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  1. Because of the fans expectations: the Braves choosing not to buyout McCann combined with the injury curse of 2014 = the start of the tank.
  2. Ryan is our John Elway. Ryan's expiration date is when he is 38, at least. Keep the faith.
  3. I thought about bringing the Georgia flag I was born under to troll Seattle fans in 2011, since they're so easily triggered around here . But I thought better of it because I wouldn't want an Atlanta player to take it the wrong way. But I did do my "good deed" to a fellow Falcons fan even though he didn't deserve it. After we won, his drunk *** slaps the back of the head of a guy in a Seahawks hat knocking it off. This was done with cops standing in the aisles. They wouldn't let us near the tunnel even though I was able to cheer the Falcons at the start of the game. Well the cops handcuff him and start to haul him away until they notice I'm filming. They kind of chest bump me yelling "Step back, step back!" Of course I comply, but keep filming. Then their sergeant has a pow wow with them and uncuffs the guy telling him to go directly to his car and not start any trouble.
  4. But going back on topic, I wonder if teams like the Steelers will actually be fined or lose a draft pick. The league will send a message either way during the off season.
  5. A bit like protesting the firemen for what the arsonist did
  6. The real issue has nothing to do with the national anthem. It doesn't mention police at all. So the useful Americans originally saw the gesture as useless. A child pretending to be a grown man. It's unfortunate that poster boy of the movement was Crapernick. Remember that unintentionally hilarious "Beats" commercial: "You suck! Alex Smith is the real QB!" But seriously how am I supposed to filter out the "sincere" protestors from the anarchists, marxists, wanna be cop killer Crapernicks who are trying to tear this country down? I'll tell you: on a case by case basis. The response of the falcons that kneeled impressed me. There are websites where citizens can expose bad cops and get them removed with the right public pressure. I've worked as a social worker and pray that my reports made a difference in young children's lives where their parents were completely failing them. More effective than disrespecting the flag.
  7. Good point about the interaction
  8. But if the players on a team agree to a unified gesture and everyone is on board, then that's different. If it's a half-assed protest with some not participating it's a lol fail in my opinion. Unity is what matters.
  9. The "message" of kneeling will be so diluted people will forget what the original point of their action was for. For today's game it would be in response to what the president said, and the Crapernick origin will be forgotten. The players who kneel may as well be wearing a shirt that says, "I voted for Hillary and I'm still crying about it!"
  10. Yep- and if you were driving and heard the bugle call you would stop, get out of the car, face the flag and salute. And the National anthem would play before movies. Everyone would stand.
  11. Excerpt from the "non-political" part of the quote: "Because you know today if you hit too hard: Fifteen yards! Throw him out of the game! They had that last week. I watched for a couple minutes. Two guys, just really, beautiful tackle. Boom, 15 yards! The referee gets on television, his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game!" I wonder which play he is referring to. I myself was outraged about the "horse-collar tackle" against the rams from the Thursday night game. Looked like it was around the waist, not the shoulders. Beautifully done. What was he supposed to do, let him score without contesting the play? Great pass though. And of course there was the offensive pass interference call at the end of the game.
  12. Representing our birds from Seattle. This year will be different!
  13. Well I didn't call him a liar, but ole Pete encourages thuggish behavior on his team. He thinks it gives them an edge. From the Jeremy Lane ejection:
  14. Do you really think the league was going to strip the titles (and ownership) of the 97 and 98 Denver Broncos for disregarding the salary cap? It's tainted for sure, but they wouldn't kill the golden goose. That's why, as much as it pained me, I was rooting against Peyton Manning's team in Super Bowl 48.