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Giants Fans Do Not Like Kneeling During the National Anthem

New York Giants owner John Mara received many ’emotional’ fan letters regarding the trend of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. They were not thrilled to say the least.

Is anybody really surprised by this? I’ve become used to the standards that the NFL has created and clearly it has trickled down to the fans as well. It’s the same old bullshit. A player does something controversial, and then a Colin Kaepernick becomes the source for all the hate in the world.

The real issue are the NFL owners. Did you know that the US Defense Department paid NFL teams $5.4 mil just to have military veterans honored at football games following the 2014 season? If anything, that should get people far more angry for a clear lack of respect given by team owners.

Rarely do you see the same amount of hate for the people chilling in the booths upstairs.

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Except Goodell, everybody hates Goodell.

Giants fans also confuse me in another way. There wasn’t nearly this much backlash when the world realized that they had a domestic-abusive kicker on the team in Josh Brown. How does Mara receive more mail for a kneeling the Giants never partook in, compared to an actual abuser they had on their team?!

All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara told The MMQB. “‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more-so than any other issue I’ve run into,” according to ESPN.com

In fact, I’ve seen more outrage over Odell Beckham Jr. skipping OTAs compared to the Giants knowingly keeping Josh Brown on their roster despite his illegal activity.

There is no right or wrong party, but I feel as if there’s an interesting order of priorities around the NFL community.

NFL Cools Down Celebration Rules

On May 23rd, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL announced a few changes to the celebration rules. This included the lifted bans of group celebrations, using the ball as a prop and on-the-ground celebrations.  

Let me start off by saying that I’m proud of the old wrinkly bastards that run the NFL for once in my life. It usually seems that they try to find ways to ruin the sport and make crucial decisions with little to no explanation. But this time, they backtracked on their awfully enforced rules.

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Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz were each fined $12,000 for this celebration, Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season.

It’s 2017, not 1948. I’m not even that “pro-celebration dances”, but I don’t get bothered by it either. It was clear that this fine was way out of bounds. What are they doing that’s so terrible in this picture? Did they become triggered when they saw Odell reach for his fake camera? Do they not like The Salsa?! These are the hard-hitting questions.

Roger Goodell also said, “Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized,” according to ESPN.com.

So lets go over the new rules.

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Allowed
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Allowed
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Allowed (using the football as a pillow)
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Still not allowed.

Sorry Antonio, twerking your ass in front of Redskins fans was also a fond memory for me.

But in all seriousness, the players are what bring in revenue for the league. People don’t turn on football games to see some old farts sitting in a booth. When I watch a football game, I want to see Rob Gronkowski stiff arm seven guys en route to the endzone. And if he wants to put on a show after the play, so be it.

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This was a very underrated dance. Flashiness and toughness mixed in a nice blend.

Clearly the NFL had an epiphany in the middle of the night for some odd reason. Oh wait, it’s not an odd reason. They just figured that the more popular players become, the more popular the sport will become and that will of course lead to more money in their pocket.

Back to sleep!