Category Archives: football

Taking a Knee for NFL Ratings

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According to Sports Illustrated NFL broadcasts on CBS are down 10% over the first two weeks of the season from last year. NBC is down 7% and Fox is off 3%.

Whether that’s due to hurricanes, players taking a knee or Trump’s executive tweet not to watch is unclear.

Robert Lee Removed From University of Virginia

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ESPN removed Robert Lee from the University of Virginia. Not the statue. Robert Lee the announcer. He’s the guy scheduled to do the play by play for Virginia’s opening game against William & Mary. In the hope of avoiding offense, ESPN removed him from the game.

Robert Lee and the Horse He rode in On

Meanwhile USC students want Traveler the Trojan Horse removed from Southern Cal games. Traveler was also the name of Robert E. Lee’s horse. That would be Robert Lee the general, not the announcer.

Congressional NFL Brain Damage Study

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A recent study of deceased NFL players found that 99% suffered brain damage. We think Congress can do better.

Living Conflict Free Life With O.J.

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During his successful parole hearing O.J. Simpson said that he’d lived a “conflict free life.” Maybe he has multiple lives we don’t know about.

Putin’s Super Bowl Ring

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A trip to the White House is the elite athlete equivalent of everyone getting a trophy.

The New England Patriots made their regular trek last week. They gave President Trump another jersey. Jason Gray, in the WSJ (a subscription is required but try clicking the Google link), says he’ll never wear it unless he gets a job at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Some players didn’t make the trip, including Tom Brady. Also, on the dark side, former star receiver Aaron Hernandez hung himself in prison that morning. He had just been cleared of two murder charges but was serving a life term for another.

Putin’s Super Bowl Ring

But team owner Robert Craft showed up. He claims Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring in 2013.