Monday, October 2, 2017

Don't Sit Out on Standing Up for Kneeling






Yay, football season is here, and like everything else in this godawful culture of ours, politics has infected it.

Now, before anyone jumps down our dickholes about free speech or not caring about what's going on in the world, this isn't about that at all. Everyone - giant gorillas that get concussions for a living, included - is entitled to their opinion about world events. We wouldn't want to live in a country where people that voice their opinions get carted off to jail by the thought police.

We're just sick of politics infecting everything. Late night comedy shows are all political now (and poor Jimmy Fallon even had to apologize and make changes in his show for NOT being political). Awards shows are all political now. Sitcoms are political. And the NFL is now political, too.

For all those outlets, it's well within their rights if they want to be political. And no, that doesn't mean we're angry closet Republicans. Plain and simple, this is about entertainment. We watch comedy and sports games because they're an escape from the everyday bullshit of life. For us, it's exhausting to wind down after a long day of being angry at the world... by being angry at the world some more. It's counterproductive.

Sometimes it's good to be mad at the world and to fight back, sure. But sometimes it's also nice to just shut up and relax and escape all of the bullshit, even if that escape is nothing more than watching 300 lb. men throw a ball around and fall on each other for 3 hours.

SHAMELESS FUTUREPLUG: This is actually the topic of my WIP solo novel, The Escape Artist, about a guy who lives in his own head and tries to escape reality, quite literally, and is soon in danger of becoming lost forever. See, I get that it's a delicate balance. We all need an escape sometimes. It's important to help us relax. Too much or too little can be detrimental to your health.

For us, football has always been an escape. Now that it's no longer an escape, we have no desire to watch it.

So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go escape in a video game... and just pray that Super Mario doesn't spend the first 30 minutes lecturing me on white privilege in America.

Cheers and stay entertained, friends,
Bryan (and Brandon)

Music: Panama
Beer: Left Hand Oktoberfest


116 comments:

  1. Amen! I couldn't have said it better. Go protest on your own time, players. We watch football to escape politics.
    Did you see the Steelers-Ravens game? When the Ravens took a knee, the entire stadium of their own fans booed.

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    1. I haven't even been watching the Broncos. I actually had to Google who they were playing just for the sake of this post. So no, I didn't see the Steelers-Ravens game. And I'm guessing that I'm glad I didn't.

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    2. And then people complained online that there was booing during the anthem. Let me watch some football! Oops, my comment will be down below.

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  2. If Mario becomes a part of this nonsense you may as well let Trump nuke the world.

    Pathetic and eye roll worthy in every way. And worse yet, some of these idiot celebrities and sports stars have no idea what they are even talking about or what it is about. It's the cool thing. Let's take a knee. One big circus. It would be way more fun, even for my ocd, sitting and picking my nose. Not sure I'd let another pick it for me though.

    Sounds like a fun book idea too.

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    1. Seeing as how the biggest news surrounding Mario as of late is that he has nipples*, I think we're safe... for now.

      *journalism in 2017, ladies and gentlemen!

      And yes, we definitely find it funny that so many of these celebrities, who are millionaires that live in gated mansions and don't even do their own grocery shopping, are trying to tell us all how to live and how to think.

      "My butler read the newspaper to me this morning while I was in my bubble bath, and can you believe that..."

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  3. Some people just don't seem to be clear on what's going on here with the numbskull kneeling nonsense:

    [im]http://media.breitbart.com/media/2017/09/Twitter-Protest-640x480.png[/im]

    But you know me... I'm EVERCLEAR!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends

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  4. Ah...yes....kneel for this, get angry about this, let's talk about crap until we throw up from boredom or frustration. I hear you and I just turn the channel. I believe many "so-called" stars talk about equality and how bad it is and then they get into their lamborghini and drive to the home that they just bought for $88 million. Yeah, I'm sure they get it

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    1. Worst of all, when they talk about it they get all preachy and talk down to you like you're some kind of idiot that doesn't get it, but they, the brilliant celebrity, are correcting you on what you did wrong.

      How about you go back to playing pretend for millions of dollars and leave me the fuck out of this, since I haven't actually done anything wrong?

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  5. If you need an editor, which you probably don't because you don't make missteaks, I will gladly accept your money.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I would gladly let you touch my words as soon as I acquire this thing you call money, since I assume you will not accept a half eaten bag of Cheetos and a particularly shiny rock.

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  6. B&B:
    Now THAT is a ma4rfvelous way of looking at this whole realm (?) of entertainment in our country these days.
    Politics seems to be everywhere...BUT in politics (that's being reserved solely for entertainment, I suppose).
    Great cartoons as usual.
    And that novel sounds like the stuff of movies (as long as Michael Bay doesn't direct...lol).
    Excellent call.

    Stay safe (and classy) out there, guys.

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    1. It's just good that for all of this whining and crying, so much has finally changed in the world, for the better.

      Oh... wait...

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  7. Absolutely, 100% agree with you. Plus, cool cartoons. So...there's that.
    BTW..."jump down out dickholes." YEESH...just the thought two days before my physical.

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    1. Yeah, but still less painful than having to watch all four hours of the Emmys.

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  8. Watch rugby instead. It's a real sport.

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    1. Knowing that the British pub down the street regularly shows rugby, I feel like kind of a dumbass for usually just watching American football in a bar that only serves things like Coors Light.

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    2. Correct that dumbassery post haste!

      American football is only entertaining when the Eagles are involved. And by that I mean their fans, not the actual team.

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    3. I thought you were going to correct that to the actual birds. That I might watch.
      [im]https://media.giphy.com/media/he7REXfHKVdEA/giphy.gif[/im]

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  9. First, I'm stealing #FuturePlug -- that's awesome!

    Because of all the horrible news and politics (worldwide, not just here), I try to keep my blog/tweets/etc on the fun or light side. Unless it's all about me, in which case, one must simple deal with it. 😂

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    1. We're with you on that. We try to keep things lighthearted too. Not because we're burying our heads in the sand, but because these are the exact times when we NEED humor to get us through everything.

      Also, we're glad you like our new business model.
      FuturePlug™: "Why plug today what you can plug... tomorrow?"

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    2. It's a great business plan! Same here about not burying heads (that could be taken the wrong way) but peeps need happy happy or at least weird and freaky? Amirite?

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  10. I often like to get lost in my own head. It's the safest place these days even with all the Lovecraftian monsters. At least with Cthulhu, I don't get any politics!
    [im]http://files.abovetopsecret.com/files/img/ll50492d58.png[/im]
    Well, drat.

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    1. I think that's why I live in my own head, too. I'd much rather spend time with the monsters I know, rather than those I don't.

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  11. I haven't been paying attention to American news lately, and I don't understand American Football either. Is kneeling wrong? A cultural thing?

    Comedy and politics are made for each other, look at our leaders.

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    1. So what you're saying is we should be politicians?

      (I mean, we probably couldn't do any worse than what we have now...)

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  12. Good news, boys! Hockey season is about to start! It's not too late to ditch football, become hockey fans and watch that instead!

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    1. You don't have to tell us twice. Time to dig out those Avs jerseys. We may not be the same Avs that had Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy and a legendary 10 minute brawl with the Red Wings, but it's certainly better than this crap.

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  13. Hey, I'm not diplomatic but it takes real genius and lots of cheer leaders to spot winners in the big leagues.

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    1. There are geniuses of every type, and being able to fall on another guy better than 99.5% of the population is still its own brand of genius, I suppose.

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  14. Fortunately for me, I don't have any cares for football.

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    1. Thankfully for me, I can still watch guys punching each other in the face without politics infecting it one way or another.

      Also, ironic that guys punching each other in the face has more civility within it than guys just falling on each other.

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  15. I don't watch football thankfully but my dad has since I was a little kid and for the first time since I can remember he's decided not to watch anymore.

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    1. Only politics can make a fun game not fun anymore.

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  16. I skipped about four hours worth of RedZone yesterday to watch NASCAR. Only significant because it was the first time in RZs nine year history I was home and able to watch and didn't.

    And you are spot on. If Bobby G ever gets off his ass and makes that "They Get It" award I've been bugging him to for months, I'll bug him even more to award this post one.

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    1. I didn't even know who the Broncos were playing (for the purposes of this post) until I googled it. That's significant because prior to this year, I can't remember missing a single game since... the 80s?

      And if we "get it" but the majority of the population doesn't, how sad is that? Neither of us claim to be jeenyuses.

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  17. We seem to be on the same brain waves lately with our posts. There's nothing that drives me crazier than when people are discussing one thing, and someone enters the conversation (in person or online) with some political slam (either side, doesn't matter) and completely derails decent discourse. It's similar to picking up a book to read and having the author constantly pushing her vegan/tree-hugging/straight-people-are-evil agenda. And yeah, I've read books exactly like that. I should correct that to "beginnings of books," since they did not hold my reading interest for long. Just give me entertainment when I want entertainment. I'll return to real life when I'm good and ready.

    I'm ready for an escape. You can't write that book fast enough. And I know it will be high quality, based on your previous books, so I'm in.

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    1. Yeah, I swear I haven't been stealing your post ideas. Lately (for once) I've been writing these a week or two in advance, knowing that, sadly, they'll still probably be relevant even if I post a week after the topic becomes a 'thing'.

      And I don't think I have to tell you that we also hate reading fiction novels, or I guess rather reading the beginnings of fiction novels, where an author has to butt in with their personal opinions and jam it down your throat like its their duty of correct your backwards ways.

      I think you'll genuinely enjoy this new novel I'm working on, and not just because I'm a biased idiot and I'm supposed to say that. It's fun, it's relatable, and best of all, no politics whatsoever! This IS my personal escape, after all.

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    2. Aw, and here I was, picturing you anxiously awaiting my posts and then staying up into the wee hours of the night to draw an "original" of your own.

      And hey, if you'd add politics to the new book like the government intrigue of Tuck Watley, then them're politics I can deal with. Buuuuuutttt I'll just go with your biased idiot opinion. That's my favorite kind.

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  18. Not that I watch what you laughingly call football anyway, but I do agree, keep politics out of sports - if it were me I would keep politics out of politics.

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    1. Ha! Sorry, I mean American football, not real football. Once upon a time ago I might have joked about how our football is more manly than yours, but we're currently bickering like schoolgirls over who's standing and who's not, so maybe you guys have the upper hand on the masculinity department.

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    2. Well I would take issue because your "football" players are dressed to the nines in protective clothing. Not only that, a really tough sport in the UK is rugby and they wear very little protective clothing at all. I used to hang around with a rugger team many, many years ago and their biggest problem was occasionally wrenching a thumb which meant they couldn't hold their beer. Anything else was ignored.

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  19. I haven't watched one game all year or kept up with the standings, which is something I usually do from Day 1. What's so difficult to understand about entertainment?

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    1. Apparently we're insensitive assholes if we'd rather a game just be a game than a grandstanding political statement?

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  20. When even the folks who have occasionally gone political are calling it "enough", you know things are truly beyond saving.

    Unfortunately, everyone's jumping at every chance they get to push their agenda. And in the modern age of media, that's *a lot* of people. Worst part is, because of the social bubbling that happens everywhere, they're mostly preaching to the choir. So what's the point again? Outrage begets outrage, if only we could generate electricity from it.

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    1. I'm not exaggerating or joking when I say I'm genuinely concerned that my father-in-law is working himself into an early grave because he just spends all day watching TV and feeding off of the outrage machine. Just in: Trump did this! Just in: Trump said that! Can you believe that? He is just the worst, you guys! And even though these media outlets are merely preaching to the choir, as you say, my father-in-law spends 8-10 hours a day consuming pure outrage. Even on late night talk shows and sitcoms, more outrage. Can you believe Trump said that? The gall!

      Then you talk to him and he parrots these same headlines: Did you hear? Trump did this! Trump said that! Can you believe that? He is just the worst, you guys! And he's red with anger because hey, the tv told him he should be upset.

      And yet, for all of this agenda pushing and nightly outrage and finger wagging at the right, what has changed? What strides have we made in working towards a solution? Where have we come together?

      We haven't. No, we're just all angering each other into early graves. But it's okay, because Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert have a laugh track behind it, so it's totally just funny satire, LOLOL.

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  21. I think Trump truly fucked things up when he crossed the line and called out the NFL protesters. I had never seen a case where a president of the united states would call out people like that especially in office.

    It truly did escalate things. Just a few weeks ago, NFL people would be like "anybody going to hire Colin" but I was glad to see other NFL players protecting their teammates from political backfire.

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    1. I can just hardly wait for the day that the nightly news no longer spends countless hours talking about Trump's tweets of the day. It won't happen, but I'm still waiting.

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  22. I bet we would wipe out mass shootings in an instant if one of the shooters took a knee before pulling the trigger.

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    1. I think kneeling before you fire actually helps increase your aiming. I mean, don't tell mass shooters that, though.

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  23. Yeahhhh....I mean I think it's worth noting that the original kneeling (Kaepernick) wasn't about left v right politics but police brutality which isn't a "political" issue in the same sense - it's a cause kap felt personally connected to. (I mean, i guess its politics in the sense that it has to do with the 'body politic,' sure - but not politics-as-a-game/talking heads on cable news.)

    Then after trump decided to be a whiny little bitch about it, it became about "resisting trump" or unity or whatever dumb shit people were locking arms about. So it's making people who cared about the original kneeling (like me) mad because now its watered down and meaningless, and it's making people like you mad because you dont want to listen to talking heads yap about it all day. So...thanks trump. thanks for picking dumb culture war fights to detract from how incredibly incompetent you are. SIgh.

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    1. I'm also mad about the watered down, meaningless messages, which has pretty much become ANY Trump 'resistance' nowadays. Look at things like The March for Science™. What the fuck was that about, and what were they even trying to accomplish?

      "Like, Trump hates science! So we're gonna, like, march in the name of science! Yeah!"

      Cool, so a huge group of like-minded people patted each other on the back for sharing the same viewpoints on science. That'll sure show Trump?

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  24. I spent Sunday afternoon reading and napping. Did I miss something?

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    1. You might have? I wouldn't know. I spent my Sunday drinking beer with friends and bullshitting. Best and most peaceful Sunday I've had in a while.

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  25. I'm not a fan of football, it's an opportunity for men who like to hit other men and who pretend they are gladiators. . .Protest is alive and well in Murrica because someone keeps agitating the masses. And, another shooting in Vegas this time. And now Tom Petty seems to be at the mercy of the news. Is he still with us? I hope so. Good luck with your new novel!

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    1. And isn't it all so depressing? I could use some good news for once. That's why I'm writing. I'm making my own good news. Fuck all this needless hatred.

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  26. Just when I thought it was safe to re-follow folks on Facebook after the election, football season started, and shit blew up again. Sigh.

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    1. I unfollowed so many people that my newsfeed is basically just 3 people sharing funny cat pictures and your adventures with writing horror stories.

      *sniffle* It's the best damn newsfeed a guy could ask for.

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  27. I'm with you! Can we not just enjoy a little entertainment and escape for a few hours? I am sick of politics discoloring everything. At least I've been treated well in Victoria, no calls for "Yankee, go home." But it's not far enough to escape.

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    1. No, apparently we're supposed to brood on all of the world's problems and never smile or stop to enjoy ourselves, because then Trump wins. Or something stupid like that.

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  28. I much prefer reading than watching football :)

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    1. That's a much better and way more productive hobby.

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  29. The whole thing is ridiculous. Taking the knee during our national anthem is so disrespectful to our wonderful country and those in the military who serve to protect us. These athletes need to play ball, like they're paid to do, and leave their political commentary out of it.

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    1. I wouldn't mind political commentary if it wasn't already everywhere else. There's only so much finger wagging a guy can take before he wants to build his own fallout shelter and just never come out.

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  30. I'm all for shameless futureplugs. But you have to make it political. I mean, that's a given. So everything is infected by politics? Could that explain this very suspicious rash I have? Yes? Hello?

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    1. That rash is definitely Trump's fault. Or maybe it's white middle America's fault. Or maybe it's ISIS. Regardless, anyone who says otherwise is fake news.

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  31. We get that in Australia too. Our prime minister recently appeared on Australian Survivor and gave a straight-faced talk down the camera on why we should vote yes on the Same Sex Marriage postal vote.

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    1. In case there was any doubt, that was completely made up.

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    2. Hey, you jest, but I almost believed you. It's only a matter of time before we have that here. Most episodes of things like The Daily Show aren't even comedy anymore. It's just Trevor Noah staring at the camera stoically, explaining why Trump is a dick.

      Ha, ha... ha?

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  32. It's definitely effected the entertainment world. Never thought much about how much a football game must suck now. Haha. Only hear of the reasoning behind each time someone doesn't stand.
    Trump was part of Hollywood so obviously it's going to get some famous people talking. But it's beyond that point. The Jimmy Fallon show kinda sucks now..

    There's a civil war in the making, while we're having enough issues with the current and possible upcoming wars.
    This election/presidency was/will be historical.

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    1. Not Jimmy Fallon*
      Seth Meyers kinda sucks now.

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    2. They all suck now. When I want to laugh, I just watch the comedy classics.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTCEPBDekH4

      It works on so many levels!

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  33. Meanwhile, the few, most gifted and brilliant creatives continue to entertain us without pissing us off. Thank you for that.
    PS I'm back, barely, but will surely need an escape in the form of some great writing soon -- hint, hint. =)

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    1. I don't know, I managed to piss off a hipster douchebag on our ABFTS Facebook share of this post, so there's that. Good to know I can still be edgy for the kids.

      [im]https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CPUHVvNUwAAxWLY.jpg[/im]

      Some badass writing will be coming at you this weekend!

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  34. You can pick your friends.
    You can pick your nose.
    But you can't pick your friend's nose.

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    1. But is your friend really your friend unless you've gripped his nostrils like you would a bowling bowl?

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  35. My escape has always been Football Sunday. I pay for the freakin' NFL ticket so I can watch my stupid Giants lose. Who's 0-4? We are baby! I pay to watch them get their asses kicked, do I really need to see and hear about politics too? Aren't I suffering enough as a Giant fan?

    In all seriousness, you know I've stopped watching certain shows (who have since been cancelled) because of the constant politics, and I just had to take another off my list because of the same thing. I'm watching to laugh and unwind, not be reminded of anyone's political agenda - in either direction.

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Elsie

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    1. A true fan, through and through. I love it. I respect it. I've been there. Let it be known that I was still team Broncos even when the team was bad enough to have earned this Simpsons joke.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpOY4u8hL_E

      The irony, of course, is that since that aired Denver's won 3 Super Bowls and Dallas is... well, Dallas.

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  36. Go Dallas!(lol) I do the same thing with football that I do with everything else in life - books, the news, movies, or a really bad cheeseburger. Pick, listen, watch, eat and choose what looks or tastes yummy, then get back to the topic at hand. That includes seeing Dallas off to a bad start this year. I still like to see who gets those touchdowns. What does make me cry however, is hearing about a man throwing himself on his wife to protect her from unexpected gunshots at a country music venue, only to have her feel him die when he was shot in the back. As always, love your posts and your thoughts. Hugs...RO

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    1. Hearing about a man's best friend dying in his arms was what I found particularly depressing. Even more depressing than an average season for Dallas.

      Just trying to keep things lighthearted. Thanks for the love.

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  37. I used to love the NFL but so many players get in legal trouble. The statistics are troubling. Now I watch my son coach high school football and watch college football.
    I'm so sick of politics and sick of entertainers trying to influence public opinion. Just do the job you're paid for and leave the thinking to those better qualified.
    Good luck with your new book. Let me know if you want a shout out when it is published.

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    1. One of the reasons I've always liked Denver, aside from the obvious idiotic hometown bias, is that we've tried, for the most part, to retain good people and release those that are legal troublemakers, regardless of talent.

      Also, Peyton Manning now owns all the Papa John's around here, which is delicious.

      I have no idea where I'm going with this. I may just be speaking out of hunger.

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  38. Being in China, we are so far removed from all of this, it's pretty easy to ignore all the political rhetoric everywhere. The kneeling, the constant pro-/anti-Trump news, etc.

    Plus, that stuff never happens here. The government tells you how you are supposed to feel about a topic and you are not permitted to have a different opinion. Plus, politics is a NO-NO topic here. It is considered very rude to discuss politics.

    Well, Chinese politics. Everyone always wants to hear what I have to say about Trump and American politics.

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    1. I don't want any of that government censorship crap, but I wish we could bring back the idea that discussing politics with someone you barely know is rude.

      Hey, I'm Bryan, nice to meet you.
      "Trump is literally Hitler and anyone who supports him is a Nazi fascist racist Hitler."

      Hey, I'm Brandon.
      "All aboard the Trump train, woo woo, you snowflake bitch!"

      And here I just wanted to talk about the weather.

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  39. Personally, I gave up watching football because of the protests (may give it up next year too as the protests show no sign of abating). While I support a person's right to protest, the original message that was kind of being sent last year (police brutality) got hopeless lost when the NFL collective threw a hissy fit at the President.

    Here are a few salient points that the spineless owners either have forgotten about or chose not to enforce/do.

    1) NFL bylaws clearly and specifically state that players must stand for the national anthem, or they will be fined.

    2) 1st amendment does not apply at the work place. SCTUS has ruled and consistently affirmed that employers have the right to curtail a worker's right to free speech. Football stadium is a place of employment, thus legally, the NFL could've nipped this crap in the bud late last year and all this year, but they're completely scared of the players.

    I Are Writer!

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    1. Just remember, kids, if you support the firing of James Damore for his "hateful memo" at Google but you think NFL players should be able to do whatever the hell they want on the clock in the name of free speech, you're a hypocrite.

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    2. I'm not onboard with the moral equivalence made in that statement. The boader NFL thing snubbing trump aside, the original silent protest Colin Kaepernick started was sitting during the national anthem. The whole being out on the field for the national anthem started as an advertising ad buy from the Us Army as a recruitment tool Link . I think the original protest coinciding with black lives matter and the whole don't kill innocent black men, and prosecute the police that do seemed like a simple enough thing to wrap your mind around. I find it hard to believe that you can take protest of killings of unarmed black men and put that on an moral equivalency of the Memo from James Damore. It was a piece of misogyny taking aim at the company policies, HR elected to part ways with a person that created a public relations fiasco, much the way that Colin Kaepernick has struggle to find employment in the NFL. The first amendment isn't freedom of consequences from private entities, but freedom from the government making laws that impinge on your freedom to say what you want. The Courts have made exceptions to this for speech intended to cause harm (like shouting fire in a crowd ect. I don't think it's hypocritical to support the NFL players reasoned protest and condemn James Damore.

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    3. It doesn't matter how or why the standing/kneeling started. These men are at work. This is their job. They are choosing to do this while on the clock. Just like James Damore chose to send that memo at work, these players are choosing to kneel while at work. Moral equivalency has nothing to do with it. Whether any of these people are right or wrong has nothing to do with it.

      If you truly believe that companies should be able to fire or hand down repercussions to employees for exercising their First Amendment rights in the workplace, then you can't have it both ways. You can't say yay, we fired James Damore because he wrote a sexist memo! but then say No, you can't fire those NFL players for ignoring their bosses and kneeling when they were told they should stand.

      Like you said, the First Amendment isn't freedom of consequences from private entities. And the NFL isn't the government. It's a business. Those players have every right to protest, but if they get fined or fired, then that's the NFL's right as a business. Just as Google was well within their rights to fire James Damore.

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  40. When the entertainment world infects politics (reality show president), it's only natural that politics infiltrates entertainment. If one person has herpes and the other has HIV and they're mooshing their naughty bits together, the infections spreads both ways.
    Sports has always been politicized from Jackie Robinson to the Black Power salute at the Olympics, to the 1985 Chicago Bears' Superbowl Shuffle (that song and dance was about apartheid, a lot of people don't know that).
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    1. Herpes and HIV is actually a great comparison. I'm just pulling my dick out of the water until things are a little less herpy-derpy.

      And The Super Bowl Shuffle is waaaay more fun than people booing and spitting at each other. Let's bring that back.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMoE0eytMQ0

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    3. Personally, I prefer this, though.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfCYZ3pks48

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  41. I was really soured by that Will and Grace reveal. I could only watch a few minutes of it before I turned it off. You're right though; you watch this stuff to get away from the problems of the world for a little while. We get it; the political situation ain't that great. Could we maybe get away from that for a minute? Thanks.

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    1. The sad thing is, I feel like a lot of it isn't even genuine. It's just pandering to what the left wants to see.

      Comedy show: "Trump... stupid!"
      *audience howls and seal claps until their hands disintegrate*

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  42. I think part of the issue has to do with people refusing to TALK about a given issue and instead just yell across the aisle. This makes it even more difficult for the group of us that have alternatively decided not to buy in to political party non-sense and instead take things on a case to case basis.

    Had a pretty in depth conversation about this a few times and you're hardly the only one to feel this way. Right down to the video game analogy. I wish I had the right response, but it's one of those damned if you do, damned if you don't. As you pointed out, if you dare to support one concept, you'll be demonized by the other side.

    Personally, I support free speech but I also recognize the inherent problem of forcibly inserting a political stance into what is meant to be an entertainment venue.

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    1. Personally, I'm just sick of this idea that if we don't buy into the party line nonsense, that either means we're too uninformed or too cowardly to just 'pick a side'. Uh, the reason I haven't is because I've actually read into both sides, probably more so than the person yelling at me from across the aisle.

      And I'm all for free speech, but I'm just sick of this notion that anyone with a multi-million dollar platform is required to use that platform as a political soap box, and if you don't, you're a cop-out, and if you're a viewer that says they're tired of politics and choose to go view something else, that means you're an entitled, racist asshole who just doesn't care about world issues.

      Not watching a couple of football games is hardly burying your head in the sand.

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  43. Definitely good to hear different sides =)

    Lesley-Kim

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    1. You could be allergic to dinosaurs and you would never know it.

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  44. Not to be "that girl",but I was a fan of the NFL before it was popular for chicks to dig it. I started checking out a few years ago, when they started actually marketing to women. Touchy-feely interviews, worry about concussion, pink jerseys for sale. Blah. Just blah.

    Now when I'm in the mood for good smash-mouth football (thank you to Ditka for the term), I just watch The Expendables instead.

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    1. Good for you! It took forever to get my wife into football... and now that she's into it, we're both tuning out because of the bullshit.

      Welp, that was a nice 1 season of games she didn't complain about watching.

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  45. As I'm far from there it looks ridiculous to me. To make this uproar over it.

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    1. I can only imagine what the rest of the world thinks about us, fighting over a literal game.

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  46. Hey bloggy friends, it's been a long while. Good to see you're still plugging away at this blogger thing.

    Any of the old ring still kicking here, or all new followers and friends? I'm probably going to start back up with that whole ring thing just seeing if you have still been doing it too.

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    1. Hey! Good to see you. Yeah, the inner circle is always changing, and few, if any of the original members are still around, but there's plenty of new people to keep this whole blogging thing from going under.

      Keep us posted when you're back up and running. As long as you're not a mommy blog, that is. Then we're good.

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    2. Oh I'm up posting again. Slowly, but that's all I ever did. You don't run ads that I can see, so just getting by on book sales?

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    3. AdSense is pretty much a scam, so we stick with book sales. Those are way more lucrative, anyhow. Why earn pennies when you can earn whole dollars, amirite?

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  47. The problem I have with the kneeling is that it's ineffective and coming from a huge military family- it's just tough to be okay with disrespecting the flag and anthem, although as a writer, I'm all about free speech, so it's their right. But I think a better way to address the problem is to use their fame and platform to speak set up defense funds or legal groups.

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    1. Hey now, for all of these weeks of kneeling and standing, so much has already changed. People are taking action. The world is already a better place.

      Oh, nope, wait, still a festering cesspool. Never mind.

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  48. I've been a Chicago Bear's Fan for my entire life and this whole kneeling thing is pathetic. I would bet money that most of those guys have no idea why they're actually taking a knee. Instead of kneeling, how about they go into the inner cities and start making changes. Donate their time and money. Even the dumbass German team has taken a knee in support of the NFL players, but my guess it's because they hate Trump.

    Over the past few months, I've come to realize that I can't stand liberals. They're so much about 'political correctness' that they've turned to bullying, yet point the finger in the opposite direction. After listening to some Youtube's with Candace Owen, I really think I'm a conservative. Not a Trump fan, didn't vote for him, not embracing all conservative thought, but I have to say I'm sick of all this liberal political correct bullshit. Bring back the fun!

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    1. Candace Owens is great, and I love that she challenges this ridiculous notion that if you're black you HAVE to be a liberal.

      All your life, you hear from the media that you're not even supposed to listen to these people because they're so idiotic and they're so hateful and they make no sense, but if you actually stop and listen to them... wow, how wild, they actually have some great ideas that make complete sense. And they're not hateful at all. Not the ones worth listening to, anyway.

      But more importantly, to your point, liberals ARE killing comedy. Trevor Noah isn't funny. Jimmy Kimmel just cries every night. Alec Baldwin's Trump impression is lazy, as is SNL's writing, which just relies on trying to find new ways to make fun of Trump. I don't care that they're liberal. I don't care that they hate Trump. I really don't. I just care that their liberalism and their hatred of Trump has turned into a social justice warrior cause that has all but invalidated any hint of 'funny' they once had.

      And I don't say that because I've got some hard on for Trump. I just say that as a guy who appreciates good comedy.

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    1. Hey, thanks! It's good to see you again! I hope you're doing well out there in teacher/game design land.

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  50. Hey Bryan!!!

    My college got gobbled up by a big University last year and our game got Greenlit!!! So this year I decided to go full-time on Game Design!!

    Link to Gameplay Vids on Twitter

    Great job holding down the fort at ABFTS. I can't wait to learn more about the big new projects you're working on!

    Lauren

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