This year’s Super Bowl is a big moment for the NFL

Yes, it is the Super Bowl, an NFL champion will be crowned, but that is not the biggest thing at stake. The NFL is the biggest sports draw in the country, it is wildly successful, but, the popularity of the NFL took some hits this season. Some of those hits were self-inflicted. Referees that do not know the rules, and make obviously bad calls seemingly every game. A continued campaign to stamp out the fun in the game with silly penalties, and of course “Deflategate” which drug on and on and on. But the biggest hit was the players who took a knee during the national anthem during too many games. That, together with the sports media injecting “social justice” into much of its reporting hurt the NFL. The message to players was they needed to speak out, get involved. Well, as long as they spoke out on the “correct side” of course.

Certainly NFL fans consist of a broad spectrum of ideological views. But the NFL put a thumb in the eye of Conservative fans, and any other fan that might actually just want to watch the game free of ideology. Football fans do not watch games to be sermonized, or talked at. They watch because they enjoy the game. And this years Super Bowl will tell us how much respect the NFL has for its fans. And the halftime show, featuring Lady Gaga will show how non-political the NFL wants to be.

If we go back to last year’s halftime performance with Beyonce, we recall how very political she got, with the NFL’s blessing. Her song “Formation” was anti-cop, and pro Black Panthers. And that performance rubbed many the wrong way. Now, this year Lady Gaga has been asked by the NFL to not get political. Such a request is the right move, but, if that request was given with a wink and a nod……….

Gaga held a press conference on Thursday in Houston. During the Q&A session, a reporter asked Gaga, “I know you spoke about kinda taking this moment to unify America a little bit. Are you going to do that at all? Are you going to make any kind of statements during the performance?”

The pop star responded, “Well, I don’t know if I will succeed in unifying America. You’ll have to ask America when it’s over. But the only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I’ve been consistently making throughout my career.

“I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality, and the spirit of this country as one of love and compassion and kindness. So my performance will have both those philosophies.”

Well, that is not the best sign for anyone hoping to have a politics-free Super Bowl is it? Gaga has a history of making very political statements, and when liberals start throwing words like equality around, well, we know where that usually leads. It leads to a Liberal preaching to us, usually about things they are vastly misinformed about. And we have seen this year the NBA cave in to a noted social justice warrior

So, we will wait, until tomorrow. We will root for the Pats, or the Falcons, or maybe against one of those teams, we will hope that maybe advertisers will bring us some funny spots, like they used to before they were bitten by the “do not offend anyone” bug, and we will watch Lady Gaga to see if the NFL gets it or not. We will see if lower ratings this season woke the NFL up. We will see if the NFL execs are bright enough to realize that left wing activism during the Super Bowl is not a way to keep its fans. This should seem obvious but, Liberals are blind to the fact that not everyone agrees with them.

So, all there is to add is Go Falcons, and Lady Gaga, just sing!

Dougs NFL picks for Week 2

OOPS! Forgot to pick the game last night, but it looks like Ed did too. No biggie, neither one of was going to pick the Jets anyway! Here we go

Last weeks 11-5

Pats over Jets WIN

Falcons over Rams

Ravens over Browns

Panthers over Bills 

Bears over Vikes

Pack over Skins

Texans over Titans

Colts over Dolphins

Chiefs over Cowboys

Eagles over Chargers

Lions over Cards

Saints over Bucs

Broncos over Giants

Raiders over Jags

Seahawks over Niners

Bengals over Steelers

 

 

 

*LIVE STREAMING* NFC Conference Championship Game – San Francisco Vs. Atlanta (01/20/13 – 3pm ET)


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Seahawks rally from 20 down in 4th quarter, but Falcons get the win

Great comeback by Seattle, and a great comeback by Atlanta

Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8 seconds left and the Atlanta Falcons bounced back after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, defeating Russell Wilson and the gutty Seattle Seahawks 30-28 in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday.

The Falcons (14-3) appeared ready to allow the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL playoff history when Marshawn Lynch scored on a 2-yard run with 31 seconds left.

But Matt Ryan completed two long passes after the kickoff, setting up Bryant’s winning kick and sending the Falcons to the NFC championship game for only the third time in franchise history. They will host the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.

 

*LIVE STREAMING* NFC Divisional Playoff Game – Seattle Vs. Atlanta (01/13/13 – 1pm ET)


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Doug’s NFL picks Week 11

Buffalo over Miami

Packers over Lions

Falcons over Cards

Skins over Eagles

Broncos over Chargers

Cowboys over Browns 

Bucs over Panthers

Jets over Rams

Bengals over Chiefs

Texans over Jags

Saints over Raiders

Pats over Colts 

Ravens over Steelers 

Niners over Bears

Season 90-55

Week 10 10-4

Week 9 11-3

Week 8 6-8 UGH

Week 7 picks 10-3

Week 6 Picks 9-5

Week 5 picks 8-5

Week 4 picks 10-5

Week 3 picks 7-9 UGH

Week 2 picks 8-8 UGH

Week 1 picks 11-5

 

NFL highlights

Manning throws 400th TD Broncos roll Steelers

Skins, RG3 shock Saints 40-32

Backup QB leads Cards to win over Seahawks

Bucs upset Panthers

Niners stun Packers

Vikes hold off Jags in OT

Bears Rout Colts

Texans Rip Dolphins

Eagles edge Browns

Lions nip game Rams in final minute

Pats crush Titans

Falcons make early season statement, Chiefs hardest hit

Jets flatten Bills