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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fire your players, Art

The owners are starting to get just a little bit shaky after seeing the ratings drop another 10 percent while fans burn their gear and season tickets:
To Steelers Nation:

I want to reach out to you, the members of Steelers Nation, based on what I believe is a misperception about our players’ intentions in not taking the field for the National Anthem in Chicago. The intentions of Steelers players were to stay out of the business of making political statements by not taking the field. Unfortunately, that was interpreted as a boycott of the anthem – which was never our players’ intention.

Our players come from many different backgrounds and are united by what it means to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are active in their communities and participate regularly in events designed to give back to those communities. And they appreciate the support they get from Steelers fans around the country and here at home. I also know that our players have tremendous respect for the members of our military services, including their teammate Alejandro Villanueva. There was never any desire on the part of our players to show disrespect for our service members.

Yesterday, I received an email from a Steelers fan who said tell the players to just play football. That is exactly what they wanted to do. They wanted their sole focus to be on playing the game, while also coming together as a unified team.

The main thing we can do is learn from this and strive to come together remaining unified as a football team. I believe we are capable of accomplishing this with the support of our fans. Steelers Nation is made up of the best fans in the National Football League. We appreciate your continued support of our players, coaches and staff.

Sincerely,

Art Rooney, II
 He chose... poorly. It's rather remarkable how many owners are choosing to side with the media, the players, and the league instead of the one thing they actually need: the fans.

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Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother September 26, 2017 2:01 PM  

Go fuck yourself Art.

OpenID paworldandtimes September 26, 2017 2:07 PM  

Our players come from many different backgrounds and are united by what it means to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"and are united by what it means to play for Pittsburgh Steelers."

Can there BE a more vacuous statement?

When NFL is great again, Steelers players will be united by having been born and raised in Pittsburgh.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) September 26, 2017 2:07 PM  

His family created the Rooney Rule

Blogger Azimus September 26, 2017 2:07 PM  

They better thank their lucky stars that Villaneuva wandered out - on purpose or not - and put his hand on his heart and sang the anthem, or the stadium would be empty next week...

Blogger Longtime Lurker September 26, 2017 2:08 PM  

Too clever by half, Mr. Rooney.

Anonymous VFM #7916 September 26, 2017 2:08 PM  

The comments on the pittsburg CBSlocal thread story are 100% negative on this.

The thread produced a meme-worthy name, while while not technically true, is the most vicious shiv i've seen to date:

The Steelers shall be no more. They are now the "Pittsburg Kneelers"

Anonymous Sam the Man September 26, 2017 2:08 PM  

Sounds like the owners are lying liars who lie. If they meant that they would not have put pressure on the Ranger to recant, which is the most likely reason he made that statement.

The Steeler's owner would have publically rebuked the coach for his direction to the team to sit out the anthem.

Notice there is no apology or admission of wrongdoing, it is all a mistake of the fans who do not recognize the good actions of the team.

Hopefully the Steelers fans will make this franchise worth a lot less money.

Blogger Ceasar September 26, 2017 2:13 PM  

The NFL has now posted an open position for Crisis Manager. Being the giving person I am, I will give them the following steps/advice for free.

Step 1: Tell the Truth
Statement: "The NFL owners apologize for putting our fans through this. We made a terrible mistake backing the actions of obviously emotionally stunted players over our loyal fans."

Step 2: Throw someone under the bus
Statement: "We have fired Roger Goodell for his lack of leadership in dealing with this issue as well as the increase in player degeneracy across the board."

Step 3: Promise never to do it again, then show good will/bribe
Statement: " We will never take the NFL fans for granted again. Bag of dicks for everyone!"

Your welcome NFL.

Blogger Gloriam Deo September 26, 2017 2:13 PM  

I like that they are kneeling. It demonstrates their loyalty to their own kind and their disloyalty to the civic nationalist meme. This is the biggest redpilling since the elections.

Blogger Clint September 26, 2017 2:14 PM  

Josh (the sexiest thing here) wrote:His family created the Rooney Rule

Long Time Democrats

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club September 26, 2017 2:14 PM  

players to just play football. That is exactly what they wanted to do. They wanted their sole focus to be on playing the game

Then come out of the tunnel, stand for the anthem, and play football. Is Rooney as stupid as many of the players he employs? This is not difficult to figure out.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( i'm sorry you raped Andrea Dworkin and i disavow your Patriarchal Cisheteronormative Bourgeois Consciousness in shame ) September 26, 2017 2:14 PM  

fan association with pro teams is almost entirely the happenstance of local neighborliness. you want those near you to do well.

even if those near you are immigrants from completely different parts of the country ( sometimes even foreign nationals ) and have no real cultural, religious or, sometimes, even linguistic affiliation with you.

when these new immigrant professional athletes join your community and DEMAND that you spend money on them, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, the least *they* can do is stand with you, the fan.

IF the Kneelers will not stand with me
THEN i will not stand with the Kneelers.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 2:15 PM  

Looks to me like the NFL owners are firing the fans.
That's gotta work out well.

OpenID aew51183 September 26, 2017 2:17 PM  

This non-apology might have worked had they not bullied a bronze star vet into apologozing for loving America.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother September 26, 2017 2:18 PM  

NFL OWNERS DEMAND NEW FANS

OLD FANS STUPID, RACIST

Blogger Ingot9455 September 26, 2017 2:18 PM  

Jack Ward does NOT stand with the Pittsburgh Kneelers.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 26, 2017 2:21 PM  

Art you still have Nate, and if you have Nate football lives.

The new faces of the NFL are the two clowns on the Giants, one who gave the Roman salute while the other pretended to be a dog taking a leak.

They gots poor optics and we have just begun.

Blogger SJ September 26, 2017 2:23 PM  

Meh I had enough of the ape ball league a few years ago when they put all the players in pink to celebrate women or something, because modern women just aren't vain enough. I guess it takes the rest of America watching the players spit on our country while demanding more gibmedats for their fellow good boy teens who were going to go to college taken from the people of the very country they spit on.

Might as well burn the flag at the halftime show of super bowl.

Anonymous CarpeOro September 26, 2017 2:24 PM  

"Our players come from many different backgrounds and are united by what it means to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers."

That would be money. Something they may very well see less of with this idiocy.
No one likes fence sitters.
Being everything to everyone equals nothing to nobody.
Stand for nothing.... no, really don't need to belabor the point. It is going to be writ large in red numbers in NFL account books.

Blogger Longtime Lurker September 26, 2017 2:25 PM  

@6: I noticed the same thing for the Denver Broncos. On the Denver Fox Channel FB page, I noted well over 5,000 comments on their story about the Great Kneeldown within 24 hour of the event. The vast majority were negative. And quite a few included photos of shredded jerseys and other memorabilia.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 26, 2017 2:26 PM  

The NFL needs an October Surprise, they need to clandestinely organize an alt-retard march on a stadium to "protest nigger ball." I guarantee you that will get the black clowns off the hot seat.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 26, 2017 2:29 PM  

In related news, LeBron would like Trump voters in Ohio to know he doesn't hold it against them. He understands that they's just unedumacated and didna know no better.

Anonymous AzDesertRat September 26, 2017 2:31 PM  

Man, 2018 is going to have to put in some serious work to top 2017.
Trump has accelerated the SJW craziness to the point where it can almost be measured in terms of warp speed.
Some anecdotal evidence on how well the NFL protests are going over in "flyover" country... in my place of work today I have not heard a single person discussing the actual game last night. Even the die hard Cowboys fans (and we have more than a few) have said nothing. All of the discussion has been about the protests. I'd say a 50/50 split between disgust and mocking them. And a whole lot of guys saying they are done with the NFL. No more merch, no more Sundays at the bar, or on the couch. Which is great, because they are THE demographic that every major sports league in America wants, White/Male/Middle Class w/ Disposable Income.
I hope there are no owners out there with eyes on getting a new, taxpayer funded, stadium anytime in the near future.

Blogger RobertT September 26, 2017 2:33 PM  

It may be surprising, but it's to be expected. They will always side with the media. Until it's too late.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass September 26, 2017 2:34 PM  

The meme today was great!

aew51183 wrote:This non-apology might have worked had they not bullied a bronze star vet into apologozing for loving America.

I wonder if Villanueva regrets having done that apology. The reason I say that is many people will take the view that he buckled under pressure. I've no doubt his job was on the line but still...

The only reason I watched it on Sunday was because a relative invited me over. Suffice to say, after Sunday, I'm done with the NFL (even the Super Bowl). I've only watched maybe a few games a year since 2010 due to all the SJW posturing etc. Now with kickoffs at the 25 yd line, pink being in your face more than usual, and now this...I'm done with it.

I'm a lukewarm sports follower, at best. I don't need to be told while recreating that I'm an evil white male. I already know that ;-). In other news, my Penguins (never lived in Pittsburgh but a life long Pens fan) may be headed for a three peat this year! They've got class too, accepting the WH's invitation.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 26, 2017 2:35 PM  

The racial sermon is a joke, no one either out of a sense of decency or of fear will call it a joke, but it is a joke.

The goofballs doubled down on what people know is an unfunny joke at about Soviet 5 Year Plan level of cruel jokes.

Anonymous FP September 26, 2017 2:35 PM  

"and are united by what it means to play for Pittsburgh Steelers."

Talk about clueless.

Blogger CF NEAL September 26, 2017 2:37 PM  

So few comments, so much disgust...
Each time an owner, or player, or apologist TRIES to defend the indefensible, they each & everyone remind us of the "F" in nfl.

Blogger Carlos Carrasco September 26, 2017 2:39 PM  

As much as I despise those who take a knee during the anthem, I can scrape up a crumb of respect for them for taking a side. The Steelers, who foolishly thought they could duck the issue by hiding in the locker room do not merit even that much.

"Because you are neither hot nor cold but lukewarm, I will vomit you out!"

Anonymous Steve Canyon September 26, 2017 2:42 PM  

Admit you screwed up, Art, and let the rationalization hamster live in the cheerleader's heads.

And Jerry Jones taking a knee before the anthem then standing for the anthem. Way to play both sides.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) September 26, 2017 2:44 PM  

When NFL is great again, Steelers players will be united by having been born and raised in Pittsburgh.

The NFL has never worked this way.

OpenID aew51183 September 26, 2017 2:45 PM  

>"America is about justice and freedom FOR ALL"

Wait a minute: I thought America was an oppressive, white-supremacist hellhole?

Shouldn't these oppressed people of color be fleeing this horror for a better country?

Blogger Bob Loblaw September 26, 2017 2:46 PM  

They better thank their lucky stars that Villaneuva wandered out - on purpose or not - and put his hand on his heart and sang the anthem, or the stadium would be empty next week...

Except after the game they took him to the woodshed and forced him to issue an apology. It may save them, but it may not.

This whole thing really has me seeing red. First off, Rooney is lying his ass off and obviously so. If you're going to lie to people you need to at least make it plausible. And secondly, the very idea standing for the national anthem is making a political statement is idiotic.

Trump is right. They ought to start firing people over this shit.

Blogger Jimmy The Freak September 26, 2017 2:48 PM  

Art needs to remember one thing:

When the players put on the jersey they are representing the logo on that jersey, not just the name on the back. How many people show up to the games wearing a Miami of Ohio jersey with Roethlisberger on the back? How many show up wearing a Michigan State jersey with Bell on the back?

The truth is that if any of these players would have been drafted by Cleveland or Baltimore, the same fans that currently cheer them would hate them instead.

The owners are more interested in appeasing the players who are their employees than the fans who are their customers.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 26, 2017 2:48 PM  

No one believes in racial equality least of all the colored folk who lecture us ceaselessly, no one.

If you like football and racial equality then watch one of the NFL networks all black panel talk shows, they will disabuse you of the notion of racial equality especially if Deon Sanders is in one of his moods.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( i'm sorry you raped Andrea Dworkin and i disavow your Patriarchal Cisheteronormative Bourgeois Consciousness in shame ) September 26, 2017 2:49 PM  

the players have a Constitutional Right to call me a Fascist, Racist, Sexist, Homophobic Dipshit.

i have a Constitutional Right to tell the players to kiss. my. ass.

Fright Power, motherfuckers.

https://twitter.com/GhastlyDope/media

Blogger VFM #7634 September 26, 2017 2:50 PM  

"Except after the game they took him to the woodshed and forced him to issue an apology. It may save them, but it may not."

Villanueva's retraction and apology only threw gasoline on the fire. It makes it look like the other players bitched at him for what he did and he got cold feet.

Meaning, the other players are Marxists and deserve the opprobrium they're getting.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 2:50 PM  

He'd have to fire their coach first. If they did that, I expect the players would all settle down fairly quickly. I think Goodell needs a simple model he can follow. May I suggest WWRD? I.e. What would Rozelle do?

Blogger Jimmy The Freak September 26, 2017 2:52 PM  

This thread is just begging to be strafed by the "Sports Ball" spergers.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 2:53 PM  

> Sucks for you guys that ALL People of Color...

Does that include American Indians?

Blogger Salt September 26, 2017 2:55 PM  

That no one could have seen this coming... rubbish. The solution was simple from the outset. Do what you know you should have done. What you have always done. You have no excuse. Zero. You didn't ask for it? So sorry... you most certainly did.

“I was kind of pissed at how people reacted to it,” said Foster. “In a sense, that we didn’t ask for that. We were thrown into this by some comments outside of the business and the sport of football. To see the backlash that I’m getting from back home, from people in my hometown on something I had no idea was going to go over like this or to have to warn my kids about certain stuff that hey, if somebody says something at school you have to let me and your mom know. We didn’t ask for that, we didn’t ask for this whole situation.”

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/09/26/steelers-ramon-foster-we-didnt-ask-for-this/

Blogger Timmy3 September 26, 2017 2:55 PM  

Seems like a benign and apologetic letter except upon close reading.

"There was never any desire on the part of our players to show disrespect for our service members."

Huh? This has been going on for a year and the owners tolerated the disrespect and they joined in. They are clueless and they will continue.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( i'm sorry you raped Andrea Dworkin and i disavow your Patriarchal Cisheteronormative Bourgeois Consciousness in shame ) September 26, 2017 2:56 PM  

14. aew51183 September 26, 2017 2:17 PM
This non-apology might have worked had they not bullied a bronze star vet into apologozing for loving America.




is there any kind of a crowd funding campaign going for him?

buying his jersey gives the NFL, the team, and the vendor most of the money.

donate money straight to him. he's a marginal player anyways, he's probably not going to be in the league much longer.
Ohio voters would like LeBron to know that we know that Niggers killed Cleveland.

Blogger Justin Bailey September 26, 2017 2:57 PM  

It was quite telling to me that Villaneuva was forced to issue an apology in an ISIS hostage style video after daring to support his country.

Blogger Cetera September 26, 2017 2:58 PM  

Sent this to Rooney today, actually:
https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/72mi1r/art_rooney_believes_his_steelers_players_couldnt/

Blogger VFM #7634 September 26, 2017 2:59 PM  

"It was quite telling to me that Villaneuva was forced to issue an apology in an ISIS hostage style video after daring to support his country."

Where's that CNN meme with Warmbier when you need it...

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 3:00 PM  

The league screwed up big time when they didn't nip this in the bud by fining or suspending C.K. last year. Now the only thing they have left is trying to spin it as a free speech issue (which everyone knows it's not) and doubling down on "team unity". Which is also bogus. Everyone knows the team can be unified by standing in respectful silences for the anthem as much as they can by kneeling.

They in a no win situation now. Alienate fans by doubling down even more, or alienating their black players and coaching staff by insisting they respect the flag and anthem on team time. They may only alienate 25% or so of their fan base by their actions, but that percentage will translate to a huge loss of revenue. It might very well make the difference between a profit or a loss for many teams. But they brought this on themselves.

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable September 26, 2017 3:00 PM  

They wanted their sole focus to be on playing the game, while also coming together as a unified team.

Well then, all they had to do to accomplish that was come out as one, stand for the anthem and bloody get on with it.

Not brain surgery.

Anonymous krymneth September 26, 2017 3:02 PM  

One of the things the rabbits don't get, in their eternal quest to consume resources, is that no matter how impressive something may look, when it's financed by debt, very small drops get leveraged into very big ones. An SJW with no skin in the game may think a 10% revenue drop is a small price to pay for justice, but it's really easy for that to become a 500% drop on profits. And yes, I mean that they go strongly negative.

I don't know if the teams themselves carry much debt, but there's certainly a lot of future obligations floating around in the licenses and stadium financing. The NFL is probably looking at much more pain than a naive view of the numbers would show. I would expect abject panic if the weekend numbers go even farther south.

Blogger slarrow September 26, 2017 3:02 PM  

As long as that does not happen and whites are privileged then the kneeling is the most American thing there is

You think so? Then kneel before your betters, insect.

Anonymous Hen September 26, 2017 3:02 PM  

According to a story on (http://thefreethoughtproject.com/nfl-players-stayed-in-locker-rooms-during-the-anthem-until-2009-dod-then-began-a-paid-patriotism-program/) players have only been asked to stand for the national anthem since 2009. The article states that they are PAID by DoD to stage on field ceremonies to make the teams seem more patriotic.

Anonymous bluto September 26, 2017 3:05 PM  

I wonder if at this point the only way out would be for the NFL to start yanking draft picks teams that knelt (which is in the policy guide as a possible punishment for anthem related violations). It would shift the anger toward Goodell/the head office (which has been the lightning rod of anger over player punishments), and give the teams an out to apologize to their lost fans, and shield the teams from firing 23% of their staff mid-season.

Probably not going to happen. Trump is making good on his threat to make me get tired of winning.

Anonymous Hen September 26, 2017 3:05 PM  

If that's true, they not only dissed their fans but also violated a $$ contract. Great work, team...

Anonymous burgmeister September 26, 2017 3:06 PM  

So Bud Grant coached after 2009?

Anonymous Hen September 26, 2017 3:07 PM  

Sorry about my confusion. I meant #54 to apply to #52. Duh.

Blogger SmockMan September 26, 2017 3:08 PM  

Justin Bailey wrote:It was quite telling to me that Villaneuva was forced to issue an apology in an ISIS hostage style video after daring to support his country.

Down cast eyes the entire time. Was he blinking SOS in morse code?

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 3:09 PM  

@48 James Dixon
The league screwed up big time when they didn't nip this in the bud by fining or suspending C.K. last year.

Then BLM would have called the league rayciss. Nothing scarier than that.

Blogger daddynichol September 26, 2017 3:11 PM  

Relax everyone. The NFL will declare November as "Activism Awareness Month" and this will all be fixed with videos of players engaged in touchy feeley programs and events. The segments that focus on domestic violence and women in crisis will shine brightly. It's all for the cameras and for professional grade virtue signalling.

Just shut up and play football.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 3:12 PM  

> According to a story on (http://thefreethoughtproject.com/nfl-players-stayed-in-locker-rooms-during-the-anthem-until-2009-dod-then-began-a-paid-patriotism-program/) players have only been asked to stand for the national anthem since 2009.

Before 2009, everyone understood it was required. What do you think Cowher or Noll would have said to any player who knelt during the anthem. How long do you think they would have been with the team?

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother September 26, 2017 3:13 PM  

We know this.

We all know this.

That isn't an important factor now.

Optics. That's all that matters.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 26, 2017 3:15 PM  

"a Steelers fan who said tell the players to just play football. That is exactly what they wanted to do."

Yeah, this is a flat-out lie, and an attempt to gaslight fans as well. If they only wanted to play football, none of this would have happened. Politics has been seeping into the NFL for years, driven largely by left-leaning sports media, but also by the players and some owners, and the team owners and the league office have done nothing to slow it down -- except when it might offend the Left, of course.

The president's comments, while kicking up a lot of dust for the moment, have the potential to get the politics out of football in the long run, which fans would appreciate. Let the NFL scale back on the rah-rah-troops patriotic stuff and ban any protesting during game broadcasts, and just play great football. That's what the fans want.

Anonymous JAG September 26, 2017 3:15 PM  

GamerGate

ComicsGate

FootballGate

The fierce reaction we are seeing to this stunt shows that many people will not tolerate the total convergence of the NFL.

Declaring that gamers were dead did not work out for the SJWs, and I doubt they will have much success in firing the fans of the NFL.

Anonymous Ck September 26, 2017 3:16 PM  

ESPN kellerman was already badmouthing Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers for not being 110% on the side of the kneelers.
So much for free expression.

Blogger Chris Lutz September 26, 2017 3:17 PM  

Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club wrote:players to just play football. That is exactly what they wanted to do. They wanted their sole focus to be on playing the game

Then come out of the tunnel, stand for the anthem, and play football. Is Rooney as stupid as many of the players he employs? This is not difficult to figure out.


What it means is they were to scared and spineless to tell the players that they will stand respectfully for the anthem and to make political statements outside of working hours. If I were an owner I would have told them that and told them that if any reporter asks you something about this or anything political while at team facilities, your answer is "I play football for x. Next question."

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 26, 2017 3:18 PM  

These guys really can't comprehend that America can change it's favorite sports. We have done so before.

Usually it's a players strike that does it but I think the NFL has come up with something that tops that.

At this rate players are going to go back to doing construction work in the off season.

Blogger Bobo #117 September 26, 2017 3:19 PM  

Greg Gee:

When People of Color learn to shoot properly, let us know. We'll summon up a little concern at that imaginary point in time...

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 3:19 PM  

> ...who said tell the players to just play football. That is exactly what they wanted to do. They wanted their sole focus to be on playing the game, while also coming together as a unified team.

I should also noted that if they really wanted to play football that badly, they might have actually tried playing in the game against the Bears, rather than just going through the motions. Their performance on the field tells you all you need to know about how important football is to them.

OpenID aew51183 September 26, 2017 3:20 PM  

Sarah Sanders is being mealy-mouthed and failing to shoot these fish-in-barrel commie talking points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDZoQGniNK8


If Trump wants to provide spoils to people, press-facing positions are not the place to do it.

We need meme-lords trolling the media, who deserve to be trolled. The briefings we're seeing from Sarah do not energize the base.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 26, 2017 3:22 PM  

Now Trump is arresting basketball coaches, totally racist

Anonymous franklinjennings September 26, 2017 3:23 PM  

It's all so amazing. Trump really has become the God Emperor, just by triggering his opponents into self-destructive lunacy.

I can understand why all these corporations "pledged allegiance" to political correctness before the election. The Left looked like the winning team. It had successfully taken over all the institutions. It would punish dissent, so corporations didn't dissent.

But AFTER the election? Doubling down on pious disparagement of straight white males is a much less logical strategy. Trump's victory proved that the silent majority is real, still has some power, and thinks all things SJW are stupid.

And STILL these corporations can't stop insulting their customers. I thought these companies were supposed to be "data-driven." But no. They are driven every day by short-term reactions to left-wing media rhetoric. The left-wing media says a few heroin-addicted coal miners voted for Trump but no-one else did. The data says Trump beat Hillary 2 to 1 among employed, married homeowners.

The Left has revealed itself. Insane losers who hate America. Not a good look!

Blogger Cataline Sergius September 26, 2017 3:24 PM  

Donald Trump never forgets.

That $3.00 settlement check from the NFL has to have held a special place in his heart.

Blogger Desdichado September 26, 2017 3:25 PM  

Timmy3 wrote:
Huh? This has been going on for a year and the owners tolerated the disrespect and they joined in. They are clueless and they will continue.

No, they're not. They're lying. They knew EXACTLY what they were doing, what they didn't know was that they couldn't get away with it without pissing everyone off.

Anonymous FootballKang September 26, 2017 3:26 PM  

And while we're at it, can we please revoke the NFL's tax-exempt status?

Blogger pyrrhus September 26, 2017 3:27 PM  

First Rooney insults his entire fan base by joining the players in dissing the country, then he insults their intelligence with a bunch of lies about it, after forcing Villanueva to make a hostage video apology.....Words fail me..

Anonymous Dan September 26, 2017 3:28 PM  

"The president's comments, while kicking up a lot of dust for the moment, have the potential to get the politics out of football in the long run, which fans would appreciate. Let the NFL scale back on the rah-rah-troops patriotic stuff and ban any protesting during game broadcasts, and just play great football. That's what the fans want."

Cail, that sounds weak.

To paraphrase 1 Cor. 13:11
"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I wanted the NFL to be put into chapter 11."

Blogger Desdichado September 26, 2017 3:29 PM  

Greg Gee wrote:Sucks for you guys that ALL People of Color (you know the future) agree with the kneeling

America is about justice and freedom FOR ALL. As long as that does not happen and whites are privileged then the kneeling is the most American thing there is

People like you who do not support the kneeling and support Drumpf are fake Americans and deserve the fates of the Nazis you are

The more "people of color" we get in America, the more raw materials we have to build the wall on the southern border... with their skulls.

Blogger Peter Jackson September 26, 2017 3:29 PM  

He should have said this:

"To all Steelers Players and Coaches:

You are hereby required to stand with your hand over your heart for the national anthem at all NFL games, because not doing so is offensive to a great many of our fans. Failure to comply with this directive will result in a fine and/or dismissal from the game.

Sincerely,

Art Rooney, II"

Blogger pyrrhus September 26, 2017 3:30 PM  

Firing the players would have the additional advantage of opening up positions for real pro football players, who don't just lie down and die against a weak Bears team.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 3:31 PM  

> That $3.00 settlement check from the NFL has to have held a special place in his heart.

Mayhap another look at the NFL anti-trust exemption is in order?

Anonymous CarpeOro September 26, 2017 3:31 PM  

James Dixon wrote:> Sucks for you guys that ALL People of Color...

Does that include American Indians?


Funny, this must be one of the times when my Mexican wife counts as "white". Didn't bother to disabuse her of the idea that Villanueva was Mexican also...

Blogger Some Guy September 26, 2017 3:34 PM  

Oh how I love convergence. Let it stoke the cleansing fire.

Anonymous franklinjennings September 26, 2017 3:35 PM  

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/nfl-players-stayed-in-locker-rooms-during-the-anthem-until-2009-dod-then-began-a-paid-patriotism-program/

This IS interesting. It makes me less excited about all the winning and makes me realized that we're all pawns in a narrative designed by propagandists. Are the players and owners and SJWs being stupid? Yes. But so are those of us who care about America and who care about white people. They are corralling us into defining our identity in a way that serves our enemies. White Christians in flyover country have been cannon fodder for Middle Eastern wars for 15 consecutive years now.

I feel some glee that the SJWs have trapped themselves. But I'm not too thrilled to see my American identity channeled into worshipping Washington D.C.'s wars.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 26, 2017 3:36 PM  

players have only been asked to stand for the national anthem since 2009.

They've been pointing this out a lot, wanting us to believe no one stood for the anthem or cared about it until the DoD started paying for it in 2009. But that's crap, of course. The truth is it just wasn't organized and written into the NFL's game manual until then. But if a player was in the locker room while the anthem was playing in 1995, it was because he was doing something in there, not because he was hiding from the fans so they wouldn't see whether he stood or not. If he was sitting on the sidelines getting a leg wrapped when the anthem started and stayed put, he wasn't sitting to make a political point. These guys aren't ignoring or missing the anthem, they're protesting it, so that's irrelevant anyway.

Blogger Koanic September 26, 2017 3:40 PM  

Give them axes, eliminate fouls, and sacrifice a mudshark cheerleader at halftime.

Blogger Ed Hoagland September 26, 2017 3:42 PM  

"The intentions of Steelers players were to stay out of the business of making political statements by not taking the field."

Bullshit. This was the strongest political statement the team could make, and they chose to do it knowing it was just that. Why lie about it?

Because SJW's always lie. And they are cowards to boot.

Blogger CF NEAL September 26, 2017 3:44 PM  

.53 "Trump is making good on his threat to make me get tired of winning."

LOL

I wondered THAT was going to happen.

Anonymous J. J. September 26, 2017 3:47 PM  

The game itself got completely lost in all the commotion, but if anyone actually saw it, it is the best proof the Steelers weren't interested in playing football that day. What a horrible loss to a lousy Bears team. Welcome to YouTube, Marcus Cooper... you'll forever be enshrined in "Top 10 Stupidest NFL plays ever" videos for stopping at the goal line and fumbling... and yet the the Steelers still couldn't win, even with the Bears trying to give that kind of help.

Blogger Andy in San Diego and Elsewhere September 26, 2017 3:49 PM  

"Football ratings are down; reasons unclear"

No, really, that's the title of the story. Kind of like how "motive was unclear" even tho the bad guy was yelling "aloha snackbar"

http://www.foxla.com/sports/football-ratings-are-down-reason-unclear

Anonymous Wendy Weinbaum September 26, 2017 3:56 PM  

I say, "If they take a knee, give'em the FINGER!!
Bravo NRA, herein: https://youtu.be/z3j1ZKz7PWQ

Anonymous Brick Hardslab September 26, 2017 3:58 PM  

Is there any chance we can make tiny duck stick to one handle?

Blogger Matamoros September 26, 2017 3:59 PM  

From Jim Stone on the subject:

The baseball strike is the future of the NFL.

I was somewhat into baseball when the players decided to strike. But after that the mystique was gone because I figured the players made enough and cared more about money than the game. They were not out there playing to give the crowd a good time, they were playing for money, and the fact they refused to play during the strike proved it. I never cared about baseball again.

The same has happened to the NFL now, except rather than selfish players, the Jews did it - let me explain.

They started all of this by selling Kaepernick as a legitimate black guy staging a protest against "white supremacy". Reality: Kapernick is a supremacist Jew who is 100 percent semitic without a shred of black in him. The afro hairdo was absolutely stupid and was probably a wig to boot. A massive comical show of "how black he was" but if you looked at the face, it was a dark skinned semitic face, not a black face. Evidently enough people fell for the ruse for it to work, because with the subsequent support of the Jewish media, it triggered a landslide.

The NFL ownership is now predominantly Jewish. And what did I see last night on the Mexican media? NFL teams taking a knee in front of the flag, with right smack dab in the middle of it all, a grinning ear to ear millionaire Jewish owner who set it all up, including the enormous flag on the ball field to really drive it all home. I have little doubt the owner threatened the team players with firing if they did not go along with it, a few of them did not look very happy about it.

So what does this all mean?

It means, without a doubt, that the Jewish community (which hates Trump) is going to try to see what is more popular with the American people - football or President Trump. Their plan will backfire, because one of the major underpinnings of the NFL is patriotism, and if that aspect of the NFL goes out the window (and it is well on its way out the window) the NFL will crash like the Hindenberg and people will pack a cooler and go fishing instead. And if anything could wake up the sleeping masses who have a football plugged between their ears preventing them from even considering a conspiracy is real - these shows on the field, in front of EVERYONE WHO IS ASLEEP, will probably be enough to finally snap them out of their slumber.

I'd laugh if in the end the Jews were out a multi billion dollar enterprise, having traded it for an awoken population. They are well on their way there. With me, the mystique of baseball never rebounded after the strike and I never cared again. I hope that happens with the NFL, what these Jewish owners are having the team players do is destined to wake the people and trigger the ultimate strike out.

Blogger Matamoros September 26, 2017 3:59 PM  

USFL - an idea whose time has come.

Anonymous Iacobus September 26, 2017 4:00 PM  

It's like you said, Vox: SJWs always double down. This is but the latest example.

It's like they see their house burning down and use gasoline to try to put it out. lol

Blogger tuberman September 26, 2017 4:01 PM  

Koanic wrote:Give them axes, eliminate fouls, and sacrifice a mudshark cheerleader at halftime.

Okay, but the axes and other weapons have to have names, like in "The Missionaries." the named axes will be introduced over time to the audience, especially after they are bloodied. Former female Hollywood stars can be subbed for cheerleaders, also talking news heads like Kelly would finally find a decent audience again as a half-time piece.

Blogger Resident Moron™ September 26, 2017 4:03 PM  

pyrrhus wrote:First Rooney insults his entire fan base by joining the players in dissing the country, then he insults their intelligence with a bunch of lies about it, after forcing Villanueva to make a hostage video apology.....Words fail me..

Classic, isn't it?

First the weasel act: hiding their insult in the locker room.
Then swarming the one guy with any sense of common decency in the whole team.
Then the fear as they realise they're not going to get away with it.
And finally the stupid lie that doubles down on the original insult.

Well, I suppose the die-hard fans that want to believe it will do so, but next weekend's figures are going to be fun.

Anonymous bluto September 26, 2017 4:05 PM  

@83 and @84
These booth appear to have been done before 2009, and both appear to include players out, respectfully on the field/sideline during the anthem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaiG-iWAwXI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvH460-6_GE

Anonymous RJ September 26, 2017 4:14 PM  

Its too late, for Art II and the rest of the owners. They don't get that this is just the straw that broke the camel's back. Between billioniares getting taxpayer-funded stadiums, Pinktober, and all of the other SJW crap that has been happening for the last 20 years, the fans are fed up. They're done.

And the reason for the Villanueva "apology" is transparent. After all, Coach Affirmative Action Hire made it clear in his press conference that Alejandro's job was in jeopardy.

Blogger Salt September 26, 2017 4:14 PM  

J. J. wrote:yet the the Steelers still couldn't win, even with the Bears trying to give that kind of help.

Left their game on its knees back in the tunnel.

Blogger Lovekraft September 26, 2017 4:18 PM  

@ 63: "ComicsGate"

Things are going to get interesting when Diversity & Comics shows up at the New York Comic Con next Thursday (he's trying to get better tix).

We already have evidence of criminal collusion to assault him. If it happens, heads would role among the Marvel higher-ups.

Blogger Somboed September 26, 2017 4:27 PM  

@31:
"Sucks for you guys that ALL People of Color (you know the future) agree with the kneeling"

That's why ALL people of color must go back. And your parents, and grandparents. All of you. Including your children.

And your little dog, too.

Blogger Abdul September 26, 2017 4:30 PM  

Ferris wasn’t absent nine times this semester, only three. Save Ferris. Jeannie finding my wallet in the kitchen floor had nothing to do with this misperception.

-Mr. Rooney

Anonymous Incurvatus September 26, 2017 4:31 PM  

Since America is so oppressive to blacks, the most responsible action would be for the black football players to start their own league in Liberia (parole-travel restrictions permitting, of course.)

Blogger Dave September 26, 2017 4:32 PM  

Left their game on its knees back in the tunnel.

Poor Kneelers were so distraught they were thrown off their game. What was their excuse last year in Week 3 when they were pasted by the Eagles 34-3?

Or 2015 Week 3 they only put up 12 points on the hapless Rams
Or 2013 Week 3 lost to those Bears 40-23
Or 2012 Week 3 lost to Raiders 34-31

Anonymous NobodyExpects September 26, 2017 4:32 PM  

Heartful thanks to President Trump.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/asked-about-catalonia-trump-supports-a-united-spain-1506451824

Blogger LES September 26, 2017 4:34 PM  

What do the 'kneelers' want to satisfy them so they will go back to standing for the national anthem? I don't think they have an idea therefore, they can never be satisfied. My guess is they will at some point declare victory at having made their point and stop kneeling.

I am sure everyone was scared of being called racist so they gave in to the 'kneelers'. It's going to really grieve the owners to do what Trump wants.

Blogger DavidRohm September 26, 2017 4:35 PM  

Glorious

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener September 26, 2017 4:37 PM  

@106 They want to establish that the national anthem and everything America stands for is racist, therefore they won't show any respect for it. While simultaneously claiming that America has always been a tolerant and welcoming nation of immigrants.

Blogger Anchorman September 26, 2017 4:41 PM  

You know how you stay out of it?

By doing things the same way you always do them.

Anonymous veryfunnyminion September 26, 2017 4:48 PM  

I found this segment by Tucker Carlson on the kneelers very interesting.


One of the main points is "Love of country is all we have", Americans aren't like other countries that have ethnic homogeneity, a shared religion, shared history and increasingly even a common language.

In other words, civic nationalism is all the U.S. has got at this point to unite the country. And he's pretty much spot on with this observation.

Which means that this kneeling thing is essentially an attack on the propositional nation civic nationalism, via the anthem and the flag. As Vox has noted, symbols are extremely important and tied to emotions. To such a level that I think that it affects most fans regardless of politics. Normal average joe people.

So here you have the vast majority of civic nationalists, especially boomers and gen x judging from the videos I've seen of pissed off fans, having their treasured symbols disrespected hugely as a result of essentially tribal behaviour of the NFL, 80% black.

Trump stoking this was such a meta-genious masterstroke that leaves me awed.

"It's as though millions of red pills were swallowed, and were suddenly awakened."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DlaH1pAH_g

Blogger David September 26, 2017 4:49 PM  

Interesting how fixated they are on giving America the middle finger, despite it crashing their ratings and viewership.

Almost like there's an agenda at work here.

Blogger DavidRohm September 26, 2017 4:53 PM  

"Sucks for you guys that ALL People of Color (you know the future) agree with the kneeling

America is about justice and freedom FOR ALL. As long as that does not happen and whites are privileged then the kneeling is the most American thing there is

People like you who do not support the kneeling and support Drumpf are fake Americans and deserve the fates of the Nazis you are"

Not only does your comment make no sense (**Low IQ Alert**), it's not even an argument. You. Have. To. Go. Back.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 26, 2017 4:57 PM  

As long as that does not happen and whites are privileged

Yes, it's clear that "unity" has been traded in for "white privilege" as today's talking point. Seeing it all over. You guys really need some new play-callers. Andy Reid is like, "Damn, these tactics make my clock management look good."

Blogger Robert Divinity September 26, 2017 5:16 PM  

DirecTV is letting at least some customers cancel subscriptions to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games and obtain refunds if they cite players’ national anthem protests as the reason, customer service representatives said Tuesday.
Sunday Ticket’s regular policy doesn’t allow refunds once the season is under way. But the representatives said they are making exceptions this season—which began in September—in response to the protests, in which players kneel or link arms during the national anthem.
Spokesmen for DirecTV-parent AT&T Inc. and the National Football League declined to comment.


Art 2-De 2 is about to have a divine revelation, as most owners will. Mark my word: that potential loss of $1.5B will mark the moment this ended. The good news is the franchise has been destroyed even before it reversed course.

Blogger pyrrhus September 26, 2017 5:23 PM  

"Trump stoking this was such a meta-genious masterstroke that leaves me awed."

Exactly..Trump's intuitive genius for exploiting wedge issues is a marvel to behold...

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener September 26, 2017 5:27 PM  

People who bought tickets should initiate class action lawsuits. If teams are allowing players to violate the rules with impunity, then there's breach of contract here. The fans paid for a show that they simply aren't getting.

Anonymous Trevor September 26, 2017 5:28 PM  

@44

He's not a marginal player. He's a starter who just signed a 4 year contract. He might not be the best tackle in the league, but he's a good player who might one day be a great one.

Blogger OGRE September 26, 2017 5:32 PM  

NFL has been crap ever since they lost the free agency suit in 92 and the franchise player became a thing of the past.

Anonymous Steveo September 26, 2017 5:38 PM  

Don't you love the ones touting the brown future?
As an alternative to that, I see the spacious future.
For the moment though, riddle me this:
How does crushing the best economic opportunities of the brown elite athletes help brown anything? Does stupid really have to be your game plan every time or do you think you've won this thing already - before the hard part?

Blogger Cail Corishev September 26, 2017 5:41 PM  

Trump stoking this was such a meta-genious masterstroke that leaves me awed.

And all he had to do was look at the Facebook feeds of normie middle-Americans like my 70-year-old aunts and see what they were cheesed off about that could be addressed entirely with offhand rhetoric, no need to get legislation or worry about judicial blockage, and then just repeat the kind of things they were saying.

It seems so easy, and yet how many other politicians were saying it? Kid Rock did, of course. By the way, just bask in this: we could someday live in a world where Donald Trump signs a Moore-Rock Act.

Blogger Aeoli Pera September 26, 2017 5:49 PM  

I'm not happy but at least it's good timing.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener September 26, 2017 5:54 PM  

"Don't you love the ones touting the brown future?"

Curiously they aren't yearning to return to brown nations.

Blogger Kyle Searle September 26, 2017 5:56 PM  

The job posting for the "Senior Communication Strategist":

https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?d=External&c=1123141#/

Additionally, the strategist will:

* Provide crisis communications counsel to leagues executives.
* Devise strategy and long term vision to strategically position the NFL in the sports marketplace.
* Provide guidance to senior leadership, including executive vice presidents and COO to achieve desired reputational results and develop metrics to measure success.


Today I learned a new word, "reputational."

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 6:00 PM  

@120 Cail Corishev
And all he had to do was look at the Facebook feeds of normie middle-Americans like my 70-year-old aunts and see what they were cheesed off about that could be addressed entirely with offhand rhetoric, no need to get legislation or worry about judicial blockage, and then just repeat the kind of things they were saying.

It's sort of like, well, everything else. Gamergate..."Is the game press that corrupt? It is? Well, then." Or to tie to the Alt-Hero thread, VD asked for samples of current SJW comix, lots were provided and most of us said, "Phew! Didn't know it was that bad!".

Best part is how little effort it takes to really trigger SJW's hard. As Trump has demonstrated flawlessly.

Trump 2016 for the LoLZ of the week and LOLZ still to come!

Blogger mgh September 26, 2017 6:02 PM  

The NFL's expenses do not fluctuate proportional to revenues. In the short run of the next few years, the salaries and stadium costs are pretty much set. So a modest 10% revenue cut could mean the difference between a profit and a loss, am I right?

Anonymous Whitey Whiteman III September 26, 2017 6:02 PM  

It would be really nice if this helps Altice (French company, bought Cablevision that covered the Tri-Sate area) make a decision in their dispute with ESPN

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2017/09/25/disney-altice-face-off-over-price-espn-other-channels/699212001/

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 6:03 PM  

@123
Today I learned a new word, "reputational."

"achieve desired reputational results" is for sure the kind of clear goal-setting only an MBA could generate.

How long before it shows up in a bob k mando comment?

Anonymous Anonymous September 26, 2017 6:07 PM  

That ratbastard Dan Rooney went all in for the commie, racist, lying muslim Kenyan. That killed it for me in 08.In exchange, Rooney got an ambassadorship to Ireland. What a foul, black stain on the Rooneys and Steelers.
Now a continuation with the racist Tomlin and players. The Steelers may not be kneelers, but just cowardly racists, whose cause is based on a FRAUD! The idea that white police are stalking innocent blacks is a LIE!

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener September 26, 2017 6:08 PM  

@125 IIRC there was some sort of "heads I win, tails you lose" arrangement between the Cowboys and the City of Arlington with regard to financing of the new stadium. I can't recall details with certainty, but it's possible that some portion of a revenue shortfall would be eaten by taxpayers.

Anonymous High tech Redneck September 26, 2017 6:13 PM  

Very interesting regarding DirecTV. My guess is that they were threatened with the choice of refunding some Sunday Ticket customers or having those customers cancel their entire DirecTV subscriptions outright. I want to see if DirecTV ends up being an outlier or if other companies start to follow suit and distance themselves from the league, which would have been unthinkable just a few months ago. This would be a classic example of a preference cascade.

Blogger Nate September 26, 2017 6:13 PM  

i don't have even the slightest problem with the players staying in the locker room for the anthem.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 6:19 PM  

American Legion and VFW now being heard from and they are not happy with the kneelers.

“There is a time and place for civil debate, and wearing team jerseys,” he said, “and using sporting events to disrespect our country doesn’t wash with millions of military veterans who have and continue to wear real uniforms on real battlefields around the globe.”

The civic nationalists are really, really angry about this.

Anonymous AzDesertRat September 26, 2017 6:27 PM  

High tech Redneck wrote:Very interesting regarding DirecTV. My guess is that they were threatened with the choice of refunding some Sunday Ticket customers or having those customers cancel their entire DirecTV subscriptions outright.

DirecTV is all about keeping the 600+ channel subscriber going, even to the point of giving away Sunday Ticket to keep that customer on contract. My Aunt-In-Law is on her 7th consecutive year of free Sunday Ticket. Every year she calls DirecTV and complains that she is cancelling her service because they don't carry the Pac-12 Network (she has no interest in college sports), and every year they offer her Sunday Ticket for free if she keeps her subscription. She's also a huge Cowboys fan, but hates Jerry Jones. Can't wait to hear her reaction to the Monday night antics.

Blogger Dave September 26, 2017 6:29 PM  

Kyle Searle wrote:The job posting for the "Senior Communication Strategist":

Additionally, the strategist will:

* Provide crisis communications counsel to leagues executives.

* Devise strategy and long term vision to strategically position the NFL in the sports marketplace.

* Provide guidance to senior leadership, including executive vice presidents and COO to achieve desired reputational results and develop metrics to measure success.


Today I learned a new word, "reputational."


This made me laugh:

DEPARTMENT
Social Responsibility-2116400

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 26, 2017 6:32 PM  

Art can fire his employees, but when can we fire upon the media?

Blogger Sillon Bono September 26, 2017 6:35 PM  

Guys, guys, Football lives matter. [/sarc mode off]

Blogger Rough Carrigan September 26, 2017 6:35 PM  

From the great movie, Sullivan's Travels

Studio exec: It was held over in Pittsburgh!
Sullivan: What do they know?
Studio exec: They know what they like.
Sullivan: If they knew what they liked they wouldn't live in Pittsburgh.

Blogger Otto Lamp September 26, 2017 6:41 PM  

The salary cap is where he s**t will hit the fan.

1) The salary cap figure is based on a percentage of league revenues--by contract with the player's assoc.

2) Teams base their player contracts on the assumption that the cap will rise every year (which it has).

If revenues go down in the next couple of year (as I expect they will) the salary cap will go down. Teams will have less money to pay their players, and be forced into some tough decisions.

I can't wait to see the look on the player's faces when they realize there is less money to pay them, because of this take a knee fiasco.

Blogger Quilp September 26, 2017 6:43 PM  

The left wants there to be this paradigm in which they are allowed to "protest" (insert heavenly sounds) anything, anywhere, anytime. Further, any questioning of the issue, protesters, , venue, or timing will b met with you being accused of wanting to stifle free expression, raccisss, and hating protest (the lefts most cherished activity) - for Starters.

FUNK THAT. Protest is up for criticism like anything else, more so in fact. You want to make a public spectacle of yourself, be ready for some pushback. They doubled down on protesting one too many times.

Anonymous aegis-1080 September 26, 2017 6:44 PM  

As you might have guessed, shitlibs are also pissed at Art. "Playing both sides" only makes you more hated, since you are outed as a coward.

Also, is absolutely hilarious how shitlibs are against their own shitlib celebrities grabbing The Great Struggle of the Blacks and turning it into...the Ice Bucket Challenge. Sure, part of that is trying to see who can virtue signal the hardest, but there's also the realization of hey, a bunch of rich celebrities shouldn't be telling normal people what to do, who the fuck are they to nag us?

Blogger BassmanCO September 26, 2017 6:46 PM  

Nate wrote:i don't have even the slightest problem with the players staying in the locker room for the anthem.

Nate, you realize you are in the minority on this, correct? I mean, I know you don't want the NFL to go under, but you at least understand why most of the country is pissed, right? You have been way to erudite in the past to not be picking up on the significance of Sunday's events.

OpenID aew51183 September 26, 2017 6:49 PM  

Is Nate from the Utah bubble?

I have to ask, because it's very, very clear these people are protesting the very existence of the USA, without whose military dominance global human rights wither and die.

He is literally supporting the destruction of America and the introduction of a global dark age.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 6:53 PM  

Right on schedule, construction begins on Wall prototypes near San Diego.

Is it an acceptable site? It's Otay Mesa. Must be good enough.

Anonymous Mayonnaise September 26, 2017 6:59 PM  

Nate said: i don't have even the slightest problem with the players staying in the locker room for the anthem.

Really? Wow! Thanks for sharing! Very insightful! You've given us all something to really think about! I mean, that was deep, man, deep!

(Fag.)

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club September 26, 2017 7:01 PM  

The salary cap is where the s**t will hit the fan.

Good. Maybe they'll go on "strike" and finally finish off this slow-motion seppuku.

Anonymous Deplorable Winning September 26, 2017 7:02 PM  

...you, the members of Steelers Nation... our players’ intentions in not taking the field for the National Anthem

Our players come from many different backgrounds and are united by what it means to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are active in their communities... our players have tremendous respect for the members of our military services, including their teammate Alejandro Villanueva.

They wanted their sole focus to be on playing the game, while also coming together as a unified team.

The main thing we can do is learn from this and strive to come together remaining unified as a football team... Steelers Nation is made up of the best fans in the National Football League.


Ok, so Art says there is something called a Steelers Nation, something called a National Anthem, a Unified Football Team, and some sort of community something something. All of this "united by what it means to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers", which means absolute zero to me and most Americans, btw.

Mr. Art forgot something. He forgot America and how honored he is to be an American. Maybe he's never heard of it.

Blogger genbktrug September 26, 2017 7:02 PM  

Prediction #1 - This won't be his only letter to the fans on this issue.

Prediction #2 - Won't be long before there is a Hitler-in-the-Bunker video meme with Goodell and Team Owners destined to go viral.

Anonymous Intelectual powerhouse September 26, 2017 7:06 PM  

Ya know its funny. In one of the pres debates Hillary Clinton made a decent point as she does once in a while. She said Americans dont talk to each other enough. This issue demonstrates that there is some kind of communication breakdown in this country. Messages are not being sent and received accurately enough. Not sure what the solution is but the massive amount of noise out there certainly doesnt help. More attention has to be given to clearer heads

Blogger Dave September 26, 2017 7:14 PM  

Go away Craig

Anonymous Looking Glass September 26, 2017 7:16 PM  

For all of these "media consultants" that these companies have, Trump has just shown that the entire Consultant industry is worthless. It's impressive.

Talk about finding a weak point and driving a spear right into it.

Anonymous Elmer Fudd September 26, 2017 7:17 PM  

@146
This issue demonstrates that there is some kind of communication breakdown in this country. Messages are not being sent and received accurately enough.

You're obviously struggling, so allow me to help.

This whole "taking a knee" thing can be summed up in three words: "F**k you, whitey!"

Accurate enough for you?

Anonymous gxg September 26, 2017 7:18 PM  

Paraphrasing here, but in the book The Fourth Turning, the authors make the point that the boomers rebelled and protested against America's institutions, while having no idea that their actions would eventually destroy those institutions.

These players are doing a similar thing. Funny how both are a byproduct of short-term, self-centered thinking.

Blogger David Holden September 26, 2017 7:19 PM  

Trump's updated travel order could block 21 percent of Muslim immigration

OpenID aew51183 September 26, 2017 7:27 PM  

@151

The best part of trump's new Travel order is the legal technicality requiring the leftists to start from scratch in their litigation, as the order they were fighting is now no longer in effect.

It's as if they lit their money on fire, then flushed it down the toilet, and now he's forcing them to queue up a new stack for incineration.

Blogger tublecane September 26, 2017 7:35 PM  

@150-I don't really see how they couldn't know. Though obviously they wanted those institutions to remain, because they took them over and are now running them. Perhaps it's a doublethink thing.

On the other hand, there's the Leftist dilemma. They don't create things, or at least not anymore. They do naught but "crush the infamy," and live off the remnants of the Old Order they haven't got around to crushing yet. They can't very well stop crushing, because then they'd be crushed themselves. (Actually, then they'd be conservatives.)

The left is like a Great White Shark. It can't stop moving or until it's dead.

Blogger Lovekraft September 26, 2017 7:39 PM  

142 Mayonnaise to Nate:

"Really? Wow! Thanks for sharing! Very insightful! You've given us all something to really think about! I mean, that was deep, man, deep!

(Fag.)"

Grabs popcorn.

Mando appearing in 3...2...1...

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 7:41 PM  

> So a modest 10% revenue cut could mean the difference between a profit and a loss, am I right?

For at least some teams, yes.

> Maybe they'll go on "strike"

DeMaurice Smith: "Work stoppage in 2021 'almost a virtual certainty'". http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/demaurice-smith-work-stoppage-2021-virtual-certainty/story?id=49461539

Blogger Lovekraft September 26, 2017 7:41 PM  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4922346/Jogger-defecates-outside-homes-brain-injury.html

There may be a parallel here somewhere, what with concussions being so widespread in the NFL.

Anonymous Godfrey September 26, 2017 7:45 PM  

Now that politics and free speech are allowed in sports...

... can people hold up a poster of a aborted baby during the national anthem prior to a game?

Anonymous Katt Brenner September 26, 2017 7:46 PM  

The customers of the NFL are actually the media networks. They provide the huge money.
The fans are second tier, and they are tethered like slaves to the media companies.
If the fans stop watching NFL, they will just watch some other SJW garbage on another media outlet, owned ultimately by the same ((( corporations.)))

Anonymous Godfrey September 26, 2017 7:48 PM  

I wonder...

what would happen if a player held up a photo of an aborted baby during the national anthem?

That's free speech under the current NFL policy, right?


Anonymous WaterBoy September 26, 2017 7:49 PM  

Nate: "i don't have even the slightest problem with the players staying in the locker room for the anthem."

Of course not...why should you, when it isn't even your nation?

Anonymous Godfrey September 26, 2017 7:54 PM  

@158
Yeah, we just all give up, throw up our arms in helplessness and whine about how hopeless it is.


Or maybe instead we should make the NFL owners live up to their own policy and start making our own political statements during games.

How about fans start hold up posters of aborted baby parts in a trash can outside a Planned Parenthood facility during the national anthem?


I'm "sure" the owners will tolerate that under their new policy.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club September 26, 2017 7:54 PM  

@156 - A brain injury from gender reassignment surgery? Did the doctor not know which end he was supposed to be working on?

Anonymous Mandos September 26, 2017 7:55 PM  

"Unfortunately, this was interpreted as a boycott of the anthem - which was never our players' intention"

Look, fans: the boycott of the anthem was not a boycott of the anthem. This is not what you think honey, and this hot babe naked in our bed has nothing to do with me, I can explain everything.

Art Rooney, savvy businessman and owner of a (formerly) 1 billion-worth franchise.

Is there anything SJWs won't turn into a whiny bitch disconnected from reality?

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 7:56 PM  

Say, Godfrey, have you considered holding up a poster of aborted baby parts during an NFL game?

Anonymous Pennywise September 26, 2017 7:57 PM  

The true NFL fans aren't done. They will continue to go to games, watch on TV, and buy merchandise. Art and the owners are not going to fire any players. If you are offended, don't watch. We. Don't. Care.

Blogger Ken Prescott September 26, 2017 7:59 PM  

OT: Weiner got 21 months. He was hoping for something under 18.

Anonymous Godfrey September 26, 2017 7:59 PM  

Hey Art, will you let fans hold up posters of dead Syrians during the national anthem?

Or how about posters in remembrance of Americans murdered by illegal immigrants?

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 8:01 PM  

@162
@156 - A brain injury from gender reassignment surgery? Did the doctor not know which end he was supposed to be working on?

Damage certain nerves and involuntary muscles don't contract any more. The poster boy for "this is a bad idea".

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 8:02 PM  

@165 Creepy Clown Troll
If you are offended, don't watch.

That's happening. Expect it to happen more.
If you are getting paid to do this, you're robbing them.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 26, 2017 8:07 PM  

Can we get refunds on the stadiums that subsidize billionaires and media conglomerates?

Blogger Blue88 September 26, 2017 8:07 PM  

Watched some of the Cowboys game last night. Saw the smug look on Jones' face as they knelt. My Mom, who was a Cowboys fan (was), did not see it. She was waiting for the anthem to see if they took a knee. So she was all good until today, when she heard about the team kneel. She may never watch another football game for the remainder of her life. We are talking a fifty year fan.

Me, I don't care. Haven't watched a game since 1978 except out of respect for my parents, when I was over for dinner.

Anonymous Tipsy September 26, 2017 8:10 PM  

I think the self-inflicted damage that entertainment industry (Hollywood/Sports/Music/Media) has incurred is a good thing, because it chips away at the idolatry that this industry fosters. The country's spiritual good will be well served by people tuning out to mass-produced culture.

Blogger Nate September 26, 2017 8:11 PM  

"Of course not...why should you, when it isn't even your nation?"

precisely.

For 20 years of my life I myself refused to stand for that song. Why the hell should I care if someone else does the same?


Blogger Nate September 26, 2017 8:12 PM  

"Really? Wow! Thanks for sharing! Very insightful! You've given us all something to really think about! I mean, that was deep, man, deep!"

Hey there Captian Murica. let me guess... you aren't into sports at all but you totally have really strong opinions about this.

Sound about right sugartits?

Blogger Lovekraft September 26, 2017 8:15 PM  

@162:

We've seen, about a year ago, the left (BLMers in particular) talk about unconscious bias, inherent disparity etc as a Get-Out-of-Racism free card.

The other day, re comicsgate, a Marvel High-up defended a trans call-for-violence as being simply reacting to a highly charged environment (or something to that effect).

Something insidious with wordplay is occurring. A double standard that has grave consequences - the loss of truth.

Trump pushing these tweets brings the marxists' hypocrisy to the fore.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 26, 2017 8:17 PM  


Trump pushing these tweets brings the marxists' hypocrisy to the fore.



Totally by random accident, too! He's like so lucky!

Anonymous The Original Arrogant Alejandro Villanueva Fan September 26, 2017 8:18 PM  

Where was the righteous Rooney family when Dan's personal saviour and hero Obama was calling pennsylvanians Bible clinging xenophobic Gun nuts? Funny, no statements of purpose or whining or riots were encouraged then?

Don't forget about the hypocrite moron Tomlin. His panties were so bunched up he couldn't even read off his teleprompter correctly.

Blogger liberranter September 26, 2017 8:28 PM  

It's rather remarkable how many owners are choosing to side with the media, the players, and the league instead of the one thing they actually need: the fans.

Not really. After a certain point, the Art Rooneys of this world become rich enough and insulated enough from the people who put them where they are that they lose touch with the real world and think that they can wipe their asses with it. It's going to take LOTS of fans refusing to continue filling Art's bank account to make him realize that this "real world" is the source of his bread and butter (or, more accurately, his champagne and mansions). People like that rarely ever learn unless you hit them hardest where it hurts most: in their wallets.

Blogger Cluebat Vanexodar September 26, 2017 8:28 PM  

Facebook FoF: Trump broke the law by saying that players should be fired.
Liberal Friend: I agree.
Me: An opinion is not policy. Even if someone could prove that they were fired because the boss took that as some sort of directive, it would be the boss who was in trouble for it. I think they should be fired too. For ruining the sport by making it all about politics. They are representatives of the company and they just drove away 20% of the company's business. Anyone working sales would be on the street.

Friends can be amusing.

Anonymous Frank Brady September 26, 2017 8:29 PM  

The solution to this blatant racial discrimination is obvious. The NFL needs more diversity and more equality.

There are 53 players on each NFL roster. According to the U.S. census, something like 13% of the census is black. Consequently, fairness requires that each NFL roster have no more than 7 black players (rounding up). The NBA has an average of 14 players per roster. The same logic would dictate that each NBA team employ no more than 2 black players (again rounding up).

For some reason, this solution wasn't well received in some quarters when I suggested it on Twitter.

Blogger KBuff September 26, 2017 8:31 PM  

I think you are right. It all depends on the numbers (i.e., money) as to whether anything changes. In the meantime, I won't be watching. I should have made that decision a long time ago, so this had been a good thing for me.

Blogger Lazarus September 26, 2017 8:32 PM  

Frank Brady wrote:The solution to this blatant racial discrimination is obvious. The NFL needs more diversity and more equality.


For some reason, this solution wasn't well received in some quarters when I suggested it on Twitter.


The Canadian football league requires a particular number of Canadians be on the team. I think there is a precedent here.

Blogger Ransom Smith September 26, 2017 8:32 PM  

@Frank Brady
Baseball oddly is an almost exactly cross section of American demographics.

Anonymous Anonymous September 26, 2017 8:41 PM  

An relatively simple thing to do is to call into your local sports talk show, embarrass the host who is likely spouting leftist nonsense with the sincerity of a North Korean hostage, have a friend record it, and load it up on the internet. Hell, send it to Vox or Cernovich who would surely spread it far and wide if you do it well.

Basically just calmly say "hands-up-don't-shoot never happened, cops don't mistreat blacks, and the black on white murder rate is x times the reverse. As you're not a moron, you know this is true and are obviously being insincere in denying it. I won't begrudge you your cowardice, as being brave can be hard, but it's important to make the audience aware that you are being a lying pussy so you can keep your job."

Obviously, if you try this, don't be so obvious or too verbose so that you don't get cut off before you finish. But if you succeed, it would be an effective way of waking up the masses of men who listen to those types of shows.

Anonymous Icicle September 26, 2017 8:44 PM  

The Steelers logo has three astroids (not to be confused with asteroids) on it. An astroid is a hypocycloid of k = 4 cusps generated by the fixed circle being quadruple the radius of circle rotating on the inside.

I was very triggered by that.

Blogger James Dixon September 26, 2017 8:45 PM  

> We. Don't. Care.

And yet you just can't stay away, can you?

Blogger Nate September 26, 2017 8:48 PM  

"Baseball oddly is an almost exactly cross section of American demographics. "

maybe... but the NHL is what we should shoot for.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 26, 2017 8:50 PM  

The NFL needs more diversity and more equality.

They're way ahead of you. Check out the #TakeATranKnee campaign.

Anonymous VFM #6306 September 26, 2017 8:51 PM  

For 20 years of my life I myself refused to stand for that song. Why the hell should I care if someone else does the same?

Obviously. Yet you have voted for the US President, correct? And you would be even happier with pro football if the NFL got its hand in the diversity blender taken off, yes?

So your feelings about the anthem aren't as relevant to improving football as, say, hitting "puree" might be.

Blogger Robert Divinity September 26, 2017 8:55 PM  

Something insidious with wordplay is occurring. A double standard that has grave consequences - the loss of truth.

Trump pushing these tweets brings the marxists' hypocrisy to the fore.


Spot on. We are there and objective reality no longer has much utility. The communists are furious Trump can play their game better than they can.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club September 26, 2017 9:06 PM  

@168 - So not a "brain" injury, but Dr. Hackenslash took a nick out of the pudendal nerve. I see (and I am now trying to unsee (not Not-See)).

Anonymous Katt Brenner September 26, 2017 9:06 PM  

@161 Not saying give up. I turned off that crap 4 years ago after being a lifelong NFL addict. I've convinced some of my family to quit now, but we'll see how long it lasts. My guess is on Thanksgiving, the NFL will be on the idiot box all day.
Even without the SJW crap, TV is really, really bad for you and your family.
So cancel cable, throw out your TV and spend more time doing actual fun and productive things with your family and friends.

Anonymous quayb September 26, 2017 9:07 PM  

St. Trayvon de Martin would like your help to keep his works and memory alive by critiquing this meme. Please and thanks. http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=21p027b&s=9

Blogger Lazarus September 26, 2017 9:13 PM  

You got to cut the Southrons some slack on this issue. The Yankees took their sovereignty, but let them have the SEC in compensation.

Seems to keep Round Two in abeyance.

Blogger Retrenched September 26, 2017 9:16 PM  

I haven't watched a single down of any Cowboys game this year, and I seriously doubt I'll watch them at all this season. Sad, but it is what it is.

Nevertheless-- and although it has nothing to do with the topic here-- I'd like to add that Drew Pearson did nothing wrong.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) September 26, 2017 9:17 PM  

Yet you have voted for the US President, correct?

What in the fuck did Nate ever do to you? How in the fuck can you insult him like that?

Blogger Lazarus September 26, 2017 9:18 PM  

quayb wrote:St. Trayvon de Martin would like your help to keep his works and memory alive by critiquing this meme. Please and thanks.

Blacks are now in charge of Baltimore, the police have backed off due to BLM activism, and the murder rate (black on black) is setting records.

Mission accomplished, Trayvon.

IN MOST places in America, murders are rarer than they have ever been before. Baltimore is not one of them. On June 12th the city witnessed another six killings. That raised the number of homicides in the city during 2017 to 159—the highest recorded mark by that stage of the year since at least 1990, even though the city’s population was much bigger then than it is now. If weighted to reflect the murder rate’s tendency to climb in the hot, fractious summer months, Baltimore is on track to see more than 400 killings this year.

Anonymous gxg September 26, 2017 9:27 PM  

OT: It looks like Roy Moore has defeated swamp creature Luther Strange in the primary runoff.

Blogger Lazarus September 26, 2017 9:27 PM  

Roy Moore projected victory in Alabama.

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