The NFL’s Viewship Problems Continue … All Four Wildcard Playoff Games Saw Double-Digit Ratings Decreases
HEY NFL, THINK YOUR DISRESPECTFUL KNEELING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM STILL ISN’T A PROBLEM?
As reported at SI, the 4 NFL playoff games this past weekend all saw double-digit ratings decreases. OUCH! Honestly, I ma surprised the Bills-Jacksonville game was as highly rated as it was. It might have been the worst playoff game I have ever seen with a winning QB is Bortles throwing for less than 100 yards. The NFL has a serious problem on their hands due to their disrespectful kneeling during the National anthem. The NFL wanted to pretend this was not an issue. Guess what, it is and will continue to be so. Average fans are finding other things to do.
Way to handle the situation and disrespect your fan base.
The NFL had a disastrous weekend when it came to ratings. Numbers have been down all season and it was more of the same for the wild-card games. The biggest surprise was that the best game (Panthers-Falcons) had the biggest decrease year over year. Yes, markets were a big factor, but that was a competitive and entertaining game. Here’s the breakdown:
- Titans-Chiefs (14.7) was down 11 percent versus last year’s Raiders-Texans game.
- Falcons-Rams (14.9) was down 10 percent versus last year’s Lions-Seahawks game.
- Bills-Jaguars (17.2) was down 10 percent versus last year’s Dolphins-Steelers game.
- Panthers-Saints (20.4) was down 21 percent versus last year’s Giants-Packers game.
In the world of really sad news, broadcasting icon Dick Enberg has passed away at the age of 82. Dick Enberg, the Hall of Fame broadcaster was most known for his call, “Oh my!” The man was amazing, If there was a major sporting event and a famous call, he made it. From the 1968 college basketball game known as the ‘Game of the Century’ between UCLA and Houston to Super Bowl XXIII Montana to Taylor to win the game in the final seconds, from Wimbledon to the 1979 NCAA College basketball championship between Michigan St. and Indiana St. and Magic Johnson and Larry Bird that put college basketball on the map forever, Dick Enberg did it all. Enberg called 8 Super Bowls, the Olympics, the NFL, Tennis, Baseball, college basketball. He could call your kid’s 5th grade soccer game and make it sound like the most exciting sporting event ever. The man had a gift. Dick Enberg will be missed, he is the last of a dying breed of broadcasting icons. Rest in peace and OH MY, thank you for the memories!!!
Legendary sports broadcaster and former Padres play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg died Thursday morning at his La Jolla home, said his wife, Barbara. He was 82.
Barbara Enberg said the family found out later in the day after Dick Enberg failed to get off a flight in Boston, where they were scheduled to meet. She said her husband appeared to be waiting for a car that was set to shuttle him to San Diego International Airport for a 6:30 a.m. flight.
“He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” she said. “We think it was a heart attack.”
Enberg defined versatility as a broadcaster, covering 28 Wimbledon tournaments, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA basketball title games as the play-by-play voice of the UCLA Bruins during their dynasty-building run.
Enberg was one of America’s most beloved sports broadcasters, with his versatile voice spanning the world on networks such as NBC, CBS and ESPN. In all, he covered 28 Wimbledons, 10 Super Bowls and eight NCAA men’s basketball title games, including the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird showdown in 1979.
His work was celebrated with a host of honors, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award (2015), the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Rozelle Award (1999) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Gowdy Award (1995). He won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and UCLA named its media center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.
Most recently, Enberg had served as the primary play-by-play television voice of the San Diego Padres, retiring in 2016 after seven seasons with the team.
“Baseball,” he said then, “has been in my DNA from the time I was in diapers.”
The Padres released a statement Thursday night.
“We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg,” the statement read. “Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade. On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family.”
LINDSEY, SHUT UP AND SKI …
In a loaded and politically bias interview with CNN’s Alpine Edge, US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn was asked how she felt competing in an Olympics for the United States whose president is Donald Trump? Vonn responded by saying, “Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president.” Really, so you will be representing the people, not the president? Last time I checked Donald J. Trump was a person of the United States. It is sad that these athletes would let politics get in the way of athletics as all this has accomplished is having people, yes the American people, hate you. Lindsey, you do realize that 62,984,825 people of the United States voted for President Trump, right? It is a sad commentary that these athletes cannot shut up and just do what they are skilled at, instead of alienating half of America.
On a person note, I have skied since I was in the second grade. I grew up in a part of the country where we had half days on Wednesday and Friday so we could lean to ski. I have long followed Alpine skiing and snowboarding forever, long before it was cool to. And have known individuals who trained for the Olympic ski team and made it. And some who passed away in the pursuit of it. I have long cheered for Lindsey Vonn because of her amazing talent. However, for the first time I will find myself not cheering for Lindsey not to win Olympic gold. Not because she isn’t a Trump fan, but because she is so ignorant and bias in her beliefs, that she is acting like the very individual she thinks that Donald Trump is. It is sad that athletes think they have to mouth off and tell us about their political beliefs. WE DON’T CARE!!! Sports and the Olympics is an escape from politics. Thanks for ruining that Lindsey.
A number of US athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency — and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say.
Targeting Olympic gold at February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team.
“Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told CNN’s Alpine Edge.
And Vonn revealed she wouldn’t accept an invitation to the White House if she were to win gold at Pyeongchang.
“Absolutely not,” said Vonn. “No. But I have to win to be invited. No actually I think every US team member is invited so no I won’t go.
DOES ANYONE EVEN READ GQ ANYMORE?
Imagine that, a liberal rag named Colin Kaepernick it’s 2017 GQ Citizen of the year. GQ is passing off their outlandish, shock BS as Colin Kaepernick, celebrating the man who became a movement. I wonder if everyone will be praising him when his efforts have lost viewership and in turn networks won’t be paying as much for TV broadcasting rights and in turn money into the player’s pockets? So liberals think an entitled, over-paid black football player, who was washed up as a starting QB, raised by white adoptive parents and given all the things in life to take him off the mean streets and changed his life for the better, who now claims that the USA sucks and is racist is their citizen of the year? But isn’t Kaepernick an example of what one can aspire to in America? From nothing to something. Isn’t that the American dream?
How sad. As opposed to J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans who saw the devastation in Houston following Hurricane Irma and helped raise $37 million for relief. But instead they gave ‘Citizen of the Year’ to an individual who suddenly realized America was racist after he stunk up the field in the NFL and decided to wear cop pig socks and shirts with Fidel Castro on them. If Kaepernick was really edgy and actually cared, he would be more concerned about black on black crime.
GQ has named former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “citizen of the year” in honor of his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial oppression in America. The football player began his silent protest in 2016, but it came to new attention this year thanks to criticism from President Trump.
Greg Gutfeld and the Five panel react to Colin Kaepernick’s GQ “Citizen of the Year” award, as well as Linda Sarsour’s “Woman of the Year” award by Glamour.
More differing opinions that Colin Kaepernick should be winning any awards.
U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Aly Raisman Says she was Sexually Abused by U.S. National Team Doctor Larry Nassar
U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Aly Raisman Says Sexually Abused by National Team Doctor Larry Nassar ..
Uhg, it just doesn’t seem to stop. U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused by the United States team doctor Larry Nassar. Three weeks ago, Olympian McKayla Maroney broke her silence on Twitter to allege that Nassar preyed on her from the time she was 13 until she left the sport. This is a shame that this has obviously been going on for quite some time, much like the Hollywood systemic sexual abuse. Dr. Nassar, who worked with the U.S. women’s national gymnastics teams for more than two decades, is now in jail. Nassar pleaded guilty to child pornography charges but not guilty to charges of sexual assault.
One of America’s biggest Olympic stars has come forward to accuse the former U.S. women’s gymnastics team doctor of sexual abuse. Aly Raisman, who won six medals, three of them gold, for the U.S. at the last two Olympic Summer Games, says she was sexually abused by Dr. Larry Nassar. Raisman tells her story to Dr. Jon LaPook for a 60 Minutes report to be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Raisman, 23, says she was first treated by Dr. Nassar when she was 15. She talks about her experiences in a new book called “Fierce.” It’s the story of a girl who dreamed of going to the Olympics, and how she realized her goal, but it also includes new insights into a scandal that goes to the highest level of Raisman’s sport.
Raisman says a lot of people have asked her why Nassar’s accusers didn’t speak up sooner.
RAISMAN: Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?
JON LAPOOK: You’re angry.
RAISMAN: I am angry. I’m really upset because it’s been– I care a lot you know, when I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs, whatever it is, I just– I can’t– every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think– I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this.
In a statement to 60 Minutes, USA Gymnastics said it has made major changes since the Nassar scandal broke. The organization says it recently adopted a new “safe sport policy” that requires “mandatory reporting” of suspicions of sexual abuse and also sets standards to “prevent inappropriate interaction” between athletes and adults. “USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete has been harmed…” the statement says, “…we want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe.”