Monday's HOT MIC
Well, well, well...
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva became the best-selling player in the NFL by midday Monday.
A spokesman for Fanatics, which runs the NFL's online store, confirmed to ESPN that, over the past 24 hours, more Villanueva gear, including jerseys and name and number T-shirts, has been ordered than that of any other NFL player.
Villanueva beat out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the top spot. Philadelphia Eaglesquarterback Carson Wentz, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rounded out the top five over the past day.
Both the NFL Shop and Fanatics websites had Villanueva jerseys and T-shirts in men's and women's sizes.
A former Army Ranger who earned a Bronze Star and served three tours in Afghanistan, Villanueva was the only Steelers player who came outside the tunnel during Sunday's national anthem, after the team collectively decided not to be on the sideline during the song. Pictures and video of Villanueva standing, with his hand on his heart, filled social media networks.
I'm a lifelong Steelers fan and was so appalled by the team's actions yesterday that I was actually glad they lost.
I'm still not sure if this has driven me away from pro football for good, but it's pushed me to the brink. I've watched less during the first three weeks of this season than probably any time in the last twenty five years. League commissioner Roger Goodell is a coward who is worried more about letting pampered millionaires have tantrums than responding to the needs of the fans they're driving away. It's only the left-leaning tantrums that are sanctioned by Goodell. Last year, the league wouldn't let the Dallas Cowboys honor the fallen Dallas policemen during preseason games.
The league is committing suicide and it's too stupid to see it.
President Trump, annoyed by "fake news" once again, took CNN to the woodshed on Twitter a short while ago:
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Kaepernick in the tradition of Ida Wells, Harriet Tubman, Mohammed Ali.
Yes, The Atlantic's resident black journalist seems to think this.
I just finished his upcoming book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. You know what Ta-Nehisi Coates also thinks? Trump won because of white supremacy — the same kind of white supremacy that started lynchings after blacks were elected to Congress following the Civil War.
No, I'm not making this up. "Eight years in power" is a reference to the time of Reconstruction, when the Union (North) government enforced equality on the former Confederate states. Black people entered Congress, served well, but then were pulled out by whites reasserting power after Reconstruction. Coates thinks Trump is today's equivalent of this.
He writes really well, but the guy suffers from some serious mania. He's spot on about the Civil War, but he needs to understand that people oppose Obamacare because it increases the size-and-scope of government, not because its creator was black. 2016 is not 1885.
Here's my full response to his book.
Predictably, Collins is a no-go on Graham-Cassidy:
Don Jr. makes a great point, here:
An audience of one.
It's real. And it's spectacularly lame.
"These briefings include a range of thoughts and opinions," Biden said during one episode, according to CNN. "Some of which I agree with and some I don't, but all of which I think are important to spend some time thinking about."
"It isn't just a collection of stories I've enjoyed, it's part of a much bigger conversation," the Delaware Democrat added.
"The world is changing quickly, and now more than ever we need to broaden our perspective and be better informed."
And where will Biden find this range of thoughts and opinions?
The stories chosen by the 74-year-old will come from several online publications, including BuzzFeed, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Politico, Vice and Slate.
So the range will cover the center left to the insane left, and Biden will undoubtedly be praised for his centrism.
Meanwhile, in a dark corner of internet, an evil plan is afoot to force the NFL to hire orthodox Muslim and transgender/transsexual cheerleaders.
He says the petition will be launched in a few weeks.
Microchip is the notorious pro-Trump twitter-troll who was behind the White House petition asking the Pentagon to designate antifa as terrorists. That petition garnered over 350,000 signatures in a short period of time.
Micro also claims responsibility for launching a Twitter campaign against Speaker Paul Ryan that resulted in his office denouncing Antifa as “left-wing thugs” in a an official statement, last month.
Ben Roethlisberger seems to be having some regrets about the Steelers' anthem antics yesterday. This is from a statement on his personal site which was re-posted by NBC Sports:
“I was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the national anthem yesterday,” he wrote. “The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently. We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.
“As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the Anthem. I personally don’t believe the anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest. For me, and many others on my team and around the league, it is a tribute to those who commit to serve and protect our country, current and past, especially the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice.
“I appreciate the unique diversity in my team and throughout the league and completely support the call for social change and the pursuit of true equality. Moving forward, I hope standing for the anthem shows solidarity as a nation, that we stand united in respect for the people on the front lines protecting our freedom and keeping us safe. God bless those men and women.”
It is difficult to imagine why Coach Mike Tomlin or the rest of the team really thought that Alejandro Villanueva would remain in the tunnel with them, so this show of solidarity seems to have been a gross miscalculation. The boos probably added to Big Ben's sleeplessness. Maybe more players will begin to realize that hot-button fringe social justice issues aren't playing well with regular NFL fans.
No surprise here:
Hey, good luck with those protests, NFL ...
Megyn Kelly will not survive the winter.
Hoo-boy, this is awkward.
Megyn Kelly shows that there is a chasm between being the host of an opinion/news show on cable news and pulling off network morning show entertainment/news duties. There has already been a lot of behind-the-scenes trepidation about Kelly's ability to make the leap. This performance during her debut isn't going to calm any jitters. Watch it until the end.