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Granted, there might be some sliver of Trump’s shrinking base that will get their first hard-on in years over screaming “LOCK HER UP!” about their favorite FOOOOOOBAAAWWWWW players, but let’s just say even your moron Fox News-watching uncle might draw a line in the sand if the president tries to take away LITERALLY THE ONLY THING HE ACTUALLY HAS TO LIVE FOR, which is NFL football.

The first reply to Acosta’s tweet sums up the stupidity of Trump’s latest super bowl of distraction and deflection:

Trump’s going to win this football fight so much, he’s going to get sick of winning!

In that spirit, here are a few developments in Trump’s yooge brilliant best war against the very large men whose hands are big enough to hold on to the pigskin:

Monday morning, we noted that Trump had been tweetering about how at least NASCAR people (white hicks who go on dates with their sisters but never get to second base, SADFACE) were being nice to the American flag and the national anthem, because they know how to show the proper respect to King Pussy-Grabber of the Pussy-Grabbing Pussies. In response, extremely famous NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a speedy left turn directly into the president’s nutsack:

Oof. That’s gonna leave a skid mark, ON DONALD TRUMP’S BALLS.

Speaking of balls, Trump’s boy Tom Brady has now personally spoken out against Trump’s behavior. Before, he was just locking arms and keeping mostly quiet, but this, while still kind of milquetoast, is still a rebuke:

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is at odds with President Donald Trump on the issue of player protests of the national anthem, calling Trump’s comments “just divisive.”

Brady tells Boston’s WEEI-FM that he “certainly” disagrees with Trump’s comment that NFL owners should fire any player who refuses to stand for the anthem.

Like we said, milquetoast. But Brady’s obviously feeling enough pressure to say something, and it’s not coming from Trump-loving dildo sporks.

One more thing, and it is, as always, about Trump being a fucking know-nothing idiot. After Trump was done Hooked On Phonics-ing his way through his early morning Twitter rage shits on Monday, he retweeted this thing about Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals football player who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004:

To @jayMAGA45 (one of Trump’s Twitter followers who doesn’t seem to be a Russian bot, strangely enough) and @realDonaldTrump, we must award ONE MILLION Jane, You Ignorant Sluts. Pat Tillman was killed by FRIENDLY FIRE (which is not actually “friendly”) and, as New York Magazine reminds us, by the time he was killed, Tillman was really not the biggest fan of Bush’s little adventure in Iraq. Indeed, he referred to the Iraq war as “so fucking illegal.” (This was back when Trump supported the Iraq war, even though he lies about that now.)

Benjamin Hart writes:

In the end, Tillman’s story became less about unthinking, reflexive jingoism and more about the uncomfortable truth often lurking behind bumper-sticker slogans. In other words, Tillman is actually a perfect poster boy for our era — for exactly the opposite reason President Trump thinks.

Even better, Think Progress flags a Facebook post from Marie Tillman, Pat’s widow, back when Trump came out with his first soon-to-fail Muslim ban:

We’d say Trump should read a book before he tries to use Pat Tillman for his shithead propaganda again, but LOLOL we’re just not sure “reading a book” is in Trump’s skill set.

Anyway, TREMENDOUS VICTORY, DONALD, KEEP IT UP.

UPDATE: OK, this happened just as we were publishing this post, but we felt we HAD to add it. LeBron James, who most recently hilariously called Trump “U BUM,” spoke out again, and delivered the following AMAZING QUOTE:

“The people run this country, not one individual. AND DAMN SURE NOT HIM.”

Now he’s just sweet-talking us. Yes, LeBron James, you MAY come write guest posts at Wonkette, any time you want!

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  • msanthropesmr

    Donald Trump – bringing spoons to gun fights.

  • weejee

    Delusions of grandeur, but mostly delusions.

    • BearGHAZI

      Delusions & slander

  • jesuswasablack
    • Oblios_Cap

      Damn, that girl’s tits just look deformed.

      • Alan

        Oh yikes! That is a woman.

      • bupkus231

        So, we’ve finally decided that person IS a girl? I thought it was just a guy with a spectacular rack of moobs….

        • Oblios_Cap

          I think so. Even if she is wearing a wife-beater.

          • ahughes798

            If I’m not mistaken, his/her pants are also unzipped and folded over. Weird. I’m a tubby female and I wouldn’t DREAM of going out in a skin tight top like that. Or it could be that he/she is more confident than I am, I don’t know.

        • Marceline

          I feel like the jury is still out. I change my mind every time I look at it.

    • msanthropesmr

      Parthenogenesis.

      • major_asshole

        Dr. House frown on your shenanigans and instigates his own.

    • Raan

      High school fuck sessions that ruin everyone’s lives.

    • mancityRed6

      the back seat of a broken down chevrolet?

    • major_asshole

      The one in the white “shirt”–can’t tell if that’s a man or a woman. Help?

  • Oblios_Cap

    Trump goes unarmed to a battle of wits. This will end well.

  • Marceline

    It’s telling that Donnie’s idea of victory is to make his cult hate his chosen target.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    And he can keep on not-winning right out the GD door and into the paddy wagon.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    just made millionaire sport athletes his new HRC

    Does that mean we will FINALLY stop hearing about “crooked Hillary”? If so, there is a silver lining to this crap at least…
    /FFS

    • mancityRed6

      no, sorry.

    • Alan

      What day is this?

      • bbayliss

        January 21st, the same day it’s been every day since January 21st.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Worst Groundhog Day reboot ever.

          • Alan

            No shit.

    • Lord Jim

      Do his aides realize that they have just admitted that this whole kerfluffle is a bulshit publicity campaign and broaches no meaningful issues?

      • Raan

        And if so, do they care?

        I get the feeling that every day in this administration is 4:45 on a Friday afternoon.

        • Seek

          4:00 and they’re desperately waiting for 4:20 which never comes.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I think it means Kap has 3 million more supporters than he does.

      • Raan

        That few?

  • mancityRed6

    “friendly” fire, and it was lied about for a very long time.

    • Oblios_Cap

      The Bush Administration lied about something? Say it ain’t so.

  • Christopher Story

    That Pat Tillerson thing reminds me so much of the fake “Christians” today. They wave the guy like a fetish to keep the rubes in line, ignoring entirely everything that made the figure so memorable in the first place.
    Symbol-minded in deed. They just take any ol symbol they see other people using, strip it of all it’s context and use it as a loyalty test.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Pat Tillman. Tillerson is the oil-company jackass who’s got ties to Gazprom. You couldn’t make these characters up if you tried, a fossil-fuel exec with a nickname of T-Rex. Who works for a snake-oil salesman with a lizard brain.

      • Christopher Story

        Oops. Thank you for the correction.

      • major_asshole

        Objection.

        It has yet to be proven that Two Scoops *has* a brain.

  • Joe Beese
    • Alan

      She has a lot of Scottish followers?

    • Three Finger Salute

      Who can stand to spend nine minutes on Twitter let alone NINE YEARS?

      • BarbaraPBradbury

        Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
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    • Beanz&Berryz

      She raises a really good point…

  • Rev. Samuel
  • msanthropesmr

    Is there anyone left to piss off at this point?

    • mancityRed6

      tennis players? lacrosse? ups drivers who moonlight as strippers?
      it’s getting to be a fine thing.

      • msanthropesmr

        UPS drivers who moonlight as strippers. That’s a real specific demographic there.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          I dunno. I’ve seen a lot of documentary movies that make it seem like delivery guys are always willing to take off their clothes.

          • msanthropesmr

            Aren’t those pizza guys?

          • Gayer Than Thou

            Them too.

        • mancityRed6

          doesn’t everyone know one?

        • Three Finger Salute

          Kevin James?

  • Rachel Book Harlot

    I still can’t believe this douchebag was elected. Every time I think I’ve come to terms with it, I realize that i haven’t.

    • bbayliss

      He wasn’t.

    • Three Finger Salute

      He wasn’t. He was installed. A puppet usurper, the central figure in a stealth foreign coup.

    • Alan

      Elected?

      • Rachel Book Harlot

        Yeah, elected. By the Russians. :)

  • Trump Base NASCAR fans have a closet just for different ‘honored’ flags the way Ivanka has a closet just for shoes.

  • Scooby

    Trump doesn’t even know that football is all that’s stands between us and soccer.

    • Alan

      And we all know who plays soccer.

      • Raan

        People who fall to the ground and howl like banshees at the slightest impact?

        • Oblios_Cap

          Ah, Italians!

        • MrTusks

          They’d make a killing in the American tort system, so they’d fit right in!

    • Oblios_Cap

      And soccer is just Association Football!

      • Three Finger Salute

        SOCIALIST FOOTBALLZ!!!!!!!!

    • Three Finger Salute

      Yeah, why the fuck do we even play fool’s ball in London, let alone play the “Battle Hymn of the Sore Losers to Maplestan Republic”? Is it because we have such a hard-on for war that we send a bunch of guys called “Patriots” and the attendant “Minutemen” reenactors with tricorner hats and muskets (before it became a Teapublican thing), to fucking Mother England to go all nyah-nyah to the queen over something from 240 years ago? And then sing a song about a war we then lost to Canada when it was still Outsourced England?

      Oh, that’s right. I forgot. We don’t learn history in schools anymore. We certainly don’t learn from it. America is morans. Pure and simple. Keep calm and derp on.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Boy, Pat Tillman has the squarest of square jaws.

    • MrTusks

      Normally I don’t understand the appeal of the beefcake look, but Pat Tillman made it work.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        That picture always give me a not-entirely-appropriate response to his death by friendly fire.

    • mancityRed6

      I’m not gay and I’m kinda chubby, but I’m fairly certain…wait…he played for Arizona? pfft, never mind.

    • Nockular cavity

      Also was smart AF and quite outspoken. So’s his brother and, apparently, his widow.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I got mucho hate this morning for saying: A citizen’s allegiance is to the Constitution; A subject’s allegiance is to a flag.

    I guess it was just Too Soon after Constitution Day.

    • Eo Raptor

      Yeah, why the heck would I pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth most likely made in China. It should start:

      I pledge allegiance to the Constitution
      of the United States of America…

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    OT: I have made great progress in my project for work, EXCEPT NOW WORD HAS FROZEN.

    (Me to the program): If you fucking crash right fucking now and lose my fucking changes,I will fucking freak out.

    I now await a positive end to the spinning beach ball of despair.

    That is all.

    • BearGHAZI

      Whenever technology fucks you like that, it’s a wonderful OPPORTUNITY to do the work even better. At least that’s what I tell myself when I lose a bunch of video files I was editing

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        lol, that’s the problem! I DID good work this morning. Found some great caselaw, got it all typed it up with appropriate explainers, fucked around with the Word graphics till it works (cause word SUCKS ASS at working with graphics).

        I REALLY REALLY REALLY don’t wanna have to go searching for these cases again.
        : (

        • Oblios_Cap

          Autosave is a good friend.

        • Ctrl-s is your friend.

        • Raan

          Take pictures of the screen with your phone so you’ll have the same wording you used.

    • Alan

      Autosave.

  • ariel_gee_398

    Hey, you know what else Fuckface McDumpsterfire is doing while he’s tweeting about how black athletes need to STFU? Cutting the DOJ program that helps police departments voluntarily become less shitty. If he were capable of linear thought, I’d assume this is all part of his evil plan. https://eji.org/news/justice-department-ends-popular-police-reform-program

  • SayItWithWookies

    And after Trump whups the NFL into submission, he’s gonna start hatin’ on country music, Christmas, barbeque and shitty beer.

    • JohnBull

      Don’t forget the Nascars.

      • SayItWithWookies

        He’ll save them for later — they still like him.

    • mancityRed6

      oh now, he knows what plays well with his base.

    • Next up the dixie chicks or something.

    • wait! what?

      May Budweiser be the first casualty…

  • Joe Beese

    Dead Breitbart weighs in.

    The NFL Hates America: 9 Pieces of Proof

    Contrary to what dishonest leftists, the media, and the NFL want you to believe, when you are at work, no one, including a bunch of crybaby football players, has the right to express themselves. …

    So this particular talking point we are hearing in defense of spoiled millionaires, who only work 16 days a year, but who still feel they must spit on the American flag and anthem, this nonsense about how in America, you have the right to express yourself at work, is nothing less than a massive pile of crap — a total and complete lie in defense of the indefensible.

    The purpose of that massive lie, though, is to cover up the fact that the NFL hates America.

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      pretty goddamn sure you have a right to express yourself at work, you can just be fired for your expression.

      • bupkus231

        Hey, that’s only in “right to work” states – for those under “at will” employment rules.

        Link: https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/wrongful-termination-was-firing-illegal-32282.html

        Hey – I just saw who I was replying to – so maybe your post was snark?

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          no, I just live and work in a “right to work” state, so honestly, I forgot about it.

      • Eo Raptor

        People, people, people. The 1st Amendment only says that the federal GOVERNMENT can’t interfere with your speech. And, the 14th Amendment makes that applicable to the states. An employer has every right to tell you to STFU while you are in the workplace.

        Now, I will point out that sports arenas get so much in local, state, and federal money that one could argue the 1st Amendment applies there.

        • Dept. of Space Tacos

          “I will point out that sports arenas get so much in local, state, and federal money that one could argue the 1st Amendment applies there.’

          Heh, I have lexis nexis open doing research for internship – I’d be happy to argue that point.

          ; )

    • mancityRed6

      I’m playing on the other story, about how no one is watching anymore. except for those that do.

    • Sure. The NFL hates America. The same America where they make all of their revenue.

      Makes sense.

    • stopthemovie

      Where else do people have to listen to there National Anthem before work?

      • Military bases?

        • stopthemovie

          North Korea?

        • Paul Dietzel

          When I was in the USAF at Bolling AFB, D.C. ( USAF Hq. at the time) they would play the Nat anthem every day at 5:00 while doing “retreat” (lowering the flag for the night.) Even if you were in a car you had to stop, get out and stand at attention for the duration. All the savvy commanders knew to dismiss their office personnel at 4:45 so you could get off base before having to put up with the inconvenience. Patriots.

          • Rags

            Across a small body of water from a house i have visited is a small naval base. They play the NA via loudspeaker every day at 8AM. It’s enough to make me want to become a muezzin

      • FlownΩver

        At the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation?

        Share and enjoy.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      I’m going to have mixed feelings if somehow the NFL collapses as a result of Trump’s actions and the responsive protests.

    • Pretty sure that NFL players work a lot more than 16 days of the year. What with practice and training and whatnot.

      • Joe Beese

        You’re not Breitbart material.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Thinking is for elitists!

      • Alan

        Pretty sure I wouldn’t last through one day of practice.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          I’m pretty sure that Trump wouldn’t last through ten minutes of practice.

          • Rags

            He would collapse trying to walk from the locker room to the practice field. Has anybody seen him walk 100 yards? (And no, golf in a cart don’t count).

    • Oblios_Cap

      If trump destroys the NFL then we’ll all have to talk to our family members after our Thanksgiving meals.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Considering the direct line of thought between their editor and the preznit’s mouth-farts, I think we can consider this the official White House line. So, the new squirrel we’re supposed to be mad at is officially spoiled millionaires.

      Jesus Christ, these people are blinkered in their stupidity.

      • Raan

        Well, Congressional approval is about 14% and Gallup has Cheeto Benito at 39%.

        I’d say we were hating spoiled millionaires before it was cool.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Is one of their reasons because they let Black and White men shower together?

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Depending on where each team is located, they may be protected under state discrimination laws which prohibit firing employees for political speech even if the political speech occurs on work time.
      And there is also the technical argument that they are paid to play football. There is nothing in the standard NFL Player’s Contract, the Collective Bargaining Agreement, or the current NFL Rule Book that states that players must stand for the national anthem.

      • almaalum

        I’m surprised the fact that they belong to a UNION (horrors) hasn’t been brought up yet!

      • Paul Dietzel

        Saw something on the TV this a.m. that before ’09 the players weren’t even expected on the field during the Nat Anthem; then they started doing the America uber alles bullshit with the flyovers and the giant horizontal flags and all of that crap and err body was required to be there.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          Well, the Army was paying good money to the NFL for all the rah-rah stuff. So the players needed to show up for that.

    • Alan

      Pretty sure your employer gets the last and only word on that.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Interestingly, Brightfart has the same opinion for nursing mothers.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    If nothing else, the next White House visit by a winning sportsball team will be very interesting to watch. Can fans of whichever team wins the World Series send them all Wonkette’s “Hell No” caps to wear on that day?

    • No. I’m hoping he’s gone well before then.

    • Ill-Advised

      The optics of seeing one red cap and many blue caps is richly satisfying on many levels.

  • jesuswasablack

    In Dumps mind as long as he is the topic of conversation then he’s winning!
    https://pics.me.me/narcissists-cant-be-fixed-because-they-dont-want-to-be-8907737.png

  • gallbladder

    If this is what qualifies as “winning,” I’d hate to see “losing.”

    Oh, wait…

  • JohnBull

    Today we are ALL sons of bitches.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Well, Putin’s trolls have had his back since he went down that rabbit hole. They were the first to call for an NFL boycott, and then Trump followed their lead.
    Yes, he’s helping Putin who is trying to destroy the NFL and divide Americans.
    Because I am pretty sure Putin does not watch American football.

  • BadKitty904

    Dang. Now, that’s some serious dumbass, right there…

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    Is it surprising that NASCAR was mostly supporting the Prezshit? It is his most solid base. A bunch of people who watch driving go round and round in hopes of a crash (Go fast, turn left). What a sport!!!!!

    • msanthropesmr

      Someone used to wear a Jeff Gordon jacket….

      • Jeffocaster in the West

        I liked the red leather.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    So we’re not supposed to watch the Emmys or football?

    • Just fux and friends

      • Gayer Than Thou

        If it came to that, I’d give up TV. And I like TV.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      No worries. There’s a new Star Trek series.

      • Nockular cavity

        Nope. “PC diversity hires” blah blah blah.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Morans, the fuck kind of Trekkies don’t see that diversity was the whole point of Roddenberry’s utopian vision? TOS had the famous Kirk-Uhura kiss that got Trek booted from Southern TV affiliates, and even Spock was a “half-breed.” Khan was the “ubermensch” of the Eugenics Wars. Miles O’Brien married Keiko Ishikawa. LaForge is both black and disabled (he’s blind), and uses assistive technology that at a certain setting actually gives him enhanced abilities over those who don’t require the visual aid.

          Even Patrick Stewart once quipped about a conversation he had with Roddenberry where Stewart asked him, “How come in the 23rd century, baldness hasn’t been cured?” Roddenberry laughed and said to him, “Because by the 23rd century, no one will care.”

          Assimilationism is for the Borg, you assholes!

      • JJ O’Shaughnessy

        Yes, remember, the new Star Trek’s initials are “S.T.D.” If there is a better flagship for the BLOTUS era, I don’t know what is.

        • WotsAllThisThen

          I hear the show is infectious. Going viral, even.

          • Three Finger Salute

            He was dodging Vulcan Disease?

    • Panika MCD

      wait until he declares culture war on Netflix and GoT.

      • mancityRed6

        his base is already against net neutrality. yeah, they’re that special kind of stupid.

      • Randy Riddle

        His base is more into reruns of “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

        • Jimh

          Matlock!

          • Bmaccnm

            Naw. Not Matlock. Andy Griffith was a well-known commie.

    • wait! what?

      There’s a difference?

      I need to get a TV.

    • MynameisBlarney

      I gave up on watching pro sportsball after the team owners decided that rapes and beatings are just fine as long as their guy can play.

    • jesuswasablack
  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    BTW, while Trump trolls the NFL, Bush and Obama are out trying to raise funds for Puerto Rico disaster relief.
    In case you forgot what it’s like to have a President.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Shrub is reeeeeeeally trying to redeem himself. It’ll take a long time but at least he’s doing something.

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        Over 1 billion in AIDS funding also too.
        Look, Bush was a bit of a disaster, and it wasn’t just the Iraq War, but… compared to what we have now, I’d take him over Trump.

      • laughingnome

        He’s half as bad since he’s not under Darth Cheney’s dark power.

  • Panika MCD

    isn’t he still making his way letter-by-letter through All Quiet on the Western Front?

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    When Trump played “my way” during the campaign, apparently he meant he was going to do whatever terrible things constitute his way – no matter how ill advised or offensive. Consequences be damned!

  • Painter of Goats

    How depressing if it is football finally opens people’s eyes to how horrible Donald Trump is as a person and “president”.
    Also, my biggest issue with dildo sporks (which would be an excellent band name BTW) is that I never know which end to insert. Does it depend on one’s mood?

    • God Emperor Emeritus

      I would be quite hard pressed to come up with a guess at a group with a larger number of politically apathetic members than “sports fans”.

      So I guess I won’t really be that surprised if Donnie’s crusade against the NFL is what takes him down?

    • IdiotsforPalin

      Don’t worry, I’m sure there will been many more venues that Dump will trash, further opening our eyes….the administration is still young.

    • HellhathnofuryDemme

      Only in America!

      (Whatever it takes…)

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Thank goodness. If he thinks he’s winning, then maybe he won’t decide to drop a bomb on NK.

    • mancityRed6

      see? bright sides, silver lining, yadda, yadda, yadda

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      And if he thinks Kaepernick is still on a roster, maybe he will bomb Levi’s Stadium!

  • UncleTravelingMatt
  • Oblios_Cap

    For a ginger, Earnhardt Jr seems to have more of a soul than Trump.

    • BadKitty904

      HEY! We redheads have LOTS of soul.

      (In jars. Neatly labelled with the previous owners’ name.)

      • wait! what?

        Well, sure. Once you get past the ginger-vitis.

        • BadKitty904

          <– is a swell dancer, thank you VERY much.

      • Painter of Goats

        You use jars? Elitist. Ziplock bags take up less room in my freezer.

      • mancityRed6

        so that’s where it is. I’ll be right back, I have to get in touch with someone

    • wait! what?

      He’s a magnificent bastard.

    • Alan

      I have a redhead daughter. As much of a pain as they are they grow up to be really determined humans.

      • grindstone

        I am, in fact, a decided redhead. One day, I decided to become a redhead. It’s a decision I have never once regretted.

      • Ill-Advised

        It comes of realizing that we are always on stage, whether we like it or not. It’s what makes us ginger for life.

        When I was dating my husband, he took me to a party where the hostess was a very good friend of his ex-girlfriend. She’d colored her hair bright auburn. We locked gazes immediately while others pretended not to look.

        Yes, the born redhead is a different breed.

  • BadKitty904
  • How dare you kneel down for a song that no one sings correctly about a war that America didn’t win!

    • BadKitty904
    • Three Finger Salute

      Might as well just sing “O Canada” at this point.

      “Oh, that’s right — the leader of the free world is hot!”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AymS2YlNUK0

    • Crank Tango

      Too soon!

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I contend that nobody can sing it correctly because they hate America because it is unsingable.

      As an English drinking song, sure, it passed because everyone was too spifflicated to care what it sounded like.

      As a national anthem, it is almost impossible to hit all the notes unless you have the range of Yma Sumac.

      And the lyrics are sub-literate.

      I still think that if we need a drinking song as the National Anthem, The Beer Barrel Polka is the way to go.

    • GoutMachine

      Y’know what really grinds my gears about people singing it? 80% of them pronounce the word “perilous” as “pear-oh-LISS.” SMDH.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    Right now, I hate this more than trump:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7093c5572946cb068da4b00d32d157402cb2c98767275253eb031a72a46f8600.png
    Although, admittedly I haven’t read the article.

    • Panika MCD
      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        nah, that thing is pretty easy (although if you know anybody, I’d LOVE it if the statute search results included multiple hits on the same page. Right now if a chapter has multiple hits, you only see one result in the list. You have to bounce through it to find everything and I get paranoid I missed one.)

        • Panika MCD

          you do realize that is probably contracted out to a private company, right?

          • Dept. of Space Tacos

            no, but i don’t care. It inconviences me and that will not stand!
            ; )

          • Panika MCD

            I’m still trying to stage a protest over Granicus.

    • dlemex

      If you see this a lot, try rebooting while holding the shift key down. When Safe Boot appears in the upper right of the sign-on screen, reboot a second time without signing in. It will give you the beachball a bit at first but it usually clears up the issue. [What it does is to clear out the system cache files, sometimes they can get damaged (power failures and the like).] I recommend that my users do this every 3-6 months.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    I love when Republicans try to trot out Pat Tillman as their poster boy, which flies in the face of everything he actually was. Tillman was a complicated guy, but among other things, he was an atheist, a free thinker, highly intelligent, pretty liberal, and would’ve been contemptuous of attempts to categorize him as an obedient Republican stooge.

    • mancityRed6

      they lied about his death for how long?

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Years. Read his mom’s book about it. It’s heartbreaking and infuriating.

  • beingreleased

    Here are the inevitable videos of angry men burning their NFL jerseys.
    No, I didn’t watch any of them. You probably shouldn’t either.

    • msanthropesmr

      Were they wearing them at the timem?

      • laughingnome

        We can hope.

    • BadKitty904

      Here are the inevitable videos of stupid men pointlessly burning their NFL jerseys.

      • beingreleased

        J.K. Rowling responded to someone tweeting her to let her know they were burning her books because of some liberal thing she said, “What do I care? I already got your money.”

    • Raan

      “No stop don’t burn the thing you already paid us for how dare you.” – The team owners and jersey manufacturers

      • HellhathnofuryDemme

        As usual, they are doing it wrong.

    • cmd resistor

      Speaking of burning, a large truck carrying pumpkins near Tampa last week struck a guardrail, exploded, and spilled burning pumpkins onto the highway No one was injured. http://time.com/4954231/florida-pumpkins-truck-explosion-halloween/

      • Mehmeisterjr

        NB: The Interstate was jammed solid for hours. And hours. And hours and then more hours.

        Over one truck carrying pumpkins.

        Image what happens when they need to evacuate the whole state.

        • Antonin Dvorak

          This is what I couldn’t get my extended family to understand when I told them I wasn’t evacuating from Irma. We have two freeways that go into Georgia and one into Bama. There was no way in hell I was going to get stuck with 5 million other people on the interstate when the storm hits.

          • Mehmeisterjr

            With no gas. And Trump in charge of FEMA. And Rick Scott in charge of local rescue efforts which he did in his customary crooked, self-serving fashion.

          • Mehmeisterjr

            For those of you don’t know in detail what Dvorak and I have experienced down here, an example of Rick Scott’s utterly evil and typical actions:

            He set up a hot line for nursing homes to report dire emergencies.

            A nursing home had a dire emergency.

            They called that line, repeatedly.

            They got no help. Whatsoever.

            Many elderly patients died.

            Scott claims they didn’t say how bad things were. They say that they did.

            Scott’s people erased the recordings of the calls.

            Scott will now go after the health care providers.

            That’s Rick Scott all over.

        • cmd resistor

          Maybe people were stopping to get pumpkins. After all, they were halfway to pumpkin pie at that point.
          Also, too, it doesn’t take too much to block the interstate around Tampa for inordinate amounts of time.

  • BadKitty904

    I must confess watching Trump, his cult, and the Russians attack an American football league is one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year.

    • JohnBull

      Next step is a Kremlin offensive about the joys of public transportation. Washington will have a circular subway line under the Beltway in no time!

    • Three Finger Salute

      Well, if what it takes to force Brain Damage Inc. to collapse once and for all is more brain damage, then damage as ye will.

  • New and Improved Say Wha

    Would it be against the Rules for Non-commenting to suggest that one of these players “take a knee” to Trump’s underinflated balls? Asking for a friend.

    • gallbladder

      Seems to me that would qualify as a moral imperative at this juncture.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I would love to see Trump supporters try to boycott football. What are they going to do instead? Read???

    • Jennaratrix

      Exercise?

    • Randy Riddle

      Get out the blow-up doll yet again?

    • Jennaratrix

      Eat healthy? Think in complete sentences? Consider opposing opinions? Volunteer?

      Really, the options are endless. The reason I don’t follow sports is because IMHO, if the people who spend so much time and money and energy on sportsball put it all into something worthwhile, I think we’d be better. But that’s just me.

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        Fantasy Trumpball.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Reflect?

    • JohnBull

      Take French?

    • Mavenmaven

      Midget Tossing

    • therblig

      watch harry potter movies on freeform? they’re on EVERY FUCKING WEEKEND!!!!!!

      • Oblios_Cap

        They gots witchcraft in them, so Satan!

    • Longstreet63

      Trump rallies, of course!

    • miss_grundy
  • Nockular cavity

    But men like sports. I’m sure of it.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kiqlR-X5iMA

  • lucidamente

    Speaking of wing nuts trying to cover themselves with supporting the troops, it is never not the wrong time to link to this masterpiece:

    https://wonkette.com/516692/guest-post-from-a-u-s-marine-about-barack-obamas-shocking-and-disgusting-use-of-an-umbrella

    • thewalkindude

      They’re trying-
      Shared: “People are now calling for a complete National Boycott of the NFL for Sunday November 12th, which is Veterans Day Weekend. They are calling for a Boycott of all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin..There are plenty of ways, times and places to protest concerning one’s chosen cause, but to do so during a brief special time set aside to honor our nation’s flag and the bravery and lives of our nation’s military heroes, is inappropriate and disrespectful. Of course black lives matter, but so do the precious lives of millions of US soldiers (of all races) who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our nation’s rights and freedoms….and who most certainly deserve all of our respect. It’s not about Trump, its about all those who bravely and unselfishly serve and who have served our nation. The Star Spangled Banner is presented to honor all of them.”

      • Oblios_Cap

        The idea that most soldiers are fighting overseas to defend our freedom has always seemed like quite a stretching of the truth. Defending our business interests always has seemed more truthful.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          War is a racket – Maj Gen Smedley Butler, USMC.

      • Rags

        This is an excellent opportunity for a scientifical study. Monitor, on StubHub or some such, the price of, say, Steelers tix for the 12th and for the weeks before and after over the next few weeks. Look for a relative decline in the price on the 12th compared to the other dates as this ‘boycott’ is supposed to take hold. One would obtain a quantitative measure of butthurtedness of football feefees! There’s a paper in this, somebody!

        And yes, I know mathz is harrrd.

      • Longstreet63

        Let’s see…about 1.25 million war dead since 1775. Most from disease. Not quite “millions”. It’s not like we’re France or Russia. All our post Vietnam war deaths would go unnoticed on the first day of the Somme.
        Drama kings.
        Support the troops by bringing them home.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Oh, these motherfuckers piss me off something fierce. They are missing the fucking point by several parsecs.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        I don’t believe this. Another boycott I can’t take part in because I don’t give a fuck about football.

    • Nockular cavity

      Given the recent demonstrations, I’m pretty sure that when they say “support the troops,” they mean the Wehrmacht and Confederate troops.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        If Milo Hanrahoopolous and Ann Coulter are running it, how can it fail?

  • elviouslyqueer

    I’m not generally a LeBron fan, but that money quote of his made me SO DAMN HARD that my pants button flew clear across the room, bounced off two walls, and shattered a mirror.

    And yes, in related news, I was in fact wearing pants.

  • Michael Smith

    I’ve seen Steelers fans post videos today of them burning jerseys, claiming they were going to give away their season tickets. I’m like, good. More tickets available for decent human beings then.

    I would actually be thrilled if these attention-starved rednecks stopped going to the games, and a bunch of enlightened liberals replaced them. There would probably be just as much drinking, but arguments would be more like “The Steelers this year remind me of the Revolutions of 1848, because they aren’t going to go all the way but are laying the groundwork for the future,” instead of “Hey!!!! Bengals’ fan!! Send your wife up here for a real man!!!!”

    As an aside, I literally saw a Steelers fan in my section doing that to a couple in Bengals jerseys. When the Bengals fans called security, the obnoxious Steeler fan was summoned into the aisle and started yelling to the security guard that the Bengals fans were lying, at which we Steelers fans started booing him. He was shocked and yelled at us “You’re going to take a Bengals fan side over mine??”

    Then, in a classic moment I’ll never forget, at the end of the row nearest to where this idiot was standing with security, a Steelers fan got up and said “You’re pissing me off!!” then threw a huge haymaker at him, fell into the aisle, got up, dusted himself off and left the game before security could throw him out. Then the obnoxious fan was ejected in humiliation, and we bought drinks for the Bengals fan couple.

    I think if the people burning their jerseys stop coming to the games, we will have less of the jackasses who harass other teams’ fans with sexual threats, and more of those who punch those jackasses (or try to, anyway).

    • JohnBull

      It’s so funny to see fans who shell out $10,000 a season in tickets to constantly be playing poor, innocent victims in Obama’s race war.

      • MrTusks

        Spending that much on football tickets isn’t evidence they’re rich, it’s just evidence they’re stupid.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      If people stopped going to 49ers games, I don’t think anyone would notice.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Same for the Chargers.

    • cmd resistor

      So I saw a headline somewhere today that the largest selling sports ball memorabilia sales today was that guy (I guess a Steeler) who went out on the field for the anthem while his teammates remained in the locker room. I assume this scientifically proves something something something. I didn’t read the story. I do like the idea of elitist football arguments.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Actually, he only stood at the end of the tunnel.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Alejandro Villanueva. Well, him I can kinda understand – he’s a vet, three tours in Afghanistan, bronze star, etc.

        Don’t agree with what Villanueva said last year about the issue, though.

        “I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down during the national anthem with a country that’s providing you freedom, providing you $16 million a year … when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year.”

        • Persistent Tennessee Rain

          And there is NOTHING wrong with not agreeing with how these players are protesting. My father doesn’t agree with these protests and he’s entitled to his opinion. The enraging part is have a POTUS who defended Nazis in Charlottesville, but called decent, law-abiding people “sons of bitches” and belittled them for not being tough enough to shake off a concussion. If he had just expressed himself like a normal, intelligent human being, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

        • Michael Smith

          Weird, I wouldn’t think the fact that “black minorities” are dying in foreign lands for less than $20,000 a year would be an argument against protesting the national anthem.

      • Michael Smith

        Yeah Villanueva stood outside the tunnel, which I understand. The only problem is now he’s become a hero for “standing up to the liberals and the race baiters, ” which I think is going to become a bigger problem than if he had stayed in the locker with them.

    • cheetojeebus

      That story, That’s like Shakespeare in the park, man.

      • Michael Smith

        I treasure the memory.

    • OneYieldRegular

      What the hell are they going to do if they don’t have weekend football? Face-painting and beer-guzzling are not highly transferable skills.

      • Michael Smith

        I guess now they can get drunk Sunday morning and fall asleep on their couches rather than in the stands.

  • Randy Riddle

    I can’t really form an opinion on this until Tim Tebow creates a public scene praying all over it.

    • elviouslyqueer

      Tim’s been on his knees several times, but not because he was praying.

      OR SO RUMOR HAS IT.

      • MynameisBlarney

        HE HASN’T DENIED IT/I SAW IT ON THE INTERTUBES SO…..

      • BadKitty904

        Well, he obviously didn’t get where he is by playing football.

        • elviouslyqueer

          Bless his heart. Mind you, I would happily be the pastrami and Jarlsberg in a Tebow/Drew Brees sandwich.

          • BadKitty904

            Down, boy! HEEL, I say!!1!

          • As long as they keep their mouths shut – don’t talk.

          • PabloDali

            The cowardly mods at Global Religions banned me.

            No kudos for them.

          • That sucks!!

          • PabloDali

            Also causing the many Up Votes I give your posts to not show up.

          • Awe. so sweet. bless your heart Pablo! ♡♡

  • Panika MCD

    that feeling when your reporter friends start posting copies of the First Amendment:

    https://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/999/86ab7ff0-2c61-0133-777d-0aecee5a8273.gif?w=740&h=363&fit=max&auto=format

  • jesuswasablack

    I’m pretty sure Trump has had this “controversy” teed up for a while. I’m surprised he had the discipline to wait until the third week of the regular season to use it, such self-control! He has a whole fucking bag of these things to roll out when he needs a distraction!
    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/170414161314-this-is-how-trump-distracts-you-620xa.png

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    whew! Forced restart and CHANGES WERE SAVED!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cabf5ad60e2929f8a8d7c6b6af30b95238e921f7d596d8b09f63be11296e50bc.gif
    *sniff*
    I haven’t been this happy in a long time.
    ; p

    • cheetojeebus

      The universe has your number now. Sometime, somewhere. Balance will be restored. You have a red sock in your whites laundry to pay.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        i like to think I’ve paid my dues and then some in the bad karma department!

        I’m just now getting paid in sweet sweet good luck.

    • HorseChestnut

      My computer teacher in middle school would randomly turn off machines while we were working, just to fuck with the kids who were forgetting to save. It was pretty effective, actually.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        oye, I have excel autosaving like every 10 minutes, i knock it down to every 2 when I’m working with something, like a huge dataset, that makes it crash often.
        I’m going to do that with this document.

      • Dept. of Space Tacos

        heh, just checked. Word was saving every 2 minutes, thank crom.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Huzzah!

  • lucidamente

    This should go about as well as when some MAGA types tried to gin up a boycott of Hawaiian vacations (“honey, tell the kids to forget about Honolulu, we’re a-goin’ to Gavelston!”) because a judge there ruled against the travel ban.

    • CripesAmighty

      Hawaiian vacation? They ain’t goin to no furrin country. Vacation ‘Murkin!

    • Courser_Resistance

      Assuming it didn’t result in a significant loss of tourist $$$, I doubt many residents were terribly upset about that. Fewer White Whales on the beach.

  • BadKitty904

    Nice try, Donnie. Americans still aren’t going to forget you and the GOP betrayed our nation to Russia.

  • IdiotsforPalin

    “I didn’t dodge the draft to have some son of a bitch disrespect the flag and anthem.”
    Fuckface McClownstick – Bone Spur Survivor

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    What do you think, WaPo link?

    The NFL beat Trump. Soundly.

    Throughout the nation and in London, the league responded to President Trump’s scathing, profane and ignorant criticism by showing him two things he can neither comprehend nor inspire as a leader: empathy and unity.

    Zing!

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Outdone in empathy and unity by an organization which habitually ignores violence both criminal and domestic, regards former players like pocket lint, and is almost literally just dudes running their heads into each other at full speed. That should say something.

  • lucidamente
  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Dear Mr. President,

    Your valiant campaign against the NFL reminds me of something that’s been bugging me for a long time: Canadians. Why don’t they salute our flag before hockey games? They want to play in our league, they should damned well salute our flag and stop demanding that we play their national anthem.

    • Painter of Goats

      Actually….

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Because they have Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park, and that’s pretty much all you need…

    • Three Finger Salute

      U.S. Moronicans loudly booed “O Canada” at hockey games, burned the Canadian flag, and even threw objects at Canadian teams when Martin’s Liberal government came out in condemnation of the Iraq War. It was also during this time that Trump’s beloved WWE started a Cold War-esque hate-on-Canada storyline that got out of hand and almost destroyed the organization, because the rubes were attacking Canadian fans, several venues in Canada were leaning toward boycotting WWE events, and the Canadian wrestlers threatened to quit.

      It was only when Adolf Harper got on board the oil-grubbing Bush bandwagon that Trudeau is now stuck with (and will be for the rest of his time in office, just like Obama, although he’s trying to modify Canada’s role overseas to, once again, clean up the mess that the Americans started), that we started liking Canada again.

      Which means, now we’re back to hating them, because Trump is the asshole to end all assholes who wants war with literally every country other than Russia, Saudi Arabia and Israel, while Trudeau is Mister Rogers and a Care Bear all in one. Every time he comes here there’s a cluster of dipshits who burn Canada’s flag and send homophobic memes out all over the Internet. Needless to say, he hasn’t been here since last summer and probably isn’t going to come here much anymore. Why should he be where he’s not wanted.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        He’s too good for us sadly.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Somehow I don’t think Mueller and his team are spending all their time watching sportsball.

  • Asterix

    LeBron James might make me like basketball.

    Yeah. No. I wish the Yankees would grow a pair and step up.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Yeah, no way I’m following the Nuggets. They’ve sucked rocks since forever.

  • Panika MCD
    • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

      Why is Ted Cruz squeezing his nipple? Is this some new flag salute I’m not aware of?

      • therblig

        he’s making sure his harkonnen heart plug is still in place.

      • Daniel

        Music makes the spirits of children, which is his preferred foodstuff, dance. Sometimes they come out. Sometimes other things do to. When that happens, concrete melts and the Darkening Times begin anew.

      • God Emperor Emeritus

        He’s pretending to be Napoleon.

        • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

          Nipp-oleon?

      • laughingnome

        Yeah, he saw it in a pron movie

      • Panika MCD

        he has flag pins through his nipples.

      • Ricky Gay

        “… gave proof through the night, aereola’s still there”

      • Three Finger Salute

        He’s saluting the Canadian flag and fantasizing about Justin…

      • miss_grundy

        Since he is standing next to Dotard, I thought he was checking to see if he still had his wallet or money clip.

    • IdiotsforPalin

      Is Cruz fingering his nipple?

      • Daniel

        It keeps the ghosts in.

      • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

        Nipple-Jinx!

      • Panika MCD

        when he’s not eating his own boogers or pissing off John Cornyn.

    • elviouslyqueer
    • New and Improved Say Wha

      Placing hand over heart, assumes facts not in evidence.

      • Panika MCD

        he could place his tiny mitt over the part that’s supposed to have a heart. he could even take the Ted Cruz route and put it inside his suit jacket to conceal how tiny it is.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      And now for Dr. Rrrrrobotnik’s thought-cam!

      RUBIO: [soft “eeeeeee” noise]

      CARSON: “This is not my beautiful house! This is not my beautiful wife!”

      TRUMP: [never-ending masturbation slideshow featuring himself and occasionally Ivanka]

      CRUZ: [touches nipple gently, thinks of soup]

      • SadDemInTex

        I laughed myself silly.

    • Oblios_Cap

      What is Rubio looking at? Is there a shiny object over to his left?

      • SullivanSt

        Bottle of water.

    • Ricky Gay

      Remember the scandal when some Dems wore no flag pins?
      Good times.

      • Panika MCD

        we put them on our vaginas.

        • Ricky Gay

          Freedom!!! Also ouch!

        • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

          :::salutes:::

        • Alan

          And those of us without vaginas? Don’t wanna know.

          • Panika MCD

            through the nipples like Ted Cruz.

          • Alan

            Not as bad as the visuals I was experiencing.

          • Panika MCD

            Prince Alberts are always an option!

        • starfanglednut

          And it really hurt. People had to kiss them to make them feel better.

    • crisptickle

      I hate to say this, but snopes.com declares this a fake.

    • whothere

      Don’t. It’s a photoshop.

      • Panika MCD

        already corrected. see below. I prefer to leave my mistakes out there on the field.

  • a_pink_poodle

    Hey I use “That Guy” to refer to THAT GUY too!

  • BadKitty904

    …says the tiny-handed, draft-dodging traitor who’s afraid of stair-cases.

  • Mavenmaven

    Wouldn’t it be fun if LeBron was on the Dem ticket and beat Trump in 2020?

    • laughingnome

      It’s a punch line I’d like to see

    • Christopher Story

      That’s a big reason I want to run Kamala Harris. Watching the simpering simpletons snivel over Trump getting beat by a “black” and a “bitch” would be simply divine.

    • MrTusks

      Obligatory “no more celebrity presidents” plea!

  • laughingnome

    First they came for football but I did nothing because I don’t like football
    Then they came for porn and all hell broke loose

    • Beanz&Berryz

      America stood up for the First Amendment!

      • laughingnome

        Hard and long was the fight

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          It was touch and go there for awhile, but we eventually rubbed them out.

          • SDGeoff3

            We penetrated deep and far into their inner circle.

          • Major_Major_Major

            Veni, Vidi, Veni

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            They were slippery but we were able to pull out and do and end around.

          • Lord Jim

            Polished ’em off real good.

        • starfanglednut

          It was rough, but we came out on top.

    • Crazt Maist Waizy

      Its the British government that’s going after porn recently. Our previous Prime Minister couldn’t even remember which British football team he supported. (I must point out that I support none of them.)

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Back in the 80s, the NFL drove Trump’s USFL out of business. Little Babby Donnie is petty enough to use this anthem issue for revenge against his old adversary. And by “petty enough” I mean “there is no slight too small for LBD to let slide”.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Correction: Trump drove Trump’s USFL out of business.

      Donnie is the most perfect example of America’s Can-Do spirit. He doesn’t need any fancy pants monopoly sportsball league to bankrupt anything he does. He will do it his own self, thank you very much!

    • cmd resistor

      Plus, didn’t they not let him buy one their teams?

      • Courser_Resistance

        Yup, the NFL said no thanks to Cheeto’s money.

        • cmd resistor

          So they were very unfair and mean to him.

          • Courser_Resistance

            Precisely.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      You guys, I have never heard of the USFL. Now I have to look it up.

      ETA: Looked it up. OMG, so bored now.

      • Boscoe

        It was the NFL equivalent to Slamball. (now you have TWO things to look up ;p)

        • AnnieGetYerFun

          This is way too much sportsball-related info for me for one day

          • Mehmeisterjr

            Not to overload your sports-related synapses too much for one day but the USFL business strategy was not totally delusional.

            BTW, this is all about business and not much to do about sports.

            It was risky but it could have worked.

            The idea was to create franchises that played in the off-season. Assuming that they made at least a modest profit by playing in the off-season for football-starved fans, they might develop a few headline franchises with great players under contract in cities that would interest the NFL for expansion purposes.

            It had, after all, worked for the former AFL. The NFL owners eventually decided that it would be a profitable idea to merge the two leagues, reassign some of the original NFL teams to the AFC and create an end-of-season showdown, call it a Superbowl, which would attract big bucks and revenue, much like the World Series.

            I well remember when the traditionally hapless Steelers were moved to the AFC. It felt to me, a kid at the time, like a demotion but, in fact, that “demotion” marked a turning-point in their history.

            They started winning. They drafted Bradshaw, Franco Harris and many others.

            They not only started winning, they became a powerhouse.

            So, now enter the USFL.

            Could they turn this deal like the ex-AFL had done?

            Mmmmmaybe, but it would take great patience and strategic brilliance.

            Aside: The Pittsburgh club was called the Pittsburgh Maulers (perhaps a play on the name of the Pittsburgh Symphony Mahlers softball team) and was popular. They hired the popular local quarterback Joe “Jefferson Street Joe” Gilliam.

            Gilliam had bailed the Steelers themselves out on numerous occasions when Bradshaw was injured but acquired a drug addiction and the Steeler organization is very nervous about hiring junkies.

            I liked Gilliam. He was a great quarterback and he seemed to be getting his act together.

            (I don’t want to get into it here but Google Big Daddy Lipscomb for the backstory.)

            Those are two qualities with which one Donald Trump, a big-mouthed franchise owner, was not celebrated.

            Trump somehow convinced his fellow owners that they could make a quick profit by moving their season to the fall, in direct competition, and suing the NFL for huge antitrust damages.

            Needless to say, the other owners followed his nincompoopian advice.

            They got their antitrust settlement, alright, except that the court saw right through The Donald’s scheme and he and his partners were awarded a dollar damage, boosted to $3 and change.

            Gilliam, meanwhile, no longer had a job and eventually died of drug addiction.

            Hats off to you, Mr. Russian-Resident!

          • AnnieGetYerFun

            Thank you for the background! That’s actually really interesting.

          • Mehmeisterjr

            Well, I should make one correction. Gilliam did not play for the Maulers but elsewhere in the USFL.

            I gather than he could be difficult and apt to blame his setbacks on everything but the addiction, as addicts tend to do.

          • Caepan

            Gilliam played a few games in 1983 for the USFL’s Washington Federals. He had an incredibly strong throwing arm – could throw the ball 50 yards downfield while running backwards.

    • miss_grundy

      Dotard wanted the USFL to compete directly with the NFL. The USFL was supposed to play after the NFL’s season was over. But Dotard wanted to go head-to-head and the league wound up going bankrupt. Not only can this idiot ruin casinos but he also ruined a nascent football league.

      • Caepan

        Back in the happier times of 2015, when people would ask me what I thought of Trump running for president, I would say, “That asshole’s been dead to me since he ruined the USFL.”

        Now when people ask me about him, I just speak in long, consecutive expletives.

  • Relativicus

    Until NASCAR stops fetishizing the confederacy, their opinions on patriotism are moot.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      They can go find a General Lee to the sun as far as I’m concerned.

  • kfreed

    An assault on the American flag looks a lot like this:

  • btwbfdimho

    Trump winning the cultural war in USA…
    Quite possible, actually…the fastfoodization of American life culminates on The Donald…
    Who needs Communism when we can have…MagaDonald!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1bdfe2ba985ebb3a8c6664d5fe5eb236dde39880ba209fbf099de6fa43047f36.png

    • Three Finger Salute

      Idiocracy in action. Has Netflix moved that to the documentaries section yet?

    • Make Donnie Great For The First Time Ever Unlikely Dream

      Who’s the real Dreamers?

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    A baker or pharmacist who claims their religion prevents them from doing their job is protected by Little Babby Donnie’s Justice Department. I HAVE AN IDEA! The athletes should say they’re praying, which is indisputable. Indisputable in the sense that no one can dispute it.

    • Christopher Story

      Then they’d all burn as blasphemous heritics for praying to Jesus instead of Trump

    • Three Finger Salute

      Unpossible. Most of these are brown or black players. Praying is only OK if you’re Tim Tebow. It was either last year or the year before that death threats were sent to a Muslim football player who bowed to Allah after scoring a touchdown. There was a widely circulated petition calling for him to be fired for an “offensive gesture” that Fox, Breitbart etc. compared to the Nazi salute. (But the Nazi salute itself is OK if you’re part of the Alabaster Master Race.)

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Upfisting for “Alabaster Master Race”.

  • kfreed

    Trashing the NFL… good move, Drumpf. Keep it up until you’ve made enemies of everyone who backed your despicable self. Speaking of NASCAR… you know what truly IS an assault on the American Flag and the National Anthem? Nascar fans waiving the Confederate flag around while booing our “uppity” black first lady during a speech to ignorant Nascar fans (for the benefit of our troops no less): http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/michelle-obama-booed-nascar-15002419

    The ultimate disrespect to the American flag:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEC68vTQwP8

  • Marla

    Oh, but Donnie Boy here had bone spurs! While many blacks were fighting in Viet Nam, Donnie was suffering with bone spurs!

    The Horror. The Horror.

    • Paul Dietzel

      And don’t forget that while he was suffering with bone spurs he was also dodging the terrible STDs that were plaguing NYC at the time – his personal Vietnam. Just now dawned on me; is Ken Burns gonna get around to covering that part of the war before the show’s all over.

      • cmd resistor

        Talk about offending and/or disrespecting veterans.

    • miss_grundy

      And Studio 54 was his Vietnam.

  • John Thorstensen

    The reaction of Trump’s base proves, once again, that to a great many Americans, patriotism is exactly the same as cheap jingoism and mindless conformity.

    As far as they’re concerned, the actual country can go straight to hell as long as everybody salutes.

  • spangled

    i don’t like celebrities running for office, our celebrity-worshipping culture got us trump.

    but god, i would vote for lebron. or oprah. no other celebrities though thank you, those are special cases! and I damn sure will not vote for zuckerberg.

    • Christopher Story

      I wanna vote for Neil Degrass Tyson or Bill Nye the Science guy.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Al Franken

      • spangled

        oh i’d vote for him too, it seems like he may run in 2020 even though he’s denied it.

        but i wouldn’t really count him as a celebrity – more of a writer than performer or athlete. def not as famous as trump or kid rock or oprah or lebron.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Al Franken knows more about policy that 90% of Rethuglican members of the Senate.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          He is definitely smart and a hard worker and friendly and a policy wonk to the highest degree.

          I was surprised but heartened when he actually made it to the Senate and he is a great Senator. Maybe the best of my entire lifetime. I wish he was my Senator.

          I still don’t think he should try the Presidential thing. There are just too many trap doors under him in a vote that involves the Electoral College. (Old SNL sketch clips out-of-context, intelligent, witty, Jew.)

          Of course, if the entire Trumpa Nostra conspiracy collapses in a heap, who knows what the political climate may be.

          But I assume that if Trump and Pence and Ryan and McConnell and Rand Paul and Ted Cruz all drop into the trashcan of history, there will be enough hangers-on to keep the old, traditional fraud going.

          Lindsey Graham, f’rinstance. And Orin Hatch.

      • MrTusks

        Going from entertainment into a long tenure in the state house or Congress is a little different than going directly from the NBC unemployment line to the presidency.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      I don’t mind celebrities as politicians. Just as long as they know their job is elected official, not lead actor on Comedy/Drama/Horror series and being a public servant comes before being a celebrity.

    • starfanglednut

      It got us Reagan too.

      I think we should elect experienced, compassionate, intelligent, well-read, curious, and kind people of integrity.

      Pfftt, what do I know?

  • ArthurBAblabab

    JAMES/CURRY 2020
    “…now watch this dunk.”

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    If I knew how to make gifs there would be a montage of football players spiking Trump’s head in the endzone.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Ooh, if I hadn’t already turned off my computer for the day…

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    And here we’ve been told by all the best most persistent trolls that liberals are the ones that live in a bubble.

    • Courser_Resistance

      Hell, I’m waaaay off the bubble.

  • Viktor

    Trump uses his bully pulpit, now with an increased audience, to go after those he feels slighted him in the past. We go back in time when Donald’s failed football league was added to the big list of his previous failures. He blamed the NFL and everyone else. Now it’s time for grandpas revenge, muuuahhahaha

    • Villago Delenda Est

      He sued the NFL on anti-trust grounds after the USFL tanked due to his stupidity, and he won! And was awarded treble damages!

      Three dollars.

      • Three Finger Salute

        So the paperboy from Better Off Dead grew up to be Trump? Only, he got three dollars instead of two?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC1pwNeDP2E

      • Viktor

        And that was the most money President Bankrupt made that year.

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Four too many.

  • CripesAmighty

    Sarah Hucksterbee is invoking the Little Rock 9 in plugging a small STEM initiative. Now. Chutzpah, anyone?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Rotten fruit doesn’t fall far from the diseased tree.

  • Arolpin

    Damn you LaBron. I have successfully weaned myself away from the NBA (thanks to the Dolans and the way they have ruined the Knicks) other than for work (I have done a LOT of work for the league), but now I’m going to have to start watching again, just to give a giant FUCK YOU to Drumpf. (I do flip off any building with his logo on the front, which is awkward because I have a lot of clients in one of his buildings.)

  • miss_grundy

    LeBron James knows more about America than the current occupant of the White House.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Everybody knows more about America than the current occupant of the White House… including Not Americans!

    • jesuswasablack

      Why wouldn’t he?

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      I just flushed something that knew more about America than the current occupant of the White House:

      I just took a great big Dump,
      I think that I will name it “Trump”
      It’s so yooge, and classy too,
      No one’s going to know it’s poo,
      Dress it up with some weird hair,
      A bespoke suit, silk underwear,
      English shoes upon it’s feet,
      Wouldn’t that be really neat?
      Then, when it begins to speak…
      Oooops! Forgot about the reek!
      Fine cologne to kill the smell,
      NOW its time to raise some Hell!
      Stupid people clap and cheer,
      (They aren’t smart enough to jeer)
      They nod and smile-they agree with it!
      But we know it’s just a piece of shit…
      Is there a moral to this tale?
      Of this horrific President Fail?
      Perhaps it’s this, anything can sell,
      in the States (If you can kill the smell…)

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Brought a tear to my eye. (Or was it the odor? Now I’m not sure.) Anyway, keep writing. Ridicule is still the weapon of the people until we start marching.

      • Lord Jim

        Tweet this out. Immediately.

        • Bub, the cynical zombie

          I’m trying to figure out how to make it a screenshot, so I can tweet it.

          • Lord Jim

            If you’re on a PWndows pc, hit the “prt sc”key. It should go to This PC/Pictures/Screenshots

  • SisterArtemis

    Interesting, listening to Here and Now on my local NPR affiliate (heart you, KLCC!), some guy named Dave (I am not a sportsball person) talking about how Trump’s “son of a bitch” comments connected with the players in ways he certainly didn’t anticipate, due to the roll of mom’s of players, of mom’s in the black community, and the basic concept of You Don’t Diss Someone’s Mom. Careless babyman once again obliviously (? is that a word?) creates division between him and pretty much anyone who isn’t one of his minions.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Well, didn’t he or some other con moron say that women were ruining fool’s ball? So this won’t do anything to turn the base against him at all. They’ll only love him more because he’s taking on feminism and telling those uppity cunts to shut up.

  • Poly_Ester

    Trump throws a football like a g***, er small-handed vulgarian, end-over-end not in a tight spiral.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    What with all those several tens of fans who are burning jerseys, Trump has a golden money-making opportunity. Just found a new football league, call it the Russian Federation Patriotic League of Foot-type Sportsball. Put Manafort or Flynn in as Commissioner. Collect franchise fees, possibly in dollars, possibly in rubles.

    Go into direct competition with the NFL.

    The Donald has experience in this area, so the dough is sure to come rolling in. Or out. But rolling. Bigly rolling.

    • Longstreet63

      His team could use a black and white round ball, and they wouldn’t even use their hands!

      • Symbolic!

      • Mehmeisterjr

        No black, no black. You’re the black. Make American Greedy Again! Believe me!

    • SullivanSt

      He could become the only man in history to bankrupt two professional football leagues.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Never stop winning?

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Exciting news:

        The RFPLF-tS has announced its first team – The Mar-a-Largo Muddlers. This is a team that will hit hard with full force and no helmets because Black Lives Don’t Matter.

        The first order of business for Trump will be auditioning the cheerleaders. (Please assemble in the showers, ladies and turn the water on.)

        They have already drafted Milo Hanranamblapoulos as the starting quarterback.

        “But he will be a half-dollarback because we will be so terrific. Terrificker than the Lame NFL. Just bigly terrific. Also, cheerleaders with bigger tits.”

  • YoBunnyBunny

    Trump may learn an important lesson that Governor McCrory learned after the NC anti-trans bathroom bill: Don’t fuck with the sportsball!! Oddly, most North Carolinians were not excited about having their college sports ball games replaced with equestrian pageantry.

    Pfft! Who am I kidding? Trump does not learn.

  • Candy Matson Y-28209

    “(white hicks who go on dates with their sisters but never get to second base, SADFACE)”

    Can I make a Duggars joke about third base if they’re asleep, or is that too gross and crass? Because I’d really like to make that joke but would hate to offend anyone.

    • starfanglednut

      I think that would be a pretty funny joke, but I’m a terrible person:

  • Won? Everything Trump has is stolen.

    His Daddy’s money was stolen from taxpayers.

    Putin stole the Presidency from Hillary.

    McConnell stole Merrick Garland’s seat for Gorsuch.
    http://www.capitolhillblue.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/041917Trump-Barnum.jpg

    Only Suckers believe Trump actually won anything

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    The football protests and Stevie Wonder are on the French evening news right now. Even the French are more in tuned with what’s going on here than the Dumbass pretending to be president.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Yeah, but they’re commies who have things like schools and books and other thinkin’ stuff. At least we got our FREEDOM FRIES back from ’em!!!!

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Patriotism:

    A Republican Louisiana lawmaker on Monday proposed cutting millions in state tax dollars and subsidies for the New Orleans Saints and the NFL after some of the team’s players refused to stand for the national anthem, according to The New Orleans Advocate.

    Yes, Rep. Kenny Havard, you should literally make a law abridging the freedom of speech or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. That’ll teach them that “disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy.”

    • OrG

      Although I agree that subsidies for mega-rich sportsball owners should end, not for that reason.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Oh my God! Kenny killed fool’s ball! You bastard!

    • jaspersdad

      If they want enforced patriotism they should move to North Korea.

    • clubseal

      Kenny Havard appears to be ignorant to the fact that making unconstitutional laws is a greater affront to American ideals than “disrespecting the anthem” (whatever the fuck that means).

    • Jamoche

      The idea that subsidizing them isn’t such a great ROI generally never occurs to them, but insult the orange baby and they’re all over it.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Okay, so now Rep. Harvard is probably on the edge violating Title 18, Section 227 (Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch) of the U.S. Code.

      • MrTusks

        He could put “This bill intentionally violates Title 18, Section 227 with extreme prejudice” and it wouldn’t fucking matter, because IOIYAR.

  • clubseal

    I just saw someone post something about Pat Tillman this morning, about “what would Pat Tillman say” if he saw these protests.
    I thought about explaining with, “Nothing; he’s dead” but thought better of it. I’d like to think that (and it seems to be supported by the evidence) he would have said nothing, because he probably wasn’t in Iraq to enforce some sort of patriotic ritual on his fellow Americans.

    • Three Finger Salute

      I was here yesterday and said that Tillman would probably support Kaepernick.

    • chazmanr

      He didn’t volunteer to fight in Iraq. He volunteered to fight in Afghanistan, but went to Iraq when Bush took his eye off the ball to settle an old score and focused the military on Iraq instead.

    • Longstreet63

      Trumpets, of course, ARE trying to impose a patriotic ritual. Not out of any actual patriotism, but, as with most things, as an exercise of dominance and spite.
      They’ve told each other for years that liberals hate and fear the Pledge because they are (insert insult here), and since we obviously hate the Pledge, we must be forced to say it.
      All the rest is cynical spin, basically.
      They can’t imagine there’s anything to the protests because in their place, it would just be a cynical attention grab.

  • OrG

    STILL picking fights literally EVERYBODY…..

    Except pooty-poot.

    • Weird, huh

      • Bobathonic

        His one weird trick: badmouth anyone but the boss.

  • Longstreet63

    People treat politics like sportsball teams, and now this idiot wants people to give up football for politics?
    That is not a prescription for success.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Well, to be fair, he thought he was winning the election, too.

    Brb, need to curl into fetal position and cry for a bit.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Is there enough room in your blanket fort for me?

      • Lance Thrustwell

        I love blanket forts.

        • starfanglednut

          And they’re super-fun when no one inside is wearing pants.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        There is room for every Wonker without pants. But I repeat myself.

  • clairence

    Earnhart just revealed classified Trump’s agenda for the country. As we know, he thinks the civil war era was a great time.
    Trump using Tillman is just … F*U Trump. Tillman means nothing to him; he’s just another slogan/symbol to toss at his base of sycophants.
    Trump lives lies. His entire existence is moving from one marketing gimmick to another. He buys into slogans more than anyone I’ve ever known. Entirely unpresidented.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    OT, and not meant as snark, but I feel like Pat Tillman was engineered by American scientists to be the epitome of all things Americans value – massive, muscular, patriotic, with a jaw shaped like Thor’s hammer.

    • MrTusks

      Outwardly, yes, but he was a librul and therefore the REAL Nazi racist commie.

    • clubseal

      I hear he did kill the Midgard Serpent with just his jaw.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      I shoulda scrolled down. i said much the same thing upthread.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Same wavelength

    • Bobathonic

      Well, they have been trying to replicate Captain America ever since.

    • Opiwan

      assumes facts not in evidence: Tillman was way too smart to be the epitome of all things American

      ONLY LIBRULS GO TO CAWLIGE!

  • SullivanSt

    Seems a good time to remind everyone how well Donnie boy understands football:

    https://twitter.com/anamariecox/status/912370471278170112

    • cmd resistor

      Ha ha, “a publicist named John Barron, who said he was ‘vice president of the Trump Organization.'”

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Trump drafted Flutie over Randall Cunningham, because was: “more exciting, more marketable.”

      There was at least one other significant difference between the two men, of course, aside from their height. Can you spot it?:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5181caf1a566c8e1dd37428702664c9065c71d1784af19eaf71229f02114e510.png

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/08a7217241669803c4680e2c26f04e75d317ebc811f6d4ff779217703dffa77a.jpg

      • wide_stance_hubby

        The exciting + marketable one wears a baseball cap to play football?

        • YoBunnyBunny

          Smiles good for camera? good for toothpaste sponsors?

          • wide_stance_hubby

            Doesn’t be blah.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        Aw man – I suck at these “spot the difference” puzzles. No. I can’t figure it out. Maybe I could call Rush Limbaugh and ask him?

      • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

        One is wearing a cap while the other one is not?

      • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

        Cunningham has a mustache.

        • clairence

          great minds….

      • clairence

        moustache!
        (nailed it!)

        • Opiwan

          you and Snark Tank beat me to it

      • Bobathonic

        I actually went to Jr HS with DF. He sat behind me in Advanced Math. He seemed nice.

      • Opiwan

        it’s the mustache, isn’t it…

        • Bub, the cynical zombie

          Keep trying. It’ll come to you…

          • Lord Jim

            They’re wearing different jerseys! Why didn’t I see it before?

          • Opiwan

            I SEE IT! Cunningham has an underbite! BOOM M-Fers!

          • Bub, the cynical zombie

            Yes. Yes, that’s it. *bangs head on desk* You got the answer. Bra-vo.

          • Opiwan

            Cunningham is taller and doesn’t have a breakfast cereal named after him?

          • Bub, the cynical zombie
          • Opiwan

            One of them went to college in Boston?

          • Opiwan

            OH OH OH!!!
            Cunningham remembered to use the tanning booth before Picture Day and Flutie didn’t!!!
            NAILED IT!

          • Bub, the cynical zombie

            Meh. Close enough.

      • Meccalopolis

        as a giants fan, I find image 1 hurtful. Almost wish dickhead had drafted him

  • TJ Barke

    Surprise! Wingnuts know nothing about freedom. Just freedumb.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • CripesAmighty

      Did Socks have kittens? If so, Socks Jr. 2020.

  • anon_the_great

    Twitler has Irish amnesia: Forgets everything but a grudge.

    The Fucker is still butthurt about the failed United States Football League.

    • anon_the_great

      Mea culpa on teh Irish libelz

      • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

        too late for that, pal. I will hold this against you to the grave

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      That’s why when he tried to buy the Buffalo Bills, the league told him to kick rocks. The older owners remember him trying to bully his way in by taking the NFL to court, and they don’t forgive either.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      Family has Irish and German. We get mad, and dammit we’re very efficient about it. We’re not stubborn. We’re not we’re not.

      • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

        Hungarian/German/Irish here. The temper is instant, white hit and can last for weeks

      • Opiwan

        And you make lists of those you’re mad at
        Alphabetized
        And broken down by subject
        And date of offense
        With footnotes and cross-references

        • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

          in a custom-designed MS Access Database application.

        • Rebel Scum with permit

          Ve hat vays….

  • whitroth

    Wonketteers: the NFL, and NASCAR… has anyone found him dissing any barbecue? That’s all we need, and we’ll have the Holy Trinity of his base! Then we need to get all this FAKE NEWS out, and they’re gonna demand impeachment…..

    • Jamoche

      He’s never praised it, which is suspicious in itself.

    • Roni Raven, Undercovfefe Agent

      Bass Pro Shops

      • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

        RC Cola

        • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

          And Moon-pies!

  • cmd resistor

    So far this FB post by Dan Rather is my favorite thing I’ve read on this whole football Trump thing:
    It’s football Sunday, and I have a pit in my stomach, and a sickening sense of deja vu. Who knows what the day will bring?
    I do know the source of my disquiet. It is the stench of bigotry as a demagogue stirs the potent cauldron of racial division. I want to say, this is so unnecessary. We have so many other things we should be worrying about. But of course now this is real, and it must be called out. This is an age when no one can be neutral. To remain silent in the face of race-baiting is to be complicit. And I have seen the cost of complicity. It is ugly.
    On Friday night, and then in a chain of tweets (what else) President Trump targeted African American athletes for provocation and ridicule. He has called into question their Americanness, as he called into question the Americanness of his predecessor President Obama. Perhaps what is saddest about this moral cowardice is that Mr. Trump may derive some political gain from these attacks amongst his supporters, but he fails in the test of leadership. Big time. For a President to be doing this – pouring gasoline on the embers of racial resentment – is really unspeakable. Instead of trying to reduce the potentially explosive emotions about race, he is trying to exacerbate them for his own gain.
    I have seen this game plan before. My mind is transported across the decades. I hear the adjective “uppity”, and much worse. I see the mouths of authority curl with disdain and mutter “what do you think you’re doin’, boy?” – the last word spit out in disgust.
    I feel time click into rewind, to when African Americans weren’t thought of as being “smart” enough to play quarterback, to when there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” amongst college basketball coaches to the total number of African American players on the court. Backwards still to all-white teams, and all-white leagues. I remember Jackie Robinson, and a time before someone of his skin color dared to think he could earn a living as an athlete in the United States.
    I know this history. And so does Donald Trump. He understands how salient the trope of the “angry black man” is. It was said of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other now-revered leaders of the civil rights struggle. It is so ingrained in our history that it can become resonant even in those who say they aren’t bigoted. So Mr. Trump plucks at it. He knows that he can use the American flag as a symbol of division and not unity. So he sows that thought.
    I grant that there are many who are offended by players taking a knee during the National Anthem. That is their right, as it is the right of those who protest to have their speech protected. This is how we discuss our differences peacefully in a democracy. But calling out these players as S.O.B.s (but using the actual profane words) who should be fired, that’s a pointed attack on our Constitutional rights. And it is summoning the dark shadows of centuries of racial stereotyping. Let’s just say I have seen plenty of white S.O.B.s in sports who have been given awards rather than pink slips.
    President Trump is not trying to win over the majority of the American people. He wants to animate his base and bask in its approval. Will his supporters in Congress continue to stand by in tell-tale silence? Will his donors, including some of the owners of professional sports teams?
    We are not a nation of majority bigots. The strident ranks of the intolerant can be overwhelmed by enough people agreeing that this is not who we are, or who we want to be. Mr. Trump’s cheers can be drowned out by a chorus of justice.
    And one final thought, we have seen these distractions before. As Mr. Trump dominates the news cycle over race, as he issues bellicose threats to North Korea, one wonders what bombshells may be brewing in the Russia investigation, which seems to be gaining speed and scope.

  • Last Hussar

    British press reporting lots of anti kneel sentiment in the crowds. The US has successfully conflated the national flag with the military. In the 18th century it was said Prussia was an army with a country attached. The US appears to be going the same way.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      A Hussar would know….

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I had read a book 10 years ago about fetishism of religion and patriotism being a late stage of decaying empires. It was written by a former conservative. He made a convincing case, but I can’t remember title.

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        It’s also an early stage of corrupt demagoguery, and it’s like Trump and his rubes saw the Leni Reifenstahl movies and never read to the end of the story

    • Meccalopolis

      JFC wearing a uniform does not make them sailors or soldiers. Idk why we even have the anthem at a sporting event

  • Clyde Barrow

    Funny thing is that Pat Tillman was also an atheist. When ol’ Dubya and Evangelicals tried to use Tillman’s name after his death to promote their agendas, Tillman’s family quickly shut them down, with Tillman’s brother telling the crowd at Pat’s funeral that “Don’t listen to what these frauds say about my brother, Pat didn’t believe in religious bullshit.”

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef
    • clairence

      “symbols over citizens.”

    • cmd resistor

      And once again, just Wow.

    • TJ Barke

      This administration is a fucking travesty.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        … as in a travesty of fucking…

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I wish The Mooch had kept that job. His lies would have been more entertaining.

    • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

      “I already answered your question.”

      Fuck you, Sarah.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Followup question: Is it always appropriate for the President to call another man’s mother a bitch?

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        I love that Kapernick’s mom is getting on Twitter and calling herself a “proud bitch.”

    • Jimh

      Well, it WAS just locker room talk, right?
      I remember when a president would be embarrassed to have been caught on microphone using that language. He does it at a RALLY.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Why exactly does he need to call people of sons of bitches to defend the flag?

      • Duke

        To egg on his minions.

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        It really is just a hop skip and a jump before he uses the word he was really thinking

        • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

          Does it start with “N”?

          • OrdinaryJoe

            Did he call somebody a Norwegian? My friend in Sweden wants to know.

          • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

            Aw, how did you guess???

          • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

            I’m SMRT

          • Opiwan

            Nambian?

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Not speaking ill of the dead at all, but Pat Tillman in that photo looks like such a cartoonish caricature of a square-jawed all-American that it’s almost hard to take him seriously as a human being – more like what the incels would call a ‘Chad Thundercock.’

    But again, I didn’t know the guy, and I’m not disparaging him. He literally did give his life for his country, and that’s no small thing.

    • Clyde Barrow

      That prototypical pose is why the Right continually uses that picture for their propaganda purposes. In their eyes, that’s what an American is supposed to look like, even though most of them look like they belong in a “People of Wal-Mart” comical website.

      • Bobathonic

        If they only knew…

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      I read the book by Jon Krakauer “Where Men Win Glory”. I’d highly recommend it. Tillman was actually a complicated man, and not the cartoonish figure the Right has made him into.

    • Jamoche

      Someone in yesterday’s thread posted pix where the chin-deficient shooped themselves into their ideal, and yeah, it’s just like that.

    • Lord Jim

      He was an intellectual who quickly came to see the Iraq invasion as a bad thing. The govt destroyed his body armor to hide the fact that he had been killed by “friendly fire”, they lied to his parents and the nation about the cause of death so they use his memory as a political prop, and they destroyed his personal notebooks to hide the fact that he came to oppose the whole shitshow. All-in-all, one of Shrub’s prouder moments.

  • NastyBossetti

    I don’t watch football, but I feel confident that if any of the players on my local NFL affiliate (the Eagles) were booed for not standing, they hardly noticed because they spend approximately half their lives being booed by their own fans.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      Over the last couple of days, I’ve learned there are quite of few of us in Iggles country.

      • NastyBossetti

        It’s pretty good country. I’m a transplant here, but I chose it, and it’s home now.

    • Opiwan

      or throwing batteries, or snowballs, or [insert Philly fan stereotype here]…

      While you discuss, I’ll head to Wawa and get a cheesesteak

      (GO FLYERS!)

      • Meccalopolis

        At Santa too also

  • The Flaming Carrot

    Might this be the same Pat Tillman who said “this war is so fucking illegal!” and read Noam Chomsky books while stationed in Afghanistan? It wasn’t enough for the right to mutilate his corpse the first time? https://www.thenation.com/article/pat-tillman-our-hero/
    P.S. fuck off, Ann Coulter, then, now, and forever.

    • Meccalopolis

      Thanks, been meaning to mention the Chomsky thing. Open mind=probably not a wingnut

  • Parchment Scroll
    • Jamoche

      Donnie has no clue where his heart is; best they could find was him going for his wallet.

      • gallbladder

        Heart?

        • Jamoche

          Sorry, “ought to be”

      • YoBunnyBunny

        Bet there’s nothing in his wallet either.

        • Jamoche

          ‘Course not. He puts things in, not out.

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            Then he shakes them all about…

    • Boscoe

      LOL that photoshopped hand IS priceless…

      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        Probably literally, too.
        He won’t pay the graphics people because Oswalt spotted it.

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        Every day he does nothing but reveal how unutterably empty and low and pathetic he is. As do his rubes in supporting him.

      • Jimh

        Well, he so rarely remembers to put his hand over his heart. And #sosmall.

    • TJ Barke

      Say you know who else was “America First”?
      Nazi sympathizers.

      • Lord Jim

        Idn’t it funny how Donnie’s “America First” policy is in fact hurting actual Americans?

        • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

          no

    • clairence
      • Boscoe

        LOL Trump Adviser welfare, then.

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        Any “nonprofit” that has Trump involved is a fake-nonprofit.

    • Boscoe
      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        #TakeAKneeInTheCrotch, Donnie.

        • nightmoth

          #TakeAStickToTheKnee, standers

          • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

            #TakeAnArrowToTheKnee

    • CripesAmighty

      Of all of them, that picture makes my skin crawl.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Of course they had to photoshop Trump’s hand. 1) to make it bigger, and 2) because he is rarely caught putting his hand over where his heart should be while in the wild. He usually just stands there like a dope until Melania elbows him in the ribs to remind him to assume the proper pose while the flag thing his being done.

      Such A Idiot!

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Honestly, I think he’s just doing this because he’s jealous that he’s physically incapable of taking a knee and then standing up without assistance.

    • OneYieldRegular

      He can’t use his actual hand,,,because that would violate his fidelity to Russia?

  • rocktonsam

    it has always been possible for dumb Donald to get dumber.
    Gene Rayburn said so.

    • Marsupial99

      How dumb is he?????? (We’re actually playing, right??)

  • goonemeritus

    I normally only attend Luge and Chess competitions but I might have to go to a bills game to take a knee in solidarity.

    • Yellerduck

      I prefer extreme curling and competitive yoga myself.

      • goonemeritus

        Speed golf is also awesome, you don’t count strokes. You just see who can sink 18 holes the fastest.

        • Roadstergal

          This sounds very dirty.

          • Magyar Has Had It Up To Here

            Most things do if you put your mind to it…

          • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

            Especially if you attach the phrase, “in bed” at the end of the statement in question.

        • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

          All the players swinging and running around at the same time; none of that boring taking turns shit.

          I might actually watch that.

          • eggs ackly-wright

            Stay away from extreme knitting. Dangerous.

          • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

            Also too: Extreme Glass Blowing.

          • CindyinEncinitas

            Someone could lose an eye, or set the sofa on fire with the sparks coming off the needles…

      • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

        I would love to see Extreme Speed Curling with Funny Walks, myself. I be weird that way.

    • (((Aron)))

      Two words: CHESS BOXING.

      You’re welcome.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      I personally am going to take a knee at the gym from now on

    • wait! what?

      Magnus Carlson probably would participate. He can beat anyone with one knee tied behind his back.

  • goonemeritus

    Trump also believes he is irresistible to the ladies.

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Yeah. Trump is actually irattractable to the ladies. Well, most of them, anyway.

    • MasRioBravoHombre

      To me, the single most amazing thing about Drumpf is his belief that others find him charming, attractive, intelligent and funny.

      • NastyBossetti

        I hear a lot of people who don’t like him claim he’s charming. It makes me question whether I understand what the word means.

        • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

          I think they mean “charming” like a “snake charmer.” He has some weird charisma, in the way that Hitler had charisma.

          • Covfefe

            Puhleeze. Donald isn’t the charmer!

      • clairence

        sadly, it seems tens of millions of Americans actually do.

      • Iron Monkey

        A delusion shared by lots of rich guys.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          The Mnuch being a recent example.

      • CindyinEncinitas

        I like that there have been some reports of him realizing that nobody likes him and he’s all shocked. Shocked, I tell you. Bwaahaaahaa. Asshole.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      They beg, literally beg him on bended knee, to grab their pussies, so obviously it’s true.

      (Caution: Do not follow this approach if you do not have tertiary syphilis.)

  • James

    I posted this to the Graham-Cassidy thread, but that seems to be dead so I’ll post it here as well. /sue-me

    The disabled were dragged out of a Senate Finance Committee by the Capital Police (on the orders of the Republicans on the committee).

    With video. . . .

    This is the image that will indelibly remain, a toxic stain on Trump and the GOP Congress.#NoGrahamCassidy https://t.co/8z2lZBwWSC— Laffy (@GottaLaff) 25 September 2017

    • CripesAmighty

      Those guys (disability rights activists) are seriously badass. They do. Not. Fuck. Around.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Yeah, it’s going to be right up there with the fire-hose pictures from the 1960s.

    • SeeTrain65

      Keep posting it. This needs to be seen.

  • CATMAN

    The NASCAR folks shouldn’t have a problem cuz’ last time I checked there weren’t no Negros among the drivers, as opposed to Formula 1 where a Black man is a three time world champion

    • Roadstergal

      And a distressingly handsome mofo at that.

      • (((Aron)))

        He makes me uncomfortable in my bathing suit area.

        • wait! what?

          I think the technical racey-car lingo for that area is referred to as the pit.

          • (((Aron)))

            My pit crew is the best in the business.

      • CATMAN

        Certainly a lot better looking than Sebastian Vettel

      • Resistance Fighter Puipui

        *images-googles* Oh my!

  • MasRioBravoHombre

    LeBron James has humiliated Drumpf. Look for an attack on James, but calling it a RACIST attack is WRONG….only BLACK PEOPLE are RACISTS.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      You’re the real racist, for bringing up race.

      • MasRioBravoHombre

        My KKK family members beat you to it…they’ve been telling me that since 1977.

    • Buzz1313

      Donald Trump, thinking he can out- trash talk a guy like LeBron James. This is gonna get real fun..

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Right?! In fact, all pro sportsballers are expert trash talkers. It’s what they minor in in college. He done pissed off the exactly wrong people.

    • Sophie McMillan

      Was waiting for Dear Leader to go after Stevie Wonder after he took a knee at the Global Citizen concert on Saturday.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • JoeChristmas

      Nothing respects the flag and anthem like a traitorous, loser flag.

  • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution
    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Twitter long form is so weird.

    • puredog

      I say, that is a popping thread.

  • Jgb979

    Clearly one thing Trumpists are known for doing is turning off the NHL to watch hockey….because Trump said to

    Said no one ever.

    Does JR get dragged by the mouth breathing NASCAR crowd? Or does name leave him exempt? (I honestly couldn’t give even less than one shit about NASCAR but I know the significance of Dale Jr being pro democracy)

  • Aaron Wise

    Sad to say…I think Trump is firming up his base on this issue.

    One needs to remember that his base loves these shenanigans.

    • I say he loses some with this. There is no way those guys are giving up their feet balling.
      They may bluster on the intertubes but when all is said and done, they are still going to watch

      • redblack

        been telling ’em over at the hill to go ahead and launch that boycott.

        silence.

        • Crazt Maist Waizy

          This proves a lot.

          When Trump supporters whine and cry about Star Wars’ efforts towards diversity and tolerance, they whine and boycott. When they whine and scream about Mad Max’s efforts towards tolerance, they lash out and boycott. When they shout and scream about Nordstrom taking a stand against Ivanka and her family, they boycott.

          The thing is, they’re often accused of never having watched those franchises or buying from those stores that they viciously slander and then boycott. I think this Football thing proves it. They have never actually watched Star Wars. They’ve never actually watched Mad Max or shopped at Nordstrom. That’s why theyre comfortable ‘boycotting’ and announcing it loudly- they don’t like those things in the first place, they’re fake geeks or fake fans.

          When they are silent to a boycott of NFL being suggested to them, it proves what they are accused of when they do this. They like football. They watch football. Therefore they don’t announce loudly that they’re boycotting. Because for once they aren’t fake fans, and they’re exposed by this as liars again and again and again.

          It also explains why their boycotts are never effective. They were never bigging up the numbers in the first place, and that they are a tiny minority anyway.

          • redblack

            all very true! except in this case, the RWNJ’s are loudly threatening a boycott of the NFL and its sponsors. so i’ve been pointing out just how many sponsors there are, including the US armed forces (whom they luuurve) and walmart. mc donald’s. papa john’s. all sorts of cell phone makers and broadband providers. banks. insurance. pharma. coke AND pepsi. you know: pretty much everything they hold dear as consumers.

            they also claim these athletes are lazy, overpaid [insert pejorative here] and thugs. i’ve been pointing out just how much charity and community outreach they do, as well as raising millions of dollars for hurricane relief efforts.

            i’m sure you can guess how they respond when i ask how just much the RWNJ commentariat does for the poors.

          • Crazt Maist Waizy

            Oh, absolutely. Partly its because they don’t live at all in reality and rely on everyone they hate to give them everything in their lives.

  • handyhippie65

    just when i thought i couldn’t think less of our “president”, he does some stupid shit like this, and bam! i can think less of him. he’s like the jello of dumbass. there’s always room for jello.

    • Saint Stephen

      Just wait ’til tomorrow. And the day after that. And the one after that….

  • Uhhh Pat Tillman was a hometown hero where I grew up. No way would he have been on the same side of this issue as Dolt 45 and his gang of lowercase-n nazis. If you hurry and hook up some wires while his body is still spinning in its grave from being used as propaganda by these morans, you can probably power Cleveland for a year.

    • Clark_Nova

      Afghanis did NOT attack us on 9/11, Saudis DID.

      • Sweetie, I’m perfectly aware that most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. They were financed by and carrying out a plan formed by Al-Qaeda, which was based in Afghanistan and supported by the Taliban. I thought that was obvious from the context, bless your heart.

      • Oh, and it’s “Afghans”. Afghani is their currency. That’s like calling Americans “dollars”.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    Sarah Sanders was not a happy camper answering questions about Dotard’s “Sons of bitches” comment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRI2tPbYGE4

    • Shibusa

      Defending the anthem is a “priority” for Trump? My god. I cannot stand her self-righteous, faux-Christian sniveling.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        She has somehow managed to out cunt Sarah Palin

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          a feat I was sure that would never happen.

    • penny stock

      That droopy eyed cunt makes me boil. I hate her equally as her boss.

      • freshelfpie

        Just noticed how close-set those droopy orbs are… Can’t tell from this angle, does her forehead slope steeply back?

        • redblack

          she looks like she ran into a door… the narrow part.

          also, too, droopy dog might become a new nickname for huckabee-sanders.

  • Sharon Cooper

    It’s not just me who’s deeply disgusted by the rank hypocrisy of man who was far too cowardly to actually GO TO WAR using ACTUAL VETERANS as a political football, right?

    • HooverVilles

      Nope. He is person who inspires disgust in people.

      • Charon_69

        “People are calling me inspirational now; I’m inspiring people-bigly”
        -Trump

  • CripesAmighty

    Today’s best line: “(with Donald), The line between malice and idiocy is difficult to discern.” –Bret Stephens

  • suziq

    Just something I found interesting-we have season tickets to an NFL sportsball team that we got when we had a business to impress the clients. Still have the tickets and no way are we going to 10 games a year sitting in the rain so I post them on the resale site. This year has been really slow with the sales and I was a bit concerned. Since old 45 started twitting about boycotting etc I have been getting more sales. A pair a few days ago, a pair last night and a pair this morning. I do think it is related so, um, thanks?

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Streisand Effect in action.

  • Peger Graves

    Patriotism. The last refuge of a scoundrel.

    • Cliff Hendroval

      “Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one
      ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary
      patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due
      respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit it
      is the first.”

      Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

    • ♫Patriotism is the last refuge, to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you king.♫

      One of the best versions I’ve heard

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjH0483REyA

  • Shibusa

    Slightly o/t but ‘Where Men Win Glory’, Jon Krakauer’s book about Pat Tillman is worth reading. He wasn’t what I expected. By the time I was a few chapters in, I really wished I’d known Mr. Tillman.

    • Miss Dill

      I loved that book.

  • norcalOG

    As I previously said, here’s hoping kneeling down reaches the college level and that quite a few players on the Alabama Crimson Turd decide to take a knee. Would also be swell if more than few on the Auburn War Titmouses did the same.
    Oh, to see the looks on those fans’ faces.

    • Monty Market

      Or howzabout dem Ol’ Miss Rebels!
      (Libtards of UC Berkeley beat them at footzballz two weeks ago. tee hee.)

    • nightmoth

      That would be way cool, but I think a college athlete’s scholarship may be on shakier ground than a pro player’s contract. So I don’t expect it.

    • Resistance Fighter Puipui

      I want the fans to start doing it. I want to see the enraged tweets of Predisent McBabbyhands when the entirety of the Seattle Seahawks home stadium takes a knee.

      • Not Flat – ROUND!

        That would be glorious!

      • Ren Chant

        i suppose it IS most likely to start here.

  • nightmoth

    Also, too, just to poke one’s thumb a little harder into the eyes of all those Gawd&Country, No Difference people—-Pat Tillman was atheist.

    • ahughes798

      I read somewhere else that there’s a chance that Tillman’s death wasn’t exactly accidental. He was not an in your face atheist, but when asked, would say that he was. This apparently did not go down well with some of his x-tian fellow soldiers. It makes one wonder, doesn’t it?

      • WomanInThePersistence

        Read Jon Krakauer’s book “Where Men Win Glory”. And honestly, think about what that kind of unsubstantiated rumor could mean to the men who served with him. Please.

        • ahughes798

          Sure. I wonder if that angle should be investigated, though, because the Army covered up his COD until they couldn’t any more.

        • HooverVilles

          Thank you!

      • Ren Chant

        oh, no-he was DEFINITELY killed by friendly fire-or “fragged,” in viet nam parlance.

  • Bad Scooter

    Obvs, the Dotard-In-Chief didn’t consider the fact that Tillman served to protect his teammates’ freedom … including their right to take a knee while the national anthem plays. Ah, Dottie Don, so predictable.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    First breath, Trump is belittling and insulting a dying military veteran. Second breath, he’s insulting a black man for allegedly insulting the military. What a fucked up douche who is completely lacking in any self awareness

  • I always liked LJ.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      Agreed. The whole Miami debacle was a little bit “dafuq?” but he seems to be one of the good guys. Especially impressive that he seems relatively grounded when you think how insanely young he was when he came to national attention. Ms. Lebron’s Mom must’ve done a damn good job.
      And hey, even if he wasn’t a good man, “U BUM” is an instant classic.

  • Iam Reading

    I hope trump strokes out soon, on camera, in the middle of insisting what “huge crowds” he has. Some hooker must have really laughed a lot at his teeny, tiny junk to make him so very insecure all the time.

    What’s the matter Dottering Donnie, you can’t get your light switch sized cock up anymore?

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      More likely every hooker — even the #PeeHookers!

  • my feet are normal

    It’s amazing that NASCAR, which has absolutely no problem with Confederate traitor flags, is defending the American flag (by threatening to fire and blacklist anyone who dissents).

    • Begin Anew Day

      Intelligent coherent thought is NOT their strong suit.

      It is a “sport” devoted to cars going in circles after all.

      • HooverVilles

        B-b-but in the Darlington Racetracks own code of conduct:

        Darlington code of conduct.
        – Show respect to all guests, Raceway employees and their property
        – REFRAIN from:
        Sitting in a reserved seat without the appropriate ticket
        Unruly, disruptive, verbally abusive, threatening or illegal behavior
        Foul, abusive or obscene language, gestures, acts, signs or their display on clothing
        Throwing objects within the stadium or onto the racing surface
        Possession inside the track grounds of items not allowed for gate entry
        Intoxication to the point of impairment or resulting in irresponsible behavior risking yourself or other guests
        Fighting, taunting, harassing or threatening other guests
        Displaying signage or flags that impedes sightlines, the event broadcast or on-track competition or contains inappropriate, controversial, prejudicial, obscene or offensive symbols, slogans, language or imagery
        Attempting to interfere with on-track competition.
        Why is that not enforced?
        I know. SIGH!
        [Emphasis mine]

        • Begin Anew Day

          Why does donnie like NASCAR? It is not about “patriotism”.

          It is about drivers who will KILL to win some shiny trophy.

          • HooverVilles

            I did not think about that aspect, but me thinks there be some truth in that statement.

  • CindyinEncinitas

    Poor Drumpf! All he wants is a pitty jersey like Nobummer got from prolly every single sportsball team in the country! Maybe Fuzzy Zoeller can make one for him!

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Well he did get a Purple Heart, didn’t he?

      • Ren Chant

        yeah, obama never got one of THOSE!

        • gingerland62

          He never wanted one.

          • Clark_Nova

            No one EVER wanted a Purple Heart.

          • gingerland62

            Trump said ” I’ve always wanted one of these.” Do there is that.

  • SS

    ‘Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a speedy left turn directly into the president’s nutsack’

    Okay, that was funny.

    • CafeenMan

      Dale must have been driving a big American car to hit something so small.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Before I read this I didn’t know who LeBron James was, but I sure do now, and I won’t forget. You nailed it, LeBron.

  • Jany
    • Charon_69

      the ‘Trump’ rule; there’s an old tweet for every occasion

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      That was from the Prime Universe. We are now living in the Mirror Universe.

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        In the Mirror Universe everyone was evil. This is really more like the Bizarro Universe.

  • Jamoche

    Blink and you’ll miss it – the player at the 45 second mark is Pat Tillman:
    https://twitter.com/NFL/status/911972323263172608

    And the final shot? So not expecting that. Probably put on with the same magic that shows yardage on the screen, but even with magic this is an awesome turnaround time for a response ad.

  • Begin Anew Day

    In addition to my skills as a prophet and healer I also channel spirit entities for the edification of the people on this mortal plane.

    And for some reason the spirit of my old junior high football coach has something to say.

    “JESUS FUCKING CHRIST donnie! You call this your best effort!?You have to be shitting me! The pissants in the sports bars and on talk radio definitely have better skills than you have. Are you stupid? Are You lazy? Do you have experience or a track record of football victory? The fucking answer to the first two questions is FUCK YES and the answer to the third is FUCK NO! Now get out to the track and give me 20 laps! You look like your packing 200 pounds of cottage cheese on that fat ass of yours and there is no way I will have you play till you have lost every fucking ounce of it.”

  • fergawdssakes

    I was gonna quit watching the NFL this year, especially considering the 9ers, but now it can replace doing more volunteering for progressive politicians on FB, which sucks.

    • gingerland62

      Oh god the niners…I just can’t…

  • Bongstar420

    Ergh. Football is dumb.
    Look at the IQ of your average football enthusiast.

  • Jany
  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    Someone on Facebook who I don’t know but who is a friend of a friend posted that if these players really cared, they’d give money to the hoods where the came from or the towns where they play. I told her that thinking they all came from “the hood” is racist and she’s ignorant as shit because kaepernick has given millions to charity while the current occupier of the White House has not. Too harsh?

    • HazooToo

      Too lenient. Please go back and tell her that she also smells like 6 week old fetid dishwater with food clumps in it, that has just been disturbed.

      • JohnC44

        Nicely presented. I imagine there’s some background in your personal history from which this is derived. Not your typical burn here…well played.

        • HazooToo

          Cleaning house for Mom after my useless-ass Stepdad left her disabled & in the hospital. Things were… ripe.

          • Mike Steele

            Depression defined. Bless your heart.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Tell her she’s an idiot since it’s a well known fact that NFL and NBA players regularly give back to their communities.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna
      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        I don’t think that would help her kind, that pic was awesome

    • SeeTrain65

      Reminds me of when I was working at my second paper and was assigned to cover one of our teams playing a school in Columbus, Franklin Heights. My assistant editor told me, “So, heading down to the ‘hood, are you?”

      My editor and I said nothing until he left. When he did leave, my editor remarked, “He wouldn’t know the ‘hood from his asshole.”

    • phoenix00

      Nope. Not at all. It’s spot-on IMHO.

    • Crazt Maist Waizy

      Exactly the right reaction.

  • Slinger

    Oh course $trump thinks he’s winning, he can take piss and turn it into lemonade.

    • Thorn Spike

      Or, given his track record, vice versa.

      • JohnC44

        And here we have the witty retort of the day! You win a gold star and a year’s supply of Vegemite. Congratulations. Also, sorry.

    • CafeenMan

      He’s also good at buying casinos and turn them into smoking holes while other casinos surrounding said smoking holes are turned into mountains of gold.

      He’s got skills!

    • phoenix00

      He’d epic-fail a lemonade stand. Winning!

  • Jany
  • Paperless Tiger

    Who could have imagined that an American president would call for a boycott against football? Trump is truly the unthinkable.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      And what’s hilarious is that the success rate for Conservative boycotts can only be measured on the quantum level.

  • Maybe

    Trump caters to the haters.

    His problem this time is that much of his base may hate black men, but not the black men in pro football.

    • redblack

      oh, they hate them, too. some of those honky-ass mofos have been tossing out “lazy N word” over at the hill.

      • Maybe

        One difference is that the black men in football tend to be rich.

        That makes them a few shades lighter to many in the radical right, who do love themselves some Prosperity Christianity:

        “Prosperity theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, or the gospel of success) [A] is a religious belief among some Christians, who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to religious causes will increase one’s material wealth. Prosperity theology views the Bible as a contract between God and humans: if humans have faith in God, he will deliver security and prosperity.” (Wikipedia)

        • redblack

          otherwise known as “jesus-grifting.”

          i’m an atheist, but i’m still a better christian than those assholes.

  • CafeenMan

    “We’d say Trump should read a book before he tries to use Pat Tillman for his shithead propaganda again…”

    Trump’s team carefully screens potential books he might read for syllables to ensure it doesn’t have any. Syllables are a plot by Obama and Hillary to trip up Trump and make him look stupid.

    • HooverVilles

      …Trump and make him look stupid…

      Now that’s a bar so low almost anyone could cross it.

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      Syllables are part of that coastal elitist book learnin’

    • phoenix00

      Why would Trump read a book when watching Fox & Friends is muuuch funner?

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    Well, see, here’s the thing. The guy plays a lot of golf, am I right? So, you know, in golf low score wins. He has super low approval ratings, he got the least amount of votes, and yet! His base still believes he’s the bestest ever President. That’s what he calls winning! Now then, sane people know differently, but so what?

  • The Librarian

    Jay the magpie and Trump should read Jon Krakauer’s book on Pat Tillman, but won’t. Those of us who can read above the third grade level know that tweet does a grave injustice to Mr. Tillman’ memory.

  • Mike Steele

    This is not the first time Drumpf has retweeted things that were either inappropriate or not exactly flattering. Only goes to show he has no knowledge of history and no sense of context, which is (natch!) lost on his low-info fanbase. ‘Whatever works” is his credo; of course, it only works for the next 24-hour news cycle. D’oh. Strategic planning has never been his long suit, doncha know. Think we knew this prior to 2016…just sayin’, Bbros…

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  • Johnny Appleseed

    Trump celebrates those booing those who have a right to kneel during the Anthem. How is the booing during The Anthem more acceptable?

  • Jany

    Since when has “on bended knee” meant something other than a show of respect?

    • Nine

      Turnip has managed to make the most ancient and universal sign of respect a personal insult against himself.

      That’s actually pretty impressive.

      Of course, this is a guy who has convinced the Republicans that surrendering to the commies is the patriotic thing to do, so it irony is kind of his thing.

      • Jany

        It’s never good when narcissists have millions of morally-challenged and/or gullible supporters.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    I think this is the Jesse Helms moment for the movement; when the MLK holiday was being debated, some people opposed it on grounds that we didn’t need another holiday, or that MLK was a civilian, and we don’t have other holidays for civilians or some other reason than pure racial animus. You could think something like that and not be a Klansman. Then Jesse made this big racist tirade and clarified that it was a racial issue, and all the people who were going to vote against it before on one of the above grounds were like, “OK, I’m not a racist, so I have to vote for MLK, Jr. Day because I am not going to cast a vote that flatly endorses racism.” Likewise, before Trump shitposted it, it was possible to say something like “I am not opposed to the players having an opinion, but I think it is wrong for them to do it this way” without necessarily embracing racism. Now Trump has completely freighted it with white supremacy, and it’s either “The players have the right to express themselves on the issue and I support that right completely” or you are signing on with racism.

  • AndreWaters20

    What part of: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” doesn’t Trump understand? Oh, that’s right, all of it.

    Trump represents the American government, he needs to keep his big, fat trap shut on this unless he’s standing FOR freedom of speech. In fact, this is an impeachable offense, another to add to the list, because his oath of office is to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    • MsLoveHangover

      We all know he hasn’t read one word.

      • Johnny Appleseed

        True. Then we’d have to pray someone explains what he read. Cliff notes??

  • Jus_Wonderin

    The Trump Presidency thing is getting old. I’ve had trash that smelled sweeter.

  • BoatOfVelociraptors

    If there’s one thing Nascar teaches us, it’s that it’s dangerous to turn to the right…

  • O_Hellllllllp

    LeBron James is going to make me a sports fan.

    • John_Nada

      Because he is a black guy that plays basketball?

      • Mark R.M. Holmstrand

        For me, it’s because he called Turnip a bum.

        • John_Nada

          Spook always works

  • John_Nada

    Lol he actually is winning it, ratings keep dropping

    • Johnny Appleseed

      I believe the NFL ratings are up compared to last year. Could be wrong or maybe I misheard it on the radio.

      • John_Nada

        Down and 64% of Americans think they should stand. Ouch

      • John_Nada

        remingtonresearchgroup.com

        • Johnny Appleseed
          • John_Nada

            Because the cowboys played. Ratings keep sliding

          • Johnny Appleseed

            Your Republican-leaning pollster (Roe) showed you the truth?

          • John_Nada

            Lol what liberal leaning poster do you use? Abc? Wapo? Gallup? ppp? CNN?

          • Johnny Appleseed

            You missed NYT, NY Post or USA Today. You might as well post from Rasmussen so we can all laugh.

          • John_Nada

            Rasmussen best poll for 2016 national poll

          • John_Nada

            Nyt didn’t they give Hillary a 90% chance of winning the election?

          • Johnny Appleseed

            Do hurricanes help? Or hurt?

          • John_Nada

            Lol ratings keep dropping

          • redblack

            people are increasingly watching sports and shit on smart devices over wireless broadband. tv ratings don’t mean what they used to.

          • John_Nada

            As ratings keep dropping

          • redblack

            yeah. that explains why all those giant corporations aren’t sponsoring NFL broadcasts.

  • WomanInThePersistence
  • TundraGrifter

    Anheuser-Busch came out in support of the NFL players. Good god! Not exactly raving liburals down there in St. Louie.

    Meanwhile, tonight Van Jones made a great point. All those who whine that rich celebrities shouldn’t be offering their political opinions should tell President Trump to shut up, because that’s pretty much all he is.

    • redblack

      great post. the best. upvoted bigly.

      because if you want to know which way the wind is blowing in america, follow the money.

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