BL: Why Roger Goodell Guessed Wrong. and more.

    Roger Goodell
    BobLee
    October22/ 2017

    Roger Goodell REALLY Guessed Wrong. – PLUS MORE!

    Did you see Roger Goodell’s press conference on Thursday?  Roger may be the only man in America who would trade places with ECU AD Jeff Compher… or Harvey Wainstein.

    Roger looked like a deer in the headlights of an 18-wheeler at point of impact…  It has been a Baaaad Autumn for Roger… a REALLY Bad Autumn.

    The NFL’s $40,000,000/year Commissioner “guessed wrong”… and American Sports might never be the same again. In Roger Goodell’s defense… he didn’t (and still doesn’t) have many option, but still…

    To “like Roger Goodell” is to like plantar fasciitis or mesothelioma.  NOBODY, regardless of politics, “likes Roger Goodell”.  OK, that congresswoman from Florida (the one in the cowboy hat… you know the one) SHE might “like Roger Goodell”.

    Most rabid fans have just enough of a toehold on reality to know they don’t have the God-given ability to be a first-class athlete.  But… In his/her heart of hearts, every sports fan wants to be “a Commissioner”… “an AD”… maybe “a coach”.  You finished 3rd in your water cooler fantasy league two years in a row… how hard can it be? Right?

    Pete Rozelle

    Most of you are old enough to remember Alvin “Pete” Rozelle. Pete Rozelle may have been the last Commissioner of any pro sports league that the average fan “liked”. Pete was The NFLCommish from 1960-1989. Long before social media, cell phones and The Wonderlic.

    Pete “commissioned” The NFL into arguably the most profitable sports passion in American sports history. MLB is, in my humble opinion, still “America’s Pasttime” but The NFL has been the 500 lb Go-rilla Sports Passion of America’s Sundays for most of our adult lives. Is that in danger?

    How would Alvin “Pete” Rozelle have handled this current Inglorious Mess? How would Clint Murchison… George Halas… Wellington Mara… Al Davis… Art Rooney… Art Modell… Rankin Smith… Bud Adams… Lamar Hunt… et have handled it? Those are the “legendary” NFL owners I could think of without googling. Pretty good… huh?

    Honestly… I’m not sure those tough ol’ “very rich white guys” and Pete could have “gotten it right” either. I’m not sure it is a Right / Wrong issue. It is a “Just The Way It Is” Issue.

    “Just tell those arrogant millionaire thug-aletes to respect The Flag or their sorry asses are fired” sounds all harumphy and patriotically testosteronic but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

    IMO… this Inglorious Mess was inevitable. Kaepernick is “The Archduke Ferdinand” of this OMG. The assassination of His Arch Dukeness supposedly “started WWI” but WWI was going to happen with / without Ferdinand.

    I’ve been following all this because it is exactly the sort of multi-layered cultural labyrinth I love to wander around in. And, maybe, cause you to say “huuummm, I hadn’t thought of that angle.”

    In that last incredibly insightful column (NFL … NBA… Me, You) I laid out some of my personal decisions about sports spectatoring. I wasn’t telling you what yours should be, just explaining mine.

    As I told “CowDog”… I’ve never considered myself “mainstream”. I’m quite content to be a cultural outlier. I’m not totally alone in my perspective as many of you’ans comments continually confirm.

    Most of you who visit here are of the Baby Boomer persuasion. Born sometime twixt 1945-1960 with leeway on both sides of that time span. I hope you have realized that “we” are no longer the Darlings of Madison Avenue.

    “Mad Men” no longer ask us what flavor toothpaste we prefer… or if we trust Dinah Shore to tell us to “see the USA in our Chevrolet”. We still consume… but not in the massive %s we use to. We are, alas, an Endangered Species.

    I had a high school classmate pass away last week. A not uncommon occurrence these days. As has been the case for a few years, his obit did not contain the clique lament “… but he was so young.” Point taken.

    That we aren’t the Dominant Demographic any longer is A Fact. However… we still hold the “I told you so” card. And don’t we loooove to play it. I sure do.

    I am going to link you to THE ARTICLE that I believe best explains the How / Why of this NFL situation. It is about The NFL Situation but it is about lots of other similar situations still to come.

    WARNING: Some of you will dismiss this article because it does not come via “your media”. Trust me – I GET IT. The 2017 definition of “TRUTH” is “it came from a media source that I agree with”. We all have our list.

    If it had come from CNN or The N&O I would have never seen it. But, it didn’t…

    This comes from a writer with Breitbart. Not EVIL Steve Bannon but still “from Breitbart”. If you are afraid you will “get Kooties” if you read it… please don’t.

    I’m not a Steve Bannon fan; and I don’t normally read Breitbart, but I found this… and it, IMO… NAILS THE NFL MESS.

    …THE LINK…

    Your opinion? … ALWAYS welcomed.

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    Saturday, I watched….

    …. maybe 10 minutes of The Blacksburg Massacre. Who knew “The Little Big Horn” was in Lane Stadium?  If only Larry Fedora had that $36,000,000 IPF with those smoothie machines… “if only…”. Good news for TruBlues… Western Carolina does NOT have an IPF either so that Nov 18th game with the Catamounts is still a “pick’em”. The Fedorians “magic number” is now 2018.

    I did watch Every Pitch of “GAME 7” – Astros vs Yankees. I watched 95% of “GAME 6”. And I don’t have an “emotional thing” for either team… I just love watching exciting baseball. … Refer Above to: I’m not a mainstream guy.

    If the NFL Ratings Disaster was not enough… Fox, which has the World Series, was praying for Yankees / Dodgers. Instead that get Astros / Dodgers. Which I KNOW will get a comment from lifelong Dodger fan Br’er Kennell.

    … “leggy” Mary Hart sits on the first row behind home plate in The House That Vin Built. Will this be Mary Hart versus Kate Upton? Kate is new Astro Justin Verlander’s fiancée.

    … Will America embrace Jose Altuve?  Don’t hug Jose too hard.  He’s just a little fella.  Jose is the Fred Patek / Albie Pearson of The New Millenium.

    … Can three people outside Greater Houston name the Astros’ manager? Can a dozen people in Houston name the Astros manager?

    … Will Joe Girardi become the THIRD manager of this season’s eight playoff teams to be fired? Talk about “a tough business”…

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    If You Haven’t Read it… AgentPierce’s piece – REVEALED: Who Killed Plotthound… and Why. … sent shock wave across NC Repub circles last week.  AP “gutted” a sacred cow and stomped on his no-account entrails. A very over-due and well-deserved “gutting” I might add.

    Blondie

    BLONDIE has been very busy.  She is fast becoming the new Darling of the CommonSense Crowd.  Check out So The Blonde Said

    And, of course… MORE BOBLEE HERE.

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    BobLee
    • Sharon.64 Reply
      2 years ago

      BobLee: I have a question you may not be comfortable answering, if so I understand.
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      I am a longtime BLSays enjoyer. How would you describe your relationship with “Bob Kennel”? Is your jousting real or just for show? I have never been able to tell. I share your political views, but curious about you and Kennel.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Bless your heart, Sharon. ANY question not involving the six months I lived in Mexico in 1982 is fair game.
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        Bob Kennel is first and foremost A GENTLEMAN. Once I grant him that quality he gets a pocketfull of “credits” for whatever other lesser qualities he might possess. The BobKennel you “know” in these comments is pretty much THE Bob Kennel in the flesh. Bob and I have known each other going on 10 years I think. At least 8. We have lunched together on several occasions and I have been his guest at 6-8 NCSU sports events. I know his wife and his sister. They are equally as gracious and sincere as Bob is… BUT don’t take themselves nearly as seriously as Bob takes himself.
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        Bob Kennel IS “a character”. I consider myself “a character” too. Takes one to know one… Anyone who knows Bob Kennel at all over his 80+ years would I believe agree on “a character” as a apt definition. Bob is fiercely loyal to any institution and/or causes to which he superglues himself. “All things NC State” and “all things Democrat politics” are two such elements to which he is fiercely loyal… “fall on his sword” loyal. There are others I could mention but those two fit this discussion.
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        I, on the other hand, have no such loyalties to alma mater or to ideology. I AM fiercely loyal to immediate family and to a small group of long time close friends. While I consider Bob “a friend” in the general sense we are not “quick, I need a kidney” friends. I believe my rather adverse feeling towards “where I went to college many year ago” come through strongly in my columns. Politically , I am not especially “conservative” or “republican” especially not the latter BUT I am especially Anti-Liberal. The nuances of how I define that are too complicated to get into.
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        Because Bob Kennel is quite serious about his loyalties and I am quite NOT… it is easy to “clash”. Plus, IMO, it makes for fun reading for the rest of you. I have been accused by “a few” as being unfair to Bob. I don’t think I am so that criticism doesn’t bother me. Bob and I converse often on-off-line which means by e-mail not for posting on BLSays. We did so earlier today. Those conversations are private.
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        Bob is a close friend of Rev William Barber. I know that for a fact. Bob also claims close friendship to many of our Founding Fathers, Democratic POTUS’ going back 100 years, and a host of great philosophers from Greece and Rome. Those are not verified. … I have the same level of utter contempt for William Barber than Bob has for Donald Trump. Nothing is going to change that.
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        I’m sorry. What was your original question? … 🙂 … I hope this helped or, at least, further confuses you.
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    • Former96heel Reply
      2 years ago

      Just like you, I, for some reason, love the cultural anthropology. Just like peak NASCAR was the day Big E died at Daytona, I think peak NFL will be the day the afro kneeled. There will be two massive benchmarks to watch for in the NFL. 1) Super Bowl ratings. Will the masses actually forgo watching ‘for the commercials’? And the second will be much longer term: when will a city have to file bankruptcy for the welfare given to build their own IPF/Stadia Disneyworld. A place like St Louis is already in the NFL’s rear mirror, they are yesterday’s garbage for the owners. I doubt we will have to wait the decades for Vegas and LA to cry uncle for their in-progress monuments.
      Even though I have zero ties to Atlanta, it pains me to see a place like that allocate its resources to replace a perfectly good stadium for literally a negative net gain. That negative being that every event will cost that much more, making the concert or sports event even more stratified than ever.
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      To me it is the absolute sign of peak idiocy that we as a country are spending so much of the next generation’s money financing today’s gain for so few owners and to a lesser degree the gladiator players. I hope in 2000 years, whatever takes modern Atlanta’s place will have tourists visiting MB Stadium just like Rome does the Colloseum.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        We study History for a preview of our Future. And THAT is why the Lib/Dems are forever trying to rewrite / revise History to disguise the inevitable outcome of their toxic ideology.
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        Our current Bread & Circus addiction to sports entertainment is textbook Fall of Rome…

    • Don.Virginia Reply
      2 years ago

      Mr Kennell manages to get every catch phrase into every one of his comments. Do they get credits or some sort of brownie points when they do that?
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      Looks like more empty seats around The NFL today. Will assume same trend with TV viewers. Don’t “they say” it takes three weeks to break a habit? If so a lot of habits are being broken. I also thank you for that LINK.
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      UNC’s magic number is indeed 2018.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Assume you mean “dog whistle” among others. I think BK subscribes to an Alert service that gets him all those catch phrases as soon as they come off their assembly line. Don’t know if they have a point system for using them or not but BK is a very competitive guy in all things.
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        I gotta say I wasn’t sure myself if enough Americans would say “enough” re:The NFL. I don’t look for a show of hands when I decide to do whatever I do. I just do it. You’re welcome for the link.

    • Bob Kennel Reply
      2 years ago

      Hey BL
      This amalgamation of you, AP, Breibart, and Blondie has to be a record. I read them all, and it’s a different world than I come from, or want to come from.
      Started to write this all to you personally, but some needs to be said to your responders as well.
      At base to the NFL situation is a racial dog whistle as well as the honoring of fallen military. It’s only a short step to “blood and soil”.
      The discussions of civil war within the conservative movement is also interesting as I have been saying the same thing about Pope and Hood for years.
      After the NCAA farce re UNC-CH, I took delight in listening to the Carolina homers on the VT game yesterday. Of course I’m revelling in the Dodgers and State Football for whom I’m fully consistent with enthusiasm and loyalty.
      Sounds to me like you and respondents have lost a lot of enthusiasm for sports where African-Americans have found full employment but baseball still okay where Latinos finding full employment.
      And all in the name of the flim-flam man Trump whose narcissistic life and ignorance of the world could engulf our world in a nuclear showdown. Spent 3/4 of my life as a military veteran of the Cold War and still not sure how we escaped through it. And don’t want any further Russian meddling or cuddling up now.
      Go Pack !! Go Dodgers !! Go Air Force !!

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        BK: Alas, we, begrudgingly, accept that you want no part of “our world”… sigh, sob, sniff. We take that as an OK to rent out your room?
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        As I composed the piece on the NBA and NFL I gave a full 30 seconds to the absolute certainty of you doing “a full Kennel” on it. I wish The NFL, The NBA, and you nothing but oodles of success together. Really Bob… oodles.
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        I was wondering if you were going to comment on your buddy Rev. Barber’s recent declaration that “people like me” are not Christians and therefore, according to him, not eligible for the benefits thereof. I double-checked with King James. KJ doesn’t recall “anyone named Bully Barber being given the authority to make that call”. THAT’s a relief.
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        Speaking of RWB, next time you see him, ask him Who Won The Masters this year… or ever. I’m sure RWB loves golf and follows the PGA Tour… right BK?
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        Good to know you’re OK with your Clintons selling our Uranium to those Russians. You’re a hoot Mr Kennel.
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        So you and I do agree on John Hood (YUCK!)… and Frank Mock (YIPPEE)… and George Whitfield (YIPPEE). Thats three more than anyone would imagine. Every party has its weasels BK. We out ours. You canonize yours. How come you guys do dat BK?
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        BIG GAME coming up at South Bend. A “W” and some very BIG MAYBEs start getting dreamed. Either/Or Bob… Pack beating ND and Dabo… or Dodgers getting WS rings? I’m betting you choose The Gray & White of NCSU. Albeit Little BK grew up a Flatbush Bum.

    • wolfdon Reply
      2 years ago

      Last week, after spending a fun week with my son’s family and old friends, I found myself in a winding line through the security check out at the airport in D.C. Next to me at one points was a lady who was carrying a folded American flag. Somewhat impulsively I softly touched her arm and she turned to me as I reverently said to her “God Bless You”. She thanked me for my words of support and appreciation and said “Thank you this is my son’s”. it was a very somber and emotional moment for me and the feeling of gratitude and respect for this woman and son will be with me for a long time. Standing for the SSB seems so beyond questioning……

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        I don’t travel much at all any more but used to always say “thank you” to servicemen/women in uniform in airport terminals. Never know where they are coming from or going to…

    • DM Carpenter Reply
      2 years ago

      I would characterize Kaepernick as Princip, a little man who thought he was doing one thing, local and personal. In so doing, he lit a fuze to a daisychain of boom, of which he had no understanding (or care for).

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        He has been nothing but “a pawn” from Day One …

        • DM Carpenter Reply
          2 years ago

          I do not believe that either Princip, or Kaepernick’s handlers had any idea of the political dumpster fire they were lighting back when the first kneeling happened. If anything, it has boomeranged on them. Likewise, Serbia is still paying for those shots in Sarajevo.

          • BobLee Reply
            2 years ago

            As the Breitbart piece notes… NOBODY thought The Deplorables would quit The NFL … SURPRISE !!! SURPRISE !!!

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      2 years ago

      Vote with your pocketbook. That is reality….and it don’t matter what your political persuasion is. Real world examples….or at least to me.
      Was at Tom Johnson’s Camping World in Marion last week getting some upgrades and repairs done to the motor home. Tom JOHNSON used to be the only name until he sold both dealerships to Marcus Lemonis, CW CEO. Talked to some employees about changes. The “little people “, who are good NC mountain folk tell it like it is.
      Sales of new and Used RV’s are up slightly….all across the nation. That is a direct result of the Stock Market and Economy being up or improving. Note to CD, the combover gets full credit, right, wrong or indifferent for that.
      What is down is SERVICE $. Folks on both sides of the political aisle do not trust CW and many long time customers went away. They started back, but then Charlottesville happened and Mr. Lemonis opened his liberal pie trap and folks REALLY voted. They did not like being called deplorable, despicable or Racist.
      Second example is stock market related. It don’t take Yogi the pollster to figure out that each time the DJIA breaks another century mark, that there are fewer Democrats using the I word (OK…even Maxine says “take him out”). No Democrat is going to lead the charge and get credit for slaying the Golden Goose. What is the Hollywood mantra about Harvey? There is no virtue in joining an out of control angry mob?
      So, folks do vote with their pocketbooks. And Roger may not like it or even be intelligent enough to know….but it is happening.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Not sure how you got all that from the Breitbart article but OK… The Left Media preaches 24/7 that “all the Trump voters” were in Charlottesville carrying tiki-torches. Hardly enough to move the NFL ratings needle… or get 300 Electoral Votes but… hey!

    • Doug Reply
      2 years ago

      The media reacts to armies of people raising Hell by either kneeling, or burning, or breaking things. People sitting in living rooms that just quit caring does not make news because it’s intangible and does not make for compelling visuals. The media also seems to think that so-called Town Hall Meetings capture what the nation is thinking. I don’t know about that since I quit caring about what others think about pretty much everything if it doesn’t align with what I think.

      I’ll Be honest. The TSSB kneeling doesn’t move my emotional radar one way or another. I’ve learned that it matters a lot for many and not so much for many. If I’m in a crowd and TSSB plays, I remove my hat and stand with hand over heart because I was taught to do it at an early age and it seems like the right thing to do. I tend to avoid going to the games in stadiums thanks to large HD TV screens. On the other hand, at home sitting in my easy chair if TSSB plays, I remain in my seat or flip to another channel for another few minutes. Or maybe I check out BLS or AP. Sometimes I’ll go to the frig for a Diet Mt Dew, or……….

      We cancel each other out on TV viewing habits. I enjoyed watching football on TV and will continue until I don’t anymore. No TV baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer or tennis interests me. Golf only for some of The Masters or both Open’s and maybe the final round of The PGA Championship. No TV network has contacted me for a sit-down interview or invited me to a Town Hall discussion about my disturbing viewing habit of walking my dog, rain or shine, during the 6:30 national news shows either. 😎

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        I don’t think about D-Day or Iwo Jima or Pearl Harbour during TSSB. I just “like Patriotism” and 4th of July parades, et al. I DO think about The Cost of Freedom when I’m at the VN Memorial or Arlington etc. of course.
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        Last night I kept the TV on baseball as I checked Coll FB night game scores, but never tempted to switch channels. I can’t explain how much I enjoy TV baseball… I just DO even if I don’t have “a team in the game”.
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        I won’t be going back to The NFL (or NBA) even if all the kneelers started singing “Jose, Can you see…” I’ve moved on…

        • Doug Reply
          2 years ago

          About 5 years ago I stopped watching all NCAA MBB and never any WBB period. If I ever resume watching BB it would be NBA. As bad as the NBA’s reputation is, IMO, it is still a better product than the NCAA game with all the ticky tack in-game crap. I realize many NCAA fans disagree and that is just fine. I will gladly return to watching college basketball if and when the feckless NCAA is either disbanded or declared illegal.

          • BobLee Reply
            2 years ago

            That (NCAA…) will likely happen at some point. Not sure what the KABOOM will be to mandate its change/demise. I don’t watch muc/any BB at either level.

    • RMDownEast Reply
      2 years ago

      It is amazing how little I miss the NFL. 4/5 years ago I decided with HD recording devices, 24 hour replays, talk radio spending all week rehashing and games which are now on 3 nights a week in addition to the Sunday afternoon double header NFL just wasn’t that special anymore.
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      Like the Breitbart article said, I just don’t care as much anymore. Now with the kneeling Kaepernick’s doing their thing, I frankly don’t care at all.
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      Not to take this in a another direction but the Breitbart article reminded me of something else I read recently. The media hiring leftists is not only true, they hire leftists who do not understand middle America and who do not want to understand us. See the linked article below by the former President of NPR who says “It’s not that media is suppressing stories intentionally. It’s that these stories don’t reflect their interests and beliefs.”
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      http://nypost.com/2017/10/21/the-other-half-of-america-that-the-liberal-media-doesnt-cover/

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Excellent point. If they DID come from “middle America”, that perspective was beaten out of them in J-School. They adopted a more “high-brow” enlightened Northteastern “Faux-Ivy” persona. Trips back home for family gatherings quickly become “difficult” for all concerned.
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        I too tired of The NFL long before “Kaepernick” became a verb.

    • Trisha.D.Cary Reply
      2 years ago

      With due respect to Mary & Kate… the real question re: Dodger Stadium is will that little weasel Larry King show up? He usually sits a couple of seats down from Mary Hart.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Excellent Question. The last few games I’ve seen from Dodger Stadium, that “little weasel” has not been there. He does have seats just down from Mary or maybe both are guests of a Hollywood muckety-muck… who knows. I suspect unless Larry has health issues he will be there.
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        I met Mary Hart 8-10 years ago at an event in Palm Springs. She is much shorter than her long legs suggest she would be. Very “smiley” which is not a bad thing to be.

    • Ed.74 Reply
      2 years ago

      Absolutely agree with the article. I don’t normally read Breitbart either. Thanks for the LINK. … That “underestimating the strength of the opposition” is a fatal mistake that many conquered armies seem to make.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        And a fatal mistake this crowd will likely keep making.

    • Larry.O.P Reply
      2 years ago

      Speaking of that latest “Crazy In A Cowboy hat”… where do “they” keep finding these “rather unusual people”?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Beats me; but I think they order’em by the dozen. Probably get a price break that way.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      2 years ago

      Coach CNR was a guest of a certain Colt.45, errr, Astro HOFer, in Minute Maid Park the other night.

      I kinda like that Cowboy hat. Far more interesting than the coiffure of that “nit wit” in the WH that wants to force a stand-all. How…With a snubnose .38 at the back of the head?

      Long live Tommy Smith and John Carlos.
      I say, if yer gonna fall off the fence, make it a good, long one 🙂

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Knowing CNR, it could have been Judge Roy Hofheinz or maybe “Nolan” hisownself.
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        I’m not a boycott kinda guy… not much of a cause-joiner/lapel-ribbon-type. But appreciate that many are.

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