Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. – Fran Lebowitz
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- Russell Fagg Announcement
- National Football League
- U.S. Men’s Soccer Team
Republican Russell Fagg will announce this Saturday if he is running for U.S. Senate. My bet is that he will run.
The Montana Democrats have long-believed Fagg is running. They have been going after him since he announced he was forming an exploratory committee. It appears they believe Fagg and State Auditor Matt Rosendale are the strongest opponents for two-term Senator Jon Tester.
The surname “Fagg” is interesting. According to the Surname Database:
This interesting English surname originated in Kent as a metonymic nickname describing a fishmonger or baker. The surname dates back to the 13th Century. One source attributes the name to the Old English word “Fagg”, a flat fish, plaice or a flat loaf, and is reflected in the early modern word “Fadge”. Another source informs us that the nickname is a variation from either of two homonymous Middle English words “fagge” and “Fage”, the former meaning a fault in the weave of a piece of cloth, the latter, deception, or flattery.”
It’s not quite as neat as “Brown” though.
As I have said many times, I think this race leans Safe Democrat. Tester has plenty of money and he has managed to get some of his bills signed into law. He is the senior member of the Montana delegation and has a little seniority in the senate. A third term would give Tester even more seniority and that means he can get more done for Montana.
National Football League:
The player protests during the National Anthem are dividing the country. I wrote my thoughts about it HERE in case you are interested.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell penned a letter to NFL executives saying, “The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”
In other words, they are losing money.
Goodell also wrote, “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues.”
So the owners will get together next week. Some are saying the owners will make standing during the anthem mandatory. We’ll see. The players do work for the owners, but they also have rights.
People should not only stand during the anthem, they should face the flag and put their hand over their heart and remove their hats. Veterans can also salute the flag, as can members of the Armed Forces not in uniform.(Source)
It was reported this week that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated his players will stand for the national anthem and not disrespect the flag, and if they do, the player or players will not play.
I’ve followed Jones for years. He does what is good for Jerry Jones. We’ll see if his starting quarterback takes a knee if he benches him.
U.S. Men’s Soccer Team:
Soccer in the United States took a giant step backward yesterday when the United States men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. Tuesday night they lost 2-1 Trinidad & Tobago.
I watched the match and the U.S. team never showed much energy throughout. Now they must clean house and try to rebuild as they watch the next World Cup from the sidelines.
Plus, the players and coaches must live with the fact that they failed to make the World Cup.