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Updated on August 11, 2018

The Lady is Bugged!

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Lady is at the Stove

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Saturday, August 11, 2018. Our lovely friend, Lady Bug, is at the stove preparing Blueberry Crumb Muffins for our enjoyment. I am preparing French lattes to add to the fun. Lady is fed up with the NFL and their continued desire to disrespect our flag and our country. She has extended an invitation to all the Poppers this morning to join her at the breakfast table and punt around the subject of kneeling. That pun was intended. We hope to see you soon.

Why Are They Angry?

Thanks so much for joining us the morning. The new NFL season is almost upon us and the players are still taking a knee or raising their fists during the playing of the Anthem. I am sure I am not alone when I say that I find their acts of disrespect disgusting, insulting and completely out of place. The players are on the field to play football. The fans are in the stands to enjoy a game they love. This isn't the time or the venue to raise fists in anger or take a knee when the Anthem is played. It is a time to remain standing with your hand over your heart. It is a time to remember those who gave their lives fighting to keep us all safe. It is a time to remember that, although we aren't perfect, we are the best of the best. It is a time to be proud. In all this time, I still don't know why these players are acting so badly. They say they are outraged, but I've yet to hear them say what is on their mind. They are a lucky group of people. Their skills on the field have earned them a place in the spotlight and big bucks in the bank. Are they outraged that others in the country aren't as lucky? Do they believe that everyone should get paid millions for knocking people off their feet? If any of this were true, why are they wasting time acting like spoiled inarticulate brats? What are they accomplishing? Who are they helping? What is the problem? Does anybody know?

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It's Getting Old

Fans of the game are growing weary of the sight of players with their fists in the air. Fans are tired of seeing players take a knee. Some fans are so sick of the spectacle that they are turning away from the game. Will this faux rage be worth it when revenues go down, attendance dries up and salaries begin to reflect the diminished popularity of the game? The pocketbook is what hurts the most. I think that the "outrage" they are trying to express about "who knows what" will turn to outrage over their lower pay.

Perhaps if the players are so disgusted wth this country they should consider packing their bags and going elsewhere. Venezuela is in the dumps right now. The people could use a lift. Why not mosey on over there and cheer up the crowd? Keep in mind that once you are there you will find plenty of things to protest. Bear in mind, that if you do so, you will probably find yourself in a cozy cell wishing you were back in America.

Your fans are not as enthusiastic as they once were. The stands are not as full as they once were. Families come to the game to enjoy themselves. They are not signing up to witness a protest that has no meaning. All you are doing is showing your fans both young and old that it is okay to mock the Anthem. If there are actual reasons for your protests you have yet to speak about them in an intelligent way. There are other forums to discuss what's on your mind, but the football field is not on the list.

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Stop Crying

I have a suggestion for the protesters. Get up, open your fists, lay your hand over your heart and show respect for the country that has afforded you such a good life. If you have grievances, talk about them off the field and then put your money where your mouth is. Most of the players have the time and the means to make a difference in the black community. Stand up and be a role model. Show young boys and girls that a better life awaits them if they work hard. Go into troubled communities and build recreation centers. Hire talented mentors to keep kids off the streets and headed in the right direction. Team up with law enforcement to bridge the gap that exists in so many neighborhoods. Build better schools. Offer scholarships. Mentor these kids. For God's sake, do something!


Lady's Song

She has no patience

For players who kneel

That's why the Lady is no tramp...


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    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Good Morning Paula,

      Personally, I think your sons did you a favor. See you at the Inn.

    • fpherj48 profile image

      Paula 

      9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey pop.....My sons have banned me from even talking about football. They have no patience with me...ever since I asked them how many innings there are in a football game. Jeesh! No sense of humor!

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Dear TSAD,

      I don't that much about football, but I do know that you are right. See you later at the Inn.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      9 months ago from now on

      Do you know what bugged me the most before this protest fiasco? It was how so called professional football players fumble the football and in almost every case where a runner fumbles the football it is because he doesn’t secure the ball with two arms when he is in the midst of being clobbered by usually several players. After a lifetime of playing football from childhood you’d think this one fundamental skill would be automatic by now and I can only think that those who constantly make this mistake are just stupid and I wouldn’t be surprised if those protesting the anthem are the same ones who fumble the football. I could never coach a pro team I guess cause I would fire any back who is so stupid as to consistently not protect the ball, it ruins the game for me when that happens ... I mean it used to.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Good Morning AB,

      The player's inability to explain why he is protecting speaks volumes. When my daughter sang the National Anthem for major teams, the players stayed in the locker room. That would solve the whole problem. See you at the Inn.

    • abwilliams profile image

      A B Williams 

      9 months ago from Central Florida

      Good Morning Pop -

      The guys that continue to ‘take a knee’, need not wear their helmets, they are so hardheaded, they don’t need them.

      They will continue this behavior without hesitation.....just because!

      A ‘protesting’ Dolphins player was interviewed after, I actually thought he was going to specify what he is taking issue with, instead he talked about how he was relieved that he had others join him in protest.

      He had cameras in his face...he had an audience...he had the opportunity to express his grievances and yet...he had nothing to say.

      Nuff said!

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Dear brad,

      It would help to know their cause. Perhaps when they narrow it down, they will tell us. See you at the Inn. I am tired of these babies.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      9 months ago

      Pop

      This kneeling is just another venue for the anti Americans to show how much they hate America and hate president Trump.

      Other venues are the so called "Awards" where instead of honoring their own, they choose to be rude, vile and emotional about the president.

      The connection with the sports kneeling is that president Trump is challenging not their freedom of expression but their disrespect for the country as their avenue to make a point.

      As you and your friends mentioned, these people are getting huge sums of money to Play Ball, and not to use their fame in sports to make political views.

      Everyone should be able to voice their views and opinions, but there is an appropriate time and place for it. Maybe they could get together and start a telethon in the off season and use the money to further their cause. Then the people that watch the telethon would be there voluntarily, and not watching a side show at the beginning of a football game.

      What is the benefit of thrashing traditions that are associated with how America came to be and what it stands for?

      These players are on a football team, but they are also on the bigger team of team America. And we cannot be the United States of America when people can't be united.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Good Morning Tom,

      If these athletes fail to get the message, they may be out on the streets playing touch football. See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Good Morning Lori,

      I agree with you. There is a time and a place for everything. The football field is for playing, the stage is for acting and award shows are for awards. No one attends a football game to become part of a protest. The same can be said for arrogant actors who feel compelled to insert their views on an unsuspecting public. See you at the Inn. I won't be watching pre-season football.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Good Morning North,

      I applaud and echo your comments. This nation has enough fools and we certainly don't need anymore. You are right about Chicago. The city is on fire. People are dying every single day. Get off your feet, athletes, e and do something. Your fists in the air are getting old and tired. See you at the Inn. I'm buying.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Good Morning TSAD,

      It would be terrific if the other athletes were brave enough to speak out. Their input would mean something and perhaps put this ugly issue to bed.

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 

      9 months ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop and Lady,

      I agree with your assessment. This situation has gone on too long and it's time to stop the inappropriate disrespect and play the game.

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      Lori Colbo 

      9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I can't add much to what's already been said by people below, but I am sick of it too and it bugs me that the Hollywood elites use award shows to air their grievances rather than celebrate their work. We don't watch the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy awards, Country music etc to hear them protest Trump or fill in the blank. Fame and fortune produces arrogance, ingratitude, and megalomania. That'ts not a blanket statement because there are many celebrities who are generous and humble and know the proper and most effective way to stand for their principles and issues they are passionate. American's enjoy their work and some of the awards are influenced in one way or another by the people who find their work enjoyable. Professional sports, TV, Cinema, and other various arts give this dark world a reprieve, So when they start doing this stuff they are ruining it for their fans.

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      Virginia North Skok 

      9 months ago from Beaufort S.C.

      Good morning Pop and Lady,

      What a sorry, sad state when brawn takes the headlines over patriotism. Each one of the over paid, over exonerated, lauded, spoiled males should thank God each day for the privilege of being born in the greatest of countries, America.

      What have you contributed to your community, your country other than your brilliant ability to catch a ball and run?

      You are the worst kind of roll model, not only to the youth but to all people. It might behoove you to check on murders in Chicago's black section or district. These are your brothers and fellow man.....their lives matter.

      Even spoiled brats have to follow rules or suffer consequences. You only belittle your cause when you kneel. So many wonderful, brave Americans have died so that you can now play the part of a fool.

      Looking forward to a blueberry muffin, coffee and intelligent conversation.

    • VNorth profile image

      Virginia North Skok 

      9 months ago from Beaufort S.C.

      What a sorry and sad state when brawn takes the headlines over patriotism. Each one of the over paid, over exonerated, lauded, spoiled males should thank God each day for the privilege of being born in this, the greatest country, America.

      What are you contributing to your communities, your country, other than an ability to catch a ball and run fast?

      You are the most worthless roll models not only for our youth but all people. It just might behoove you to check on the murders in Chicago's black district or section. These are your brothers, your fellow man and their lives matter.

      Even spoiled brats have to follow rules or suffer some consequence. You only belittle your cause when you kneel. So many wonderful, brave Americans have died so that you can now play the part of a fool.

      Looking forward to going to the inn and meeting new people.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      9 months ago from now on

      The other athletes are not jumping on the bandwagon because

      1) They aren’t so stupid as to pick the Anthem as a battlefield no matter what their personal leanings are.

      2) They care more about their profession and careers than making a fool of themselves.

      3) They actually love America and what the anthem represents (which still begs the question: Why aren’t these players speaking out and agreeing with Trump on the matter?)

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Dear TSAD,

      I feel the same way, and so do most people I know. This farce has ruined the game, and it is a shame. I wonder, do they stop and ask why other athletes are not jumping on the bandwagon? Perhaps they should. See you at the Inn. The TV will not be tuned to the pre-season games.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Dear Maven,

      First of all, an Alexander is wonderful with a muffin. As far as the players are concerned, I think they need to get a grip. I also think the management of the NFL needs to take a position and stick to it. If they decide to allow these protests, then let the fans decide if they are interested in being a part of the circus. I doubt they will sign on. See you at the Inn. I'll save you a seat.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Dear Pamela,

      The players, as individuals, have a right to protest. They do not have the right to subject the fans to a protest they didn't sign on for. See you at the inn. I need to be among friends I care about.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Dear Carolyn,

      I understand everything you said. The protests started because of perceived police brutality. They did not continue because police were murdered just doing their job. I have no respect for the kneelers. Yes, they have a right to do what they want, but if they lose their jobs, that's life. Frankly, I am sick of the whole thing. It's a show without meaning. See you at the Inn.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      9 months ago from now on

      Well what these losers are doing is denigrating America and insulting every patriot who ever served this country with their lives on the line. No matter what they say is their reason or what they object to, that has absolutely nothing to do with what they are actually doing which is a disgrace especially when you consider what this country has given them because of the sacrifices those who love this country, its flag and it’s anthem because of what they stand for, freedom and liberty and God given rights which the country stands for and was founded upon.

      Let them continue because they change nothing except their own fortunes which will continue to decline. I and everyone I know well has stopped watching football. Viewership was down last year for Thursday night football 36% and don’t think that didn’t hurt the stations. Advertisers contract for a guaranteed viewership and if it isn’t met the are refunded their money.

      This fiasco has already gone too far, I for one will never watch football again no matter if they punish players or players agree to stop completely - i’ll Do nothing to put money in the pockets of such ignorant ingrates - they have ruined the sport for me forever.

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      maven101 

      9 months ago from Northern Arizona

      Good Morning, Pop and Ladybug...

      Hopefully the Marketplace will sort this affront to America out...I remember during the 1968 Olympics when Carlos and Smith raised their gloved fists in a Black power salute...They were awarded the Arthur Ashe "Courage" Award by ESPN years later...Will Kaepernick be awarded the same at some future date.?

      Isn't this what it is all about..? The social arrogance, the gleeful and continual "shocking" of America...Well, Americans are not shocked, they are angry and disgusted...Pop and Carolyn are right, they have failed to articulate what exactly is their grievance...I don't think the protesters even know why they are raising fists and taking a knee...Look at me. I'm cool, I'm shocking the world... So kids emulate them, thinking its cool...Ask a kid that kneels during the Anthem and he will shrug his shoulders and say "Uh, you know, like, power to the people, dude"...

      Pino makes a great point...What are these guys doing in the off-season to change lives, improve communities, and counter violence...They could do wonders inspiring and educating the youth that are exposed to the crime and corruption that exists in our biggest cities...which just happens to be the very places where they play football...

      Kaepernick is now a poster boy for the left and has partnered with Nessa, an angry activist Muslim that blames America for her parents plight despite the fact that they were highly educated but were unable to get high paying jobs because they spoke with an accent...WALOC...Do 'ya think that maybe the girl had something to do with Kaepernick taking a knee..? Inquiring minds want to know...

      See you at the Inn, Pop...Does an Alexander go with Blueberry muffins..?..

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am not sure their protests have one particular reason - and maybe they don't know either. It is getting old. It makes me not want to watch, and I actually enjoy the game.

      It would seem while they are being paid to perform that any form of protest should take place on their own time or dime! Many of them do good works, but unfortunately those that protest give an overall bad impression on all players.

      Thanks for a delicous breakfast!

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      Carolyn Fields 

      9 months ago from South Dakota, USA

      I support free speech, and peaceful protests - in general. There is a time and place for them. I would argue that a football game is neither the time nor place. Also, I have a very specific requirement for such protests: they need to have a clearly articulated goal. They need to have an "end game" if you will. This started as protesting police brutality against black men (from what I understand). So here is my question: what does "success" look like? Black men who commit crimes are no longer stopped by police? Or police who stop black men who commit crimes are forbidden from using lethal force? Or we go a year without any police shootings of black men? There needs to be some thought as to what the NFL players are trying to achieve. Just saying "stop police brutality" doesn't cut it for me. I need to know what that looks like. Because with God as my witness, people of all colors will continue to commit crimes, and police will continue to intervene. So how do we strike a balance? That's what I need to know.

      See you at the Inn.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Dear Pino,

      These players have no idea what they are so enraged about. It makes no sense, and what they are doing is so wrong on so many levels it is maddening. They are teaching the youth of America that their country is nothing to be proud of. See you at the Inn. I need to calm down, too.

    • breakfastpop profile imageAUTHOR

      breakfastpop 

      9 months ago

      Good Morning billy,

      There are players who do wonderful thing for their communities. Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson created the Foundation for Success. Atlanta Falcons Vic Beasley founded a foundation seeking a cure for childhood cancers. There are many other players who do great things, but those that are protesting by taking a knee are not using their time or their abilities productively. Enjoy the week-end.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Pop, I totally agree with your last paragraph. Do we know that those players don't do those things? Do they not help in their communities? Do they not mentor? I don't know if they do or not, and am curious if that's true of all of them? I honestly don't know but I would love to find out how many or the protesters actually do goodwill for their communities.

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