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They’re Done: NFL Ratings Rocked After Thanksgiving, TV Networks Lose $500 Million Dollars From Kaepernick Stunt

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As we have been reporting for months now, the NFL is in deep trouble. And just now it’s starting to become apparent as to how deep the divide with the fans has really become.

On Thanksgiving Day, the New York Giants played the Washington Redskins. And although the yearly NFL Thanksgiving day game has turned into an American past time which takes place after the famed Thanksgiving feast, not many fans were in the mood to put up with the tantrums the elite, ball-tossing millionaires have been throwing this year. In fact, fans were so upset that the Thanksgiving Day game ratings fell another 10% on the spot.

The national anthem protests continued couldn’t even be put on the back burner during Thanksgiving in spite of the severe drop in ratings and the huge amount of revenue loss the NFL has been taking since the protests escalated earlier in the season. The national anthem protests have hit the NFL so hard, to the tune of over $500 million in losses, that it has, in fact, turned the league into one of the most divisive brands in the entire country.

But regretfully enough, even though the stats don’t lie, apparently New York Giants defensive end, Olivier Vernon, didn’t get the memo because he was the only player to take a knee during the national anthem in Washington. But what was even more offensive about his actions was that the man singing the national anthem was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army. What does he care? He still gets his payday, even though the NFL is bleeding revenue dollars like a sailor on shore leave.

Would this be a great time for a new startup like the XFL?

Via Variety:

‘This Was the XFL’ Director on Vince McMahon, Concussions and Whether League Could Make a Comeback

When the XFL kicked off its first and only football season on NBC in 2000, it did so to a Nielsen ratings more than double what the broadcaster had promised advertisers. By the time that season ended, the league was posting record lows for its Saturday-night time period.

A partnership between NBC and the WWE, the XFL is largely remembered as the most significant failure of the two men who spearheaded it — WWE founder Vince McMahon and longtime NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol. Taking its cues from McMahon’s wrestling operation, the league billed itself as a more violent, more titillating, more fun alternative to the NFL. But with a hastily thrown together football operation and teams composed of NFL cast-offs, the quality of play was too terrible to sustain viewers’ initial curiosity.

“This Was the XFL,” a documentary premiering Thursday night as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, argues that, despite its many failings, the XFL changed the way that sports was broadcast, introducing innovations in marketing and production that the NFL and other leagues, and their broadcast partners now employ regularly. It is also an exploration of the relationship between Ebersol and McMahon, two of the most successful and controversial broadcasters of their generation. The film is directed by Charlie Ebersol — Dick Ebersol’s son and president of TV production company The Company.

“The one thing that my dad and Vince had never spoken about was XFL,” Charlie Ebersol says. “When the idea got run by me, I said to ESPN, ‘This is great, but the film I want to make is a love story between these guys over 15 years.’”

Charlie Ebersol spoke with Variety about the XFL’s failures, its successes, and the challenges of making a movie about his father and his father’s best friend.

How did your dad feel about the fact that you were going to make a movie about what was, essentially, the biggest failure of his career?

I’ve done a handful of documentaries that have done okay, with festivals and HBO and et cetera. And he had a sense of what I did. So he called Vince, and they had about an hour-long conversation about doing it, and they were definitely trepidatious. But once they commit to things, they go all the way in. They were making phone calls for me. Vince called Jesse Ventura. A lot of the stuff that came together was a function of the two of them committing fully to doing it. Afterward, when I showed it to them, they both said “This is the autopsy that the XFL needed.” I like that they refer to it like a murder victim.

How did Bob Costas come in? He plays like the villain of the movie.
You couldn’t make the film without Costas. First of all, you shouldn’t make any movie without Bob Costas. He’s the greatest personality of all time. I did a documentary on Africa and I seriously considered putting him in there as mid-film comic relief. He’s wonderful in that sense. Also, I wanted a critical voice, and I wanted a critical voice that wasn’t mean-spirited. A lot of people had a bone to pick with Vince and my father, especially TV critics. So there were a lot of people I could have gone to who wrote perfectly horrible things about the XFL. But Bob, who’s a very good friend of my dad and Vince, could come in and comment and be funny and not come off as a vindictive guy.

Because you are your father’s son, you can tell the story from a point of view that another director might not get at, but do you also expose yourself to potential criticism that you’re being a homer for your dad?
Are you suggesting that there are people on the internet or in the press that are going to take a negative view of me, my father, or Vince McMahon? That’s such an unconventional idea. Can you give me any example ever of anyone going on the internet and saying anything negative about those people? I just don’t think there’s any precedent for it.

I worked really hard in the film to try to create a balanced view. That’s why Costas is in there and Peter King, guys who are sort of the arbiters of decency. And look, if you want to see negativity about the XFL, just Google “XFL.” The first 700 news hits prior to my film coming out were “Failure! Failure! This is a stain on Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon’s record!” I just didn’t feel the need to do that in the film. I also think that people conveniently ignore the fact that the NFL and the NBA and Major League Baseball and Fox and CBS and ABC just lifted all the technologies and techniques that worked about the XFL, and still rolled their eyes about the XFL’s viability.

At the end of the film, your dad and Vince are joshing about trying to revive the XFL. How serious are they being?

Look, when I interviewed Jerry Jones for the film, he brought it up. And when I interviewed Vince, he brought it up. My dad’s not going to do it. He’s really, really happily retired. Vince is still on the road three days a week producing 17 pay-per-views and 104 “Monday Night Raws” and “Smackdowns” a year. He’s a madman. If Vince has put enough thought into it, I never question the validity, because you never know when he’s going to walk into the press room and announce that he’s doing it.

Costas talks about this in the film, but the league was sold as being more violent than the NFL, and now you can’t really have a non-fan conversation about football without talking about concussions. Were you concerned about how that would flavor the story you were telling?

No, and the reason I didn’t think that is because during the making of the movie the UFC sold for $4 billion. Look, the media plays an important role, but I think the media is an echo chamber to a huge degree. So the concussion story and the CTE story, which, by the way, permeated not just football but also UFC and all these other sports, I think these stories are similar to the outrage that the press had over things that Donald Trump was saying that, if you really went into his voting group, they didn’t care that he was saying. Concussions are real and scary and the NFL does have a responsibility to their players. But if you look at the playoff ratings, clearly the public isn’t really that upset about it.

What did your dad say when you showed him the movie?

The only thing scarier than interviewing my father and Vince was I showed it to them together. At the end of the film, the only note I got was from a WWE exec on cutting back something that was critical of Vince, and Vince cut the person off and said, “No, first of all, we’re not giving notes, and second, you should feel confident about putting that in because that’s what really happened.” I was mesmerized by that. All through my life, I’ve seen my dad and Vince note everything to death. I did a documentary about schools in Africa and got 15 pages of notes from my father. I was expecting notes. I was not expecting them to defend the parts of the film that I was most nervous to show them.

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BREAKING News About The NFL – It Finally Happened To Every Racist Player!

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When most Americans turn on the television to watch a football game, the last thing they want is to be bombarded with is the political viewpoints of spoiled millionaire athletes whining about their “oppression” of living in America. The NFL has a catastrophe on their hands at this point, as their racist players are now turning away fans in droves, as we continue to see empty stadiums at many games each week. Week 14 was the last chance the NFL had to get back on track, preventing coal from being delivered to their holiday stockings just before the holidays. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen. After ignoring their patriotic fan base for months, the NFL could be on their way to bankruptcy after learning the startling new price that NFL tickets are going for.

Veteran AF reported:

The NFL is having such a tough time filling seats that reports are saying in some cases tickets are selling for as little as three dollars a seat on the secondary market. By the beginning of December, tickets have rapidly dropped in price thanks to empty seats that outnumber fans. Tickets were going for an average of $85 according to a website that tracks the cost of a fan experience at stadiums. Things have gotten so terrible that teams are being forced to inform people that ticket prices are being cut just to peak any interest. So far it is not working.

What’s even more hilarious is that owners will soon be giving seats away for free just to create the illusion that the league is “recovering.” But just like any company in existence, profits are what drives the market and if things continue, the NFL could soon be forced to cut the salaries of these millionaire athletes just to keep their heads above the water. Not only are these racists athletes being hit with the reality that no one gives a crap about their disgusting antics on the football field, but their cushy multi-millionaire salaries that they continue to take for granted could be drastically cut overnight.

Breitbart reported that addition into literally giving tickets away at this point, viewership is down by a startling 30%. “The Week 14 SNF tilt between the Ravens and the Steelers ended up a 39-38 victory for Pittsburgh. However, the game was down 30% in the ratings from last year’s Week 14 match-up between the Giants and Cowboys.”

To add insult to injury, the ratings began to plummet as soon as President Trump told patriotic Americans to boycott the NFL, telling owners to “get that son of a b***** of the field.

According to The Washington Times:

An analysis released Friday by CNBC found that ticket prices during the first three games of the 2017 season enjoyed a 20-40 percent increase over last year, but then skidded in Week 4 and actually dropped by 2 percent in Week 5.

The timing coincides with the uproar following President Trump’s criticism of the protests on Sept. 22, which prompted nearly 200 players to sit or take a knee during the national anthem in the Sept. 24-25 games in Week 3.

Is it any wonder that Americans are fed the hell up? Not only are these morons disrespecting our Soldiers and police officers every time they take a knee, but now they’re flashing black power salutes anytime they tackle white players on the field, as they continue to proclaim their supremacy over the white race.

“It is hard to believe a sport so popular could ever fall so far out of favor. Just a couple of years ago the NFL was a juggernaut that could not be stopped. Prices were at an all-time high, and seats were generally filled to capacity. Everything has changed now and it’s all because of a bunch of spoiled brats who can’t separate their job from their political beliefs,” Veteran AF went on. 

It’s hilarious that karma is smacking these players right between their eyes right before Christmas. If the NFL at this point can’t even sell tickets for $3 and is forced to give them away, that type of business model is not sustainable, and the only thing left at that point will be for the NFL to start cutting the salaries of these “oppressed” millionaires.

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BREAKING: Miracle On Ice Team Captain Just BRUTALLY Schooled Lindsey Vonn After She Trashes Trump – She’s DONE!

She got knocked right on her Face!

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Ever since Trump won the election, liberals have been melting down in epic fashion. The great meltdown of snowflakes hasn’t been contained to just brainwashed liberals who believed that Obama was their messiah, it spread far & wide to include celebrities & sports figures & continues to this day.

We’ve seen entire NFL teams, spurred on by Colin Kaepernick’s example, disrespect the national anthem & our soldiers because President Trump said that they should stand & honor them. NBA players like the Warrior’s Stephen Curry have been disinvited from visiting the White House because of their hatred of Trump. Even some college basketball teams snubbed the president by declining invitations to visit the capitol.

The latest professional athlete to disrespect President Trump is 33-year-old Gold Medal skier, Lindsey Vonn.

In an interview last week, Vonn told CNN that if she is on the US Winter Olympic team competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, that she will “represent the people of the United States, not the president.” When asked if she would accept an invitation from President Trump to visit the White House if she won in the Olympics Vonn replied, “Absolutely not.”

The backlash was immediate. Amanda Shea of Freedom Daily wrote:

Vonn just slipped down the biggest downward slope of her career that’s become all too familiar in the sports industry. Just like sponsors in the NFL fled in droves after major profit losses caused by protesting players, this Olympian is starting to feel the pain of making divisive statements where they don’t belong. After doubling down on her tasteless remark by adding, “I want to represent our country well,” Vonn explained. “I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that,” one of her biggest sponsors realized what a liability to their business she is.

Fans are already responding to the comments in the same way they did to the National Anthem kneelers in the NFL. A trending hashtag #BoycottUnderArmour has already picked up a lot of steam since she made her anti-Trump statements. We’ve already seen that this is more than words. Pro-Trump Americans will adamantly stand by our president and do exactly as they say they will – boycott a brand, a sport, an event, and anything else that condones anti-American attitudes.

Of course, Vonn experienced more Trump Train karma when she was injured during practice, yesterday. Her injuries forced her to withdraw from the World Cup, and she may not even get to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Now, Vonn is being slapped in the face for disrespecting Trump by one of her own. Olympic gold medalist Mike Eruzione, who “captained the 1980 U.S. men’s hockey team in a stunning victory over Russia in a game that has since become known as the “Miracle on Ice,” told Fox & Friends that Vonn should respect President Trump.

Via the Conservative Tribune:

“In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday, Eruzione said that commander-in-chief ought to be respected.

“First of all, we had the honor of going to the White House, and if you will remember, at a very difficult time,” Eruzione recalled, noting that the victory came at the height of the Iranian hostage crisis and President Jimmy Carter’s unpopularity.

“President Carter had announced they were boycotting the (1980 Moscow) summer games, so a lot of Olympians weren’t very happy with President Carter and his decision.”

Nevertheless, Eruzione went, even though he faced questions over the boycott.

“I’m kind of an old school guy, I respect the presidency,” Eruzione said. “I respect the White House. I respect who is in that White House.”

“If it’s her choice not to go, that’s fine, but boy, I treasured my visit.”

It is, of course, Vonn’s choice. This being said, vitiating the quality of American discourse at this acrimonious juncture isn’t the spirit of the Olympics.

As bad as liberals may think Donald Trump is, few remember the kind of anger and rage Americans felt toward President Carter in 1980. He was despised for so many reasons, most of which were very good, and was decidedly unpopular among Olympians.

And yet, they went. They respected the office. They respected the White House. They respected the country they had done fairly well for themselves representing.

Vonn, as it turns out, might not even have to worry about a potential visit. According to the Washington Examiner, Vonn suffered a back injury during a race this weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland.”

If butthurt liberal Lindsey Vonn wants to compete on OUR Olympic team and represent OUR great country, she had better put her personal feelings aside because guess what? President Trump is an American, also, & she’s representing him as well.

After all Trump has done & is doing for America, you’d think liberals like Vonn would show a little gratitude. It’s almost as if they hate that unemployment is at a 17 year low, the stock market is breaking records almost daily, illegal immigration is down massively, and consumer confidence is at an almost two-decade high. All of those things are good for Americans, and Trump is the one who made them happen!

If libs like Vonn don’t like what Trump is doing for our country, maybe they should go live in another one!

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Army-Navy Game’s Stunning National Anthem Rendition Puts Every Kneeling NFL Player To Shame

This is amazing & Trump is cheering them on!

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This afternoon was the famous yearly Army-Navy football game. They met again this year on a snowy field in Philadelphia to play a game is now an American Pastime in its self. A game that has been played for over 100 years.

This year marks the 118th time the two teams have played each other. The teams meet in a neutral city between their respective academies. Which often means they have to play in NFL stadiums due to the enormous number of active duty and veteran fans who wish to attend. This year that number was over 70 thousand people.

But this year the game meant even more. You see, before the game, the choirs of the Annapolis and West Point academies but their football rivalries aside and joined together to sing our national anthem. It was a solemn moment which was made even more beautiful by the falling snow. Just watching this will bring tears to the eyes of any Patriotic American soul who day in and day out has to witness the disrespect spoiled rich NFL ball tossers show for our nation and her flag because of so-called Social Justice.

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The 49ers’ Stadium Is As Empty As It Deserves To Be

In the last few seasons the 49ers played at Candlestick Park, I got into the gate for roughly $50 per game. The swarms of ushers and ticket-checkers customary at modern professional sports games were conspicuously absent at the old concrete bowl, and so by the end of the 2013 regular season, I’d found a permanent place in the lower level on the 45-ish-yard line (visitor’s side). I was welcomed in without a real seat by some
older white men from Berkeley who’d inherited their season tickets from their father, whom they told me had held season tickets for the 49ers’ entire 42 years at the ’Stick, and a wild, often-drunk man in his mid-30s who drove in from Fresno and wore things like Batman masks with a 49ers cape.

The two parties clashed, but that wasn’t my problem. All I knew was that I’d been fortunate to find hospitable hosts in such an incredible section and that the men from Berkeley were kind enough to regale me with stories of their memories at Candlestick from before I was born, when the 49ers were the team of the decade.

The seats faced the big hill that made up the western border of the property; when the sun began to set in usually the third quarter or so, the sky would often turn bright, vibrant colors that made the whole aesthetic more than was deserved by what was really a comically antiquated stadium that somehow smelled stale no matter what time you were there.

From those seats, I watched the peak of the Jim Harbaugh years, the ones that now seem like they’ll ultimately be but a blip on the long, extended timeline of shitty 49ers teams since Eddie DeBartolo had to give the team to his sister, Denise, who then gave it to her son, Jed York.

But the Niners couldn’t have asked for better moment with which to move the team down to Santa Clara; the last 49ers game to be played at the ’Stick was the one saved by NaVorro Bowman’s miraculous pick-six, which seemed to play out in slow motion (though that was really just because he was slow as hell running across the field). The Niners won, fireworks were shot off, and “Hello, Goodbye” blasted from the PA, an allusion to the Beatles playing their final U.S. show at the stadium back in 1966.

Less than four years later, the team finds itself amid a perfect storm of waning fan interest at its new, hyper-modern stadium 40 miles south of San Francisco.

The 49ers spent $1.3 billion to build the new stadium and, incredibly, seem not to have thought to, among other things, assess just how hot it would be on the East side of the stadium during day games, especially early in the NFL season. Photos of the empty home side of the new-ish 49ers stadium are now as much of a tradition as the yet-to-be-broken-in stadium could be said to have.

Unfortunately for the Niners, their big, glass-paneled press box faces directly into the stands hit with the most glaring rays. (The view from the opposite side of the stadium is not quite as bleak as the one offered to sportswriters.) It’s not a pretty sight, and it’s exactly what Jed York should see from his owner’s box while the team he wrested away from its only competent coach since Bill Walsh continues to not just disappoint but enrage those of us who are emotionally attached to this dumbass team.

What you are seeing in that empty-stadium porn is the result of distance from San Francisco, early-season heat, and a team that is seemingly getting more anonymous by the snap; in all, it’s schadenfreude incarnate. It’s more than that, though—corny as it is to say, it can’t be understated how much the move to a new stadium cleaved any remaining bridge between the dynasty 49ers and the 49ers of the present and future. The move did away with the shared experiences of the franchise’s best years, even if each passing year proved Candlestick to be more dilapidated and outdated.

The move severed relationships among longtime ticket holders and priced out the old guard of fans who haven’t yet accepted that watching an NFL game on the couch is much more enjoyable than it is in person and, in conjunction with the proximity to the new-monied Silicon Valley oligarchy, it drove home who NFL games are for now.

This isn’t to gloss over Candlestick’s many, many issues. Candlestick, in many ways, sucked. But it had been around forever, hosting everything from that Beatles concert to the 1989 World Series as well as anything 49ers-related. The traffic sucked (as it does at the new stadium, anyway), and it was usually windy and cold, but it was a legacy site instead of a modern marvel headlined by Michael Mina’s tailgate with appearances by Ayesha Curry.

In Santa Clara, fans get more amenities (and, thankfully, wider concourses), but without character or any real indication that the football is the main event—though, really, why should it be?

Realistically, the focus on more amenities has fucked the 49ers in another way: with concourses and suites and porches from which to watch the game, it takes a lot of butts out of seats—which is, at least from a non–front office perspective, all anyone can quantify, anyway.

Most of this was fully within the 49ers’ control, but they are suffering the misfortune of the football product collapsing just as they needed fans to become more committed to spending money, time, and other resources to watch games in person. Those stands are not just empty of bored fans who don’t want to sit in traffic to get roasted in the sun all Sunday watching a terrible team. (Though, for most reasonable people, that should be enough.) What people across the country may not see is how at the beginning of the fourth season in Santa Clara, the stadium has failed to be any more broken in than it was when it opened. Candlestick was a shitty home. But it was a home. The stands at Candlestick spoke loudly for the changing Bay Area; the lifelong season ticket–holders like my white pals from Berkeley blended with younger, Hispanic fans from more blended towns reaching down into San Joaquin valley.

When the team moved to Santa Clara, large swaths of those fans were cut out of the equation. Season ticket prices were reasonable—working-class friends of mine had been able to afford packages during the Alex Smith years, even—and suddenly, the privilege of watching the Niners required $4,000+ investments for anything below the 400 level. And more generally, for fans in San Francisco, the stadium might as well be on Mars. The team has attempted to provide reasonable access to Santa Clara, be it through Amtrak or Caltrain, but it’s still at the tip of a peninsula becoming more and more crowded due to booming development from the second Silicon Valley bubble.

This isn’t an accident. Teams across the four major sports have realized it is much more lucrative to cater to wealthy, mildly interested customers and corporate clientele than to the old rowdy fools in Ronnie Lott jerseys. Take the Michael Mina tailgate thing: It’s cosplay, a version of a traditional football enthusiast’s pastime laid out for the rich and snobby. It’s fine, I suppose, but inherently ridiculous. If I want to do some version of fine dining, the last place I want to be is at a football game, and if I’m at a football game, the last thing I care about is the best meal of my life. The Niners experience, I suppose, is now pitched at people who think differently. Is this working out?

I’ve been to Levi’s Stadium twice; I happened to move cross-country just weeks after the Niners lost in that wild NFC Championship against the Seahawks. I flew home for the first regular season home game against the Bears. It was a somewhat unremarkable game, other than Colin Kaepernick pissing away the lead throughout the fourth quarter. I bought a standing-room ticket for $180 and wanted to die. But wildly enough, as I posted up at a railing somewhere near the 50-yard-line, who should walk in front of me, but my Candlestick friend Adam, Batman mask and all.

Later, again, strangely, I ran into my older friends from Berkeley while waiting for the Amtrak back up to the City. They’d spent 42 years on the 50-yard-line and with season tickets rights, they’d now spend their Sundays in corner endzone seats a couple levels into the sky.

My second trip to Santa Clara was different; I was covering Super Bowl 50, boiling in an auxiliary press box vaulted over the end zone on the “hot” side of the stadium, watching Cam Newton crap his pants on the field and go totally silent after the game.

Neither experience was representative of the regular season ins and outs of 49ers fans still living in the Bay Area, but when we talk about empty seats and the distance from San Francisco to Santa Clara, a lot of the immeasurable things like relationships and tradition get lost. All of it indexes in ways you can measure. Tickets on the secondary market are cheap as hell for this season already. A Seahawks-49ers game the Sunday after Thanksgiving will cost you a whole $62, thanks to wildly deflated demand. Considering the cheapest season tickets run $85 a game, it amounts to people paying not to go.

And who can blame them? When it comes to photos of the stands in Santa Clara, the joke is clearly not on the fans, but on the team ownership. It’s the 49ers, and Jed York, who look like assholes—which they are. When you see the empty home-side stands throughout the season, ask yourself what York is thinking as he sits in an air-conditioned box, taking in the same view.

It seems like the concerns over the stadium are growing within the 49ers front office. In a statement, the 49ers said:

We empathize with our fans whose experience at Levi’s Stadium Sunday may have been negatively impacted by the unseasonably warm weather the Bay Area has recently experienced. We proactively communicated the anticipated conditions to ticket holders prior to game day so that they could make the appropriate preparations. On game day, our staff worked diligently to provide fans with free water, sunscreen, cooling towels and personal misters while directing people to relief in shady or climate-controlled areas of the building.

Last year, we engaged one of the largest stadium architecture firms in the world to help us review a number of aspects of the stadium with the goal of enhancing the fan experience. Much of their feedback has been implemented this season and has already garnered a great response from our fans. We have also asked our partner to investigate feasible solutions to address concerns regarding warm weather days, both for the short and long terms.

Ostensibly, a real solution would have to be something like an FAA-compliant and earthquake-proof canopy. For now, the team should probably invest in massive numbers of giveaway sunglasses and make sure the team stores are full of tank tops to replace the long-sleeve shirts most of us own from the Candlestick days. Their scheduling suggests an awareness of the issues, with its tip-toeing around early-season Sunday afternoon games; this is not only kind of depressing, but probably untenable, and so a perfect fit for a stadium that is truly remarkable in one way: It’s already not what anybody—anybody—wants for the 49ers.

If you would have told me in back in the 80’s while I was growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and watching Joe Montana, Steve Young, Will Clark and Jerry Rice with awe at their greatness that there would come a day that the 49er stadium would be empty I would have looked at you like you were from another planet. But that’s where we are now. The NFL as a whole is now ruined for all of us who love our nation more than we love Football. But at least we will always be able to take solace in the fact that we will always have the Army-Navy game to watch.

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