Sorry Coronabros, The NFL Is Back & Things Are OK

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The stands might not be full. Andy Reid might have a fogged-up shield. The Collinsworth slide might’ve been killed temporarily by COVID. But here we are watching the NFL opener and coronabros have to be fuming over how well this is all going for Roger Goodell and the Shield.

There wasn’t a national incident during the two anthems that were played, including the black anthem. One Chiefs player kneeled for the anthem and the Texans stayed in the locker room. That’s it.

A unity meeting held at mid-field between the two teams was highlighted by Andy Reid’s fogged shield and provided a needed light moment in the face of the brutal six months or so that we’ve all gone through. After that NBC did what it does best. It unleashed Al & Cris to get down to football. Just old fashioned times where guys sit there and talk football. Imagine that.

Enjoy it tonight because when ESPN gets its hands on Monday Night Football you’ll be beaten over the head with social justice. You’ll be begging to get the NBC broadcast back.

Andy’s mask and unity. This isn’t so bad.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. I’m not going to give MSESPN the chance to beat me over the head with social justice. The racist white liberals who run MSESPN aren’t getting one second of my viewership. I haven’t clicked on their website or tuned into their channel in so long I can’t even remember the last time I did.

  2. NFL didn’t screw this up. Not looking forward to wokescenter doing games. As long as any league doesn’t force it down my throat, I can forget and enjoy the game. It’s not complicated. Subtle messages are fine, it being on the screen in different forms constantly, just ruins it for me. I wanted to watch the Pacers in playoffs but it was unwatchable. Isn’t the point to get the message out to as many people watching as possible? Seems counterintuitive to stick to a stance that’s driving away eyes in droves.

  3. Whats a black anthem ? you cannot be serious do they play that in Africa or just here? i guess its the squeeky wheel gets the grease. And it seems like the blacks are always complaining about something that is when they are not rioting or looting or assaulting and resisting leos

  4. The black national anthem is enough for me. How divisive can that be.
    One nation under God. The NFLhas absolutely no honor whatsoever.
    As a long life nfl football fan. I’m out. Cannot support this madness any longer. If I watch I’m supporting divisive Marxist racist ideology.

  5. Oh yeah i didn’t watch not going to watch and things are not ok things will be ok when they all stand hand over heart and respect our Flag and Country its not hard except for these self centered phony clowns pathetic.

  6. This was despicable.Where was the unity for the recently murdered police or innocent black children? Did anyone wear Jacob Blake or George Floyd on their helmets? II saw Breonna taylor. I began watching the game halfway through the 1st quarter. After watching Clay glow about the pre game ceremonies I relaxed. Then I saw after what actually happened. Did Clay get woke?

  7. Chiefs’ fan are taking it on the chin in the twitterverse. I guess booing during the MOU is deemed racist, uncouth and down-right redneck. I, however, was booing at home. Not against the players, but the hypocrisy of unity when over 500 people have been murdered in Chicago so far this year…up 157 deaths same time last year. WHY aren’t those victims’ names on helmets????

  8. Unfortunately, a lot of people will justify watching these horrible games by claiming the pre game stuff isnt that bad. End Racism? Okay. I’m sure they’re talking about these incidents throughout the country where BLM blacks and anarchist whites are targeting and accosting innocent white restaurant patrons, white elderly couples, and white gays and transgender individuals. Okay, now that I’ve convinced myself of that, How bout dem Cowboys! Jerry Jones is a sell out. I just had to get that in there. 45 year Cowboys fan. They can go fuck themselves. Won’t be watching this shit.

  9. I had a comedy club date with some friends, tuned in for 2 minutes when i got home to see it was 31-7, then continued watching Lost reruns on Amazon Prime instead. It was a great night, and I enjoyed my blood pressure remaining at generally normal levels throughout. Life is moving on since the NFL walked out on me.

    • Taught a real estate class online until 9:15, spent about 10 minutes on the Canes/UAB game before I realized it was not going to be a competitive game. Switched to an episode of “Endeavor” on Prime. And that was that. Did someone mention an NFL game? 😉

      I am looking forward to some great ACC games tomorrow, as long as ESPN can stay out of their own way.

  10. There is not a black national anthem. period. end. We’re normalizing the absurd. There are a half dozen references in this article that confirms that. I’m not watching this bullshit.

  11. I’d like to see about a half-hour of different anthems.

    Let’s have: traditional National Anthem, then the black anthem, then the biracial anthem, then Latinx (Yes, there is such a thing as Latinx and my Hispanic wife thinks it is ridiculous.) anthem, then the Chinese-American anthem, then the white anthem, then the red-neck anthem, then any other proposal for anthems.

    The best part will be watching who sits, stands, kneels, power fists, flips off, yawns, cries (Kirk or Malcom), laughs, what-have-you for each anthem.

    And then blue-check-brigade can take turns flaming each other for all of this insignificant gesturing.

    Finally, we can get an MMA ring and fight out our hereditary differences.

    And then maybe we can all get back to work making life better for everyone.

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