already shown an ability to overcome adverse developments that they’ll need to go the distance.

I picked up on this after watching their Week Two win and hearing the announcers go on and on about a very different game than the one I'd just watched.

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Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 11:15 AM  

And here's where it gets interesting: for the first time, I'm picking up a narrative that suggests the Vikings are scripted to win the Super Bowl this year.

Would that have something to do with the brand new stadium?

Blogger VD October 09, 2016 11:17 AM  

That's my suspicion, yeah.

Anonymous VFM #6306 October 09, 2016 11:19 AM  

Betting on the Narrative is a very bad idea. Hillary, the GOP and Harambe will tell you that it is the current year. Nobody's Narrative survives the truth.

I pray to Odin that I am wrong. SKOL!

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 11:24 AM  

That's my suspicion, yeah.

So not only do you get to host the super bowl, you get to play in it as well...

I wonder how recent of a development this is.

Anonymous Baseball Savant October 09, 2016 11:24 AM  

I don't necessarily disagree, but I would point out that Mike Zimmer is a MONSTER! The Vikings made a home run hire with that guy and I think he could easily replicate the dominance New England has had under Belichick. Belichick is the standard obviously, but if you were ranking head coaches, I'd have Zimmer #2 and he's a lot closer to Belichick than I believe the #3 guy would be to Zimmer.

As far as the narrative is concerned, I don't know. I certainly would have believed it more had Teddy been the QB given that the NFL wants black QBs to succeed no matter what and I wonder sometimes if that narrative is true if these black QBs get selected to teams who are built to win. Put Bridgewater with a coach like Zimmer. Give Wilson a HC like Pete Carroll and a historically great defense. Dak Prescott goes to a team that gets a potential HoF RB as a rookie behind the league's best O-line. Bridgewater getting injured throws a wrench into it I suppose because Bradford is going to prove to be better.

On the non-conspiracy front, I do agree with camaraderie thing. I've played professional sports and it's a lot bigger deal than people give it credit for. Especially in the age of sabermetrics and statistics, it's something that can't be measured which bothers more of that stat head guys. I've played on teams that have hated each other that were immensely more talented than other teams yet lost more because the guys didn't like one another. I've talked to close to a dozen Hall of Fame baseball players who have won World Series rings and they all say things like this.

Look at the Cubs & Indians this year. Those guys love each other man. It's obvious.

Blogger Lazarus October 09, 2016 11:29 AM  

What about the Brady and Belichek wreak humiliating revenge on Roger Goodell storyline?

Anonymous Baseball Savant October 09, 2016 11:30 AM  

And not to completely hijack this but the Cubs could have been even better with Kyle Schwarber in the clubhouse. I know that situation and it's hard to imagine the Cubs being better than 103-58, but Schwarber was not only a fantastic player but a tremendous glue guy. And another aside with the Indians and Cubs. Don't forget that Joe Maddon and Terry Francona are the manager. Notorious guys for having extremely close clubhouses.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 11:33 AM  

On the non-conspiracy front, I do agree with camaraderie thing. I've played professional sports and it's a lot bigger deal than people give it credit for. Especially in the age of sabermetrics and statistics, it's something that can't be measured which bothers more of that stat head guys.

The same goes for non-sports organizations. Culture matters far more than people realize.

Anonymous mature craig October 09, 2016 11:34 AM  

Yeah the Vikings are due for a Super Bowl. That must have been great rooting for them when they blew out the 13-2 49ers in the playoffs on the road in 1987-88 season.. 49ers were such a juugernaut in those days. amazing upset

Anonymous Dave October 09, 2016 11:49 AM  

Let's see what happens in Week 7 if two undefeated teams are facing off in Philadelphia. Let's see how badly the NFL wants this narrative:

Viking's D or Carson Wentz who reportedly wouldn't even be playing if Bridgewater hadn't gone down and Bradford is traded to the Vikings. Carson Wentz who is the "aw-shucks" boy nobody had heard of a year ago that grew up and played college football in North Dakota, who as a rookie is completing 65% of his passes and has no turnovers in three games to start his career, who already has the best selling jersey in the NFL, who went home during the Eagles bye-week and with a bow bagged a deer.

Watch the Eagles at Detroit and next week at Washington to see just how much the NFL is pushing for that narrative.

Blogger JaimeInTexas October 09, 2016 12:12 PM  

How does the Vikings losing to the Texans fit that narrative?

Blogger Ben Cohen October 09, 2016 12:17 PM  

When the jets almost into the sb with mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan the same dynamic was at play.

Blogger VD October 09, 2016 12:23 PM  

I certainly would have believed it more had Teddy been the QB given that the NFL wants black QBs to succeed no matter what.

The script appears to have been written before Teddy got hurt. I suspect that's why the Bradford trade happened.

Anonymous BGKB October 09, 2016 12:24 PM  

“This team plays for each other, and that’s the biggest part. This team has the same brotherhood — these guys treat

Have the teams with the "Jim Jones crazy nigger" BLM supporters like Colon Kirkpatrick been doing worse than expected?

Would that have something to do with the brand new stadium?

Are there any stadiums standing that taxpayers didn't pay for?

Blogger buwaya puti October 09, 2016 12:29 PM  

Shouldnt you fellows be boycotting the NFL?
That seems to be the thing in Freerepublic and elsewhere. I have been boycotting it for a decade at least.

Blogger buwaya puti October 09, 2016 12:29 PM  

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Blogger Nick S October 09, 2016 12:31 PM  

I do enjoy a good conspiracy theory.

Blogger eharmonica October 09, 2016 12:32 PM  

The Vikes have 5 on my UCLA Bruins on the team.

Anonymous Dave October 09, 2016 12:33 PM  

JaimeInTexas wrote:How does the Vikings losing to the Texans fit that narrative?

It doesn't. That's why the NFL took out JJ Watts.

Anonymous Dave October 09, 2016 12:34 PM  

Are there any stadiums standing that taxpayers didn't pay for?

Yes.

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 12:38 PM  

I do like the Vikings flat purple helmets, but the NFL narrative of "Vikings lose heartbreaker, stoic Minnesota fans take disappointment nobly" is the more likely story line.

Anonymous Broken Arrow October 09, 2016 12:40 PM  

Who did the Bills piss off?

Blogger JaimeInTexas October 09, 2016 12:41 PM  

Watts injuries not real?
Think of the narrative if Antonio Smith raises to the occasion.

Blogger JaimeInTexas October 09, 2016 12:50 PM  

This was in 2015, JJ's bruised thigh in game against the Bills.
https://mobile.twitter.com/JJWatt/status/601178072100962304

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 12:50 PM  

I suspect that's why the Bradford trade happened.

I thought that was so they could run the narrative "White Guy QBs Redskins, Redskin QBs Vikings" but it never materialized.

Would've been so much more fun than BLM.

Blogger guest October 09, 2016 12:57 PM  

Boycotting NFL. That even includes the Lions.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 12:59 PM  

Have the teams with the "Jim Jones crazy nigger" BLM supporters like Colon Kirkpatrick been doing worse than expected?

No

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 1:00 PM  

Shouldnt you fellows be boycotting the NFL?

No

That seems to be the thing in Freerepublic and elsewhere.

We don't care

I have been boycotting it for a decade at least.

Good for you

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 1:08 PM  

The Titans offense continues to be an offensive bunch of malarky.

Anonymous Pax_Romana October 09, 2016 1:11 PM  

Brady couldn't ask for a better team to face in his return. This is going to be a slaughter.

Blogger freddy October 09, 2016 1:15 PM  

Exactly. A disgusting converged sport. Idols are hard to part with.

Blogger Ian Miguel Martin October 09, 2016 1:19 PM  

“Look at the Cubs & Indians this year. Those guys love each other man. It's obvious.”

That’s good, assuming no homo. For reasons of narrative, I find myself rooting for the Cubs and the Indians. This is now an MLB thread. And no need for boycott--this is a white man’s game:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mlbs-orlando-hudson-white-mans-game-image-endures/

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 1:26 PM  

Have the teams with the "Jim Jones crazy nigger" BLM supporters like Colon Kirkpatrick been doing worse than expected?


If by "team" you mean the NFL/ESPN team, then yes, yes they have been doing much worse in the ratings than expected.

Blogger JaimeInTexas October 09, 2016 1:35 PM  

Looks like Vikings watched the Yexans v. Patriots game for pointers. No need to worry about Osweiller running the ball even if all defenders sit down.
It is going to be a long game for the Texans.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian October 09, 2016 1:35 PM  

I don't necessarily disagree, but I would point out that Mike Zimmer is a MONSTER! The Vikings made a home run hire with that guy and I think he could easily replicate the dominance New England has had under Belichick. Belichick is the standard obviously, but if you were ranking head coaches, I'd have Zimmer #2 and he's a lot closer to Belichick than I believe the #3 guy would be to Zimmer.

This. Vox, I told you many years ago that I wanted the Cowfags to hire our ol' D coordinator to be our head coach instead of Red Ball Garrett. I told you that you got one of the best coaches. Once again, I am right. Even BS sees what a good coach The Zimmer is.

Sucks being right. He should have been hired by the Boys.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian October 09, 2016 1:41 PM  

I think what made Zimmer go over the top was when Parcells came down and head coached the boys.

He made Zimmer go away from the 4-3 and learn Parcell (and Belicheats) 3-4 defense. Zimmer learned it and was the Def Cord. under Parcells.

I think it completely elevated his defensive abilities. He took what he learned and blended it with the Cowboys fast attack 4-3 that was developed under Jimmy Jump-Up.

Plus Parcells is always a good model on the "F you, do what I tell you and how I tell you" coaching style, while still engendering a camaraderie between coaches and players.

Blogger Rambam October 09, 2016 1:52 PM  

Don't think Bradford will last the season. Dude looks like he never hits the weight room. Seth Maxwell used to work out more.

Blogger bob k. mando ( Ich bin ein Fuhrer auf die Alt-Retard ... and you can too ) October 09, 2016 1:54 PM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae9GqfMM1sM&t=3h39m

how does a bull dyke this godawful ugly get a job IN FRONT of the camera?

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 1:57 PM  

how does a bull dyke this godawful ugly get a job IN FRONT of the camera?

Who'd have thought the SEC would out-SJW the NFL.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 2:00 PM  

how does a bull dyke this godawful ugly get a job IN FRONT of the camera?

Who'd have thought the SEC would out-SJW the NFL.


Y'all, that's Holly Rowe, and she has cancer...

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 2:00 PM  

Browns now on their 5th QB of the year - Clipboard Jesus on the field.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 2:02 PM  

Browns now on their 5th QB of the year - Clipboard Jesus on the field.

Jeff George is still available

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 2:05 PM  

Y'all, that's Holly Rowe, and she has cancer...

Well then, don't give up, sweetheart.

Anonymous The OASF October 09, 2016 2:14 PM  

I think Mike Tomlin's "delegator" coaching style has finally run its course. I will leave it open to interpretation for the ilk to define "delegator."

Anyway, these Steelers teams are clearly not prepared to play. Last week they might as well have made Kevin Greene the honorary coach to get that big win over KC.

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 2:21 PM  

The Steelers really should change Marcus Wheaton's number from 11 to a circle-slash meaning "don't throw it to this guy, Ben."

Blogger Johnny October 09, 2016 2:24 PM  

@38
Watching politics this year has caused me to take a lot of the conspiracy theory stuff seriously. The NFL has tax exempt privilege status. Plus it is a sort of male thing that is not popular just now. So I suppose they pander to the lefties. You know, all the stuff the rest of us plebs find irritating.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii October 09, 2016 2:28 PM  

An Atlanta Fan just Knows that his species doesn't fly well at altitude. ;-)

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 2:40 PM  

The dumb Atlanta twitter avi has the pink ribbon on it . . .

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 2:41 PM  

Redskins is like putting on a defribulator every sunday

Anonymous Hawaiian Half-Savage October 09, 2016 2:46 PM  

NFL and Conspiracy Theory...two of my favorite topics converge!

So here's one to add to the mix - with a dramatic decline in the ratings after the first month of the season, it looks like all of the complaints on teh Interwebz by NFL fans about why they are no longer watching, it looks like the BLM National Anthem protests is the number one answer whyso many fans have turned the boob tube off during their broadcasts. Well the NFL is not going to give up the social engineering programming to try and get those ratings back up.

And they 'aint gonna fire Goodell, which looks like the second most popular reason.

So they took the third most registered complaint and it appears they've decided to do something about that - the excessive commercial breaks.

At least the MIN - HOU game seems to be not be cutting away on every possession change. After the Texans missed their first field goal attempt, the ball changed possession and they didn't cut away to a break. And the last two Texan punts and the Minnesota punt, they never cut to commercial breaks. Amazing.

If the NFL ultimately reduces all the commercial breaks to draw the viewers back in (they value their propaganda programming more than $$$ from commercial airtime), then we all need to give Colin Kaepernick some real credit for instigating something actually meaningful and relevant with his National Anthem protests.

Less commercial breaks during NFL games...now that's change we can believe in!!!!

Anonymous Baseball Savant October 09, 2016 2:53 PM  

"This. Vox, I told you many years ago that I wanted the Cowfags to hire our ol' D coordinator to be our head coach instead of Red Ball Garrett. I told you that you got one of the best coaches. Once again, I am right. Even BS sees what a good coach The Zimmer is."

As a COWBOYS FANATIC my entire life I can't help but think this is payback for the Herschel Walker trade. I mean, I'll take the 3 Super Bowl wins in 4 years from 92-95, but man I wanted Zimmer too!

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 3:12 PM  

#)(###@! I'm listening to Redskins Ravens on the radio. Something crazy just happened, not entirely sure.

I think Skins, from their 1 yrd line, throw an interception, and then it gets fumbled(?) into the end zone. That then gives the skins the ball on their 20?

Did anybody see that?

Blogger JaimeInTexas October 09, 2016 3:13 PM  

It early in the season but Osweiler is not looking like the quarterback we were hoping. The Broncos may have bluffed the Texans into taking him off their hands.
I thought the injuries on both teams were even and the game would be close but jome avantage for the Vikings.
What I am seeing is Texans lack of quarterback's minimum amount of mobility and accuracy. Head coach issue too?

Blogger Lazarus October 09, 2016 3:14 PM  

Steelers wins the Ugliest Uniforms contest .

Even before the addition of pink, which is even worse.

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 3:20 PM  

Redkins 16 Ravens 10 3rd qtr running down

Blogger exfarmkid October 09, 2016 3:20 PM  

49. As a COWBOYS FANATIC my entire life I can't help but think this is payback for the Herschel Walker trade.

Long time coming if it is. Taking advantage of the retards in the Viking front office was a cruel deed.

Blogger residentMoron October 09, 2016 3:30 PM  

OT:

Article in BCC says that Sweden - once the model socialist state of Europe - is now among the largest jihadi exporters relative to population.

In fact, Sweden is a model. It is a model in how to suppress dissent, how to sell an insane Narrative wholly disconnected from reality, and how to relentlessly condition a people to believe that war is peace, that ignorance is strength, and that violent savagery should always be answered with abject apologies.

It's no coincidence that Sweden is one of the USA's major intelligence partners in Europe, or that they're pursuing Julian Assange on Washington's behalf.

Blogger RobertT October 09, 2016 3:32 PM  

If the announcers are in on it, there's too many people involved to keep it quiet.

Blogger exfarmkid October 09, 2016 3:36 PM  

This is the first game I've been able to watch on TV. Am I seeing ..... pink shoes?

Blogger exfarmkid October 09, 2016 3:36 PM  

55. Dude, this is the football thread.

Anonymous Godfrey October 09, 2016 3:38 PM  

F%$@ the NFL.*




* Disclaimer: This comment solely represents the views of the poster and does not necessary represent the views of the blog host or the majority of the Ilk.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 3:57 PM  

I refuse to believe that the Titans are good, so their win today just means that the Dolphins are really bad.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 09, 2016 4:00 PM  

This is the first game I've been able to watch on TV. Am I seeing ..... pink shoes?

It's Breast Awareness Month in the NFL

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 4:17 PM  

Eagles and Broncos defense looking shaky, Viking defense looking real.

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 4:19 PM  

@61 Josh (the gayest thing here)
It's Breast Awareness Month in the NFL
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As if we didn't know about Breasts!

Blogger Jourdan October 09, 2016 4:37 PM  

BREAST AWARENESS PINK PINK PINK BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PINK PINK

Hey, ratings are down. WHY???!?!?

Blogger Lew Rand October 09, 2016 4:38 PM  

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Blogger JaimeInTexas October 09, 2016 4:40 PM  

Touchdowns per gamehttps://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/touchdowns-per-game

Getting so impatient with my lower back pain recovery. Have not been kayak fishing in months and cannot wait to get off paying attention to the prenially rebuilding Texans.

Blogger buwaya puti October 09, 2016 4:41 PM  

You are missing an opportunity here. The NFL, many of its players, owners and managers, and its broadcast and cable hosts and sponsors, and their management and broadcast personalities openly hate and despise you, the industrys most loyal fans.
They are totally "converged" and are in fact the clearest example of the "circuses" part of panem and circenses that the converged powers that be feed you. These are the closest American equivalent to the gladiatorial games.
The loudest and clearest message you can send to this "converged" institution is to boycott.

Blogger Lew Rand October 09, 2016 4:41 PM  

(Will preview this time)

Were-Puppy: Yes I saw the play. Intercepted on about the 5 and tried to get glory by stretching it into the endzone on a dive.

Problem is physics is a cruel master and the ball left his hand at the one and rolled out the endzone for a touchback.

So a late down interception turned into 1st down on the 20 the other way.

But he will probably be congratulated for going for individual glory

Blogger buwaya puti October 09, 2016 4:43 PM  

You are missing an opportunity here. The NFL, many of its players, owners and managers, and its broadcast and cable hosts and sponsors, and their management and broadcast personalities openly hate and despise you, the industrys most loyal fans.
They are totally "converged" and are in fact the clearest example of the "circuses" part of panem and circenses that the converged powers that be feed you. These are the closest American equivalent to the gladiatorial games.
The loudest and clearest message you can send to this "converged" institution is to boycott.

Blogger Stig October 09, 2016 5:01 PM  

Ravens have only lost twice v. Redskins. Both times that happened they went to SB and won. Cold comfort but I'll take it.

Blogger YIH October 09, 2016 5:03 PM  

the Vikings are scripted to win the Super Bowl this year.
What about the Giants/Jets (49) and Niners (50)?
@61 Josh (the gayest thing here)
It's Breast Awareness Month in the NFL

I've said for several years now, one weekend 'go pink' (or better yet, just the NBC Sun. Night game) then back to normal - the whole month is ridiculous.
I'm still not willing to believe that the NFL is ''keyfabe'' for one thing, too many variables (players) plus that idea was tried, and it failed.

OpenID basementhomebrewer October 09, 2016 5:10 PM  

I could believe it is scripted. There have been a lot of coincidences the past decade. New Orleans winning the super bowl a few years after Katrina to show the "city is back". The harbaugh bowl etc. The weird things around teams that always loose could be explained by the system operating on a combination of how much the owner is willing to pay and politics.

Anonymous VFM #6306 October 09, 2016 5:16 PM  

BAM! would work for the month of October if they had the obvious fun with it. Instead, they treat it like princess day at the roller rink.

Next year, brand them, bare them, share them, and PinkTober will see a rise in the ratings and "awareness" that would make Ron Jeremy look impotent. No one will give a damn about the shoes.

Blogger Ransom Smith October 09, 2016 5:23 PM  

What happened to the NFC south? It's like they don't care.

Blogger YIH October 09, 2016 5:42 PM  

BGKB wrote:“This team plays for each other, and that’s the biggest part. This team has the same brotherhood — these guys treat

Have the teams with the "Jim Jones crazy nigger" BLM supporters like Colon Kirkpatrick been doing worse than expected?

Would that have something to do with the brand new stadium?

Are there any stadiums standing that taxpayers didn't pay for?

Yes, currently called ''Hard Rock Stadium'' (Miami).

Blogger Cataline Sergius October 09, 2016 5:49 PM  

The Bears are showing tremendous civic pride by doing nothing whatsoever to draw attention away from Cubs.

Blogger Undocumented Pharmacist October 09, 2016 5:57 PM  

I coach 3/4th grade football and today was given a bag of pink wristbands (by the chairman of the schoolboard) to distribute to the players before the game. When the boys asked me what they were for (though many knew already) I said that it was because it's October and just left it at that.

Anonymous BGKB October 09, 2016 6:00 PM  

If you want to see some real action watch "Its free swipe yo EBT(food stamp card) vs. Last Case of Water", coming soon after the collapse. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/hurricane-matthew-panic-sparks-supermarket-8997620

Are there any stadiums standing that taxpayers didn't pay for? Yes.

Perhaps I worded that wrong as the roman coliseum & the coliseum in Pompeii were still standing when I was there. Are there any stadiums the NFL plays in that was not paid for at least in part by the US taxpayer?

YIH OK apparently just one in Miami.

how does a bull dyke this godawful ugly get a job IN FRONT of the camera?

I don't think you want to know.

NFL has tax exempt privilege status. Plus it is a sort of male thing that is not popular just now. So I suppose they pander to the lefties

The IRS released questions and answers anouther TEA PARTY group gave. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/4/irs-subjects-tea-party-groups-to-new-round-of-scru/

An Atlanta Fan just Knows that his species doesn't fly well at altitude. ;-)

Only those with the sickle cell gene can't do altitude, also why they suffocate when placed prone. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1799937/
"People with sickle-cell trait are at risk if they fly in unpressurized aircraft, which are used for many local air services. Those with sickle-cell haemoglobin C disease should avoid air travel even in pressurized aircraft."

It's Breast Awareness Month in the NFL

I thought even after Mike Sam that every month was breast awareness for the NFL?

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 6:03 PM  

Buwaya, are you really socially unaware enough to think you should be lecturing us of all people on SJWs?

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 6:06 PM  

BAM! would work for the month of October if they had the obvious fun with it. Instead, they treat it like princess day at the roller rink.

Put some Lingerie League teams on the field before the game and at half-time. I guarantee you most of the men watching will be aware of breasts. So will most of the women for that matter.

Blogger Mighty Lou October 09, 2016 6:16 PM  

If the NFL is scripted, which I've suspected it has been for years, the superbowl will have a theme. That is why I don't think, if scripted, the outcome of the superbowl has been entirely decided.

I think the theme and the outcome of the superbowl depends on the outcome of the election.

It will have to help distract and help the population get over an unfavorable election outcome.

If Killary wins, expect another ring for Brady. If Donald wins, then maybe the Ravens take it.

Blogger buwaya puti October 09, 2016 6:18 PM  

I have lived, married, and raised kids in the belly of the beast. 30 years in San Francisco and Northern CA. I know the SJWs better than I know my toenails. I have had intimate dealings with a great many of their institutikns and subcultures. Nothing you can possibly say is foreign to me.
That said, this football thing is something YOU can control. You are its principal fans, these chatacters depend almost entirely on your patronage. Your boycott can destroy them.
As per "Dune", Muad'Dib, the power to destroy a thing is the absolute control of it.

Blogger VD October 09, 2016 6:40 PM  

You are missing an opportunity here. The NFL, many of its players, owners and managers, and its broadcast and cable hosts and sponsors, and their management and broadcast personalities openly hate and despise you, the industrys most loyal fans.
They are totally "converged" and are in fact the clearest example of the "circuses" part of panem and circenses that the converged powers that be feed you. These are the closest American equivalent to the gladiatorial games.
The loudest and clearest message you can send to this "converged" institution is to boycott.


The Filipino doesn't like the American sport. Quelle surprise. Why don't you go find a baseball site and explain to them why you don't like baseball. They'll probably be just as interested.

You clearly don't know a damn thing about the NFL. There are probably a higher percentage of Christians among the players than in almost any organization.

Blogger buwaya puti October 09, 2016 6:57 PM  

My personal feelings on this point dont matter. I am neutral. I am no fan, but I can follow the game, having forced myself to learn with the earliest football computer games. I did try, you know.
My wife is a baseball fan. I dont like baseball, personally, es aburrido. But it isnt converged as football is.
I grew up playing basketball, softball and soccer, of which I only liked soccer. But as I said, this isnt personal.
This, on my part, is a purely political judgement with no sentimental baggage.
Regardless of the players, the game really is all about the media and the management. They use it as a vehicle for politico-social messaging. Consider the disgraceful Superbowl show this year. Consider the commercials, the public gestures, and etc.

Blogger Lazarus October 09, 2016 6:59 PM  

buwaya puti wrote:That said, this football thing is something YOU can control.

Many commenters at VP HAVE boycotted the NFL. It is usually not considered good form to discuss it on the NFL thread, however. They are not going to de-converge even if ratings drop 20%. People could keep gas prices down too, if they were all co-ordinated in rolling boycotts of different brands, but realistically, it ain't gonna happen.

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Blogger SemiSpook37 October 09, 2016 7:12 PM  

The Redskins and Steelers were victorious today. That's all that really matters.

Blogger VD October 09, 2016 7:16 PM  

This, on my part, is a purely political judgement with no sentimental baggage.

No one asked you for your political judgment. This is a thread to discuss the Week 5 games. You're off-topic, you're being obnoxious, and you're doing the same fucking thing that numerous people have been repeatedly warned not to do.

So knock it off.

Blogger James Dixon October 09, 2016 7:18 PM  

> It's Breast Awareness Month in the NFL

So why aren't they letting the cheerleaders raise fan awareness of the importance of breasts? It seems like the obvious thing to do.

Anonymous The OASF October 09, 2016 7:19 PM  

Skol.... eh.... Skol.....

Sorry, just can't quite do it.

Blogger Lazarus October 09, 2016 7:37 PM  

James Dixon wrote:So why aren't they letting the cheerleaders raise fan awareness of the importance of breasts? It seems like the obvious thing to do.

See. Now this is the proper approach, something positive.

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 8:11 PM  

@70 Stig
Ravens have only lost twice v. Redskins. Both times that happened they went to SB and won. Cold comfort but I'll take it.
--

They've only played what, maybe 5 times?

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 8:11 PM  

If the NFL is scripted then it joins great traditions such as WWE

Blogger Were-Puppy October 09, 2016 8:13 PM  

@68 Lew Rand

Yeah that was kind of hard to follow on the radio, thanks.

I'll see the plays when they're on youtube after the debate

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii October 09, 2016 8:26 PM  

Well, whoever id playing in Falcons uniforms (it's so unnatural to have a good year) they're getting it done.

Blogger Rambam October 09, 2016 8:27 PM  

Old Sunday Night Football theme was better.
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Goodell is an idiot. All Hail Tom Brady.

Anonymous Hammerman October 09, 2016 8:32 PM  

Cowboys o line gets it done again. Dak played well. When tomorrow finally gets back, the offense should really catch fire as Tony Romo has a better deep ball.

Blogger Rambam October 09, 2016 8:32 PM  

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Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 8:39 PM  

So why aren't they letting the cheerleaders raise fan awareness of the importance of breasts? It seems like the obvious thing to do.

I believe it has something to do with Not All Breasts Are Like That.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein October 09, 2016 9:12 PM  


@Were-PuppyOctober 09, 2016 8:11 PM
If the NFL is scripted then it joins great traditions such as WWE


...and NASCAR.

Most egrerious: Earnhardt Jr winning the July Daytona race after his father was killed in the February race. Loved it, but...

NFL'S most egrerious: The effing *Tuck Rule* game.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein October 09, 2016 9:13 PM  


@Were-PuppyOctober 09, 2016 8:11 PM
If the NFL is scripted then it joins great traditions such as WWE


...and NASCAR.

Most egrerious: Earnhardt Jr winning the July Daytona race after his father was killed in the February race. Loved it, but...

NFL'S most egrerious: The effing *Tuck Rule* game.

Blogger Lazarus October 09, 2016 9:31 PM  

TontoBubbaGoldstein wrote:NFL'S most egrerious: The effing *Tuck Rule* game.

Which allowed a team called "The Patriots" to win the first superbowl after 911.

Fancy that.

Blogger Rambam October 09, 2016 10:00 PM  

Chris Collinsworth is so gay, pc, ass kissing, etc. Jeez. Dan Fouts was so much better.

Anonymous Jack Amok October 09, 2016 10:00 PM  

The Cleveland Browns, proving that there is an "Omega" in Team. Or maybe the other way around. Probably both.

Blogger tublecane October 09, 2016 10:45 PM  

@72-That was like 5 years after Katrina. You'd think they would have wanted to cash in on that sooner.

I can believe they favored them over the Vikings in the Decapitate-Favre Bowl, because it's hard to explain them getting away with it otherwise. (To be fair, the Vikings lost six or so fumbles in addition to getting hit a million times after the whistle.) But the Saints had to get there, and they still had to beat the Indianapolis Peytons. How much fixing is the Shadow NFL expected to do?

Blogger Lazarus October 09, 2016 10:55 PM  

tublecane wrote:How much fixing is the Shadow NFL expected to do?

How much control does the Deep State have.

How many loaves in a Baker's dozen?

Anonymous Colorado Confederate October 09, 2016 11:30 PM  

My compliments to all of the players who refrained from wearing a stitch of magenta.

Anonymous Mister M October 10, 2016 10:13 AM  

As NFL conspiracies go, Brian Tuohy has this one under control. My Giants, dull and unresponsive, are now 2-3. Not going to be a fun year...

Blogger bob k. mando ( Ich bin ein Fuhrer auf die Alt-Retard ... and you can too ) October 10, 2016 5:19 PM  

101. TontoBubbaGoldstein October 09, 2016 9:13 PM
Most egrerious:
...
NFL'S most egrerious:



this word, i do not think it means what you think it means.



101. TontoBubbaGoldstein October 09, 2016
Earnhardt Jr winning the July Daytona race after his father was killed in the February race. Loved it, but...


that wasn't a fixed race. DEI was already known to have some kind of a setup / engine SuperSpeedway advantage. either DEI ( Waltrip or Jr ) car could singlehandedly hold off a 10 car draft, that's how Waltrip collected a victory in the race that Senior killed himself in, the DEI cars were both clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the field with what amounted to a ~50hp advantage over anybody else.

that's what makes Senior trying to block Sterling so stupid, it was completely unnecessary.

Michael Waltrip was always an amazingly shitty driver. he has four wins, all in DEI cars, AT SUPERSPEEDWAYS, during the multiyear era when DEI was showing a massive advantage versus the entire rest of the field AT SUPERSPEEDWAYS. the only 'good' thing about Michael is that he could be trusted to be a team player and that, if in 2nd, he wouldn't try to screw Junior out of the win. unlike Junior, who tried to jump out of line and take multiple wins from Michael.

Blogger Minh Khánh Bùi October 15, 2016 10:11 AM  

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