Politics and the NFL

Sources at ESPN say that viewership of NFL games were down during the 2016 season due to Colin Kapernick’s protests during the National Anthem. Out of 9200 fans that were polled, 26% said that they stopped watching due to the national anthem protests. There were other reasons why but were smaller segments of those polled. By far, the protests or the fact that the games were becoming too political were the reasons why people stopped watching the game.
Personally, I’m a die-hard and loyal Chiefs fan, so I watched anyway. In fact, I even noticed that towards the middle and ending of the season, the cameras didn’t even show the players on the sidelines during the anthem because of the ongoing protests. This is one thing that I don’t get. Why can’t the NFL be like the MLB and just respect the flag and the country and stand for the National Anthem? These are American games… American pastimes. Why can’t everyone put thier differences aside just for the time of the game?

Why? It’s the Democrats they’re like dogs. Once they latch on to something, they just don’t want to let go. Enough is enough! The reason why the ratings dropped is because of the crap that Kaepernick started. I think that’s the major reason why no one wants to sign Kaepernick. That and they don’t want the public relations backlash as I’ve said in previous posts. They don’t want his baggage. His career in the NFL is over. Sorry Mr Pig Socks.

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Dorsey & The Chiefs Part Ways

I know the Chiefs Kingdom isn’t happy about this. I for one am not phased about the decision made by Clark Hunt. I fully support the decision made by Mr. Hunt. Why? In this article, I will outline why.

The Cap

Dorsey did a real number with managing the cap. Lots of dead money. This money could have been used to retain Poe or even Maclin. While I’ve said in previous posts that the Chiefs will be fine without him, and I still believe so, the Chiefs could have retained him if they had the cap space. This terrible mismanagement of the cap will make things hard for the Chiefs this season and possibly next.

Player Contracts

Houston, Berry, Poe, Maclin. All up for contract renewal this season. The Chiefs managed to retain only Houston and Berry (the two most important in my opinion). There was a long lag in getting both Houston and Berry signed to new contracts,. Which was the responsibility of Dorsey. That was an unnecessary risk. The Chiefs ran the risk of losing two very important players.  Two players which in my opinion that they couldn’t afford to lose.

Andy Reid

Coach Reid will be fine without Dorsey. He turned the Chiefs into winners from being losers. The Chiefs will be fine, they will still make the playoffs as usual. I just don’t guarantee a Super Bowl appearance although.


The Chiefs will be OK without Dorsey. They will find someone to replace him and it will be business as normal.

Why the Pro Bowl won’t return to Hawaii

The reason is quite simple. The Democrats here pissed off the Trump supporting NFL team owners. It’s no secret that there are quite a few of the owners are conservative that has donated to conservative causes in the past. Therefore, it shouldn’t be any surprise that there are NFL team owners that are Trump supporters as well.

Why can’t Democrats Think…

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Never mind, rhetorical question. Democrats just don’t think ahead. Millions of tax revenue down the drain because all they want to do is fight President Trump. That money could be put to good use in the state. Going to stop before I start ranting.

Bigger stadiums

Florida has bigger stadiums than Hawaii does. In the example above I have a picture of Tampa Bay (right) beside a picture of Aloha Stadium (left). You can clearly see the size difference. So, why would the NFL even bother to bring the Pro Bowl back? Bigger stadiums = more money. In fact, even if the NFL was to look at Hawaii, again Hawaii is looking at building a newer smaller stadium to replace the current stadium which makes no sense, so I just don’t see the NFL coming back even more so.

Less expensive

Yeah, it is less expensive to have the Pro Bowl on the Continental United States than have to fly all of the players, camera crews, coaching staff, etc. to Hawaii. Especially when the headquarters and the NFL studios are all probably situated in New York. Less money spent on overhead means more money in their pockets. That’s business 101. Highly doubtful Hawaii will ever see the Pro Bowl ever again. Lower overhead+Higher profits= Great Equation for the NFL.

In conclusion

I just don’t see the NFL ever coming back to Hawaii. Thank you Democrats. This is just another thing that you’ve managed to screw up for the state. Please step down before you screw up anything else more important for the state. You’ve done enough damage.

Alex Smith Holding Back The Chiefs?

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Ever since that made headlines yesterday, it’s left a real salty taste in my mouth. While yes Alex contributed to the loss of the Chiefs, it wasn’t the only reason why. Let’s look at this a little closer, shall we?

The Difference Maker

Alex admitted that throwing that interception was the difference maker. I couldn’t agree more. While this interception did was a big part of the loss, I feel that it wasn’t the only reason why. It does take more than one play to lose a game.

Play Calling

Head Coach Andy Reid admitted that he was the one that called the disastrous play which caused the turnover. Alex couldn’t call an audible to get out of the situation, and it ended badly. I have no Idea what Reid was thinking when he called this play, but I agree it was bad. This is another thing that cost the Chiefs the game.

The Offense

Where do I start? I’ve seen other Chiefs games, and it’s always the same: the offense doesn’t perform as well as the defense. Why? Part of the reason is Alex Smith (I like Alex, and it kills me to say this), he’s mediocre at best as a quarterback. Jamaal Charles is still out (which adds to the problem), and the rest of the offensive line isn’t much better. In my opinion, we need to do a weed, seed, and develop on the offensive line.

The Defense

I don’t feel that the defense is apart of the problem. The Chiefs defense is Super Bowl Quality, hands down. The defensive line just has to keep up the good work.

Injuries

Dee Ford, Charcandrick West, Marcus Peters, Justin Houstin, Jeremy Maclin, Derrick Johnson, Marcus Peters, Dontari Poe, and Tamba Hali. These are just some of the injuries that the Chiefs had for the week 11 game. Another contributing factor in the loss of the week 11 game.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it just wasn’t one thing or person that caused the loss of the week 11 game. It wasn’t just Alex Smith.

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My 2016 AFC West Predictions

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OK, Since free agency is done, and rookies usually don’t make that much of an impact when coming straight from the NFL Draft, I’ve decided to post my predictions for the AFC West in 2016.  Since Peyton Manning retired, and the Broncos lost Brock Osweiler, this year the Lamar Hunt Trophee is going to the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Broncos didn’t even try for Kaepernick or RG3, and instead went for Mark Sanchez (which is a very befuddling move), I just don’t see a winning season this year for the Broncos.

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Seriously?

Yes, a very strange move indeed by one of the most successful teams in the AFC West.  To put things bluntly, Sanchez sucks and doesn’t have much field time, and I don’t think that any amount of field time will help him any.  Now the Raiders, while they have gotten better, I just don’t think that they’ve gotten good enough to take on the Chiefs defense and come out winning.  The Chargers?  Never a question, they suck.  So, without any further ado, I shall post my predictions below.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
2. Oakland Raiders (8-8)
3. San Diego Chargers (6-10)
4. Denver Broncos (4-12)

OK, before you complain… These are my thoughts, and quite frankly, I really don’t care what you think your team is capable of.  Post it in your own blog.  Thanks for reading! 🙂

Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 is this weekend, so I’ve decided to make my predictions for the game.  Even though I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan, I’ll be rooting for the Broncos.  I can’t stand the Panthers and Newton.  Cam Newton reminds me of Tom Brady (another quarterback that I love to hate).  With that said, on to my predictions.

As much as I want them to win, I just have to face facts.  Peyton Manning isn’t what he used to be.  He can’t throw the long passes like he used to, and Brock Osweiler isn’t a good replacement yet.  On top of that, if you look at the roster, you can see that the rest of the team is aging.  It looks like it’s going to be an uphill battle for them.

Luckily, their defense is strong so, they should be able to keep the Panthers’ score down and get the ball to their offense.  But, I do think that the defense will be very tired by the time that the second half comes round.  Work the defense too much and they’ll get tired, make costly mistakes and allow more scoring.  I’d say by the second half the Broncos defense will be marginal at best.  So, if the Broncos want a good shot at winning, they need to score as many points as they can during the first half of the game.

The Carolina Panthers while a good team this season have a few things working against them.  Since they haven’t lost a game in the regular season, and made it through the playoffs to the Super Bowl, they’re very overdue for a loss.  No one’s perfect, and everyone has to lose sometime.  It’s the law of averages.

Another thing that they have working against them would probably be over confidence, and under estimating their seasoned opponents.  If they do, it’s not like it hasn’t happened to anyone else.  Look at the New England Patriots.  In 2007, they went undefeated, and was boasting about it all across mass media.  Then they got to Super Bowl 42 and lost to the New York Giants 17 – 14.  While a close game, I feel that the margin would’ve been bigger if the Patriots didn’t underestimate their opponent.

Aging rosters…  Seems like a lot of the teams in the NFL is suffering from this.  The Panthers’ roster is aging as well.  As Toby Keith sang, “I ain’t as good as I once was…”  This will make things harder for the team as well.  Over all, I feel that the Panthers do have a better team, although.  But the score will be close.

My prediction for Super Bowl 50: Panthers win by 3.

Week 5

Week five has come and gone… The Chiefs lost narrowly 22-17 to San Fransisco.  While the game wasn’t aired here where I live, what I’ve heard about the game, the Chiefs played hard and did their best.  Sorry that I don’t have a commentary on the game this week.

Since I don’t have a commentary this week on the Chiefs game, I’ve decided to post a little something I wrote about the Patties Vs. Chiefs game in week 4. Here it is:

The Cow Patties
By, Ryutora Takano

Oh how Tom Brady and Company Toiled on the field of Arrowhead. They did thier best and still got stomped. They forgot the #1 rule for playing there: fear the sea of red as much as the players.

Mr. Brady looked like a kid waiting to see the principal when sitting on the sideline that game, and the rest of the team still struggled. Unfortunately, Bilicheat and the Cow Patties both failed with the big boss watching in person.

The Chiefs stomped them 41-14. GO Chiefs! The End. 😀

Seriously, I think the Chiefs’ win over the Patties was fueled by them having a fluke game. Tom Brady and Co. Was fine during week 5. From the score, they stomped the opposition. But, fluke or not, how we won or not doesn’t matter to me, for a win is a win. 😛

Thanks for taking time out to read my post. 🙂

Week 4: The Patriots

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In a upset, the Kansas City Chiefs beat down the New England Patriots 14-41 on at Arrowhead Stadium Monday night.  It was a spectacular blow out, while a pleasant surprise, it was befuddling.  I’ve always known the Patriots to be one of the best teams in the AFC.

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It looks like Brady has lost the edge out on the playing field Monday, just about all together.  To add insult to Tom Brady’s “injury” the Chiefs defensive line made him look like the 1st year rookie.  To put it bluntly, he was making mistakes that I’ve only seen few others make.  To name one noticeable mistake was Brady literally throwing the ball to the Chiefs’ defense (emulating Tony Romo, lol).  Belichick even pulled Brady out of the game during the 4th quarter.  Yeah, that was how bad it really was.  During the post-game interview, Belichick looked like he needed a Happy Meal, as one of the KC Fans said on Twitter. lol

Overall, I feel that this may have been a fluke, as much as I don’t like Tom Brady I just don’t think that this signals the falling of the Tom Brady era at the New England Patriots.  Looking at the Patriots performance over the last 13 years, it’s plain to see that this game was probably a fluke.  On average, the Patriots have won 13 games a season since the turn of the 21st century.  As a side note, I do think that the Ben Roethlisberger era at the Pittsburgh Steelers is coming to an end.  His performance over the last few years has been declining.

Some good news for the Chiefs Kingdom is that Jamaal Charles played this game, and had left due to dehydration during the game and returned shortly after.  His fantasy owners got a pleasant points boost for those who had him starting (Ugh, I had him benched, I didn’t know that he was going to play this game or not).  Also, Alex Smith seemed to be having the game of his career as one of the commentators said during the game.  Kniles Davis was also having a great game as well. To put it simply, the team was kicking Patriot behind.

Anyhow, this Monday Night Football game has got to be one of the best that I’ve seen in a long time, and I hope that the Chiefs keep up their winning streak.  The next two games are going to be tough.  They face the 49ers at Levis Stadium next Sunday, then after their Bye week, they face the San Diego at their home field as well.  From the looks of things they’re on fire.  As of writing this post, they are 2-2 so far.

Go Chiefs!

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My Thoughts For Week 3

First, I’d like to talk about a statement that was posed to me on social media.  A Raiders fan had said,

We just need to win

OK, I’m going to respond to that here.  There are some major problems going on in Oakland.  Winning is just a symptom not the actual problem.  Let’s look at the most major of the problems:

1. The head coach hasn’t been released even though his performance has been substandard for many seasons.
2. The coaching staff under the head coach doesn’t seem to be getting the job done either.
3. The owner hasn’t stepped up to  remedy the situation (Mebbe he wants to help Peyton Manning get another ring?).
4. There doesn’t seem like there’s many talented players on the team (although it just may be the really bad coaching).
5. Maybe they’re trying for first round draft pick?

As a Kansas City Chiefs fan, I’d love to see the old rivalry between the Chiefs and the Raiders spark again, it made things rather interesting.  The Raiders need to make a clean sweep and start with a clean slate so to speak.

Now on to other thoughts about this week.  The Chiefs finally won thier first game of the season against the Dolphins.  It wasn’t televised here in Hawaii, so I didn’t get to see the game.  It must’ve been tough with  many of thier key players gone. I hope that they keep the winning streak up so we can catch the Donkeys. I hope that Alex Smith proves me right and shows that he’s worth that contract that he just signed.  After a poor start, the Chiefs need to keep this winning streak up.  They also need all of our key players back on the active roster.  They need Charles back too.

As I write this post, the Donkeys and the SeaChickens are tied and in overtime.  I don’t want to see the SeaChickens win, I don’t like them.  Heh, the weird thing is that I like the Donkeys more than them, and I don’t like the Donkeys. The fans are too cocky (over one good season that was a fluke in my opinion).

Now on to other events.  Many of the fans are calling for the Commishioner of the NFL to step down.  My feelings on this subject is that everyone should wait for the investagation to complete first.  America was founded on the principle of innocient till proven guilty.  Something doesn’t feel right, but it doesn’t mean it was the Commisioner, or it just was the Commisioner acting alone.  Something tells me that there are more guilty parties in this case than meets the eye.  It’s not a clear cut case of one person being wrong and bearing responsibility for the whole situation.

On a similar note, Ray Rice is fighting the suspension that he’s on.  Why?  He’s guilty for breaking the rules of the NFL (and the reputation of the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens), the law, and making everyone look bad.  Not to mention that there’s indesputible evidence that he’s guilty.  If he needs to go to flipping burgers, he should.  Why waste money on a legal battle?  Nevermind, rhetorical question  (bleh).

Anyhow, those are my thoughts on week 3.  Can’t wait for week 4.  Go Chiefs!

Democrats, The NFL, & The Redskins

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Damned it all to hell… I never thought that politics and football would ever mesh.  It’s unfortunate that the Democrats decided to pick now to push legislation to hurt the Washington Redskins and the NFL.  I understand that Redskin could be a derogatory term, but in this case, no harm was intended.  I’m Asian, if a team wanted to call itself The Yellowskins, I wouldn’t care (In fact I would find it quite comical).  It’s a just a word, it’s the meaning behind of it that counts.  According to the Redskins owner Dan Snyder had said that the name of the team was meant to honor Native Americans.

 

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Cantwell, D-Wash., the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, whom is in league with the Oneida Nation, is threatening the NFL with losing its non profit status if the name and mascot  isn’t changed.  Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. is also arguing for the change as well.  We all know that this is election season, this is a blunt attempt at getting votes because the Democrats in minority in the House of Representatives, and they have only a slim hold on the Senate.  They’re desperate to put it bluntly.  Honestly, who would want that kind of party representing them in the nation’s capitol?

I do understand how it feels to be teased and ridiculed because of my heritage, but when this was said:

“The NFL needs to join the rest of America in the 21st Century,” said Cantwell, D-Wash., the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “We can no longer tolerate this attitude toward Native Americans. This is not about team tradition. This is about right and wrong.”

source: Article on thescore.com, link is below

This had really upset me.  Yes, this is the 21st century, and all involved being educated, I would think that it should mean being open minded and tolerant.  If one seeks to hurt another because of a name, a word really, it shows that you’re no better.  Also to threaten shows that you’re not very educated as well (or smart, or both) for that matter.

Football is America’s most popular pastime.  In effect they want to spoil everyone’s fun.  To me, if you hurt the NFL, you hurt every American that loves football as well (including me, but that’s besides the point).  While I do understand the point of view of the Native Americans, the Washington Redskins has had their name and mascot for years.  According to a poll taken (honestly, I haven’t seen the poll nor the results personally), the Redskins organization states that 80% of Americans don’t want the name changed.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not condone ridicule or disrespect to anyone due to their racial heritage.  But this is getting annoying and out of hand.  Why turn something so small into something to big when all football is is a bunch of people getting together to play or watch the sport that they love.  All of this…. stuff is really putting a hamper on the spirit of football.  I love football and my team the Kansas City Chiefs.  I honestly don’t feel that the team or the NFL was being malicious when christening the team with that name.

To me football season is the best time of the year, and the most fun that can be had is during football season. I don’t want Democrats or anyone else for that matter to screw it up with politics.  This is why I’m Republican.  In any case, if you’re interested, I have the link to my source material below.  Thanks for reading. 🙂

http://www.thescore.com/nfl/news/580047