Throw the flag!

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Alright football fans, do you ever find yourself yelling this at the TV (or if you’re lucky to attend the game, at the actual refs)?

What if there were penalty flags in real life? Wouldn’t that be great if there was a way to immediately have feedback from a random third party that could “throw the flag” as a penalty when someone wrongs you?

Cut you off in traffic? PENALTY FLAG! Move back three cars.

Rudely interrupts a conversation at a restaurant? PENALTY FLAG! They pay for my dinner.

Neighbor’s do craps in the yard and they don’t clean it up? PENALTY FLAG! They have to mow my lawn for a month.

Someone in the house eats your leftovers? PENALTY FLAG! They have to cook every night for a week.

What do you think? Could you go for this? What are some places you’d love to have someone “throw the flag” in your life? (or, if you’re brave, maybe places you DON’T want a flag thrown!)

Super Bowl of extortion

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I am not sure if anyone noticed. Well, maybe some of you did, but you weren’t sure what you witnessed with this last Super Bowl and the halftime performance. Yes, it wasn’t fantastic, but it wasn’t lackluster either. They invited some extra performers that weren’t really necessary and that always perplexes me. But, let’s get down to the real topic at hand.

To Maroon 5’s credit (and the other performers too), they stuck with their performance and didn’t bow out due to the pressure that was mounted against them. I am glad they didn’t bow down and performed on, arguably, the largest stage known to man. I mean, 1 billion (that is a ballpark guess) viewers is a lot of people. However, I am irritated that they satiated the protests by basically being extorted into giving donations to charitable causes. It’s great for the charities, but sets a bad precedent.

Let’s be honest. That Change.Org petition with around 100k signers is a drop in the bucket to 1 billion+ and really should have no bearing on what the NFL or the performers did. Shouldn’t have even been a second thought.

People say they care about the whole Kaepernick thing, and maybe some really do, but I tend to think that it is just something to grandstand on. If you really cared you would have boycotted the NFL completely and stopped paying attention to what they are doing. Here’s the thing, the people who are protesting the issue just keep coming back. Wanna make an impact? Stop showing up and stop caring what they are doing.

No instead they raise a ruckus over some halftime performers who can’t win if they don’t, and apparently can’t win if they do. I saw all kinds of media attention around people being mad at them performing. Then mad at them for not performing right, or not being edgy enough. This is their livelihood and I think they should get a little credit for what they did.

I haven’t seen anything from these protesters who feel so strongly about the Kaep thing that they are boycotting the advertisers who bought ads during the show (at least there is none that I have seen – let me know if I am wrong). Wait, what? I need to boycott them too? OK, yeah, now it gets serious. If you are going to stand on principle, you better be prepared to go the whole way. It’s gonna get real serious if you do and you’re gonna need to make some life changes, not just the NFL but the products and advertisers who support them too.

Yeah, I didn’t think you were that serious.

Extortion. It’s the new form of protest. 

 

 

 

Fantasy football freaks

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Fantasy football can be enjoyable and I have participated in several leagues for many years. The leagues are free via Yahoo Fantasy Sports and relatively easy to use or participate in.

A couple years ago I got invited to a league via a friend (the friend no longer participates) and it was nice to play with some people that took it seriously enough to make it competitive, but not so serious that you didn’t feel overwhelmed with the fact that you weren’t doing hours of research each week as it related to the players on your team. I knew there were others out there spending hours upon hours preparing for the draft but I never felt the need to do so. Oh, and the league is free so there are no fees and there are no prizes.

However, over the last couple years it has gotten just a little out of hand as far as the demands of the league, both in time and attention. First it was a Facebook group. Then it was a debate about a slow draft. Then it was a test of a slow draft. Then it was a debate about moving platforms. Then it was a test of a slow draft via the Facebook group. Now it is downloading extra app to your phone so you can do the slow draft in another program and communicate with the group via another, additional, chat app.

So, I’ve had enough. I am opting out of the league. I was doing this for fun and want to keep it that way. I don’t want to have to log into multiple places for tracking or communicating about my team. Sorry, guys, I guess I am just not that into it…or your league.

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