The New England Patriots aren’t the only ones stinging after last night’s brutal beating by the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s first football game of the season…the entire league is feeling the brunt of their own actions.
Much has been said regarding the NFL’s unwillingness to discipline players who are refusing to stand for the National Anthem, a move made famous by washed up and unemployed former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick’s hatred for American law enforcement led the uninspiring player to not only kneel during the anthem in protest, but wear clothing depicting police officers as “pigs” during practice. This sentiment, as vile as it is for everyday Americans, spread across the league like a wildfire as players looked to emulate the buzz that Colin had created about himself.
These protests, which have not been admonished by the league or any of its coaches, have decimated the NFL’s rating over the course of the past season, and the 2017 preseason wasn’t looking like a rebound either.
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Now that we have our first game out of the way, (an embarrassing routing of the New England Patriots), we have our first glimpse at how the NFL will fare in the coming months…and it ain’t pretty.
“In a 42-27 win over Tom Brady and crew in a game that went to midnight on the East Coast, the Kansas City Chiefs brought some real drama to the start of the 2017-18 regular season. But last year’s AFC West champs took some real hits too, with cornerback Marcus Peters getting blowback on social media and more for sitting in protest during the national anthem and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry suffering a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon in the matchup at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.
“Still, with a 14.6/25 in meter-market ratings, the beginning of the new NFL season was not exactly a winner for the league and NBC.“While better than anything on the Big 4 has done in the overnights in months, those numbers are down a sobering 12% from the early results of the Denver Broncos’ tight 21-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers in last year’s kickoff game on September 8, 2016.
“Long season short, that’s not a good start for either the NFL or networks hoping to gain some traction from last year’s NFL ratings blows.
“To put some greater context, the 2016 kickoff game, which was down from both the 2015 and the 2014 openers, went on to snare a 9.4/33 rating among adults 18-49 and 25.2 million viewers. With the eventual Super Bowl 50 champs 10 points down at one point before surging for the win, the Broncos-Panthers opener was the fourth year in a row that a NFL kickoff game topped 25 million viewers. With 27.5 million sets of eyeballs, the 2010 kickoff between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings still holds the record for most-watched season opener since the traditional Thursday openers started in 2002.”
Americans are growing more aware of their own power in recent months, as unconventional President Donald Trump has emboldened the idea of individualism in his first term. No longer are We The People content with sitting idly by, and, given a the recent economic successes under Trump’s reign, we are more capable than ever of using our wallets to combat that which we find unacceptable.
That, of course, includes turning off the television when the NFL attempts to parade around their overpaid, anti-police brutes.