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MLB’s Uniform Supplier Pivots to Join Coronavirus Effort

As we patiently await the return of our national pastime, uniform manufacturers are knocking it out of the park.

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Americans are coming together these days, and in ways that many of us have only read about.

It’s a national mobilization.  Every man, woman, and child has a role to play in our effort to defeat our common viral enemy, COVID-19.  Most of us are practicing good “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the disease.  Some, like medical professionals, are working on the front lines to combat the illness.  Others still are using their fortunes and factories to lend a hand.

With Major League Baseball and the rest of American sports on-hold for the time being, the folks who manufacture uniforms for the big show have decided to shift their focus, and supply our nation’s medical specialists with some much needed equipment of their own.

Fanatics, the company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball, has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states.

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New York Yankees and Phillies pinstripes were still in vogue on baseball’s scheduled opening day — only stitched on the protective wear made by the apparel company.

Michael Rubin, the founder and executive chairman of Fanatics, was watching TV last week when he was struck by the idea to turn the 360,000-square foot facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, into a factory for the COVID-19 virus fight.

While Rubin considered how he could make it happen, St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem reached out to Fanatics late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro each contacted Rubin over the weekend and told Rubin the state was in “dire need” of more masks and gowns.

While we may not be able to catch any live baseball for several weeks to come, that doesn’t mean that Americans aren’t capable of teamwork or knocking one out of the park.

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Ex-NFLer Marcellus Wiley Slams NBA for Painting ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Court Sidelines

Ex-NFL player Marcellus Wiley says that the NBA’s decision to paint Black Lives Matter on court sidelines is a bad idea.

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Ex-NFL player Marcellus Wiley says that the NBA’s decision to paint Black Lives Matter on court sidelines is a bad idea.

Last month, the National Basketball Association announced that it intended to paint Black Lives Matter on the floor of the court at Disney World in Orlando that is to be used for the coronavirus shortened 2020 basketball season.

But former Buffalo Bills player and sports analyst Marcellus Wiley is not on board with the NBA’s activism. “It’s not a good idea,” he said during a recent broadcast of FS1’s “Speak For Yourself.”

Wiley congratulated the players for having the pull to get the league to bow to their social justice demands, but in the end, he feels that “no matter how well intentioned” putting black lives matter on the sidelines will be an act of division and polarization, not unity.

“There’s a problem when you start going down this road,” Wiley said adding that he worries that there won’t be enough “social space for those who don’t support” the social justice message.

“That’s where I wonder where this is going to go,” he said, “in terms of identity politics. We know what identity politics does — it divides, and it polarizes. No matter how you want to look at it, that’s just the effect of it no matter how great the intentions are. We all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Wiley explained that the Black Lives Matter mission statement is very concerning, especially the movement’s declaration that they want to “dismantle the patriarchal practice,” and “disrupt the western-described nuclear family structure requirement.”

“It’s an interesting play right here. I don’t know how many people really look into the mission statement of Black Lives Matter, but I did. And when you look into it, there’s a couple of things that jump out to me. And I’m a black man who has been black and my life has mattered since 1974. And this organization was founded in 2013 and I’m proud of you but I’ve been fighting this fight for me and for others a lot longer.”

Wiley noted that the integrity of families were “vitally important” to him. “Not only the one I grew up in but the one I am trying to create right now. Being a father and a husband, that’s my mission in life right now. How do I reconcile that with this, the mission statement that says, “We dismantle the patriarchal practice. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement,” he said.

“When I know statistics, when I know my reality, forget statistics, I knew this before I even went to Columbia and saw these same statistics that I’m going to read to you right now,” he said before going into the numbers.

“Children from single-parent homes versus two-parent homes. The children from the single-parent homes — this was in 1995 I was reading this — five times more likely to commit suicide. Six times more likely to be in poverty. Nine times more likely to drop out of high school. Ten times more likely to abuse chemical substances. Fourteen times more likely to commit rape, 20 times more likely to end up in prison, and 32 times more likely to run away from home.”

Wiley pointed out that too many black men already grow up without a supportive family structure and it harms them terribly.

“So, when I see that as a mission statement for Black Lives Matter, it makes me scratch my head,” he said.

Wiley concluded noting that all this “white supremacy” BLM keeps talking about does not really exist.

“When I also see their mission is to eradicate white supremacy. In 2020, white supremacy is the mission. That’s a lot of digging through minutiae right there. I’m on a show that I’m hosting with another black guy who is hosting with me who replaced another black guy, and that’s just one example of it. So, I understand, I respect your space. I respect what you’re protesting for. But will you respect others who don’t support that same protest?”

These are the divisive issues that the NBA is pushing on fans by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, Wiley said.

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NFL Plans to Play ‘Black National Anthem’ At Start of Games This Season

The NFL has announced that it intends to play the so-called “Black National Anthem” before games this season.

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The NFL has announced that it intends to cause even more division in America by playing the so-called “Black National Anthem” before games this season.

The league has decided to play “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” — also know as the “Black National Anthem” — ahead of games when pro football returns this year, according to ESPN.

NFL sources told ESPN that the song will be played before the proper national anthem as part of the league’s “social justice” recognition efforts.

As if the NFL is not already promoting an “us vs. them” atmosphere by claiming that Americans who are patriotic and want to show respect for the real national anthem hate black people, now the league is telling blacks that they should be so separate from America that they should have their own national anthem played to pander to them.

It is one thing to discuss the duly selected song that is our national anthem, but quite another to give a small sector of the nation their own anthem as if they don’t belong to the U.S.A.

But it is getting clearer every day that the National Football League is not “national” at all… at least not THIS nation.

It isn’t clear what nation the National Football League represents, but it isn’t America.

Worse, all this fake “social justice” garbage is built on a quicksand base of lies in the first place.

The police are not killing blacks every day. Indeed, cops end up killing more white people every year than they do blacks.

But even more to the point, less than 2,000 people of all races are killed in altercations with police and that is out of a nation of more than 300 million.

So, the NFL is lying to America, separating America, tearing down America, and then expects white people to meekly go along and hand them their hard-earned money.

America, the NFL is calling you racist, evil, murderous, and callous.

It’s time you told the NFL something.

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Mark Levin Blasts NBA ‘Hypocrites and Frauds’ for Painting Black Lives Matter on Sidelines

Talk radio star Mark Levin blasted the NBA for supporting “anti-Semitic, hate-America group” Black Lives Matter.

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Talk radio star Mark Levin blasted the NBA for its plans to paint the name of “anti-Semitic, hate-America group” Black Lives Matter on the court’s sidelines.

According to ESPN, the NBA is looking for ways to express solidarity both with their players and with the Black Lives Matter movement and one suggestion was to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the sidelines at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex where the 2020 season is to be played.

Talker Levin, though, took to Facebook to note how disgusted he was by the move to festoon the sidelines with Black Lives Matter messages.

“So, a violent Marxist-anarchist, anti-Semitic, hate-America group will have its name painted on sides of the NBA basketball courts. And the multi-millionaire players and billionaire owners — hypocrites and frauds — expect the rest of us to pay for this? I certainly hope we still have the gumption to tell these pathetic, phony revolutionaries, who milk this country for everything it’s worthwhile condemning it, go to hell and we, the people, stop subsidizing their extravagant lifestyles.”

Another one of the ideas being kicked around by the NBA is to allow players to replace their last names with social justice slogans on their Jerseys.

Last weekend, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, president of the National Basketball Players Association, said that the players are working with the league to change the jersey policy to allow players to promote their favorite causes.

Slogans could include “Black Lives Matter,” or “I Can’t Breathe,” or other sayings and slogans according to reports.

In any case, Levin is 100 percent right. These NBA slimeballs are utter hypocrites.

Even as they pretend they are fighters for equality, freedom and democracy, they are also working hand in tyrant’s glove with the Chinese who are right now one of the most tyrannical governments on earth!

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NFL Commissioner: I Want Colin Kaepernick To ‘Help Us, Guide Us’ On Social Issues

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said during an interview that he wants a team to sign former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and that if he does not make it back on the field then he is invited to the “table” to “help” and “guide” the NFL on social issues.

“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision,” Roger Goodell said during an interview with ESPN. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.

“If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities,” Goodell continued. “We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time.”

Roger Goodell added, “But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”

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NFL Coach Says New COVID Restrictions are ‘Humanly Impossible’

The football legend did not hold back, either.

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For many Americans, the lack of professional sports has been one of the more obnoxious parts of the COVID-19 experience.  The MLB never had its first pitch, (and may not still for some time), Hockey and Basketball are still trying to decide exactly when and where to come back, and the only soccer we see these days is from the German Bundesliga.

But that is all set to change, as the National Football League continues to push forward with their own plans for the 2020 season, albeit with some strict coronavirus protocols in place.

One coach has his doubts, however.

NFL teams are getting closer to a full reopening of their facilities and in preparation, the league has sent out guidelines and protocols to attempt to ensure the health and safety of players and coaches while the coronavirus pandemic continues to loom. While coaches understand that the protocols are necessary, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says that some of them are “humanly impossible” to follow.

The comments came during a radio interview on Thursday.

“I’ve seen all the memos on that, and to be quite honest with you, it’s impossible what they’re asking us to do. Humanly impossible,” Harbaugh said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan. “So, we’re going to do everything we can do. We’re going to space, we’re going to have masks. But, you know, it’s a communication sport. We have to be able to communicate with each other in person. We have to practice.”

Part of the protocols requires physical distancing to be followed in the cafeteria, locker rooms, weight rooms and meeting rooms. While it may be possible to enforce those rules in those spaces, Harbaugh said doing so on the field is more difficult.

“I’m pretty sure the huddle is not going to be 6-feet spaced,” Harbaugh said. “Are guys going to shower one at a time all day? Are guys going to lift weights one at a time all day? These are things the league and the [players’ association] needs to get a handle on and needs to get agreed with some common sense so we can operate in a 13-hour day in training camp that they’re giving us and get our work done”

With only a few months until the scheduled start of the season, there may be only one way to find out if these restrictions will be either effective or even possible.

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MLB Owners Ready to Play Ball with New Season Start Date Approved

And the dat is oh, so fitting.

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Baseball is coming back, folks, and soon.

No, I’m not talking about the Korean Baseball Organization, whose live games have been filling the hole in sports fans’ hearts during the wee hours of the morning on the US East Coast.  I’m talking about The Bigs.  The national pastime.

I’m talking about the bonafide majors.

Major League Baseball owners reportedly approved a plan that could start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans.

Spring training could start in early-to-mid June and the National League would use a designated hitter during the 2020 season, according to multiple reports.

Each team would play an 82-game regular season with most teams playing games in their own divisions and interleague not going past regional matchups such as AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.

The postseason would expand to 14 teams by doubling the number of wild cards in each league to four.

Teams will have some choices to make, however, as they’ll be allowed to conduct spring training either in their regular-season home stadiums, or at their Florida or Arizona training facilities.

The current coronavirus travel restrictions will also make things difficult for the lone international team in MLB, the Toronto Blue Jays, who could be forced to play their home games at their facility in Dunedin, Florida.

There is a chance that the All-Star Game will be nixed as well, which will only add to the uniqueness of the 2020 baseball season – a campaign that will almost certainly be accompanied by an enormous asterisk in the record books.

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NFL Makes No Adjustment to Regular Season Schedule on Account of Virus

Late summer is going to be a pretty busy time for sports fans.

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Sports are returning to the world, albeit very slowly.

Last week, ESPN kicked it off by airing live professional baseball games from the Korean Baseball Organization late at night.  No, it wasn’t the sort of game we’d expect from a packed Fenway with the Yankees in town, but it was objectively good baseball.  If you prefer small-ball to slugfests, it might even be your cup of tea.

Just days ago Germany jumped on board, stating that their top tier soccer league, the Bundesliga, would return to empty stadiums on May 15th.

The NFL this week announced that they too would plan to return for 2020, with no noticeable adjustments being made to their schedule on account of COVID-19.

The NFL revealed its 2020 regular-season schedule Thursday, with the Kansas City Chiefs kicking off their Super Bowl title defense against the Houston Texans in Week 1.

The league announced its schedule in anticipation of playing a normal season despite the coronavirus pandemic. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told all 32 teams in a memo this week that adjustments could happen if necessary.

“We will continue to work in a deliberate and thoughtful way to plan for the 2020 season, including with [Thursday’s] schedule release,” Goodell said. “We will be prepared to address any contingencies as they arise.”

The American football organization could have some stiff competition, however, with MLB, MLS, the NHL, and the NBA all possibly looking to extend their seasons late into the year on account of viral delays.

 

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