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Several days ago I posted “Professional Sports: Purveyors of Cultural Marxism.” It was about the need for patriotic Americans to boycott professional sports since they’re all on board with the lie of “systemic racism” and trying to shove it down our throats. Well, you can scratch soccer and golf off your list too.

Here’s an article about soccer players taking a knee, getting booed by the few fans who were there and the cluelessness of one of the players who was absolutely baffled by why the fans would do that. The player, Reggie Cannon, put it this way: “We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don’t understand what kneeling means . . . . They can’t see the reason. They think we’re the ignorant ones. It’s incredibly frustrating. I’m sorry to have this tone, but you have to call it for what it is.”

You got that? You’re the ignorant one. Because you’re sick and tired of everything being ruined by these Marxist lies about “systemic racism!” Because you’re sick and tired of these losers spitting in your face and calling you racist.

And you had to know that golf would get infected as well. Check out this article. Here’s a quote from golfer Kirk Triplett, a new supporter of Black Lives Matter (a Marxist terrorist group devoted to the destruction of America): “This seems like a good venue where this message maybe doesn’t get spread as much, right? Golf’s a very insulated game. For me, personally, I was affected kind of more personally this time and then it seemed like a natural thing, with having an African-American son in the house and having to have these conversations.”

Yeah, it’s a great venue, Kirk, because golf is just too damn white and therefore, too ate up with “systemic racism.”

The only way any of this ever ends is if these people are hurt financially. All professional sports should be boycotted totally by patriotic Americans.

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  1. Addiction Is A Choice Member

    Greg Strange: All professional sports should be boycotted totally by patriotic Americans.

    Not one second; not one cent!

    • #1
    • August 14, 2020, at 8:47 AM PDT
    • 10 likes
  2. Bob Thompson Member

    Kneel during the National Anthem and I’m gone.

    • #2
    • August 14, 2020, at 8:56 AM PDT
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  3. JustmeinAZ Member

    I’ve given up the love of my life, second only to my husband, baseball. A group of players on my team issued a public statement in support of BLM. It hurts.

    • #3
    • August 14, 2020, at 8:59 AM PDT
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  4. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. StephensJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This has everything to do with gaining power.

    • #4
    • August 14, 2020, at 9:11 AM PDT
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  5. Kay of MT Member

    I have over a year ago.

    • #5
    • August 14, 2020, at 9:11 AM PDT
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  6. Bob Thompson Member

    What is amusing to me personally is that for most individual American patriots boycott is not even close to what is going on here. I just don’t associate myself with shameful, unpatriotic displays.

    • #6
    • August 14, 2020, at 9:19 AM PDT
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  7. Bob Thompson Member

    Serious writers covering sports:

    NBA Ratings Continue To Be Inexplicably Low

    Charles Kruger – itsgame7.com

    • #7
    • August 14, 2020, at 9:34 AM PDT
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  8. KentForrester Moderator

    The Portland Trail Blazers, for whom I’ve rooted for many years, are now dead to me. When my wife turns on the game, I leave the room. That hurts a bit, but I will not watch those ingrates. 

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    • August 14, 2020, at 9:39 AM PDT
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  9. Old Bathos Moderator

    I dropped subscriptions to emails and sites including ESPN. I gave a polite reply to the form letter Roger Goodell sent NFL.com subscribers explaining that if he has no clue about the sensibilities and values of the people who actually fund the sport and its sponsors, he should resign. 

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    • August 14, 2020, at 9:53 AM PDT
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  10. Jon1979 Lincoln

    It was interesting with the soccer incident, that the fans who were at the game booed the kneelers. True, it did happen in Texas, but it also happened in Dallas County, and my guess is the way soccer fan demographics tend to skew, we’re probably talking a significant percentage of Latino fans were in the stands for the game.

    The general perception of sport fan bases has been that basketball and soccer of the team sports tend to attract the most liberal fan bases. But if the soccer fans don’t condone kneeling for the Anthem, while the NBA’s ratings are vastly under-performing what the media told us to expect (just as they were vastly underperforming prior to the COVID shutdowns), you’d think that would be a hint to all the pro leagues that woke anti-American demonstrations before and during games is a huge revenue killer. And that warning is especially true for the NFL, which has four weeks to go before its season openers, can see what’s been happening elsewhere and needs to decide if they still want to turn the season openers into #BLMpaloozas, knowing not just the price the NBA’s paying right now, but the price the NFL paid in 2016-17, when they and their media partners pandered to the woke crowd after the initial Kaepernick incident and saw their ratings drop 10-15 percent.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 9:54 AM PDT
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  11. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    I think booing the players and calling them Marxists is more effective than boycotting. The players care about being “loved” and will miss that before they’ll notice a hit to their wallet.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 10:38 AM PDT
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  12. Bob Thompson Member

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    I think booing the players and calling them Marxists is more effective than boycotting. The players care about being “loved” and will miss that before they’ll notice a hit to their wallet.

    The owners will notice and they are the ones who allow this BS.

    • #12
    • August 14, 2020, at 10:44 AM PDT
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  13. Brian Wyneken Member

    We’ve crossed a point where I think college football got it right some years back. Leave the players in the locker rooms when the anthem is being played – for the fans. Even before all this “protest” nonsense became popular I was put off by the squirming, etc. of players who could not settle down for a few minutes before the game in order to attempt some semblance of attention. If not that, perhaps we disassociate the anthem with sports events. I think “less could be more” in a lot of respects – to include the seeming competition to bellow the worst of possible renditions by the celebrity “artists” often invited to these venues. 

    Tommie Smith and John Carlos (Mexico City, 1968) were the first in my recollection to use the playing of our anthem for a political statement denigrating our country. As off-putting as that was, I still don’t think of it the same as the present day virtue signalling. It was a statement of protest. Some 15 years after that I attended an track and field speaking event where Smith expressed some regret at having succumbed to the pressure. Years after that speaking event, however, it appeared he had re-embraced this action. 

    The booing in response to the soccer players in ways is unseemly too, but clearly is in response to a provocation – Mr. Cannon has to be pretty damned dense not to see that.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 10:50 AM PDT
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  14. Addiction Is A Choice Member

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    It was interesting with the soccer incident, that the fans who were at the game booed the kneelers. True, it did happen in Texas, but it also happened in Dallas County, and my guess is the way soccer fan demographics tend to skew, we’re probably talking a significant percentage of Latino fans were in the stands for the game.

    I think Latinos will be our secret-weapon in November!

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    • August 14, 2020, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  15. E. Kent Golding Member

    Professional Sports is not about the fans, but about the advertisers. Boycott the games, but also boycott the advertisers-and send the advertisers a nice letter telling them why. Tell the advertisers that they can either get the sports leagues to clean up their acts, or not advertise on them.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  16. Darin Johnson Member

    I get that a boycott might be an effective way to express displeasure, but we should also remember what has happened elsewhere when conservatives abandoned an institution to the left, e.g., the universities. 

    Also, I can’t quite shake this feeling that boycotts are for the left. The left boycotts. Conservatives may give up in disgust, but collective action isn’t our style. Well, mine anyway.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 11:28 AM PDT
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  17. Bob Thompson Member

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Professional Sports is not about the fans, but about the advertisers. Boycott the games, but also boycott the advertisers-and send the advertisers a nice letter telling them why. Tell the advertisers that they can either get the sports leagues to clean up their acts, or not advertise on them.

    How do I find out who the sponsors are?

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    • August 14, 2020, at 11:33 AM PDT
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  18. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Professional “athletes”, like other entertainers and the Main Stream Media, live in their own little bubble. All of them believe that anything they do, say, or write is to be treated like Moses descending from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments.

    Any failure to recognize their blinding intellect will be met with righteous indignation. How dare we not agree with them?

    It wasn’t always this way. If enough of us simply ignore them, they might get the message. On the other hand, malignant narcissism does have a way of making the narcissist completely impervious to anything outside his/her bubble.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 11:34 AM PDT
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  19. EDISONPARKS Member
    EDISONPARKSJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This boycott dove tails perfectly with the fact that I gave up on pro sports (except golf) years ago because … I evidently lost interest …. even without the BLM embracing, anthem kneeling, hey look at me I know woke stuff too idiocy.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 11:49 AM PDT
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  20. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Addiction Is A Choice (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):
    It was interesting with the soccer incident, that the fans who were at the game booed the kneelers. True, it did happen in Texas, but it also happened in Dallas County, and my guess is the way soccer fan demographics tend to skew, we’re probably talking a significant percentage of Latino fans were in the stands for the game.

    I think Latinos will be our secret-weapon in November!

    It actually goes to Biden’s comment last week about Latinos being more diverse than Blacks, because Joe was in his usual inept way, trying to complement Blacks for being so loyal to the Democratic Party and — if not totally bought-into its woke progressive messaging — at least where that woke messaging up until now hasn’t been a deal-breaker for them with the Dems at the voting booth. With the Latino community, some areas like New York or Southern California may be equally as loyal to the Democrats, but those in places like South Florida or Texas away from the border (like in Dallas) are far less loyal to the hive-mind progressive thought.

    When San Antonio Spurs’ uber-woke coach Greg Popovich last weekend was talking about how to get Latinos more on board with #BLM causes that the NBA is backing, this is what he was referring to –he may want all Latinos in Texas to think like the Castro brothers in San Antonio, but a lot of them aren’t simply not following the playbook, they’re openly backing Trump in 2020, because of actions by the Democrats.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 11:57 AM PDT
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  21. PHenry Member

    I am a lifelong NFL fan, and will not watch any games this season. I’m done with it. They changed from a sports organization to a political advocacy group, and I’m not interested.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 12:14 PM PDT
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  22. Charlotte Member
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    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Professional Sports is not about the fans, but about the advertisers. Boycott the games, but also boycott the advertisers-and send the advertisers a nice letter telling them why. Tell the advertisers that they can either get the sports leagues to clean up their acts, or not advertise on them.

    How do I find out who the sponsors are?


    Well, for the NFL, it’s every pickup truck, razor, and beer company.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 12:27 PM PDT
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  23. PHenry Member

    Kill the TV ratings and you kill pro sports. They can’t survive on ticket prices alone, particularly now that COVID is preventing attendance.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 12:31 PM PDT
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  24. Bob Thompson Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Professional Sports is not about the fans, but about the advertisers. Boycott the games, but also boycott the advertisers-and send the advertisers a nice letter telling them why. Tell the advertisers that they can either get the sports leagues to clean up their acts, or not advertise on them.

    How do I find out who the sponsors are?


    Well, for the NFL, it’s every pickup truck, razor, and beer company.

    Then I don’t need to do anything differently.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 12:32 PM PDT
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  25. thelonious Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Professional Sports is not about the fans, but about the advertisers. Boycott the games, but also boycott the advertisers-and send the advertisers a nice letter telling them why. Tell the advertisers that they can either get the sports leagues to clean up their acts, or not advertise on them.

    How do I find out who the sponsors are?


    Well, for the NFL, it’s every pickup truck, razor, and beer company.

    For golf, it’s E.D pills and luxury cars. I haven’t had the fortune or need to purchase either of those items.

     

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    • August 14, 2020, at 12:53 PM PDT
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  26. EDISONPARKS Member
    EDISONPARKSJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    thelonious (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    Professional Sports is not about the fans, but about the advertisers. Boycott the games, but also boycott the advertisers-and send the advertisers a nice letter telling them why. Tell the advertisers that they can either get the sports leagues to clean up their acts, or not advertise on them.

    How do I find out who the sponsors are?


    Well, for the NFL, it’s every pickup truck, razor, and beer company.

    For golf, it’s E.D pills and luxury cars. I haven’t had the fortune or need to purchase either of those items.

     

    Let’s go easy on golf.

    All the PGA’s have managed to steer clear of the current bizzarro world of Moaist wokeness, and all the PGA’s are playing at this very moment.

     

     

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    • August 14, 2020, at 1:12 PM PDT
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  27. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnellJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Brian Wyneken (View Comment):

    We’ve crossed a point where I think college football got it right some years back. Leave the players in the locker rooms when the anthem is being played – for the fans. Even before all this “protest” nonsense became popular I was put off by the squirming, etc. of players who could not settle down for a few minutes before the game in order to attempt some semblance of attention. If not that, perhaps we disassociate the anthem with sports events. I think “less could be more” in a lot of respects – to include the seeming competition to bellow the worst of possible renditions by the celebrity “artists” often invited to these venues.

    Tommie Smith and John Carlos (Mexico City, 1968) were the first in my recollection to use the playing of our anthem for a political statement denigrating our country. As off-putting as that was, I still don’t think of it the same as the present day virtue signalling. It was a statement of protest. Some 15 years after that I attended an track and field speaking event where Smith expressed some regret at having succumbed to the pressure. Years after that speaking event, however, it appeared he had re-embraced this action.

    The booing in response to the soccer players in ways is unseemly too, but clearly is in response to a provocation – Mr. Cannon has to be pretty damned dense not to see that.

    If you are advocating omission of the national anthem at sporting events, I think that is the goal of the protesters, isn’t it?

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    • August 14, 2020, at 1:44 PM PDT
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  28. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnellJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Darin Johnson (View Comment):

    I get that a boycott might be an effective way to express displeasure, but we should also remember what has happened elsewhere when conservatives abandoned an institution to the left, e.g., the universities.

    Also, I can’t quite shake this feeling that boycotts are for the left. The left boycotts. Conservatives may give up in disgust, but collective action isn’t our style. Well, mine anyway.

    Agreed. I don’t boycott, I just don’t give them my support.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 1:45 PM PDT
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  29. FloppyDisk90 Member

    This is a bit off-topic but I encourage everyone to go check out Jason Whitlock over at Outkick. He recently dissected Popovich (that’s dissected as in eviscerated) and is definitely a pro-American voice that is sadly underrepresented in much of sports journalism.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 1:48 PM PDT
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  30. Stad Thatcher

    Greg Strange: Here’s an article about soccer players taking a knee, getting booed by the few fans who were there and the cluelessness of one of the players who was absolutely baffled by why the fans would do that.

    Fans need to take it to the next level and scream obscenities at the players the entire game. Wear attire with the American flag. Make sure video of stadium officials “escorting” unruly fans out gets put on the internet.

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    • August 14, 2020, at 1:58 PM PDT
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