Four former Spartans on 2019 ballot for College Football Hall of Fame

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Poll: majority of Americans approve of NFL kneeling ban

Just this morning I was musing over the new kneeling ban in the NFL and what led to the outpouring of anger from fans. While mulling that over, I concluded that the new policy likely wouldn’t make much of a difference at this point because too much water has passed under the bridge. But a new survey released by SurveyMonkey this week provides at least a hint that I may have been wrong. After a lot of bad polling days for the league, a solid majority of respondents are now saying that they support the new policy.

Americans—and especially NFL fans—are supportive of the league’s recently-announced policy to fine teams whose players kneel on the field during the national anthem. More than half of adults in the U.S. (54 percent) say they approve of the policy, while just 43 percent disapprove. Among those who call themselves NFL fans, 56 percent approve and 42 percent disapprove. Drilling down even further, “big fans” of the NFL approve by a margin of 59-40.

More than four in 10 people (42 percent) say that kneeling during the national anthem “is not related to patriotism.” Nearly as many (41 percent) say that kneeling during the national anthem is unpatriotic–almost three times more than the number of respondents who think it is patriotic (14 percent).

A majority of people (55 percent) say it is fair for teams to be fined for a player’s actions. About as many (57 percent) say that the ability for players to stay inside the locker room during the national anthem rather than kneeling on the field is a fair compromise.

You can read the full results here. There are several clear demographic breaks in the responses. Democrats were far less impressed with the new policy, with 65% disapproving and 67% saying it would be unfair to fine the teams for the actions of the players. But 81% of Republicans approved, with only 19% disapproving.

The racial divide was almost equally stark, with whites approving at a rate of 59% while only 38% of blacks do. That may still prove troubling for the league since an even more interesting question had to do with who considers themselves fans or “big fans” of football. 68% of black respondents said they were fans, while 53% of whites did.

With all that in mind, I have to wonder if the plan among some players which Allahpundit reported on the other day will have much of an effect. If any significant number of starters who will have a real impact on their teams’ prospects decide to “sit out” the games until Kaepernick and Eric Reid are signed, how would the fans of their individual teams respond? I know that if any of the Jets’ starters decided to do that and reduce our already comically low shot at a Super Bowl ring even further, I’d be pretty ticked off at the players, not the league. But then again, am I in the minority there? From the looks of this poll, I’m guessing I’m not.

Anyway, that’s just some recent polling for you to mull over until the preseason kicks off. (Assuming it actually does.)

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DNC’s Keith Ellison says he’s boycotting ‘cowardly’ NFL for making players respect the national anthem

Darn, it appears Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, is boycotting the NFL over its “cowardly” new policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or keep their rear-ends in the locker room.

Sundays will never be the same… or, perhaps, they’ll be just fine.

“Friends who know me, know that I love football. But I won’t be watching this NFL season because of the unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban. #BoycottNFL,” the Democratic lawmaker tweeted.

On the same day the league announced a $89 million commitment to social justice programs to combat inequality, team owners agreed to a policy that subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not stand for the anthem. Teams also have the option to fine personnel or players who violate the policy.

The NFL has been rocked with controversy since former player Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling in 2016 o protest racism and police brutality.

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The left responded by saying the new policy is an affront to the First Amendment, never mind that players — see employees — are technically on the clock when they protest.

Anyone surprised the Democrat’s siding with NFL players disrespecting the national anthem over claims of police brutality and racism — statistics beg to differ — haven’t been paying attention in post-Obama America.

And while Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, had lots of support from his progressive fan club, a tweet by a social media user demonstrated what a pickle the NFL created for itself by not taking a firm stance from the jump.

“I’ll continue not to invest my dollars in pampered man children who whine about work conditions at a multi-million dollar job,” the tweet read.

Here’s a sampling of other responses that suggest that of all its problems, Ellison not watching games is the least of the NFL’s concerns.

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