As everyone who knows anything about Neurotic Man my dislike for the NFL should come as no surprise. All those bodies smashing against each other. And not your normal bodies. But huge, powerful ones. What I would think of as a big person is a shrimp in that crowd. Don’t forget that sweat, that body odors river of sweat.
That I accidentally am on the same side as the Donald is of great surprise to me. That it appears that the Donald’s position, hokie to no end, is making progress , is also of great surprise. So I delved a little deeper and then I realized the NFL was getting it from all sides. Of course there are those like Trump that give lip service but no great support to the first amendment. Then there are those who are struggling and are hurt by the player’s salaries or especially the bucks the owners rake in. There are those that are strongly against some player’s brains being turned into a runny omelet. There are those that just have tired of a day devoted to them. And more and more that have grown tired of the game.
One thing about the Donald – at times he’s able to pick his battles wisely. Too bad these times are very rare.
“Throughout these last two weeks of the NFL anthem wars, Donald Trump’s gift for telling people who do not answer to him what to do has been on majestic display. Players who kneel during the anthem? Fire or suspend! Football fans? Should boycott games! NFL administrators? Need to tell players to stand! Must change policy! It’s all proof, once again, that there’s no problem this man cannot fix, so long as he has no responsibility for its resolution.
The bad news: it might be working. Look at the data and there’s reason to think the Great Extra-Jurisdictional Delegator’s message is getting through, at least indirectly. Far fewer players kneeled during the national anthem last weekend than was the case the week before – a fact Donald Trump Jr was quick to puff about on Sunday night. Gesturally, among the players themselves, there’s also been a splintering away from Colin Kaepernick’s motion of a dropped knee with head bowed. Protest gestures are now more hedged, more inscrutable. Last weekend we saw players kneeling with hand on heart, kneeling with no hand on heart, kneeling while raising a fist, standing while raising a fist, kneeling before the anthem but standing during it. The simple power of Kaepernick’s original protest is becoming diluted.
The way administrators and team owners handle the messaging around the controversy is also changing. The on-field protests themselves are now so diverse and elaborate in form they come with their own heraldic social media explainers, in which teams advertise love of country and respect for the military as eagerly as they defend the players’ legitimate exercise of their First Amendment right to draw attention to racial injustice. It’s debatable whether these explainers add necessary nuance to the debate – if we can call it that – or represent a capitulation to presidential bullying, but it seems unlikely NFL franchises would have been spooked into such a muddled defense of free speech without Trump’s bullhorn intervention on the issue. What should be a straightforward exercise in constitutional education has turned, bizarrely, into a pageant of military allegiance.” https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/oct/04/nfl-protests-donald-trump