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Shock poll: A third of NFL TV viewers boycotting games because of Colin Kaepernick-led protests

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    It's the Kaepernick Effect, stupid夜网论坛.

    The alarming fall in NFL TV ratings this season is partly because of fan anger over on-field protests by Colin Kaepernick and other players of the American flag/national anthem, according to pollster Rasmussen Reports.

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    Nearly one-third (32 percent) of adults say they're less likely to watch NFL game telecasts because of the Kaepernick-led player protests against racial injustice, according to Rasmussen's telephone/online survey of 1,000 American adults conducted Oct. 2-3.

    Only 13 percent said they were more likely to watch an NFL game because of continuing protests by Kaepernick and supporters such as Antonio Cromartie of the Colts (who was cut only two days after raising a fist during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in London on Sunday).

    More than half (52 percent) say the protests have no impact on their decision to watch NFL games on NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and NFL Network this season.  

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    Rasmussen's poll results also break down along racial lines.  

    Roughly 28 percent of African-American respondents say they're more likely to tune in to an NFL game because of the protests vs. only 8 percent of whites and 16 p[......]

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    Kaepernick fires back at Justice Ginsburg

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    Colin Kaepernick does not believe it is Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s place to be commenting on his protests of what he sees as excessive police violence against black people.  

    At least if she disagrees with his actions.

    “It is disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustices and oppression ‘stupid, dumb’ in reference to players doing that,” Kaepernick said in the 49ers locker room Wednesday, per the San Jose Mercury News.

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    Ginsburg, a Democrat, was asked by Yahoo News’ Katie Couric what she thought of Kaepernick and other athletes kneeling during the national anthem.

    “I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg responded. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful.

    “If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive. If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”

    MORE: The worst of the worst Kaepernick takes

    Kaepernick replied, “I was reading an article and it refers to white critique of black protests and how they try to de-legitimize it by calling it ‘idiotic, dumb, stupid,’ things of that nature, so they can sidestep the real issue. As I was reading that I[......]

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    We've seen the last of NFL's 'Pink October'

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    Pink will no longer be the dominant color in NFL stadiums in October.

    For eight seasons, the league has partnered with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of breast cancer while promoting screenings and education. Part of the fundraising involved in that initiative has included auctioning off pink items worn by players, coaches and officials during games — towels, wristbands, shoes and the like.

    But starting in 2017, The MMQB reported Tuesday, the NFL will drop its exclusive focus on breast cancer and 夜网论坛allow teams to spotlight other forms of detectable, screenable cancer over three weeks in October.

    The switch stemmed in part from an interaction between commissioner Roger Goodell and defensive lineman Devon Still, now with the Texans. Still's daughter Leah was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two years ago, and her fight has drawn extensive media attention. Goodell offered Still his support early in the process, and the player responded by suggesting that the league open up the annual October breast cancer campaign to combating other forms of the illness.

    MORE: NFL's Breast Cancer Awareness

    Team representatives were informed last week that the change would be made for the 2017 season. According to the report, teams will even be able to highlight more than one type of cancer per season.

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    Eagles' Darren Sproles out of Ravens game

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    It's not easy to take the field nearly every week over more than a decade in the NFL, particularly if you're only 5-6, but Darren Sproles has managed to pull it off.

    That will change this weekend, as the Eagles' all-around threat will miss Sunday's game against the Ravens with a concussion suffered on an illegal hit in last week's loss to the Redskins.

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    Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced Friday that Sproles has been declared out for Sunday's matchup in Baltimore. Aside from sitting out the entire 2006 season with a broken ankle, Sproles has missed only seven of a possible 173 games since breaking into the NFL with the Chargers in 2005.

    It's no surprise he'll be sidelined after taking a brutal shot from Washington's Deshazor Everett as he lined up a punt return last weekend. Everett told reporters this week that he was fined $24,000 for the hit — in addition to another $24,000 fine levied for a blindside block on Eagles tight end Brent Celek during a punt return. The Washington Post noted tha[......]

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    NFL coaching hot seats: Who goes into 2018 most in line of firing?

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    Being an NFL head coach comes with a lot of benefits. Guaranteed long-term job security is not one of them.

    Training camp is still a couple months away, but pressure is already on coaches around the league to win in 2018. That brings us to the coaches who are going into the season most on proverbial hot seats, plus those who are just chilling in another year of a successful tenure.

    From the guys who survived last season's black Monday to the slew of new coaches hired in 2018, here's a ranking of who's hot and who's not.

    NFL coaches on hot seats

    Hue Jackson, Browns: New general manager John Dorsey has inspired optimism with his movies, but that also means respectable results must follow. If Jackson's Browns show early signs of anything close to the pro[......]

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    Fantasy Draft Strategy: Tips, advice for nailing your 2018 snake draft

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    So, what's the best pick to have in your 2018 fantasy football snake draft? That would be wherever your picking — if you're well prepared. The ultimate way to deliver under the pressure of a live draft and produce solid pick after solid pick — whether it's in person or online —  is to practice whom you're picking by applying your cheat sheet rankings to mock drafts. Then, once you're officially on the clock, it becomes a lot easier to execute a championship-winning draft strategy.

    Keeping in mind both standard and PPR formats for 12-team leagues and considering the player values specific to the upcoming season, here are some stratagems that will lead to draft domination in 2018:

    DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2018 fantasy football cheat sheet

    2018 Fantasy Football Draft Tips, Strategy, and Advice

    Think five rounds — and not just the first round

    So, say you've landed a top-four pick for '18. So you can relax a little after getting a stud RB1, right? Wrong. One player doesn't win a championship, but a nucleus of trustworthy producers does.

    If you've got No. 4, that means you've got No. 21, No. 28, No. 45 and No. 52, too. The first 60 picks overall is where the most difference-making young or experienced talent lies. You should have an idea of where you're going for your RB1, WR1, RB2 and WR2, either at the end or in betw[......]

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    Chiefs Super Bowl parade 2020 time, route and how to watch Kansas City's celebration

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    For the first time since 1970, the Chiefs are world champions. This calls for a celebration, of course.

    With their furious fourth-quarter comeback leading to a 31-20 Super Bowl 54 win, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are heading to Disney World. But first, they're heading back home to Kansas City with the Lombardi Trophy, to celebrate with the rest of Chiefs Kingdom, and it'll be a doozy.

    In 2015, following the Royals' World Series victory, over half a million Kansas City denizens celebrated alongside the team, and that was following a 30-year championship drought. Imagine what kind of rabid fans a 50-year championship drought could bring.

    A fair amount of those fans will feature school students, as Kansas City district schools have canceled Wednesday classes to allow for students to partake in the celebration.

    Here's everything you need to know about Kansas City's Super Bowl parade, including the route and start time.

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    When is the Chiefs' Super Bowl parade?

    The Chiefs are set to march through the streets of Kansas City on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 ET),[......]

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    NFL Draft grades 2020: Complete results & analysis for every pick in Rounds 1-3

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    How did your team do in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft? Sporting News has you covered in tracking all the picks and issuing grades in real time Friday night.

    While the Bengals and Redskins seemingly had been locked into their picks for a while, there was bound to be plenty of unpredictability. They say it takes five years to truly evaluate an NFL Draft class, but in the immediate term, we can still get a good idea of whether each pick is based on sound logic or should be second-guessed.

    The key questions to ask right away: Did the team get the right player at a position of need? Did it pass on someone else who could have been a better fit? Was the player it took worthy of that high of selection vs. the promise of similar prospects? Based on our evaluations, we're providing answers for what the picks mean now and later.

    From No. 1 through No. 106, this is your hub for in-depth live reaction in Rounds 1-3, grading every team and player fit. Keep checking back for updates throughout the entire second and third rounds Friday.

    MORE: Grading the 2020 NFL Draft classes for all 32 teams

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    Brett Favre plays golf with Donald Trump; Twitter responds with 'I had a Brett Favre joke, but . . .'

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    Twitter was not happy that Brett Favre played a round of golf with President Donald Trump on Saturday.

    The social crowd reacted after the Hall of Fame quarterback was photographed standing beside Trump on one of the greens at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., both smiling into the camera. 

    Tucked inside criticism of Trump for golfing rather than working to end the COVID-19 pandemic were jokes and memes about Favre, a few of them NSFW.

    MORE: Favre has thoughts about how Packers should use Jordan Love

    There also was an "I had a Brett Favre joke" theme.

    Seahawks' D.K. Metcalf shows off his wheels with a touchdown-saving tackle

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    It looked as if the Seahawks were going to find separation in the second quarter of their "Sunday Night Football" game against the Cardinals after recovering a fumble. Then Russell Wilson was picked off at the goal line by Budda Baker, who had nothing b夜网论坛ut green grass in front of him.

    Enter D.K. Metcalf.

    It seemed as if Baker had a sure-fire pick-six opportunity, but Metcalf channeled his inner Don Beebe and chased down Baker to prevent the touchdown.

    MORE: Seahawks vs. Cardinals live score, updates, highlights from 'Sunday Night Football' game

    According to Next Gen Stats, Metcalf reached a top speed of 22.64 mph and traveled 114.8 yards to track down Baker, making it the second-fastest speed reached on a tackle in the NFL this season.