I have a baseball from the 1994 World Series. I like to bring it out and challenge anyone to name one of the two teams that played in that World Series. I get a lot of guesses, all wrong. Then I laugh, because although they made a 1994 World Series commemorative baseball, they didn’t actually have a World Series in 1994 due to the strike.
The reality is that baseball never really recovered. In 2016, average attendance was 29,339, less than what it was in 1993 and far less than it would be if it hadn’t been for that strike. Baseball simply is no longer America’s game. Sorry, but this is really obvious. Odds are your kids and grandkids know a lot more about soccer than they do baseball. That is why so many major league players are from other countries. The kids here have moved on.
The NFL was already in trouble. The move of the Rams and the Chargers to Los Angeles is a huge failure. Los Angeles has a lot of people, they just don’t bother going to football games. Then we learned about all the concussions and the horrible physical effects on retired players. Many parents are asking if they really want their kids to play football. Who can blame them? Colin Kaepernick starting sitting down for the National Anthem and the liberal left equated this with some great act of courage. More and more NFL players decided this was a great idea. No one dared tell the truth about this, until Donald Trump gave a speech this week:
“That’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’”
Right on, Mr. President! It about time someone pointed this out!
Roger Goodell gave an idiotic response, warmly and stupidly embraced by the mainstream media:
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
Hey Roger, where were you when players were showing a lack of respect for our country?
I was recently at a San Francisco 49ers game. They brought out the biggest American flag I have ever seen. It covered the entire field. Almost everyone stood at attention and honored our country. Do you think they will listen to someone like Keith Olbermann and sit down during the National Anthem so NFL players don’t get hurt feelings?
Please! Is Keith Olbermann still alive? Apparently he is now hosting a YouTube show for GQ. I don’t know, I don’t care and neither does anyone else. If people do decide to still attend an NFL game this weekend, I will wager a large bet that most people will stand and cheer the National Anthem louder than ever before. I also predict that a lot of them will avoid insulting the over-paid arrogant jerks congratulating themselves on the field by staying home and turning off the TV.
In 1994, Baseball flipped the bird to the American people. In 1995, the networks required by contract to broadcast major league baseball, lost $595 million. Want to guess how much advertising revenue will be lost this time? It sure looks like 1994 all over again; just substitute the NFL for MLB. Game on, or perhaps not.