Think the rich don’t rule America?
I don’t know what’s worse…taxpayers subsidizing the building of sports stadiums for billionaires, or having to fork out subsidizes to pay for multi-million dollar X Presidential libraries and their lucrative X Presidential foundations.
St. Louis…is a great baseball town. Next to the New York Yankees, the Cardinals have always been one of the most successful franchises in the MLB. St. Louisians are also big hockey fans. We have the Blues and the fan base is just as strong.
But when it comes to football, there really is not much of a passion here for it.
Still, the taxpayers built a very nice football stadium for the RAMS, which was indoors, in 1995…but then, the Rams…sucked. They sucked for years. If you don’t have a winning team, you will not fill those seats. The sucky Rams were sold to a man named Stan Kreoenke..who said he wanted a NEW stadium or he would move the team.
Right. Blame it on the stadium. He wants OUT:
On January 31, 2014, both the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Stan Kroenke purchased approximately 60 acres of land adjacent to the Forum in Inglewood, California. The purchase price was rumored to have been between $90 million – $100 million. Commissioner Roger Goodell represented that Mr. Kroenke informed the league of the purchase. As an NFL owner, any purchase of land in which a potential stadium could be built must be disclosed to the league. Kroenke subsequently announced plans to build an NFL stadium on the site, in connection with the owners of the adjacent 238-acre Hollywood Park site, Stockbridge Capital Group. This development has further fueled rumors that the Rams intend to return its management and football operations to Southern California. The land was initially targeted for a Wal-Mart Supercenter but Walmart could not get the necessary permits to build it. Kroenke is married to Ann Walton Kroenke who is a member of the Walton family and many of Kroenke’s real estate deals have involved Walmart properties. On January 5, 2015, The Los Angeles Times reported that Stan Kroenke and Stockbridge Capital Group are partnering up in developing a new NFL stadium on the Inglewood property owned by Kroenke. The project will include a stadium of up to 80,000 seats and a performance venue of up to 6,000 seats while reconfiguring the previously approved Hollywood Park plan for up to 890,000 square feet of retail, 780,000 square feet of office space, 2,500 new residential units, a 300-room hotel and 25 acres of public parks, playgrounds, open space and pedestrian and bicycle access. The stadium would likely be ready by 2018. In lieu of this St. Louis countered with a stadium plan for the north riverfront area, with the hope of persuading Missouri native Stan Kroenke to keep the Rams in the city. On February 24, 2015 the Inglewood City Council approved the stadium and the initiative with construction on the stadium planned to begin in December 2015.
Got that? Now, here’s the absurd part: The Democrats who RUN the city want to build a new stadium, football team or no football team. St. Louis has a democratic Mayor, and a democratic Governor, Jay Nixon. But we are still paying for the old stadium, which may I add. is INDOORS. Bonds for construction of the Dome are still being paid through 2021 with Missouri paying $12 million/year and St. Louis City and St. Louis County paying $6 million/year each— So how are they going to pay for the new one on top of the old one?
Common Core math.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority want to build a new stadium along the Mississippi River to counter the Rams’ possible relocation to Los Angeles. The Missouri Development Finance Board approved the $15-million plan despite opposition from Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a board member who is running for governor. The sports authority plans to request another $17.5 million in tax credits next year and the year after, for a total of $50 million. That’s only a small chunk of funding needed for the project, which is estimated to cost $998 million.
The republican Missouri legislature is fighting this–and the city had an ordinance on the books to make sure that the voters would decide if they would support the heavy tax burden on them, once again, but a judge has simply, set it aside.
Which means, Jay Nixon is pushing for the taxpayers to pay for a brand new stadium which by all accounts won’t even have a team. On top of that, this is being pushed by the man who let Ferguson burn, Democrat governor, Jay Nixon.
Even if they could get a good team, there is no big money left here in St. Louis, what’s Nixon going to do? Bus in rich guys from around the country?
Nobody who lives here DARES go downtown anymore because that new stadium can be seen from Ferguson on a clear day. Like Detroit, downtown St. Louis is not much different from East St. Louis now….and yet…
The democrats want that stadium built and they want the poor guy barely making $40,000 a year to pay for it.
And the people paying for it will never be able to go, due to the price of the tickets. Add to that…it’s outside, near the river…add humidity to the cold and you have..misery. That football team better win the Super Bowl.
St. Louis needs a new football stadium like they need a new Arch.
Thanks to…those democrats who “care” so much about the “little middle class” people, Nobody Thinks, just like Obamacare, they are going to force it down our throats…where I’m sure the democrats are HOPING the Mexicans will move here and want to play soccer in the brand new stadium.
What else makes sense? It’s not only the black lives that don’t matter here—-for the democrats—- It’s the voters who would rather have a safe city than another sucky football team.
When democrats are always jumping into bed with their rich donor friends, whose looking out for YOU kid?
Does a football commissioner have the same right as a Judge? The big talk of course that has saved Hillary Clinton once again for even being discussed, is that Tom Brady of the Patriots, JUST like Hillary Clinton, destroyed evidence that would convict him of a “crime.” …the big crime being he cheated in the Superbowl.
Tom Brady not only violated his sport’s integrity by participating in a scheme to tamper with the inflation levels of footballs but actively tried to cover up the conspiracy, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell ruled Tuesday, upholding the Patriot quarterback’s four-game suspension.
In a stunning statement, Goodell alleged that Brady’s “very troubling’’ coverup effort involved instructing his assistant to destroy his cellphone less than 24 hours before he was interviewed by Ted Wells, the NFL’s special investigator in Deflategate.
I remember a time when sports were sports…and I remember a time when you had to get a court order to look at someone’s private phone records.
There might be another reason that Tom Brady wanted his phone destroyed, and obviously, taking a page right off the Clintons’ book of delay, erase, destroy evidence bible, he thought…Hey, if Hillary can do it, why can’t I?
And how is that possible?
Have we gotten so used to the loss of our 4th amendment rights that now it is understood that we MUST hand over all personal data about ourselves…with no rights of protection whatsoever?
Hillary’s crime is one thing: she is paid by the citizens of this country and we have legal rights to her records, but Tom Brady is a citizen. What right does any football commissioner have to confiscate his phone records?
When the money is big, and your career depends on winning at all costs, we have see our politicians cheat, commit crimes, fraud, bribery, all the while protecting themselves by denying, lying, and protecting themselves with every deceit they can muster.
Sports in America is also big money, and why were we surprised when Mark McGuire and Roger Clemens denied for years that they took steroids?
Did they have to provide their cell phone data up?
They lied. They wanted to win. They needed to pump up to win. They did it.
And why not? Our politicians lie to us every day and get by with it.
Nobody Wonders…if a deflated ball gave him THAT much of an advantage over every other football player.
You STILL have to make the throw.
You STILL have to make the right call.
You STILL have to be one of the best.—Unlike our politicians, who it seems can be community organizers from Kenya one day, and President the next, most of the Sports stars ones who make it to the top are of the one percent.
Too bad our politicians can’t go through the same training.
Anybody that has had a kid in Little Leagues knows the scenario of cheating all too well. So, I’m sorry. The all black team that won the Little League highest honor last year, and they won it by stacking the deck with kids that were not suppose to be on that team…should lose those trophies.
Unfair you say? The adults did it? Mmmm………
According to my brother, the decision by the little league officials was right: You won the game boys…you have that honor, but you don’t get the title.
My brother has raised his son through the league, and he and I were both raised in a different America. The coaches played by the rules. But not today. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard my brother talk about five-year olds playing against kids twice their sizes by 100 pounds. Or teams with sixteen-year olds playing against 13-year olds. The kids try, but they can’t compete.
Guess what? The coaches have been doing this all over America. They go and get the best talent to make it to the top. Little league has become VERY competitive.
It’s a shame. The kids know they can’t beat the stacked team. And don’t be fooled, ALL the parents are aware of what’s going on too. The team that won the little league trophy was from Chicago.
That should tell you all you need to know.
But today, I did not hear ONE person anywhere say that the kids should forfeit the little league trophy.
The reason? It’s not the kids fault. Okay, It’s not, I agree. BUT…..
Let’s assume that the kids didn’t know that some of the kids on the team were NOT from the same place. That the coach had handpicked winners from around the area, and broke the rules.
The very fact is, rules were broken. It doesn’t matter if it’s not their fault, if everyone forgives the kids because their black or they’re just kids, than the message is:
You CAN cheat. Adults can cheat. If they get caught, nothing happens to them.
Jesse Jackson has called anyone a racist who thinks that rules were broken.
Please. How about playing another card…like the joker.
The team that lost, should receive that trophy, with an apology from the coach.
And then the kids on that team would learn a lesson about cheating. They would never forget it, and it would make better citizens of them all. They will see what happens when “leaders” who cheat hurt the people they are supposed to be leading, and they hurt the citizen…by cheating.
You either have rules, or you don’t.
IN America, cheating is not only allowed, it’s admired. Obama cheats every single day. He stacks the deck. And America has suffered dearly for it.
Anyway, let’s hope the officials at Little League stick to their decision.
(Thanks to my brother for his excellent take on it, and for making me see all sides.)
Nobody thinks it’s only right that a coach from a Boston Team called the Patriots wear a shirt that says, “Don’t Tread On Me.”
I want one….
This week was a no-brainer. We have two contestants who SHOULD have won their respective contests, but blundered beyond comprehension.
It was the height of stupidity, the epitome of idiocy, moronic nirvana.
It was a mistake of monstrous and monumental proportion, the Great Wall of dumb surrounding the Grand Canyon of dumber.
It went down in flames, and it will go down in history, quite simply and simple-mindedly, as “The Call.”
It was, by acclamation and without argument outside the Seattle Seahawks brain trust, the most imbecilic, senseless, defenseless, half-witted, empty-headed, brain-dead call in the history of organized football – and every other sport known to man in the history of the world.
And then there’s France.
France, has the reputation of being number one in the world of fine cuisine. The French got that honor right after they got rid of the guillotines and gave the government back to the rich Kings, and put the chefs back to work.
But this week…the French LOST the international chef contest! In fact, it placed…
Get your forks ready…7th!
From the National Post:
PARIS — It is considered to have one of the finest cuisines in the world. But France faced gastronomic humiliation after it failed to make the podium on home soil in a global cooking championship.
Norway won this year’s gold medal in the Bocuse d’Or, a contest often described as the World Cup of chefs. France only managed to muster seventh place in the competition in which chefs must “demonstrate creativity, spontaneity and the mastery of their art”.
This is truly epic: America, land of chicken McNuggests, Whoppers, sloppy Joes, and onion rings, came in…second.
This could be an international crisis.
So, who wins the Nobody’s Perfect Award for the week?
How did our losers handle their defeat?
Nicolas Davouze, the main French Chef, who had high hopes for his “facon grenobloise and guinea fowl truffee petites farces bourgeoisis” said:
“Whatever happens, I have no regrets. I gave everything.”
Coach Carroll said:
“We were going to run the ball in to win the game, but not on that play. I didn’t want to waste a run play on their goal-line guys. It was a clear thought, but it didn’t work out right. The guy (Butler) made a play that no one would have thought he could make.”
(Evidently the ONLY person in the world who didn’t imagine what would happen was Pete Carroll. )
Who wins the Nobody’s Perfect Award for the week?
The French have held the tradition of making god awful crepes stuffed with cream crudités a la fish for ages, and will continue to win, all they need to do is get new judges next year.
Pat Carroll’s “call’ on the other hand, will NEVER be forgotten. Not even in France. Not even while dining out at the finest restaurants in all the world, right now, at this VERY moment people are eating their dinners and saying—-CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT CALL?
Congratulations Pete! You may have lost the Superbowl but you have won the Nobody’s Perfect Award for the week!
I suggest if any of us happen to run into Pete, we all buy him a drink, and suggest he take a nice long trip to France, where he will feel…more at home where he can share a heartfelt cri de coeur. (cry in French.)
There’s always next year.
Okay, you all made it through the week reading my very depressing and very often, sarcastic opinions, so it’s only fair I share some laughs on the weekends, right?
If you haven’t seen this video, you might be the only one in the world who hasn’t.
Enjoy! (I like the pickle comment.)
“Thou Shalt Not Steal” said Moses. And it was a pretty good rule too. All those starving people were probably stealing grandma’s favorite goats out there in the desert… but that was long ago, BEFORE the world invented such temptations like Superbowl rings, and color TVS.
And so, This week, we compare a football team, and an unknown lady, both accused of cheating.
Let’s start with the one most talked about: The Patriots are accused of “cheating” and thereby ‘stealing’ a win, in their last football game, which happened to take them to the Superbowl:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will cooperate with an NFL investigation into whether the Patriots used footballs that were not fully inflated during Sunday’s 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
The potential use of underinflated game balls was first reported by Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com two hours after the game. Using underinflated footballs can help quarterbacks and receivers grip the ball better, especially in the rain. It rained during the game and there were occasional downpours.
Yes, even though the OTHER team got to catch that deflated football TOO..logic does not serve here.
And then you have the Costa Rican Lady who just wanted to steal a TV…and did.
Pretty slick, huh? Either she has thighs that would fit on the hubs of a RAM Truck, or this is NOT the first TV she has stolen.
So, who wins the Nobody’s Perfect Award for the week?
Is it the Patriots, who by their very name are no doubt hated by Eric Holder, and Barack Obama, if for no other reason than they are not named after an Indian Tribe? Nobody Thinks even if the football WAS deflated, it’s not like they are the only ones allowed to touch it. I didn’t see the game, but something tells me, they should blame whatever rep handles the footballs, not the teams. Nevertheless..
This is not the first time the Patriots have been involved in a game-day controversy. In a 2007 game against the Jets, they were accused of taping the Jets’ sideline defensive signals. The NFL determined the Patriots violated NFL rules and made them surrender their 2008 first-round draft pick. The team was fined $250,000 and Belichick was fined $500,000.
Wow. That’s serious. Taping the other team? Whoa. I don’t know.
Or is it the lady who had the “squat and insert” position down pat?
Or maybe we should be asking, “What would Moses do?”
I don’t know. Nobody Thinks the trophy for best cheater and stealer of the years goes to the Costa Rican woman. Who KNOWS how many things she has stolen? I bet she could walk out with a lawn mower, microwave oven, one of those expensive mixers I can’t afford…..a new washer, at least ten boxes of expensive perfume..
What was her name again?
As for the Patriots?
Keep the name fellows. Deflated football or not…I don’t follow football, but something tells me, if you can’t play with ANY kind of ball in the rain, then you deserve to lose.
I suggest the Colts go to the gym, and start developing those thighs.
It’s one thing for the liberals to get into our eating habits, now they are using sports as another means to promote their agenda: which is usually don’t offend anybody: gays, or Indians.
But, Kirk Herbstreit put some common sense back into play:
The ESPN announcer responded by strongly disagreeing with Costas’ decision to inject politics into his sports duties:
Well I work on two shows, College GameDay in the morning, studio show like you guys do. I’ll talk about that topic…I’m going to break down the game, analyze the game, the subject matters involving that night and that broadcast. I just don’t think that’s the platform to do that. I agree with Al.
As NewsBusters has documented, Costas has a long history of pushing his liberal agenda while covering sports for NBC. In December of 2012, Costas blamed an NFL player’s murder-suicide on guns by proclaiming “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Costas proclaimed that Vladimir Putin was a better statesman that President Obama.
Costas has also weighed in on the debate over the Washington Redskins name, insisting in October 2013 that “Redskins can’t possibly honor a heritage…It’s an insult, a slur.” While Costas has eagerly talked politics while covering sports, millions of Americans would likely agree with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit that politics and sports shouldn’t mix.
So, congratulations Kirk Herbstreit, you win the Nobody’s Fool award for the week, for expressing what most everyone feels who is a sports fan:
Please…just call the game guys.
Often times, the ones who invent something never really get the credit for it, so for the man who invented the jump shot, recognition was a long time coming. Kenny is a simple man, who invented a way to solve a problem…and it became part of the game.
The end of the story is filled with wisdom, for all the men and women who live silently knowing they contributed to the world, and never blew their own horn about it.
It’s a great story to start off the week.
(Thanks to Kim Komando)
Yes–I’m from St. Louis, and the Blues are our hockey team, and just in case you have been watching House of Cards (yes, I have and I did) instead of the Olympics tonight, T.J. Oshie, our hometown Blues boy, DEFEATED the Russians in a shootout game in Sochi!
I would have liked it better if NBC hadn’t of posted Michelle Obama’s congratulations tweet and Obama’s phone call to him while they wrapped up their broadcast at 10.30 pm…because it’s T. J. Oshie’s moment, and they just HAD to get top billing on his achievements.
I don’t ever remember any U.S. Presidents ever doing that for just one player.
Total fame hogs, the Obama’s. They should get on that giant hot dog with Miley.
Anyway, America won: …sweet.
Nobody Flashes on a Saturday morning
Two weeks of hearing about the Superbowl…is enough to drive anybody crazy. So, here’s some fun to get us all in the mood.
It’s for those of us who watch the game and WONDER….what cuss words came out of what player. Now we know.
I wish somebody would make a Mick Jagger video and do this…I could NEVER tell what the heck he was saying.
When it comes to sports, this week, we have a new bad boy on the block: Richard Sherman. Okay. I didn’t watch the game, but I didn’t have to. According to Richard himself, he is the bad–est guy in all of football, and was so overpowering Erin Andrews, all she could muster was disbelief. (Really, she was priceless.)
And so, this week I just HAVE to put up more proof, of how seriously our country is in decline. Even our sports hero’s can’t match the sports hero’s of yesterday when it comes to…how to talk smack.
Watch Muhammad Ali show the new boys how to do it–and you tell me…who wins the Nobody’s Perfect award for the week?
Cassius Clay…and he’s not around to gloat. But if he was, I would sure like to hear what he had to say about Richard Sherman, wouldn’t you?
Richard Sherman definitely needs to practice more on his smack down communications. Julian was right on.
The president made the comments while speaking aboard Air Force One with David Remnick, the magazine’s editor and a former sportswriter for The Washington Post.
Obama said that while the risks were understood, if he had a son, he would not allow him to play professional football.
“I would not let my son play pro football,” he said. “But, I mean, you wrote a lot about boxing, right? We’re sort of in the same realm.”
I suggest we bring rugby America.
Is ANYONE surprised?
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In celebration of Obama’s 160th round of golf, I present the real Masters…