Auntie Em ! It’s a twister! It’s a twister!

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As almost every one else who tweets, and is above the age of 12, I was not shocked that The Donald took a gesture of NFL player solidarity AGAINST him and twisted its meaning, to specify that the solidarity was FOR him and the National Anthem.

This may come as a complete shock to you, but now that he has tweeted it, it becomes reality. Those players who stood locked arm-in-arm against what he said in Alabama the other day are now players who support what he said. Because he tweeted it.

It’s not the 12th or 28th time he has done this. So everyone should have expected it.

And it’s not like anyone can explain to him that he misunderstood what the gesture actually meant. He’s The Donald. He has told us all numerous times that he’s much smarter than any of us. He doesn’t misunderstand anything.

And he never apologizes. But that’s only because he never misunderstands, and is never wrong. He has boasted about this personal characteristic numerous times as well.

More players knelt today than ever before. Three teams didn’t even come outside for the National Anthem.

I think that next week, we’ll see more teams that choose to remain in the locker room for the National Anthem. And they’ll make no bones to The Dotard: they ain’t coming out because of HIM.lockedarms.png

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When it comes to owning an NFL team, Trump is a genius

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Remember when The Donald claimed that he knows tax laws better than any presidential candidate in history?

Remember when The Donald claimed he knows more about ISIS than any of the U.S. generals?

You might want to sit down for this, because Trump also knows more about how to run a football franchise than the owners do. Which may seem a bit odd, considering how he had once purchased a football franchise and then proceeded to bankrupt the entire league.

To illustrate, earlier today during a campaign rally for GOP Senate candidate Luther Strange, Trump decided to offer advice to NFL owners who have players that don’t stand during the National Anthem: the owners should say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field, right now. Out. He’s fired. YOU’RE FIRED!”

Because naturally, absorbing the guaranteed money and the enormous cap hits that comes with simply firing players in the middle of their contracts makes billionaire football owners even richer, right? And that massive loss, in turn, helps them put a better team on the field too, right? Meanwhile, the fired players would be made to suffer by collecting all future weekly paychecks in one lump sum in the millions, and retiring with only one Bentley instead of three.

Trump further suggests that when you see a player who doesn’t stand for the National Anthem, leave the stadium. Because naturally, buying tickets in the cheap seats for $200 a pop, plus paying $40 for parking, plus $12 beers, plus battling traffic to get to the stadium is a pittance…a PITTANCE, I dare say…than having to put up with the protestural indignation from any player. Leave before kick-off? Why, yes, I’m protecting the sanctity of my flag against disrespectful football players!

Which basically means that the crowd size in 16 stadiums, every week, would look like the 49ers stadium did last night.49ers_seats_fans-620x370.jpg

Is Andrew Luck’s career over?

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Some would say this article’s headline is silly. Others would say it’s insane. After all, Luck was considered the one sure-fire player in his draft class, the one player who was ready to start in the NFL, the neck beard to rule them all, and the Colts didn’t dare trade away the first pick and lose him.

But Colts fans are likely wondering about this very nightmarish possibility. I know that I am. Consider the following…

Luck signed the (then) richest NFL contract in history in June of 2016, and some called it a bargain. By the end of the 2016 season, Luck needed shoulder surgery, and nobody has seen him throw a football since.

Except for Jim Irsay. Sort of. Or maybe not really. When Irsay was asked if he had seen Luck throw he replied, “I have, and I haven’t.” Hmmmm…

In June, the team essentially knew Luck wouldn’t be ready to go for training camp. As training camp opened in July, Luck himself wouldn’t commit to being ready for Week 1. As we neared Week 1 of the regular season, Coach Pagano said he’s “never there to see” the quarterback put the ball in the air.

Let that sink in for a moment: the head coach is never there to see if his only hope of continued employment can throw a football. What, is Pagano spending every day at Krispy Kreme?

And the Colts wasted no time to say that Luck still won’t play in Week 2, three days before they needed to make that announcement. But otherwise, they are still being very secretive about Luck’s current rehab status, or even if he’s throwing yet.

Where am I going with this, you might ask? Money. The ink on that fat contract was barely dry, and now the Colts are on the hook for at least $45 million dollars guaranteed, even if Luck never takes another snap.

Sure, maybe they’re just protecting their investment. They wouldn’t want him to re-injure that shoulder before it’s completely healed and lose him indefinitely, right? The key word here is indefinitely, because we are already in the indefinitely zone THIS year.

That brings us back to the money. Recall the Redskins and the guy who beat out Luck for the Rookie of the Year award: the team eventually bubble-wrapped RG3 and hoped for a trade that never came. Then RG3 was dumped, he signed with the Browns, aaaaaannnd he got injured in his first game. We haven’t seen much of him since.

In other words, the Colts have bubble-wrapped Luck. And gagged him. And gagged the entire front office and coaching staff. And they’re hoping that Luck will heal juuuuust enough that someone will take a gamble and trade for him and his monster contract.

Maybe I’m way off base. But I won’t be surprised if Luck never takes another snap for the Colts again. Or anyone else.

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Hey ‘skins fans: Get ready for a third season playing tag with Cousins

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Somewhat lost in the daily noise about Colin Kaepernick being unable to generate any noise of his own with teams (except for supporting comments from former coaches who got dumped by the 49ers) we had a lack of noise coming from the opposite coast.

Well, up until now, anyway. After being tagged a second year in a row, the deadline to sign Kirk (or Kurt) Cousins long-term came and went without a contract. Again.

And now the noise is deafening.

First, did you know that this is the first time a quarterback has played under the exclusive tag two years in a row? Considering it has happened before with other position players, you may wonder why it has never before happened with a quarterback…the simple fact is that tagging a quarterback a second time is insanely expensive.

Please remember: we all thought Dan Snyder was insane when he gave up THREE first-round picks to move up only four spots in order to select RG3. Then we all thought he was certifiable when he drafted another quarterback in the fourth round of the same draft.

See an insane pattern yet? Don’t worry, we’ll be coming back to the insanity defense later in this post. For now…

Within minutes of the deadline passing, the Redskins’ general manager publicly bitched that Cousins never got back to him after receiving their latest contract offer. How rude!

Cousins countered that he’s just trusting in the good lord (re: He put Kirk in D.C., He got rid of RG3, He gave Kirk decent stats for a season, He got Kirk millions in a franchise tag, then many millions more in another tag…no wonder I can never catch a break, God is too busy with Kirk).

Today almost every sports website and newspaper is trying to make sense of what happened, and the potential outcomes. Most people think there is no way the Redskins will even consider tagging him a third time: they would have to shell out $10 million more than what the guy drafted 101 picks earlier will make that year. Maybe the Redskins will let him walk, or maybe they’ll make the guy without a Super Bowl ring the highest-paid quarterback in the league (we’re making an assumption how 2017 will end…it’s not much of a stretch). There are a plethora of possibilities being thrown out there, nearly all of which take into consideration that the Redskins won’t tag Cousins again.

Kirk is looking out after Number One, and getting as much of RG3’s Dan Snyder’s money as he can. I applaud him for that. Kirk also knows that few teams will be able to justify or even afford the price that the franchise tags have “set his value” to, so the contract from his next team likely won’t be totally bonkers…so long as the Redskins just let him leave.

But they won’t just let Cousins leave. The Redskins don’t want to pay him $50 million to play in 2018, but they will pretend to want to pay him by tagging him a third time, and hope that some desperate team will offer them two first-round draft picks to take Cousins off their hands.

Because that’s what the Redskins really want: they want something in return for the insane deal they made years ago, trading three 1s to move up and take RG3…in the same draft they picked up Cousins in the fourth round.

But this tactic didn’t work in 2016. It didn’t work in 2017, either. But they think it will finally work in 2018. So they’ll tag him again.

Because they’re insane.

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There’s only one way to fix MNF, but Disney will not do it

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Back in the 2005 season, Monday Night Football moved from ABC to ESPN. It was a desperation move: ESPN had just lost Sunday Night Football to NBC. In order for Disney to continue commanding a hefty paycheck from the cable companies for ESPN – about five dollars for each Expanded Basic cable subscriber – they needed a prime time NFL game. Moving MNF to ESPN seemed like a simple solution, right? Not so fast…

Naturally, ABC ratings for Monday night immediately tanked. They thought The Bachelor could challenge Two and a Half Men. Fools. But someone had an “a-ha!” moment two years later, and they moved Dancing With the Stars to Monday, which itself then became a ratings juggernaut after it moved to its new time slot. I’ve never watched it, but I am still stunned by what happened to Heather.

It wasn’t long before people started calling Sunday Night Football “The New Monday Night Football”. For whatever reason, ESPN kept getting lousy match-ups for MNF, while SNF usually had compelling games. Then along came “flex scheduling“, and SNF was all but guaranteed compelling games later in the season. The only thing compelling about MNF was a drinking game: each time Jon Gruden lavishes praise for someone, you have to take a swig. Tuesday mornings are a real bitch, though.

Just a few years after Disney moved MNF to the walled garden of cable, the perfect storm happened. First, in 2010 the FCC allowed cable companies to scramble Expanded Basic channels, rendering the built-in tuner of your TV useless: you had to pay an additional monthly rental charge for a set-top box to continue watching MNF. Meanwhile, the cable companies jacked up the cost of their services as well. Greedy bastards.

Second, the U.S. was in the middle of a massive recession at the time. Many people couldn’t afford the additional $27 a month to rent descramblers for their three household televisions. Canceling Expanded Basic would save them that $27, plus the $25 a month the service itself costs. Two months of savings pays for a decent antenna, which has better picture and audio quality than cable, so now Limited Basic service can be canceled as well. And the cord-cutting revolution took off.

Naturally, MNF ratings tanked. Then it got worse: ESPN lost over a million subscribers in early 2016, then lost another million later in the year…during football season.

On the flip-side, The NFL Network had spent their entire existence, since 2006, in ratings hell. Almost nobody watched Thursday Night Football. Then in 2014 somebody had an idea: simulcast TNF on CBS for a handful of games. And television ratings for Thursday night skyrocketed for CBS for those games. It was so successful, they decided to add NBC to their simulcast deal last season, so we get to watch even more TNF games.

On the surface, it seems like an easy solution: Disney owns both ABC and ESPN, so what’s stopping them from simulcasting MNF on ABC? Ratings for MNF would skyrocket, right?

Two reasons. First, their negotiating leverage with the cable companies for ESPN would drop significantly, which means they would get less money and not be able to afford to maintain ESPN to such high standards. Second, ratings for DWTS would likely drop if they were to re-schedule it to a different night.

The solution they went with instead: fire everybody. Except for Stephen A. Smith.

Fools.

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The real story is that there was a line

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I love going to garage sales. Looking over other peoples’ junk can be fun. Sometimes I find something worth buying, but regardless how much they want for it, I try to talk them down to $1. Yes, I’m annoying in person, too.

Some garage sales attract a lot of people. Most of the people I see at garage sales are people I would never be friends with in real life: they park in a way that blocks somebody’s driveway, they step right through the garden to get to the sale tables, they get grabby, they’re in a hurry to get in and out so they can move on to the next garage sale, and they’re just generally rude.

So Eddie Lacy is having a moving sale this weekend. And he’s selling a lot of Packers gear, and a lot of laundry detergent. Seriously. I have never had more than two jugs of laundry detergent at a time, but Lacy has six large, unopened containers of Tide. Maybe Lacy just gets really dirty several times a day, or maybe he’s a hoarder…who knows.

Obviously, a lot of people are interested in a large bottle of laundry detergent for $5, because half of Green Bay descended on Lacy’s moving sale today. But what I found interesting was how polite these Green Bay people are: they’re waiting in line to get in to the moving sale. I’ve never seen such a thing for a garage sale. Green Bay fans are weird.

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Why did Hernandez write John 3:16 on his forehead?

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Full disclosure, I’m not any sort of expert on all religions. Or even a few. To be honest, over the last 30 years I’ve been exclusively studying to become a High Priest in the Church of Beer, reaffirming my faith 12 ounces at a time (pints, when I’m in Europe).

Latest word on Aaron Hernandez’s death is that he scrawled “John 3:16” in red ink on his forehead before he committed suicide. No confirmation yet if he did it backwards while looking into a mirror.

Hernandez is, for the most part, considered to be Hispanic. His father is of Puerto Rican decent. His mother is of Italian decent. So you might be asking, so what?

It means that there is about an 85-95% probability that Aaron Hernandez is Catholic.

And again you say, so what?

To which I answer: John 3:16 means something completely different to Catholics than it does to Christians. Some Catholics almost ignore John 3:16.

In other words, we have a Catholic who’s only parting message to the Earthly realm is a salvation statement of a Christian’s completed status.

Let that sink in for a minute while I grab another beer…

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