Cutting The Cord: Am I Ready For Some Football Yet?

New starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has San Francisco 49ers fans excited. Photo courtesy of 49ers.com, the team’s official website.

Unless my viewing habits change between now and next weekend, 2017 will go down as the first year I failed to watch at least one regular season NFL game in its entirety since I was a small child. That’s because eight months ago, I “cut the cord” and cancelled my satellite television contract, figuring I’d watch the games online for free.

I figured wrong, as usual. Nothing in life is free, particularly live NFL games. This hard fact was recently reinforced when I bought myself an  Amazon Fire Stick for Christmas. I plugged the streaming media device into my television’s HDMI port, it instantly connected with the internet via the house wifi, and I soon discovered the various different apps offered by CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, the NFL and Sling TV for watching football are all prohibitively expensive, at least for moi.

It seems the NFL management is on to fans like me trying to watch the games for free on the internet. That’s one reason why, despite the well-publicized television ratings decline this season, and a projected $500 million advertising revenue loss for its television partners, the league itself saw an increase in ad revenue, boosted by a $2 billion, 5-year deal with Verizon which will permit Verizon customers to stream live NFL games on mobile devices for “free”—as long as they sign up for a multi-year cell phone contract.

This season, Amazon paid the NFL $50 million for the rights to broadcast 10 Thursday night games and offered Prime users free access to the Christmas day game between the Pittsburg Steelers and Houston Texans. Using my free one-month trial of Prime, I watched the first half of the game, which saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers predictably steamroll the Texans and their third-string QB. Despite the number of people watching the game on Amazon, fewer watched this Christmas than last.

According to Clay Travis at the sports blog Outkick the Coverage, the predictability of mediocre match-ups is one of four elements that are contributing to the NFL’s current ratings decline. Other elements include the dilution of the NFL product that has occurred with the addition of weekly Thursday night games, the addition of two teams to the Los Angeles media market, and the NFL players’ protest against police brutality in black communities, which began last season when Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem before games.

Travis’ insights into the current state of bad play in the NFL are not encouraging for the league’s long-term future. In his view, it all comes down to the play of the quarterback, and there are simply too many mediocre quarterbacks in the league today. The situation is not likely to improve in the future, as athletes who might be pro QB material opt to play other sports that don’t involve permanent brain damage as part of the job description.

Given this state of affairs, northern California football fans are no doubt still pinching themselves after the arrival of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the former heir apparent to New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady, snatched away by the San Francisco 49ers in a mid-season trade. Jimmy G has breathed new life into a formerly moribund Niners squad, winning his first four NFL starts with smart play that’s being compared to the legendary Joe Montana.

By the time you’re reading this, Jimmy Montana may have won his fifth straight game. The team will still have an abysmal record, but hardcore Niners fans are already talking Super Bowl next season and the playoffs look like a real possibility, such has been Garoppolo’s play. We’re spoiled, we Niners fans. It’s only been five short years since Kaepernick came within a touchdown of winning Super Bowl XLVII, but with all this excitement, you’d think decades had passed.

(Actually, two decades have passed since the Niners actually won a Super Bowl, which just goes to show winning is everything.)

With the regular season coming to a close, it doesn’t make much sense for me to subscribe to one of the many apps that are available for watching NFL games online today. But next season? I can sense in my bones already I’m going to fork over the bread. Jimmy G appears to be the real deal.

As far as this year’s NFL playoffs are concerned, the oddsmakers are predicting a showdown between Roethlisberger’s Steelers and Brady’s Patriots in the AFC Championship, with the nod currently going to the Patriots, seeking to win that ever-elusive two Super Bowls in a row.

Right now, thanks to injuries to star players such as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the NFC Championship is too close to call, but if coincidence has anything to do with it, the Minnesota Vikings will come out on top and enjoy home field advantage for Super Bowl LII, which will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

Whether it’s against the Steelers or the Patriots, the Vikings are going to need all the help they can get. I’ll probably be watching at the sports bar. Or not.

R.V. Scheide
R.V. Scheide has been a northern California journalist for more than 20 years. He appreciates your comments and story ideas.
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67 Responses

  1. Beverly Stafford says:

    Your mention of Kaepernick and other players who have taken a knee reminds of an interview on NPR a few days ago in which an activist – a black man – was decrying the fact that there have been 300 black homicides in Baltimore this year. Although no statistics were stated, I’m fairly certain that most of those black lives were murdered by members of black gangs. So my question is, if black lives don’t matter to blacks, how are we as a society supposed to reverse this terrible statistic?

    • cheyenne says:

      In Phoenix earlier this year, last year now, a march by women over violence against black women had their leader, a black woman, state that violence against black women in Phoenix was caused by the white racist political attitude in Arizona. Most violence against black women is caused by black men, just like most violence against white women is caused by white men. Until blacks quit blaming “Whitey” for their problems there is nothing society can do about the black on black crime statistic.

      • Beverly Stafford says:

        Thanks, Cheyenne. I was biting my tongue (fingers?) over my comment because it is probably so un-PC. Have you and you wife found a place in Arizona yet?

        • cheyenne says:

          Beverly, yes my wife moves into a house in El Mirage tomorrow. I was afraid that in the super hot Phoenix real estate market that it would be hard to find a place but we found out that affordable housing in nice areas is plentiful, it just takes good credit. While she enjoys the Phoenix weather I will still be here in Cheyenne clearing out the house. Temps are in the teens with wind chills minus, but it does warm up to the high twenties during the day.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Cheyenne says: “Until blacks quit blaming ‘Whitey’ for their problems there is nothing society can do about the black on black crime statistic.”

        I’m going to cautiously say that I’m somewhat in agreement with this statement. I do think that black communities need to look inward for solutions to the problems of poverty and violence in their communities.

        R.V. is correct that the conditions in poor black communities are a legacy of racism, and I can’t go along with the hand-washing—white Americans absolving white America of its blame.

        Rather, the well-meaning solutions offered up by the political power structures aimed at pulling black communities out of poverty have failed. In many ways, these efforts have failed because for the past 35+ years they wade against a political tsunami aimed at keeping poor and working class people right where they are.

        Black community activists might was well try switching their emphasis to changing their communities from within.

        • cheyenne says:

          Steve, in Alabama where Doug Jones was recently elected over Moore, a black activist women stated that the black women’s vote help elect Doug Jones but she asks will the Democrats remember that? I think that is a fair question, will the Democrats allow black women a seat at the table now?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            It’s definitely a fair question.

          • K. Beck says:

            Blacks period. Not just black women. A black friend of mine in Sunnyvale told me she, and her friends, would hold their noses and vote for Clinton. However, the Dems would no longer get a “free ride” from the Blacks. They are fed up with the Dem party. As are many others of us who have been taken for granted over the years. The Dems lost their working class base. They have made no attempts, that I can see, to win it back. When you have the Republicans and Republican-lite, many of us will continue to sit out elections. I didn’t vote for Obama a second time since he gave free reign to the banks, that Clinton I deregulated. Enough is enough!

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      The “Black Lives Matter” movement isn’t about rates of violence in poor black communities. (One in four African-Americans live in extreme poverty, whereas on in thirteen white Americans live in poverty.) It’s about excessive use of force by police against black people. Statistics show that unarmed black people are five times more likely to be shot by the police than unarmed white people.

      The argument that black people should shut up about police brutality until they stop killing each other is ludicrous. When black people in impoverished neighborhoods kill someone, they are treated as criminals. They are not routinely found to have acted justifiably, often with ridiculously convoluted “just so” explanations, as with police shootings of black people.

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/07/27/why-doesnt-black-lives-matter-doesnt-focus-talk-about-black-black-crime/87609692/

    • Kaepernick’s protest is directed at police violence against minority communities, mainly black, and to a lesser extent, the conditions in those communities that help foster that violence. Statistically as far as race goes, a white person is more likely to be victimized by a white person, a black person is more likely to be victimized by a black person, so we shouldn’t be surprised that in majority black Baltimore, the majority of homicide victims are blacks killed by other blacks. What is shocking is the level of violence, and that goes to the objectively worse economic conditions blacks face in their communities. These conditions are not a result of alleged black inferiority–they are, as Ta-Nehisi Coates has eloquently pointed out, the result of centuries of legislation and regulation, right up to red-lining black neighborhoods, still in practice today. So, although it’s probably over the heads–or perhaps offensive, to the people she’s trying to reach, that woman in Arizona is correct: The poor economic conditions that create the environment for spousal abuse are in many ways the legacy of White Supremacy.

      • cheyenne says:

        RV, that women’s protest march in Phoenix was in conjunction with national marches across the country about gender economic differences. Women across the nation are paid less than men and it runs across all ethnic and political groups. Only the woman in Phoenix turned an economic equality wakeup call into a racist violence issue blaming Whitey.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          Cheyenne, you’re the only person I’ve heard use the word “Whitey” in decades.

          I’m not aware of its use in any rap/hip-hop music, where the word “cracker” is still used as the pejorative for poor white people, “wigga” (or “wigger”) for white people who use black slang and dress in hip-hop clothing, and “Becky” to describe white women (especially by black women).

          Whitey is used in England as a word that roughly means getting so high on marijuana that you’re in distress/sick.

          • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

            “Cheyenne, you’re the only person I’ve heard use the word “Whitey” in decades.”

            Does a half-done song about Yankees pitching legend Whitey Ford count?

            Sorry, but being a pain in the ass makes me feel kinda validated.

          • cheyenne says:

            I guess the PC correct pharse, used often by all ethnics including whites, is “racist white old men”. WASP is another PC correct pharse but that eliminates all the atheists. RWNJ is another PC correct label. I thought “Whitey” covered all but then what do I know, as an uneducated hill person.

        • Cheyenne, it’s true that gender bias cuts across all races. It’s also true that black women are on the bottom when it comes to earning power. The buzz word these days is intersectionality.

    • The Old Pretender says:

      “So my question is, if black lives don’t matter to blacks, how are we as a society supposed to reverse this terrible statistic?” Let me fix that for you:”If black people are killing themselves, why shouldn’t we join in and gun them down”. “It’s OK if cops kill unarmed blacks because they kill themselves anyway”. “They choose to live in slums, so no wonder they are more prone to be gunned down with their hands up.” Amazingly tone deaf comment.

      • Beverly Stafford says:

        Ouch!

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Brute-force response, OP……but yeah.

        • Beverly Stafford says:

          Yikes!

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I know you’re not a bad person, Beverly, but this was a bad take: “So my question is, if black lives don’t matter to blacks…”

            There are more than 37 million black people in the USA. About 50 per million are killed by other black people. That means that there are tens of millions of black Americans living their entire lives just like you and I live ours—caring about our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers. Interacting with them amicably on a daily basis, helping them, and having fun with them.

            There’s no way to sugar-coat it: It’s hugely offensive to broadly suggest that black lives don’t matter to black people.

          • Tim says:

            But it is not offensive to suggest Black lives don’t matter to White people?

            “Invert, always invert.” – Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Yes, of course it’s offensive to say that black lives don’t matter to white people. How is that not obvious?

            It’s not offensive to suggest that the relationship between many urban police departments and urban black communities is unhealthy.

      • K. Beck says:

        “Amazingly tone deaf comment”(s), indeed. So, a black family finally gets out of the ghetto (against ALL odds, I might add). They move into a “white” neighborhood, one where their income is comparable to the whites in that neighborhood. What happens? They are shunned by their neighbors. They are lucky if that is all that happens. In the 1950s Nat King Cole moved to LA., CA. He purchased a house in a nice, suburban, white neighborhood and had crosses burned on his front lawn. The whites start selling their houses and move to yet another all white neighborhood (usually in the suburbs, outside the city limits) because they are certain the value of their houses will plummet, schools will be “dummy downed,” etc. It is called “white flight.” When the high income whites fled, the city coffers diminished. So, yes, the schools were “dummy downed” because of lack of funding. Redlining had a lot to do with this. As an aside, Donald Trump’s father was a King of redlining in NY; Donald continued the family tradition. Redlining was also used to keep Jewish people out of white Christian neighborhoods. You can read about this here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_flight. Good information about the formation of ghettos aka “urban decay.”

        Sometimes the only thing that works is brute force.

        Whenever I hear anyone say “un-PC” it usually means a racist, sexist, or homophobic comment is about to come next. Say what you mean and don’t hide behind “un-PC.” “Ouch” and “Yikes” away.

        • Beverly Stafford says:

          A group of Nat Cole’s white neighbors sent him a letter saying that they really didn’t want undesirables in their area. Cole wrote back saying that he agreed and if he spotted any undesirables, he’s be sure to notify the group.

    • Tim says:

      Blacks are 13% of the population, but make up nearly 40% of murder victims. Whites are killed by Whites 80% of the time; Blacks are killed by Blacks 90% of the time (all these stats are from the FBI’s 2014 report).

      The cities with the highest murder rates are disproportionately black:
      East St. Louis, IL…71 per 100k (98% Black)
      Chester, PA…………67 (74% Black)
      Gary, IN………………65 (84% Black)
      St. Louis, MO………60 (51% Black)
      Baltimore, MD…….55 (64% Black)
      Petersburg, VA……49 (81% Black)
      Flint, MI………………47 (57% Black)
      Detroit, MI…………..44 (83% Black)
      New Orleans……….42 (58% Black)
      Camden, NJ…………42 (47% Black)
      Wilmington, DE…..39 (59% Black)
      Birmingham, AL….37 (70% Black)
      Newark, NJ…………37 (53% Black)
      Monroe, LA…………36 (65% Black)
      Jackson, MS………..31 (80% Black)
      Cleveland, OH……..31 (54% Black)
      Portamouth, VA…..31 (54% Black)
      Riviera Beach, FL…29 (67% Black)
      Youngstown, OH….29 (45% Black)
      Bessemer, AL………26 (65% Black)

      Yet the BLM movement seems incapable of introspection and instead focuses outward. Prominent Black Lives Matter leader Erica Garner recently died (of natural causes), and her spokesman tweeted from her account that the family would only give comments to Black journalists.

      That isn’t to say police brutality isn’t a problem, but it isn’t a Black problem. Just ask Daniel Shaver and Andrew Finch… Steve says unarmed Blacks are 5x as likely to be shot as unarmed Whites, but he neglects to mention the fact Blacks are arrested more than 5x as often. The stats actually show that it does not matter what race you are, your chances of being killed by police depend on how frequently you make negative contact with them…

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        First of all, African-Americans are not incapable of introspection. Spike Lee’s latest movie was “Chi-Raq,” an adaptation of the Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. It’s about black women in Southside Chicago refusing to have sex until the gang violence stops. Anyone who has spent serious time in a place like Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood (as I have) quickly becomes aware of the efforts of neighborhood African-Americans to promote education, local business opportunities, cultural events, neighborhood improvement, etc., in efforts to improve their lot from within. It’s only when they complain about systematic inequality and discrimination that white Americans take notice.

        People who are poor and surrounded by affluence are often desperate and to some degree resentful and angry, so I’m not surprised that impoverished black Americans are arrested at higher rates than white Americans. (There is also the chicken/egg issue of where the police focus their efforts.) I believe that the problem of urban violence is more socioeconomic than racial. That’s why it offends my sensibilities that your laundry list of cities focuses on race rather than socioeconomic status.

        You’ve posted that list before. Your agenda seems to be to demonstrate that there’s something intrinsically wrong with black people that can’t be fixed.

        The Japanese are at the top of the list of people who seem to harbor a deep respect for human life—their murder and other violent crime rates are almost unimaginably low. You wouldn’t have thought that the Japanese sanctified non-violence if you were Chinese or Filipino during WWII.

        • Tim says:

          I said BLM seems incapable of introspection, not Blacks. We were, of course, talking in the context of the NFL protests and Kaepernick…

          And I replied using equal and opposite racial statistics to show how absurd BLM’s racist cherry-picked position is, especially given their chosen name. You are right that poverty is the main issue, and the amazing thing is that it is a non-divisive issue that everyone can rally behind.

          But BLM does not talk seriously about poverty, certainly not in the universal way which would find common ground with the poor in Shasta County. BLM doesn’t shut down freeways because poor schools get the worst & newest teachers. They shut down freeways when a black criminal was killed fleeing police (before any additional details are known).

          Generational poverty is a terrible thing, but it is especially crippling in the Black Community. Why? I believe it is that poor Whites have fewer negative role models; they’re far less likely to be discouraged from doing well in school. They’re not called an Uncle Tom if they try to assimilate into mainstream society. Blacks in the most diverse and progressive city (SF) in the most diverse and progressive state (CA) suddenly start falling way behind in school at the onset of puberty – just as kids start to worry the most about what their peers think of them. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article181525146.html

          Despite a handful of terrorists ruining its name, the Black Panthers did far more for the Black Community than Black Lives Matter can ever hope to achieve. The Panthers took pride in their community, encouraged education, discouraged drugs, encouraged entrepreneurship, etc. They said “Yes you can, and we’ll help!” instead of “You can’t and it is Whitey’s fault.” (You mentioned Oak Park; it was one of the original Black Panther communities and many of their traditions continue today).

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Tim, I’m not being dismissive or facetious when I ask this question: Do you know or regular interact with any black people? Also, do you have any familiarity whatsoever what the schools in east Redding have to contend with when it comes to dealing with the children of poor white parents?

            I regularly spend time in Oak Park where my oldest daughter lives with her family. I dine and shop there, go to its farmers’ market on weekends, and take my grandkids to the neighborhood park. I played on the park’s tennis courts last week. I’ve come to know some of the black people who live in Oak Park by name, and recognize many others.

            Here in Redding, my daughter’s partner is black and my granddaughter is bi-racial. Dad is a college graduate, family therapist, accomplished musician, and public school basketball coach. His two siblings are also both college graduates and professionals. I’ve never heard him blame a damned thing on “Whitey.”

            You keep referring to “they” as if black people are all the same. BLM activists are not all the same, let alone all black people.

          • Tim says:

            Steve, I think you may be projecting? You used “they” 8 times so far, the first 7 to describe Blacks (and the 8th to describe football parents). Excluding this post, I used “they” 5 times: The first was in reference to the BLM movement. The 2nd, 3rd, & 4th times were in reference to poor Whites. And the 5th was for the Black Panthers. None was for “Blacks” as one homogeneous unit…

            As for my Black bona fides, my first year in college I roomed with a Black man from South Central LA; about 5 years ago, I shared a room in a man camp & worked the oil fields with a Black man from Atlanta (who, incidentally, did use the word Whitey). I also have a nephew (whose absentee father is Black) struggling with some of the peer pressures I’ve previously mentioned. A former GATE student, he now deliberately maintains a 2.0 average in High School (just enough to stay on various sports teams, but not high enough to draw ridicule from his peers).

            I haven’t spent much time in Oak Park in a number of years, but your description sounds a lot more like the gentrified North Oak Park hospital-commuter area than Oak Park proper… Neighborhood parks of any kind are a rarity in Oak Park so I’m amused by the thought of one of the few having space dedicated to a predominately White sport like tennis!

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            My daughter’s family recently moved to north Oak Park, closer to the hospital, but for most of their 5 years lived 7th Avenue, south of McClatchy Park, in the center of the neighborhood.

            The best tennis players that use the Oak Park courts are black—a young woman and her coach. She’s awesome. The best two American female tennis players for more than a decade are the Williams sisters from Compton, and Serena has long been the best in the world. Top American tennis players who are black include Madison Keyes, Donald Young, and Francis Tiafoe. When I was in high school I modeled my game after Author Ashe, who won three majors. I also had the privilege of taking a lesson from Althea Gibson, who in her brief career won 5 majors over the course of 3 years.

            BTW, the tennis courts in McClatchy Park are next to the skate park—heavily used by the neighborhood’s black kids, even though skateboarding is clearly a white sport.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            A little more about Althea Gibson: Her career in the majors was brief because back then the majors were amateur events. In that time she won the French Open, US Open, and Wimbledon. She missed out on a career grand slam because she was the runner-up in her single Aussie Open appearance.

            You either had to be rich or have big-time sponsors in order to afford the travel back then. Gibson wasn’t rich, and sponsors weren’t lining up to support a black female tennis player in late 1950s America. She had to turn pro and play exhibition matches (there wasn’t yet a pro tour) because she couldn’t afford to play the amateur circuit.

            Not really to the point, but she was also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. My tennis game was far from great (where it remains), but she was effusive with compliments and encouragement. I still use the forehand grip she suggested I try—halfway between Eastern and Semi-Western. When my forehand is off, it’s usually because I’ve strayed from that grip to Eastern and I’m hitting too flat (no topspin).

      • As Steve Towers pointed out to me last year, BLM by no means lacks introspection into the black community’s problems, the people that are part of its intellectual vanguard have been churning out suggested corrective polices behind the scenes, while the more visible activist members get the headlines.

        My main experience living in an urban environment where there were large distinct black communities includes Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento. In every single one of these cities, blacks were segregated to the worst part of town, and often, when the latest batch of yuppies or hipsters decided the black neighborhood was cool, the blacks were forced out via gentrification. The black community has no real economic or political power, they’ve never had a base to build on to call their own that couldn’t be sold beneath them in a New York minute. This list of cities and their percentage of black people and violence is a shameful reminder that far than becoming great again, we’re failing, badly.

        • K. Beck says:

          Thanks Steve and RV. My sentiments exactly. I lived in Sunnyvale, CA for over 20 years. We had a city manager (Tom Lewcock) who was wonderful. Every housing development built was required to have a certain percentage of houses at below market for low income people to buy. They were smaller houses, scattered among the bigger expensive houses. These were owner occupied houses, so the people buying them had jobs and qualified for the loan. There were no ghettos in Sunnyvale. Apartment complexes were scattered around the city so you didn’t have places like Azoulay Ct., or that whole area over near West St. & RR, or Park View. Lewcock left after I left Sunnyvale so I don’t know what goes on there now. When I was living there the City would always tout itself as the “best managed city of it’s size in the US.” I always thought, “Sure, they probably all say that!” I took that place for granted. Shame on me! Kudus to you Tom, where ever you are.

          Gentrification is happening all over the bay area now. Especially in Richmond and Oakland, as well as SF and the peninsula. I have no idea where the dislocated will go now.

          RE: “the more visible [negative] activist members get the headlines” I have long believed that TV news casters should be required to report one positive happening for every negative happening. Some dreams just never die! : )

          • Back in my shipyard days, I spent a lot of time driving to Sunnyvale to get parts from manufacturing firms such as Westinghouse. I recall that part of the Bay Area as being in the center of a thriving industrial region, with lots of good paying union jobs. The shipyard, by the way, was the most diverse workplace I’ve even worked. I’m not sure how much of that type of manufacturing remains in the Bay Area, since tech has taken over the economy.

          • K. Beck says:

            There is no reply tab for RV’s response to mine…don’t know exactly where this will show up.

            Sunnyvale/Mt. View was the tech center in the late 60s early 70s. Chip manufacturing was running rampant. HP, Fairchild, IBM, etc. were thriving back then. In the 80’s the chip manufacturers started shipping all the processing jobs to Asia. Went first to Taiwan, then to Korea, then I lost track of the map, but it has now all ended up in China. Working conditions in those countries were horrible. There were no health & safety laws. One of the reasons the Corp’s shipped everything overseas, is they didn’t have to follow any laws. The fabrication companies, mainly Fairchild, HP, & IBM, but smaller companies, too, left behind superfund sites because they let the chemicals they were using leach into the soil around their fabrication plants. Santa Clara Co. had more superfund sites than any of the other STATES in the country! Way before anyone was paying any attention to any of this, I had a discussion with one of the union honchos who was active in the Dem Party in Santa Clara Co. His response was that he was not worried about all those jobs going off shore because those were not union jobs! I was stunned because it was pretty clear to me if they did that with the semiconductor jobs they could pretty much do that to other jobs, many union, too. Well, that is history now.

            Sunnyvale was the home to Westinghouse, that is long gone now. Libby, gone. High tech has taken over. Not many jobs left there for ordinary laborers. Aside from that, housing there has hit the stratosphere. You really can’t find a house for under 1M$.

            What shipyard?

          • Shipyyards I worked at: AAA in Hunter’s Point, Western Pacific, Continental Maritime and Todd in SF, Alameda Naval Air Station in the East Bay. Westinghouse makes many of the parts, such as reduction gears, in steam turbine power plants. I had forgotten about all those chip guys moving overseas.

  2. cheyenne says:

    RV, at least you have hope with the Niners but the Broncos need a QB and there is no Peyton Manning out there. The coaching purge has begun as only Joseph and Musgrave seem to be keeping their jobs. Elway is looking but in order to get a seasoned veteran QB he would have to cut some of the other talented players. Would he consider Kap, he might if the price was right. But I will be moving into Cardinal Country soon and I have heard that they are looking at drafting Josh Allen to be mentored by Carson Palmer.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Elway probably had the same opportunity to steal Garoppalo as had the 49ers, who gave up almost nothing for their new star QB. As a Broncos fan, I’d say Elway has been whiffing hard in his attempts to solve Denver’s QB problem. I kinda wish he’d make a play for Josh Allen.

      The way the Niners have been playing since acquiring Garoppalo puts to rest any question of how important that position is to an NFL team. Even their D seems to be inspired.

      • cheyenne says:

        Steve, in the Josh Allen watch, which has taken over Wyoming football, Elway was originally supposed to be taking Allen, why else would he travel to the Famous Potato Bowl in Idaho? But now Denver is reportedly looking at one of the other top college QBs and Arizona is supposedly looking at drafting Allen if he is still there when they draft. But, in all honestly, does Denver need another young great potential QB that keeps getting injured. Allen has missed games last year and this year because of injury.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          If Allen is fragile, ‘Zona can have him. Denver’s O line has been pretty bad the last couple of years. A brittle QB will get slaughtered behind Denver’s line.

          One of the best young QBs in the game, Andrew Luck, is likely to have an injury-truncated career because his offensive line can’t protect him.

          Star QBs knocked out for the season is a big reason why the NFL has become harder to watch. The Colts are almost unwatchable even *with* Luck—without him, I’d rather watch grass grow. The Eagles were the hot team in the East, but with Carson Wentz out with a torn ACL, they suck. Who wants to watch the Packers without Aaron Rogers? I don’t.

    • All I can say is, I got to watch the first half of the Niners-Ram game with my dad on Sunday, and Jimmy G did not disappoint. Right of the bat he was doing what a Niners quarterback hasn’t done regularly since Steve Young: Hit the tight end up the middle in heavy traffic. It opens the whole field up and if the running game clicks–unstoppable. Next season looks extremely promising!

      I suppose I sort of intuitively realized the game today all comes down to the quarterback, but the way that guy presented it in OutKickingtheCoverage, I’m convinced that’s the way it is. Which as the writer pointed out, does not bode well for the NFL’s future.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        “Hit the tight end up the middle in heavy traffic.”

        That’s exactly what makes the Patriot’s offense click. And on top of being able to make that catch in traffic, Gronk can go long. I don’t care for the Pats, but that QB-TE tandem is almost magical.

        • I was a Patriots hater until that fluke win over the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. And yeah, that’s where Jimmy G learned to hit the tight end.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Forever enshrining Pete Carroll as a bonehead for not handing the ball off to Beast Mode at the goal line to win the game and instead throwing a pass for a pick.

  3. Jose says:

    The fire stick is over rated and over a period of just a few months it will start to malfunction.

    • So far, it beats carrying the laptop up and down the stairs!

    • K. Beck says:

      RV: Certainly you could watch these football games at a “local” pub in the Redding area for a reasonable amount of money? Find a place that also serves food to minimize the amount (and cost) of the alcohol if you feel you have to drink alcohol when in a pub. Stop drinking early so the alcohol is out of your system before you have to drive home. Or maybe the place has non-alcoholic beverages you can buy? Better yet, find a football buddy willing to be a designated driver. Or, find a friend in Redding who would let you crash at their house and go home in the morning. There are many ways you can still watch football without spending all that money.

  4. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    Though I find it hard to look away when a game is on the TV at a pub or the tennis club, I’ve pretty largely stopped watching football games at home, too. For me, it’s not political, and it’s not because the game bores me. I can no longer fully enjoy watch young men destroying their bodies and think it’s okay because it’s entertaining and in some cases highly lucrative for them and their families (though for most it’s not). You can’t watch a single game without witnessing multiple injuries.

    You now frequently hear people being asked the question: “Would you let your son play football?” And when they answer “Yes,” I often think, “What the hell is wrong with you?”

  5. Frank Treadway says:

    OMG….I can’t believe the dialogue between the White folk, in this stream, who are talking about the Black folk as if they know what they’re talking about another race/culture, baffled ?

    • R.V. Scheide says:

      It’s become OK to speak openly this way. I admit it can be distressing.

      • cheyenne says:

        I would rather people speak openly then hide their true feelings. It is not distressing and I respect, maybe not understand, that others disagree with me.

  6. conservative says:

    “Inside the fight over how to address San Francisco’s ‘state of emergency’ for black student achievement”
    http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-sf-educational-emergency-20180102-story.html

  7. cheyenne says:

    RV, back to the original article it dovetails with an article in Sunday’s Denver Post, or a couple of them. Leaving the Urban Hustle for the Rural Route. It details how many are leaving the city life, for lots of reasons, and what they give up to live in the Middle of Nowhere. No HOA to tell them what color to paint their house or what Christmas lights are acceptable. Where one person said, he can now pee off his front porch without upsetting the neighbors. Back to the roots with backyard gardens Listening to the howls of wolves instead of sirens. Losing NFL games but getting to see the stars at night. Having horses or chickens and room to roam. Good article RV.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      While I enjoy the fact that nobody drives down my quarter-mile driveway unless they have a reason to be here, and I can freely pee off either my front or back porch without upsetting the neighbors, I’m here to tell you that the quality of internet service a real problem.

      • cheyenne says:

        My internet here in Cheyenne sucks worse than your internet. Century is the provider and all those cheaper and faster and better services, Dish, Hughes, and even Verizon I am told do not have their own internet lines. They all use Century lines and so when Century is down so is everybody else. My son, who lives in Phoenix, said internet is much better there.

  8. James Montgomery James Montgomery says:

    Wow, I thought I was the only one who had so lost interest in pro football as to not watch a single game this year. Yeah, all of the above- pay per view, politicization, being a 49’er fan, etc.
    Also, I moved, which took energy and time. Still, why do I find it so profoundly uninteresting? I used to enjoy it. I would chalk it up to just getting old, but I still like amateur sports. ‘Tis a bit of a conundrum.

  9. Semi-Retired says:

    If all you people will just let the race thing go, and treat everybody as an individual, then you can go on with the more important aspects of bigotry. For example: sexual preference, gender preference, bathroom preference, women’s rights, social-economic status, political point of view, cannabis use, ab109 people, homeless, blue-red, gun ownership, the how many blacks I know club, tattoos and pierces, motorcycle riders, rude motorcycle riders, slow drivers, jacked up trucks with bright headlights, dog owners, irresponsible dog owners, Doug La Freeking Malfa, Trump vs, Kim, Trump, and of course white supremacy , nazis, religion or lack there of, taxes, corporate welfare, and Russian interference. Etcetera.

  10. cheyenne says:

    The trouble in the north state is not Republicans, it is Democrats. Before you condemn me I will say I would man phone banks at the CSEA office on Hilltop Drive promoting Democrat candidates at election time. Years ago I met a Cottonwood man at the Labor Day picnic at Anderson River Park. He was running against Wally Herger and said the Democratic party wouldn’t give him any financial aid. The Democrats have California locked up and don’t need the north state voters. Until you convince the Democratic party that the north state matters you are going to be stuck with the Doug La Freeking Malfas.

  11. Beverly Stafford says:

    Okay, since I’ve offended about half the of diners on A New Café because of my very poorly worded post which made me sound like a raging racist (I shouldn’t write when I first arise, obviously), I’m going to do penance by forfeiting the Doni-baked treat that I won in the January drawing. I’ll ask Doni to draw a sixth name and present “my” cake to another lucky diner. Mea culpa to all – especially to those who upbraided me.

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