Oct 082017
 

VP Pence leaves Colts, 49ers game after anthem protest

See, that’s how you do it. Now if more people would simply shrug and turn off the NFL game on TV, or stop paying insanely high prices for tickets to spend hours watching 11 minutes of sportsball, things might improve.

 Posted by at 1:40 pm
  • Allen Ury

    According to Trump, this was planned well in advance. Pence went to the game expressly to leave after the National Anthem. Kind of an expensive display of symbolism. As MGM mogul Sam Goldwyn famously said, “If you want to send a message, use Western Union.”

    • Scottlowther

      > According to Trump

      Well there’s yer problem…

      > Pence went to the game expressly to leave after the National Anthem.

      I read it as being prepared in advance to leave. Not only do i not follow sportsball, I don’t follow whether Pense follows sportsball. So was he a common sportsball-goer? If the anti-America protests hadn’t been going on, would it have been safe to assume Pense would have still gone to the game?

      > Kind of an expensive display of symbolism. As MGM mogul Sam Goldwyn
      famously said, “If you want to send a message, use Western Union.”

      Both lines applied to the protesters long before Pense got up and left.

      • Allen Ury

        Yeah, but “taking a knee” didn’t cost the taxpayers $245,000.00.

        • Scottlowther

          Neither did Pense leaving the game. That money was blown when Pense *went* to the game. It’s not like the taxpayers would have gotten a refund if he’d stayed till the post-credits scene after the final home run or whatever.

          Was he going to have gone if the protests weren’t ongoing? I dunno.

          An argument can certainly be made that Presidents and Vice Presidents shouldn’t spend taxpayer money going to foosball games and playing golf. They should be busy working.

          • Allen Ury

            Evidence suggests he went there for the sole purpose of leaving. He went way out of his way to do it, too.

            Yeah, I’m not a big fan of elected officials spending big bucks on leisure pursuits. As for Trump, I’m sure there are many fine golf courses within a hour’s drive of the White House.

          • Scottlowther

            > he went there for the sole purpose of leaving

            OK, a compromise that should make everyone happy:
            1: Politicians are no longer allowed to spend taxpayer dollars to make political statements.
            2: Taxpayer dollars are no longer allowed to be used for stadiums where political statements are made by the employees.

            Without the tax benefits that most NFL stadiums seem to get, and tax breaks and whatnot for TV broadcast right and whatnot, then the profitability of the NFL should drop substantially. The current crop of meat monsters getting paid many millions of dollars per year would see their rate of pay cut by, oh, 90% should suffice. They’ll still get paid well into the “one percenter” category. if they bitch about “oh, boo hoo, muh concussions,” simply point out that even with a 90% pay cut they’ll still be making many multiples of the rate of pay that your average solider or Marine or cop gets. You know, the people whose jobs involve risk of getting shot and blown up, who protect the meat monsters ability to get paid to play a game, and who the meat monsters are currently disrespecting.

  • Thucydides_of_Athens

    While various outlets disagree about the numbers, it seems clear that the viewership and ticket sales for NFL games has taken a hit sine the protests started and President Trump highlighted the issue by openly saying what many sports fans were thinking.