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Trump Weighs In on the Revived National Anthem Debate

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Here it is, 2018, Colin Kaepernick out of a job and Black Lives Matter hasn’t been heard from in a while (at least, not when anyone was listening.)

And yet, the NFL National Anthem debate is once again in the news.

The media has a tendency of focusing on narratives that rev people up, rather than narratives that most people agree on.

Sadly, you think most people would agree that it’s respectful to stand for the National Anthem, no matter what your ideology is.

The NFL, who found themselves at the center of the Anthem controversy when Kaepernick inspired dozens of other players to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality.

Fans did not take too kindly to this, and the franchise found themselves caught between declining sales and falling victim to the notoriously tyrannical Court of Public Opinion. They at first supported the players, who are paid millions to earn even more money for the vastly wealthy NFL owners, to practice their “free speech” on the field.

Then, in what many called, too little too late, they announced a policy for the 2018/2019 season that players would be required to stand or stay in the locker room.

For some insane reason, they’ve flip-flopped back, once again, suspending the policy which drew the attention of POTUS himself, who has been quite vocal about the importance of the well-paid players showing their respect for the Anthem during games.

The Daily Wire has the story:

President Donald Trump reignited the war with the National Football League on Friday after the league announced on Thursday that they were halting their decision to prohibit players from kneeling on the field during the national anthem.

The NFL suspended its policy after the Miami Dolphins revealed yesterday afternoon that they would “suspend and/or fine players who protest during the national anthem,” The Daily Wire reported.

Trump responded on Friday by blasting the NFL on Twitter, writing, “The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it!”

“Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart?” Trump continued. “The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

Some critics say the President shouldn’t weigh in on this issue, but they forget that Trump’s willingness to not only weigh in on the culture war but to make it a central narrative in his platform, is why so many Americans gravitate towards him.

Americans take patriotism seriously, and a lack of patriotism is one of the central issues of our most hotly-contested and vital political issues of our day.

We voted “America first” for a reason, and how our celebrated sports franchises reflect the patriotism of millions of Americans definitely matters.

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WATCH: Golfer Lays into Official; ‘Can’t Wait to Leave This Tour’

The anguished golfer did not make himself available to the media at the conclusion of the round containing the outburst. 

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For many of us, our youth was spent dreaming big dreams.  Some wanted to be actors or singers, while others dreamt of a life in politics.  Some took the noble route, imagining themselves as doctors or firefighters.

But a great many of us believed that we would be talented enough for the big leagues.  We saw ourselves playing our days away, wowing crowds and bringing home oversized gold trophies.

Sure, this is a dream for many, but those who’ve been grinding day in and day out have their own issues, too, and athletes are not impervious to angst.

Such was certainly the case this week in the world of professional golf.

Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship is getting attention not because of his play but because of one specific moment on the par-5 10th. Hitting his tee shot left of the fairway into a penalty area, the fiery Spaniard was able to find his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three-minute time frame competitors are given when searching for a potential lost ball.

Just outside the given time, Garcia was assessed a penalty stroke and subsequently expressed his displeasure to the rules official.

“I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.”

The moment went viral on social media.

Garcia was getting ready to jump ships to begin with.

Reading in between the lines, it is quite obvious what the 42-year-old is referring to. Linked to the LIV Golf League, the former Masters champion would join many of his European counterparts to participate in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all being tied to Greg Norman’s league, Garcia has become the latest to express his commitment, albeit in an unofficial fashion.

The anguished golfer did not make himself available to the media at the conclusion of the round containing the outburst.

For many of us, our youth was spent dreaming big dreams.  Some wanted to be actors or singers, while others dreamt of a life in politics.  Some took the noble route, imagining themselves as doctors or firefighters. But a great many of us believed that we would be talented enough for the big leagues.  We saw ourselves playing our days away, wowing crowds and bringing home oversized gold trophies. Sure, this is a dream for many, but those who’ve been grinding day in and day out have their own issues, too, and athletes are not impervious to angst. Such was certainly the case this week in the world of professional golf. Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship is getting attention not because of his play but because of one specific moment on the par-5 10th. Hitting his tee shot left of the fairway into a penalty area, the fiery Spaniard was able to find his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three-minute time frame competitors are given when searching for a potential lost ball. Just outside the given time, Garcia was assessed a penalty stroke and subsequently expressed his displeasure to the rules official. “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.” The moment went viral on social media. https://twitter.com/the_fried_egg/status/1522303897397866496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1522303897397866496%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fgolf%2Fnews%2Fsergio-garcia-cant-wait-to-leave-this-tour-after-rules-official-issues-penalty-at-wells-fargo-championship%2F https://twitter.com/Sean_Zak/status/1522299802238820354?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1522299802238820354%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fgolf%2Fnews%2Fsergio-garcia-cant-wait-to-leave-this-tour-after-rules-official-issues-penalty-at-wells-fargo-championship%2F Garcia was getting ready to jump ships to begin with. Reading in between the lines, it is quite obvious what the 42-year-old is referring to. Linked to the LIV Golf League, the former Masters champion would join many of his European counterparts to participate in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all being tied to Greg Norman’s league,…

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Senior Pickleball Player in Denver Picks Up Felony Charge

Talk about EGREGIOUS!

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Pickleball may very well be one of the fastest growing sports in that nation at the moment, but its sudden rise to the top of the ath-leisure world hasn’t come without some hiccups.

The sports is rather easy to understand:  Played on a tennis court with a slightly smaller inbounds area and a shorter net, players use wiffle balls and something akin to a beefier ping pong paddle to play.  The medium-impact game has been increasingly popular among older Americans, who prefer to remain active but understand that a full court game of tennis could be a bit much.

In Denver, Colorado, what was once a fun game for one elderly citizen has turned into a legal nightmare, however.

Authorities in Denver have charged a 71-year-old retiree with defacing a rec center’s floor to mark boundaries for the game, reports CBS Denver. As a result, Arslan Guney is accused of felony mischief and theoretically faces three years in prison. His attorney—and his supporters in the local pickleball community—say the charge is ridiculous. “In no way did he intend to damage the floor,” says attorney Hollynd Hoskins. “This is not a crime. This is not criminal mischief.”

Guney was charged after he re-marked the fading out-of-bounds lines with a sharpie, prompting a ludicrous response from local authorities.

“Defacing or damaging public property is unacceptable, a criminal offense, and will not be tolerated in any of our public buildings or spaces,” says a spokesperson for the city’s Parks & Rec system. The department estimates it will cost about $10,000 to refinish the floors, an amount Guney’s supporters say is exaggerated. “He’s willing to do anything, including any amount of community service, tutoring, mentoring at-risk kids in order to make amends and to be able to gain his membership back,” says his attorney. “And obviously, he would like to stay out of jail.”

Guney is known as “the mayor of Pickleball” in his area, and so there is little doubt that this flock will come to his side as a court adjudicates the case.

Pickleball may very well be one of the fastest growing sports in that nation at the moment, but its sudden rise to the top of the ath-leisure world hasn’t come without some hiccups. The sports is rather easy to understand:  Played on a tennis court with a slightly smaller inbounds area and a shorter net, players use wiffle balls and something akin to a beefier ping pong paddle to play.  The medium-impact game has been increasingly popular among older Americans, who prefer to remain active but understand that a full court game of tennis could be a bit much. In Denver, Colorado, what was once a fun game for one elderly citizen has turned into a legal nightmare, however. Authorities in Denver have charged a 71-year-old retiree with defacing a rec center’s floor to mark boundaries for the game, reports CBS Denver. As a result, Arslan Guney is accused of felony mischief and theoretically faces three years in prison. His attorney—and his supporters in the local pickleball community—say the charge is ridiculous. “In no way did he intend to damage the floor,” says attorney Hollynd Hoskins. “This is not a crime. This is not criminal mischief.” Guney was charged after he re-marked the fading out-of-bounds lines with a sharpie, prompting a ludicrous response from local authorities. “Defacing or damaging public property is unacceptable, a criminal offense, and will not be tolerated in any of our public buildings or spaces,” says a spokesperson for the city’s Parks & Rec system. The department estimates it will cost about $10,000 to refinish the floors, an amount Guney’s supporters say is exaggerated. “He’s willing to do anything, including any amount of community service, tutoring, mentoring at-risk kids in order to make amends and to be able to gain his membership back,” says his attorney.…

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