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Houston Astros Fire Two Managers in Massive Cheating Scandal

The Houston Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after Major League Baseball suspended them.

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On Monday, the Houston Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after Major League Baseball suspended them for a year due to accusations of sign-stealing.

The Astros’ actions came only an hour after the managers were suspended for the far-reaching investigation into a scheme to steal signals from rival teams, an act that some say taints the Astros’ 2017 World Series win.

An MLB investigation maintains that during the 2017 and 2018 seasons the Astros chiefs used a series of cameras and video monitors to scrutinize signs by opposing catchers then relayed those signs to their batters to prepare them for pitches. Along with the suspensions, the league fined the team five million dollars and took away two of its draft picks for both 2020 and 2021.

Astros owner Jim Crane noted that once the league handed down its ruling, he fired Hinch and Luhnow. “We need to move forward with a clean slate. [We] will not have this happen again on my watch,” Crane said. Crane also said he was unaware of the scheme.

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The investigation into sign stealing also threatens to engulf Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was bench coach for the Astros in 2017. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s investigation claims that Cora was an active participant in the scheme.

The league continues to allow sign stealing if done visually on the field, but electronic devices are banned from use. But the winning stats in Houston’s Minute Maid Park seems to show how effective the electronic devices were as the team had a 8-1 record at home but only a 3-6 record on the road where they were not able to use their sign-stealing tech.

Still, despite the obvious disparity, the league will not invalidate the team’s 2017 World Series Title.

In his statement, Commissioner Manfred said that the Astros’ scandal “caused fans, players, executives at other MLB Clubs and members of the media to raise questions about the integrity of games in which the Astros participated. And while it is impossible to determine whether the conduct actually impacted the results on the field, the perception of some that it did causes significant harm to the game.”

Manfred also added that most of the Astros player “received sign information from the scheme or participated in the scheme by helping to decode signs.” Still, no individual player will be punished.

“Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical,” Manfred said. “It is difficult because virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme, and I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability.”

Hinch apologized to the league on Monday for his part in the scheme: “I regret being connected to these events, am disappointed in our club’s actions within this timeline, and I accept the Commissioner’s decision. As a leader and Major League Manager, it is my responsibility to lead players and staff with integrity that represents the game in the best possible way. While the evidence consistently showed I didn’t endorse or participate in the sign stealing practices, I failed to stop them, and I am deeply sorry.”

Luhnow, though, denied having any detailed knowledge of the scheme. But Manfred’s investigation claimed that Luhnow did know, but just did not pay it much attention.

“I am not a cheater. . . . I did not know rules were being broken,” Luhnow said in a statement. He continued saying, the scheme “was executed by lower-level employees working with [Cora]. I am deeply upset that I wasn’t informed of any misconduct because I would have stopped it.”

Along with the one-year suspensions for Hinch and Luhnow, former Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman was also handed a suspension through the end of the 2020 season. Taubman had already been fired after unleashing a rant against female reporters last October.

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Disgraceful! Troy Aikman And Joe Buck BUSTED Mocking The U.S. Military On Hot Mic

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Disgraceful! Troy Aikman And Joe Buck BUSTED Mocking The U.S. Military On Hot Mic

Fox Sports’ top NFL broadcast team Troy Aikman and Joe Buck mocked military flyovers before Sunday’s Packers-Buccaneers broadcast, calling them a wasteful exercise that a Kamala/Biden ticket wouldn’t do.

TROY AIKMAN: That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.
BUCK: That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!
AIKMAN: That stuff ain’t happening with [a] Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner.

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Mike Tyson Shocks Britain Acting Drunk in Tuesday Interview

Mike Tyson looked like he was drunk or on drugs when he went on the air with Britain’s biggest morning show, ‘Good Morning Britain.’

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On Tuesday, Mike Tyson looked like he was drunk or on drugs when he went on the air with Britain’s biggest morning show, Good Morning Britain. But he has an excuse.

Tyson explained his bizarre, mumbling interview with GMB, saying he was just super tired.

The 54-year-old boxing legend appeared on Britain’s top morning show on Tuesday morning and put in a strange performance causing some to wonder if he was on drugs or had been drinking before the cameras lit up.

Tyson was appearing on the show to hype his upcoming November bout with fellow boxing legend Roy Jones, Jr.

But during the segment, Tyson mumbled, slurred words, looked off-camera in distraction, and at one point even seemed ready to doze off.

The odd interview had folks on both sides of the Atlantic wondering just what the heck was going on with Iron Mike.

Not long after the interview, the champion jumped to his Twitter account to explain to GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he was so exhausted that he could barely keep his attention on the interview.

“Hey mate @piersmorgan @GMB @susannareid100 and UK,” Tyson wrote to the Brits. “I tried to stay up late for interview but fell asleep and like a lion I’m hard to wake once asleep. Training hard and going to bed early. I had no monitor so I couldn’t see you guys and forgot to look into camera.”

Morgan quickly replied, “No problem, Champ. We could see you were a bit weary! It was very late in LA. Appreciate this message as some viewers were concerned.”

England is eight hours ahead of America’s Pacific Standard Time and GMB airs starting at six am in the UK, which is 10 pm L.A. time.

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NBA’s’ Mark Cuban Says He Doesn’t Care About China’s Human Rights Abuses

Despite that China is one of the biggest abusers of human rights in the world,the NBA’s Mark Cuban says he’s “OK doing business with China.”

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban claimed to condemn human rights abuses wherever they occur. Still, despite that China is one of the biggest abusers of human rights in the world, Cuban is “OK doing business with China.”

Cuban made his proclamation on a podcast with former Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday where he said he stands against human right abuses, even those in China, The Hill reported.

Kelly asked why he and the NBA pretend to stand for human rights, but then seem to ignore the vast abuses perpetrated by their business partner, China.

“I personally put a priority on domestic issues. I’m against human rights violations around the world,” Cuban said, attempting to deflect from the question.

“Including the ones in China?” Kelly replied.

Cuban continued to try to deflect, saying, “China is not the only country with human rights violations.”

But Kelly pressed him on whether he condemns the abuses perpetrated by the Chinese.

“Yes, including China. Any human rights violations anywhere are wrong,” Cuban finally admitted. But Cuban still tried to steer the conversation away from his four billion-dollar business partner by bringing up Turkey and Africa.

However, Kelly was not done pressing. “Why would the NBA take $500 million dollars-plus from a country that is engaging in ethnic cleansing?” she asked.

“So basically, you’re saying nobody should do business with China ever?” Cuban interjected.

“Why won’t you just answer my question?” Kelly pointedly asked.

“Because they are a customer,” he exclaimed. “They are a customer of ours, and guess what, Megyn? I’m OK with doing business with China. And so, we have to pick our battles. I wish we could solve all the world’s problems. But we can’t.”

During the interview, Cuban also waved off any claims that the 2020 NBA season had dismal TV ratings because viewers are sick and tired of the left-wing politics. Instead, Cuban said the league did not properly promote the season, especially the NBA Finals between the L.A. Lakers and the Miami Heat.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with politics. I just think we don’t have the match-up and the storylines, and we didn’t do a good job promoting it,” Cuban explained.

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NBA Finals Ratings Crash and Burn, Worst Numbers in League History

The ratings for the NBA’s 2020 finals crashed and burned last week and fell to its lowest viewership numbers in history.

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The ratings for the NBA’s 2020 finals crashed and burned last week and fell to its lowest viewership numbers in the history of the NBA’s TV broadcasts.

Despite the matchup between two of the league’s biggest stars (LeBron James and Anthony Davis), Game 1 of the Finals on Wednesday was a huge ratings disappointment for the NBA.

Game 1 averaged only a 4.1 rating and 7.41 million viewers on ABC, “comfortably the lowest rated and least-watched NBA Finals game on record (dates back to 1988),” Sports Media Watch reported.

It was so bad that Fox’s idiotic fake “reality” series, The Masked Singer, almost overtook the NBA with a posted 6.932 million viewers.

Wednesday’s game sank below the previous record holder, the 2003 Game 2 NBA finals between the New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs which earned a rating of 5.2 and had 8.06 million viewers.

The ratings for this year’s game rang in at a whopping 48 percent lower than last year’s Game 1 of the finals. It was also down 59 percent from 2018’s Game 1.

Most of the rest of the NBA’s post coronavirus season has also suffered heavily with very bad ratings.

Of course, this all comes as the NBA pushes its Black Lives Matter terror agenda to the hilt, with BLM signs on the sideline, BLM messages on jerseys, and all social media saturated with the racist, anti-American agenda.

Are the ratings, then, just desserts?

Maybe so.

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Sports Fans Sick of the Leftism: Favorability Rating for Sports Plummets

A Gallup poll finds that the favorability rating for sports has crashed a whopping thirty points in only a year with the advent of the ultra-woke era of sports.

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A Gallup poll finds that the favorability rating for sports has crashed a whopping thirty points in only a year with the advent of the ultra-woke era of sports.

Gallup released its latest polling result on Tuesday revealing a major warning sign to the sports industry.

Overall, the number of people who have a favorable view of the sports industry has plummeted from plus twenty last year to minus ten this year, a fall of 30 percentage points.

While it is probably not a surprise that the numbers fell the most among respondents who identified as Republicans, it also bottomed out among independents. Those who called themselves Republicans went from plus eleven last year to minus 35 in the latest survey. That is a massive drop of 46 points. However, independents also fell out of love with sports going from plus 26 last year to minus ten. That is a 36-point drop.

That is a massive drop for independents, and that is something that should make the sports industry sit up and take notice. It is easy for the woke industry to dismiss the drop among members of the GOP and chalk it up to supposedly expected “racism,” but if independents have lost all respect for the leagues, that says something about how far overboard they have gone.

Gallup also found its results on sports alarming.

“Sports has been acutely affected by the twin events steering news and culture in 2020: the pandemic and the renewed movement for racial justice,” Gallup wrote in its summary. “The sports industry’s relationship with fans has been disrupted by the need to shrink its seasons and schedules and play to empty venues as a means of keeping fans and players safe. At the same time, the greater social and political activism of players and, in some cases now, coaching staffs and entire leagues appears to have turned off Americans who disagree with their messages or the way they express them. The net effect at this point has been negative for the industry’s image.”

People are already sick and tired of the in-your-face wokeness, and we have not even seen the debut of college football with the Big 12 warning fans that it intends to slam viewers with repeated “social justice” messages during its upcoming games.

Thursday evening will see the debut of the NFL’s 2020 season, as well, and all manner of protests and displays for Black Lives Matter is planned.

The NFL’s ratings have crashed, too. Football has suffered a double-digit drop in ratings for its pitiably woke season opener.

Finally, NBA ratings are also down 20% during the playoffs. And a poll found that 38% of fans are not watching the NBA because it’s “too political.”

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NFL’s Black Lives Matter-Soaked Thursday Night Football Suffers Ratings Crash

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Football came back on Thursday night with a Black Lives Matter-soaked wokefest. The fans, though, apparently didn’t come back because the TV ratings crashed big time.

On Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs faced the Houston Texans in Arrowhead stadium in Kansas City. It was dripping with Black Lives Matter activism, anti-cop garbage, and other protesting.

And fans ignored the show in droves according to the ratings.

As Breitbart Sports reported:

According to Deadline Hollywood, “…the Kansas City Chiefs pummeled the Houston Texans 34-20, and the ratings were down — a lot. In early numbers, the primetime NBC game scored a 5.2 among adults 18-49 and 16.4 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. ET.

“Now, those numbers for the 8:25-11:30 p.m. ET game will certainly be adjusted upward later, but right now they mark a 16.1% drop over the spectacle of the September 5, 2019 season opener in the advertiser-rich demographic. In an America and a NFL still adjusting to the new normal of live sports in the era of COVID-19, last night’s game also fell 16.1% in total sets of eyeballs from last year’s fast affiliate results.”

Thursday night’s numbers gave the NFL a nasty blow and a ten-year low in ratings.

“On a field bordered with the words “End Racism” and fans booing as players from both teams linked arms before kickoff in a sign of solidarity with those fighting social injustice, the ratings and viewership decline could be an ominous sign for a league and the networks,” Deadline reports. “The stellar numbers of last year’s opener, the Green Bay Packers’ grinding 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears, kicked off a tightly run season that seemingly had reversed years of weakening numbers. Now it could be a case of déjà vu all over again.”

If the NFL thought that people were hungering for the return of football, Thursday must have been a heavy blow.

The fact is, most Americans don’t want to see millionaire athletes telling them they are racists and that their country is evil.

They just want them to shut up and play ball.

Few care what super rich pro athletes have to say about anything.

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NBA, MLB End Games in Protest Over Shooting of Jacob Blake

The NBA and MLB both decided to stop playing their games this week in “protest” over the shooting of Wisconsin man Jacob Blake.

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The NBA and MLB both decided to stop playing their games this week in “protest” over the shooting of Wisconsin man Jacob Blake.

The TV ratings for both the NBA and Pro Baseball have been in the dumper since coming back from the COVID hysteria break, anyway, so maybe no one will even notice?

How stopping a basketball game or a baseball game is a meaningful “protest” for a police action in Wisconsin, though, is anybody’s guess.

Sooner or later these dope athletes will have to come to the realization that nobody cares what they think about anything and all their “activism” is meaningless palaver.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Bucks refused to come out of their locker room to play game five of their series with the Orlando Magic because of the Blake incident in Kenosha over the weekend.

The Magic were seen on the court throwing some practice shots, but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks stayed in their locker room and said they would not come out.

“We’re tired of the killings, and the injustice,” Bucks player George Hill told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears on Wednesday.

An hour later, baseball also put an end to their games.

The feeling is reportedly spreading far and wide. According to a report at Sports Illustrated, some of the loudest, most politically woke players are beginning to realize that athletes don’t have the power to “change” things as they imagined.

For instance, Toronto Raptors player Fred VanVleet wondered if all the wearing of Black Lives Matter t-shirts was doing anything at all to affect change.

“It’s just starting to feel like everything we’re doing is just going through the motions. Nothing’s changing.,” VanVleet said on Monday, according to SI.

“At what point do we not have to speak about it anymore?” VanVleet added. “Are we going to hold everybody accountable, or we’re just going to put the spotlight on Black people, or Black athletes, or entertainers and say, ‘What are you doing? What are you contributing to your community? What are you putting on the line?”

“Do we actually give a fuck about what’s going on, or is it just cool to wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the backdrop, or wear a T-shirt? Like, what does that really mean? Is it really doing anything,” the Raptors guard exclaimed. “[A]t the end of the day, if we’re going to sit here and talk about making change, then at some point we’re going to have to put our nuts on the line and actually put something up to lose, rather than just money or visibility. I’m just over the media aspect of it. It’s sensationalized, we talk about it every day, that’s all we see, but it just feels like a big pacifier to me.”

Other players have also been questioning their effectiveness. Boston Celtics players Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown had also voiced frustration that everything athletes are doing has been pointless and expressed support for boycotting the games.

Smart recently insisted that “Right now, our focus shouldn’t be on basketball,” And Brown exclaimed that he wants to “protest.”

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