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Title: Report: Some NFL players may sit out the season unless Kaepernick -- and Eric Reid -- are signed
Source: HotAir
URL Source: https://hotair.com/archives/2018/05 ... s-kaepernick-eric-reid-signed/
Published: May 28, 2018
Author: Allahpundit
Post Date: 2018-05-29 05:14:36 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 2890
Comments: 58

How many activists need to be signed before sufficient wokeness has been achieved to play ball?

You can certainly trust hyper-progressive activist Shaun King to give you the straight dope on what star NFL players are and aren’t thinking:
BREAKING: Several star @NFL players have told me they are considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.

They aim to get 25% of the players to sit out with them.

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 27, 2018

Reid was one of the first players to kneel alongside Kaepernick during the national anthem and has since filed his own collusion grievance against the league. He went unsigned in the offseason despite being a top-10 safety by some metrics and after saying that he didn’t plan to kneel during the anthem anymore. Even so, the only team to give him a tryout was the Bengals — and the team’s owner allegedly asked him when they met about whether any anthem protests were in the cards for him this season, which took Reid aback. He went unsigned.

As for King, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk asks a good question. If there’s anything to these player boycott threats, we should see evidence of it in pre-season workouts soon, no?
If they’re truly considering staying away from training camp and/or the regular season, it will get very expensive. Teams can fine players up to $40,000 per day for skipping camp. In addition to any forfeited game checks, players will be susceptible to an attack on any unearned amounts of signing bonuses they previously have received…

Besides, if players truly thinking about sitting out at great expense later, why not sit out at little or no expense now? The Organized Team Activities are voluntary, and more than a few players are skipping them for a variety of reasons. If “several NFL stars” are thinking about sending a message later, why not send a message immediately?

Players who sympathize with Kaepernick might feel pressure to take collective action on his behalf if he had no other recourse against the league but the grievance process is in motion and he has a star lawyer in Mark Geragos. He stands a good chance of winning, especially given the political pressure being applied to the NFL by Trump. League owners have been candid about that behind closed doors, in fact:
“The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,” said Kraft, who is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump’s. “It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

The owners were intent on finding a way to avoid Trump’s continued criticism. The president’s persistent jabs on Twitter had turned many fans against the league. Lurie, who called Trump’s presidency “disastrous,” cautioned against players getting drawn into the president’s tactics…

The Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula sounded anguished over the uncertainty of when Trump would take another shot at the league. “All Donald needs to do is to start to do this again,” Pegula said. “We need some kind of immediate plan because of what’s going on in society. All of us now, we need to put a Band-Aid on what’s going on in the country.”

I hope King is right, just because I want to see a drama play out in which a quarter of the league suddenly walks out indefinitely over a couple of players going unsigned. Quality of play would decline for awhile as scrubs were sent in to replace the boycotters; some playoff contenders would start slowly because they were missing key players, leading to frustration in the locker room. Owners would panic and want to get Kaepernick and Reid signed asap to end the walkout but that would only make anti-protest fans angrier. Any team that did sign one of them might decide to bench him rather than further inflame the issue by playing him.

Some fans who resolved not to follow the NFL anymore in outrage after the initial walkout would grudgingly come back after the player boycotts ended, but how many and how long would it take? Trump would milk the whole thing from start to finish because that’s just who he is — jeering the walkout, jeering the signing of Kaepernick, and possibly egging on a fan boycott over either or both even though the league has bent over backwards so far to appease him. With cord-cutting and disgust at CTE already leading some fans away from the game, being ground between the gears of black activism and Trumpy nationalism might leave the league in a state from which it never completely recovers. As someone who prefers MLB and the NBA, I say let’s get on with it.

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#1. To: Tooconservative (#0)

Good. If they want to destroy their careers over politics, let them. There are other deserving players out there who will have a chance now because these guys have self-eliminated.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-29   6:40:02 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Vicomte13, nolu chan (#1)

Not to be out-boycotted, the Perpetually Outraged are trying to start a new one.

DailyCaller: Keith Ellison Calls For NFL Boycott Over Ban On Anthem Protests

I'm trying to imagine who will win the Boycott Bowl.

The players? Keith Ellison and Lefty boycotters? Sponsors? Conservative fans? Trump?

Silly question really. Trump already set the table to win, no matter what.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-29   7:08:16 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: Tooconservative (#2)

Several star @NFL players have told me they are considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.

Several unnamed star players are considering....

Maybe they will boycott voluntary Official Team Activities (OTAs).

They probably told him in a seance.

DailyCaller: Keith Ellison Calls For NFL Boycott Over Ban On Anthem Protests

I'm all for inviting Keith Ellison to join the boycott.

I am all for everyone who wants to disrespect the flag and the anthem joining the boycott.

nolu chan  posted on  2018-05-29   17:13:41 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: nolu chan, Vicomte13, Liberator (#25)

I'm all for inviting Keith Ellison to join the boycott.

I am all for everyone who wants to disrespect the flag and the anthem joining the boycott.

We need more boycotts of every kind.

I think someone should start a boycott demanding that the entire team, the coaches, the officials, the owners must all kneel for the anthem. Not just take a knee but get down on both knees. And none of this just-one-verse crap either, we want all 4 verses of the anthem played. It only takes about 10 minutes, given how slowly we sing a song that was originally sung about 5 times faster than it is today when they torture the first verse for 5 minutes then skip the other 3 verses.

And that's only the beginning.

We could demand that they halt the game and play Hail To The Chief or God Save The King at every first down.

What pro football needs is some real genuine groveling to the flag while the anthem plays on and jets fly overhead. The crowds would be thrilled.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-29   23:21:02 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#30. To: Tooconservative (#28)

God Save the King

It’s a decent song, but we’ll be singing English words to the Het Wilhelmus to me.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-29   23:28:59 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#32. To: Vicomte13 (#30)

Maybe instead of soil farming, you should investigate farming in shipping containers. You can buy these now, ready to go.

ModernFarmer: Meet a Baby-Boomer Couple Farming in Shipping Containers

GrowTainers is another interesting bunch doing vertical farming in used containers.

You could use your peons to run your Growtainers instead of messing up your landscaping design putting in annual food crops.

You could even work out a side deal where the peons could get a share of the crops by working your container farms. We could call it...sharecropping.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-30   0:39:44 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#34. To: Tooconservative (#32)

You could use your peons to run your Growtainers instead of messing up your landscaping design putting in annual food crops.

French gardening can be for flowers too.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-30   9:11:22 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#36. To: Vicomte13 (#34)

French gardening can be for flowers too.

I thought we were talking about small-scale local food production.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-30   9:54:47 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#37. To: Tooconservative (#36)

I thought we were talking about small-scale local food production.

Intensive gardening can make a plot of land do anything you like. Food is practical, and it works for that.

With vision, one can go farther. Truffle fungus infects young oaks. Plant oaks whose roots are infected with the fungus, and the next generation will have tens of thousands of dollars coming out of the ground every year, for no effort other than keeping a trained pig to snuffle them up.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-30   10:21:52 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#38. To: Vicomte13 (#37) (Edited)

Truffles are not the answer for the need of industrial-scale locally-produced sustainable fresh produce.

And I very much doubt you've followed your own advice by planting truffle-infected oaks in the hopes of harvesting truffles 25-50 years down the road.

Maybe you should have just been honest and admitted that you have no real intention of doing any of these things. Until you win the lottery.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-05-30   10:40:31 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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#39. To: Tooconservative (#38)

Maybe you should have just been honest and admitted that you have no real intention of doing any of these things. Until you win the lottery.

That wouldn't be honest. I actually will do all of these things, when I have the bandwidth to supervise it (which is not yet), and when I have completed all of my planning.

I am much more interested in finding the sweet spot of perfection in the plan than I am in muddling along with trial and error. Everything has to be meticulously planned out, the ph tests done, the beds drawn, the fence repaired - and also the property surveyed FIRST in a walk through by the wild foods guru.

See, there's no point in, say, double digging the ground to plant spinach, when lambsquarters grow naturally all on their own in superabundance all over the same bed. Lambsquarter is nutritionally the equivalent of spinach, and is effectively wild North American spinach, and it WANTS to grow there. Carlos rips it out now, when trimming the verge, but it always grows back.

When you have a wild native equivalent of what you're trying to grow, it's just dumb to put in labor to rip up the wild yield to replace it with more- work-required foreign seed.

There are several things already there, a great deal of stuff that goes into compost, and that grows of its own accord. Obviously, being able to harvest things with even LESS labor and expense is better, and things that already grow naturally in the soil in abundance are obviously already suited for that soil.

So, the FIRST layer is to categorize all of the wild plants on the fief, including the edible fungi. With the list of wild plants and their comparative nutritional analysis, one can get good nutrition with a lack of labor - the labor currently invested in trimming and ripping it back can be halted, and the stuff that is taken for burning, landfill and compost can be harvested for the table.

Spinach is much inferior to lambsquarters, because to grow spinach you have to put in a lot of work, a lot of irrigation, and plan to defeat pests, but the lambsquarters grows there full and thick and lush and unifested WITHOUT any labor at all - labor is currently invested in ripping it out.

Much more useful to work WITH the land to simply expand the range of the lambsquarter, with really minimal labor and no substantial effort at pest control - and eat that and be just as happy - then to try and manhandle everything and turn it into a copy of a European garden.

There are plenty of perfectly edible, nutritious North American plants growing that occupy the same niche, and provide the same, or better, nutrition, than the familiar grocery store Old World staples.

So you don't start with Jeavons. You start with the naturalist, and you categorize everything. You run the nutritional analyses. And then you use Jeavons to dramatically boost the native production of stuff that already WANTS to grow there, reducing the required labor, and cost, while equalling or bettering the yield.

You then help THAT along with intelligent fauna management, like encouraging a beehive. You get a tap into each of those maples.

So once you've planned out Jeavons, you then go a step back, and a step and a step and a half, and you start with what is, and you see if what is, is actually as good as what could be. And if it is, then you decide its better, because you're walking with nature, not fighting it.

A lottery win would not give me the means to do this. I already have the means to do all of it. What the lottery would do would be to give me my TIME, right NOW, so that I can focus on bringing into being that which is contemplative. I can't do that at present because of external demands.

Americans didn't have to come over here, rip out the lambsquarters, and plant spinach, and fight to keep the spinach alive. Lambsquarters tastes about the same, and doesn't require work. We DID do that, but we don't have to do what was done before just because it was always done that way.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-30 13:53:51 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#40. To: Tooconservative (#38)

Maybe you should have just been honest and admitted

This tone is why I am not a conservative.

Vicomte13  posted on  2018-05-30 14:04:20 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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