Tag: NFL

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis tempered with some brief banter about the NFL Draft. First, they wince as the economy actually suffered negative growth in the first quarter of 2022. Then, they hammer the Biden administration for its new “Disinformation Governance Board,” which appears to be little more than an effort to stop speech it doesn’t like. And they react to a major escalation in state-run Russian commentary, which now openly refers to the Ukrainian conflict as a holy war and frequently suggests the use of nuclear weapons.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they break down the economic, military, and political consequences of the Biden administration’s suspension of Russian oil imports. They also discuss the NFL suspending Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley for gambling but also note how the NFL and other leagues have enthusiastically embraced the recent expansion of sports gaming.  And they weigh in on a new Quinnipiac poll showing that Republicans are far more likely than Democrats to defend their nation from an invasion.

Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis to close out the week. And two of them come from President Biden’s interview with NBC News. First, they react to Biden calling Lester Holt a “wise guy” for asking the president to explain why he said inflation would be temporary. They also cringe as Biden essentially calls his military leaders liars for suggesting he was caught flat-footed by the unravelling of Afghanistan. And they shudder as the prosecutor’s office in Loudoun County, Virginia, hires a convicted sex offender without doing a background check.

NFL Boycott

 

I have been a big NFL fans since the 1960s. Up through 2015, I would frequently watch two or more games a week. Since 2016, I have watched one game in total (a Super Bowl a couple of years ago while flying on Southwest). The combination of the Kaepernick controversy and increasing wokeness on the part of professional sports in general has turned me off watching them. How do other Ricochetti feel about this? Are you watching less football today?

Join Jim and Greg as they give a shout out to the 50,000 Canadian truckers bringing their convoy to Ottawa to fight against their government’s vaccine mandate that’s threatening their livelihoods. They also shake their heads as now President Biden and Ukrainian President Zelensky are at odds on when to expect a Russian invasion, whether the U.S. is sending the military aid Ukraine actually needs and more. And they’re curious at Biden’s timetable for announcing a Supreme Court nominee and the left’s overreaction to criticism that Biden is prioritizing the wrong criteria in his search.

 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Senate Republicans making their decisions about running in 2022 and with two incumbents deciding to run again, the GOP odds of taking the majority probably improved. They also fume as New York City Mayor Eric Adams decides to support a city council resolution allowing 800,000 non-citizens in the city to vote in municipal elections. And they’re stunned as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor claims – in oral arguments – that 100,000 kids are seriously ill with COVID and that many of them are on ventilators. None of that is anywhere close to accurate.

Dan Reeves: Quiet Strength and Pride

 

Often the quieter but constantly steadier sounds are the ones that leave the longest-lasting echoes. There may be loud blasts at times that seem to drown out those quieter ones. But the real test of their quality comes after that first blast when their sudden waves have just as quickly faded and the quieter, more dependable ones are still there reminding us of the qualities we need for the long haul.

Dan Reeves may or may not receive the public notice he has always deserved but has rarely gotten. He died on the 1st of January, just in time to miss being on all those lists of 2021 notables who were lost the 12 months before. There will be 364 more days for the 2022 list to fill up, providing distance to his passing and clouding all that should be said about him.

Rest in Peace, John Madden

 

John Madden (right) with his longtime play-by-play man, Pat Summerall.

Legendary NFL coaching and broadcaster John Madden unexpectedly died Tuesday morning. He was 85 years old.

Madden was a wildly successful head coach of the Oakland Raiders, garnering a 103-32-7 record and besting the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He then stepped off the field and into the broadcasting booth to become football’s most beloved color commentator.

Three Crosses in the NFL

 

I caught the end of the Monday Night Football game, in which the New Orleans Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. As the camera panned over the players greeting and hugging each other across teams on the field immediately after the game, one big Saints player (a saint?) seemed to have stitches on his right cheekbone. Then we got another, much closer shot.

The stitches were actually an eyeblack patch applied below the eye. It was a black sticker with three thin gold crosses, the center cross elevated. Yes, in the season where the NFL has officially embraced the Marxist BLM ideology, a black player has chosen to display his Christian faith instead. The three crosses, the central cross prominent, represent Christ crucified between the two thieves.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a new CNN poll showing more and more Americans want nothing to do with the Democrats’ big spending plans on terrible programs. They also unload on President Biden for begging for help on energy prices from oil and gas companies after his policies to kill fossil fuels predictably sent prices soaring. And they discuss the appalling bias of Katie Couric, who admits in her new book that she heavily edited a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to “protect” her after Ginsburg scolded the NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.

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Since March of 2020, there have been so many lockdown stories, whether good or bad. People went nuts, or thrived. They read a billion books or got hooked on TikTok. The pandemic definitely showed us who we were, whether it was anxiety ridden or adaptable. Here’s my “lockdown” story. I say “lockdown” because I never […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome 6.4 percent economic growth in the first quarter of 2021. They also hope President Biden will keep his word that schools should be fully open in the fall. But they have no idea why Biden insists on social distancing and wearing masks around other vaccinated people. Oh, and there may be a bit of NFL Draft talk in there too.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the good news that the Pfizer vaccine successfully fights off the recently discovered coronavirus mutations. They also mourn the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer and discuss the scrutiny the USCP will undergo after Wednesday’s riots and the chief’s resignation. Finally, they slam Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for immediately framing the police response as evidence of a race-based two-tiered justice system.

The Fragile Legs of the National Football League

 

Ask a sports reporter about the future of the NFL (such as the way Peter Robinson asked Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal on this week’s Ricochet Podcast) and one usually gets a recitation of the latest Nielsen ratings. Yes, football dominates today’s airwaves. But that is like complimenting a paint job on an old home where the timbers in the basement are a rotting mess of leaking water and a banquet for termites. The old place has charm – but for how long?

If you don’t like the building metaphor and wish to stick with sports, the National Football League is a thoroughbred racehorse, beautiful, sleek, and very powerful and yet dependent on very fragile legs that are sometimes asked to bear up to ten times the pressure of the horse’s weight. A slight bump, an entanglement with another animal, a sharper than anticipated turn and it collapses into a fall that is over 80% fatal.

As Peter noted in the podcast, more and more parents are saying “no” to the sport. Participation in youth leagues has been steadily declining, losing almost 40% of its participants since 2008. This has led to a decline in the high school game as well, but with the reductive nature of sports (most kids bail on organized sports by the time they turn 15) it’s off a more modest 3%.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud the normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain and indications that Saudi Arabia may soon follow suit. They also discuss the premeditated shootings of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday and why Joe Biden condemns the shooting but not the people blocking the ambulances from reaching the hospitals and chanting that they hoped the deputies died.  And Jim explains why the wildfires in the western U.S. are exposing the extreme policies of some Democrats and environmental activists.

NFL Honors Woman’s Abuser, Disdain Murdered Police

 

arm in arm cowboysThe NFL has joined the rest of corporate America in siding with the Marxist left. The NFL is choosing to make heroes out of villains, while making heroes into villains. You can see it by what is and is not written on their helmets. Consider 2016 in Dallas and 2020 in New Orleans.

In 2016, Barack Obama’s poisoning of Americans against each other culminated in the murder of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of nine other police officers by a hate-fueled man who wanted to kill white people, especially police, during a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas. President Obama knew he had to do damage control before the election, so he showed up for a memorial service. Yet, he just could not help himself, blaming the police and America and defending Black Lives Matter and the whole systemic racism narrative.

President Obama’s Dallas remarks were reprinted in full by the New York Daily News. Read the whole thing, if you can stomach it. Mark Davis, a Salem Radio host in the Dallas Fort Worth market, had this to say in the Dallas Morning News about Obama’s Dallas speech:

Bob Woodward’s book, Rage, comes out next week. With the release of some snippets come the revelation of Trump admitting to Woodward he played down the coronavirus to stave off a panic. Does that excuse fly? And what of the criticisms of Woodward that if he knew about all of this, why not release it sooner instead of waiting for the book to come out?

Grant, Jay, Park, and Seth discuss all of that in addition to the continued Phase 2 “reopening” of Washington D.C., the return of the NFL, and the weekly picks from the latest issue of the Washington Examiner magazine!