Ben Roethlisberger channeled his inner Aaron Rodgers with this message to Steelers fans

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Roughly two weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers were riding high.

They started the season with a spectacular 11-0 record, and were the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL.

But that was two weeks ago, and now Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is channelling his inner Aaron Rodgers.

At the beginning of the 2014 season, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers infamously told fans to “R-E-L-A-X” after the team’s lackluster start.

That team ended up losing to the Seahawks in the NFC Conference Championship game.

Generally speaking, when a team jumps out to a 11-0 record and stands alone as the only unbeaten team in the NFL, talk of a possible Super Bowl appearance begins to dominate the conversation.

That wasn’t the case for the Steelers, though, as naysayers in the media and throughout the league were suspect of the team’s hot start for weeks.

While Steelers players and fans demanded the respect they believed they were due, those naysayers were ultimately proven correct as the team has now lost its last two games.

And in both of those games, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger transformed from an ageless wonder, still playing the position at a relatively high level, to a below average, aging quarterback who’s best days are far behind him.

Roethlisberger even admitted as much, telling the media after his team’s most recent loss to the Buffalo Bills, “If I don’t play good enough football, I need to hang it up.”

But a few days removed from that loss, Roethlisberger has changed his tune, and now he wants everyone to relax and take a deep breath.

“This team is special,” he told the media on Wednesday. “The season is not over. I want everyone out there to just take a deep breath. I know it’s kind of crazy right now. I want everyone to take a deep breath. We’ve got time.”

Truth be told, it’s generally not a great omen when anyone on a team, specifically the quarterback, is telling everyone to calm down in the midst of a losing streak.

Regardless, the Steelers are still 11-2 with a two game lead in the AFC North with just three games left to play, so there’s no reason for anyone to completely write them off.

As easy as the Steelers could extend their losing streak, they could also right the ship and head into the playoffs with momentum back on their side.

Roethlisberger has been around the block a few times, and has two Super Bowl rings to show for it, so there’s plenty of reason for fans to take his advice and just let the games play out.

Now, whether or not they actually do that is an entirely different story.

The mob is targeting the Atlanta Braves. But a poll came out that blew their plan to smithereens.

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Several professional sports teams have fallen victim to the Left’s cancel culture crusade this year.

And now new teams like the Atlanta Braves are in the Left’s crosshairs.

But a poll just came out that blew their plan to smithereens.

2020 has been a banner year for the Left’s cancel culture crusade.

From renaming schools to roads to professional sports teams, the woke mob is bulldozing beloved American icons.

Just in the sports world alone, the Washington Redskins became “The Football Team” and the Cleveland Indians announced that they will be parting ways with their classic name and logo.

Now all eyes are on the Atlanta Braves.

In recent years, the Braves urged fans (when they could actually go to games) to stop doing the “Tomahawk chop” for fear of drawing the ire of Social Justice Warriors.

That move only staved off the mob for a short time.

Social Justice Warriors are insisting that the name “Braves” is somehow “racist” and degrading to Native Americans.

Any well-adjusted American can see the nickname is meant to honor them.

In fact, RealClearPolitics released a poll showing the majority of Georgia are against changing the Braves name by saying “71.8% said no, 19.7% said yes, and 8.5% reported not having an opinion” on changing the name.

The Braves were once protected by the conservative majority that thrived in Georgia and around Atlanta.

But it’s 2020 so like everything else that can go wrong, Georgia is now a “toss up” state with a lot of upside for Leftists to take advantage of.

And now that the two Republican Senate candidates are in a fight for their political lives in a runoff race, the Atlanta Braves have become a hot button issue.

Both Republican candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have taken a rare stand against the Left by releasing a statement of support for the Atlanta Braves.

Their joint statement read, “We adamantly oppose any effort to rename the Atlanta Braves, one of our state’s most storied and successful sports franchises. Not only are the Braves a Georgia institution – with a history spanning 54 years in Atlanta – they’re an American institution.”

And it actually looks like pushing back against cancel culture may be a winning issue for the two Republican candidates.

Maybe 2021 can start off on the right foot by giving a win for normalcy and sending a statement against the woke mob trying to wreck all good sports names.

What do you think?

*Sports With Balls Official Polling*

This Trump-hating NBA star had one shocking message to Hollywood celebrities

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The intersection of politics with sports and entertainment is alienating many fans.

But that isn’t stopping athletes and actors from speaking their mind.

And now a Trump-hating NBA star had one shocking message to Hollywood celebrities.

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the legendary figures in the history of American athletes.

Counting his time at UCLA under coach John Wooden, Abdul-Jabbar won nine championships while dominating the sport.

Abdul-Jabbar was so unstoppable in college that the NCAA outlawed dunking in an attempt to level the playing field.

After retiring from the basketball following a defeat in the 1989 NBA finals Abdul-Jabbar refashioned himself as a social commentator and leftwing political activist.

Because Abdul-Jabbar developed the unstoppable sky hook, outlets believe he is an important thinker offering a perspective on America that the public needs to hear.

In his latest essay in The Hollywood Reporter, Abdul-Jabbar claims that Big Tech companies like Twitter and Facebook are not censoring enough speech.

“Social media companies have begun slapping warnings on some messages that are false, incite violence or cause harm to society. But this needs to be done with more consistency and vigilance,” Abdul-Jabbar claimed.

Ironically, Abdul-Jabbar claimed this censorship was necessary because athletes and entertainers often don’t know what they are talking about.

“Many Americans imbue stars with political and social intelligence they just don’t have… It doesn’t help to be surrounded by fawning people whose job it is to agree with everything you say. The irresponsibility of tweeting irrational and harmful opinions to millions, regardless of the damaging consequences to their country or people’s lives, proves that those stars deserve the harsh backlash,” Abdul-Jabbar added.

While many Americans agree with this sentiment, Abdul-Jabbar claimed it was conservatives like actors Jon Voigt and James Woods and liberal Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling that needed to have their speech banned from social media platforms.

Abdul-Jabbar claimed Rowling needed to be censored because she rejected the radical “transgender” political agenda.

“Few are more beloved than J.K. Rowling, whose Harry Potter books make up the best-selling series in history. Yet her anti-trans tweets may not only damage the Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, they could end up tainting her entire literary legacy,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

Liberals like Abdul-Jabbar believe that speech that might make people question the Democrat Party’s agenda is dangerous and must be banned.

Sadly, in the wake of the 2020 election this trend is only going to get worse.

Sports with Balls will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing.

The NFL just got into big trouble because of this anti-police protest

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The NFL just refuses to learn its lesson.

Despite plunging ratings and disgruntled fans, the league continues to promote divisive Black Lives Matter protests.

And now the NFL just got into big trouble because of this anti-police protest.

Colts linebacker Matthew Adams will wear the name of deceased 22-year-old Dreasjon Reed on his helmet this Sunday when Indianapolis takes on the Houston Texans.

Reed was killed in a police shooting on May 6.

But the findings of an investigation by the Indiana State Police paint a more complicated picture of an individual involved in multiple shootings.

Indiana State Police Lt. Jeff Herron laid out the findings of the investigation which were derived from video footage from local surveillance cameras and what Reed live-streamed on Facebook.

Police were unable to determine who fired first, but police did state that shell casings at the scene matched Reed’s gun which means both were shooting at each other.

“Almost exactly at the same time, two, we know two shots were fired. That can’t happen unless two different shooters are shooting,” Lt. Herron explained.

“Casings crossing in the air can’t happen unless you have two different pistols firing,” Herron added.

Lt . Herron recounted how the investigation found the shooting only occurred after the officer failed to subdue Reed with a taser.

“He actually tases him at the same time Mr. Reed is actually starting to pull his firearm out,” Lt. Herron added.

“Mr. Reed basically goes down on his stomach and then he turns, basically in that same position onto his, basically onto his buttocks and he follows and it appears he follows Officer Mercer as he’s moving,” Lt. Herron continued.

Additionally, Lt. Herron stated that there was evidence on Reed’s phone that he was involved in two other drive-by shootings.

“In our analyses of Mr. Reed’s phone, we found a text thread of him indicating that he did a couple, meaning two, other drive-by shootings,” Lt. Herron concluded.

A large segment of NFL fans were already disgusted by the league embracing the cop-hating Black Lives Matter movement and encouraging players to kneel for the national anthem.

The NFL is not satisfied with ratings that have some advertisers worrying the league is in “decline” and is determined to run off anyone else that is left.

Sports with Balls will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing.

NFL players union is pushing for some coronavirus changes to remain in place permanently that will leave you stunned

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COVID-19 has obviously changed virtually every aspect of human existence in one way or another.

For most of us, though, the sooner we can rid ourselves of those changes and get back to the way things were, the better.

But that’s apparently not the case for the NFL players union, as they’ve begun their push to make some of the changes COVID has brought permanent.

Prior to COVID-19’s conquest of mankind, the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players union permitted teams to host a total of 10 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) prior to training camp.

These OTAs were strictly voluntary and also had strict guidelines in place for the amount of time allowed and rules against live contact.

In addition, most teams chose to host a week long training camp, as per the collective bargaining agreement, in which coaches and players would relocate to a college or similar facility where they would stay together in a dorm-like environment to prepare for the start of the season.

However, COVID changed all of that, and the league and players union made the decision to move to virtual OTAs where no on-field activities could take place, and scrapped the idea of having a training camp where the players stayed together.

Based on the fact that the NFL, and players for that matter, were willing to do what it took to have a season, it made perfect sense to try and limit any chance of an outbreak that would force the league to shut down the season.

But now the players union has decided that these changes need to stay in place permanently, and they’re apparently willing to fight to make it happen.

“There’s absolutely no reason for us to go back to full-scale [Organized Team Activities], none,” NFL players union executive director DeMaurice Smith told reporters.

“You don’t see accountants move into hotels during tax season because they need to pay attention more,” Cleveland Browns center, and union president, JC Tretter also said. “It doesn’t have any real proof of benefitting anything.”

Comparing the job of a tax accountant to NFL athletes seems like quite the stretch, yet that is the exact case the union is going to attempt to make.

Anyone who’s played football, or really knows anything about the game, knows there is a rather massive difference between being in shape and being in football shape.

The wear and tear that the human body goes through during the course of a 16-game NFL regular season is extraordinary.

And while the majority of NFL players are grown men who act in every way as professionals and could undoubtedly be prepared to play a game year round, not having any type of training camp or OTAs will only serve to hurt the individual players and the NFL’s product as a whole.

More than anything, though, training camp is a time for the entire team – veterans, rookies, new acquisitions, coaches, everyone – to come together, and lay the foundation for cohesion.

Is that impossible without a training camp? No.

But let’s be honest here, this is all just another ploy by the players union to have the players give less to their teams and the league while still demanding more and more.

They’re simply not going to allow a good crisis to go to waste.

The players want to do as little as possible for the most money possible – a deal anyone would take 100 out of 100 times.

Whether or not the NFL and team owners give in is a whole other story.

Needless to say, this is a fight that will undoubtedly be fascinating to watch play out.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

The NFL made this major Super Bowl announcement that left fans speechless

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Football fans are hoping the Super Bowl goes off as scheduled and without a hitch.

It would signal a return to normal life is not far away.

But now the NFL made this major Super Bowl announcement that left fans speechless.

One of the big questions surrounding Super Bowl 55 in Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium is whether or not there will be fans in the stands for the game.

Everyone wants some level of crowd in attendance for the big game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fired off a letter to the Super Bowl organizing committee in Tampa announcing the league’s intention to give Super Bowl tickets to healthcare workers who have received Trump’s coronavirus vaccine.

“I wanted to let you know that during our League Meeting today we plan to discuss Super Bowl LV, including an exciting idea to honor and thank health care workers for their extraordinary service during the pandemic,” Goodell explained. “We will also use this as an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.”

“We are currently discussing with public health officials our desire to invite vaccinated health care workers to the Super Bowl as our guests. Subject to their approval and in consultation with your team, we aim to do this in a safe and responsible way,” Goodell added.

Over the last several years, on issues from domestic violence to anti-American national anthem protests, the NFL ended up on the wrong end of public relations fiascos.

Now that there will be tremendous societal pressure on Americans to receive the coronavirus vaccine, the NFL is trying to get ahead of this story and come across as “responsible” corporate partners.

The league, players, media, and fans all want a crowd in attendance for the Super Bowl.

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis handled the virus better than most by resisting lockdowns and mask mandates.

So there is likely to be fans in the stands no matter what.

But many Americans are worried the NFL will now lineup behind an effort across every sector of American life to force Americans to take the vaccine.

This could start with thanking healthcare workers by inviting them to the Super Bowl.

But for kickoff of the 2021 season it could very well morph into being forced to show proof of vaccination to enter an NFL stadium.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

ESPN had this jaw-dropping reaction to one analyst’s insult of the American flag

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Left-wing sports network ESPN is once again in the center of a political controversy.

It’s not a good look for the “World Wide Leader in Sports.”

And ESPN had this jaw-dropping reaction to one analyst’s insult of the American flag.

NFL analyst Domonique Foxworth tried to dig himself out a hole he created by claiming his comments attacking the fans of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen as American flag-waving racists just landed him in even more trouble.

On social media, Foxworth claimed his critics were full of “disingenuous BS.”

“Nobody I respect has taken this seriously so I’ve been ignoring it. And getting taken out of context kinda comes with my job, so I haven’t been trippin. But I respect you and the ppl in your building and it bothers that yall have spent 1 sec thinking about this disingenuous BS…” Foxworth began.

Foxworth also resorted to the old standby of claiming his remarks were taken out of context.

“Feel free to DM me, listen to the full podcast, or ignore this foolishness all together and get back to ballin. Best of luck to you and my new favorite QB,” Foxworth added.

On a podcast with ESPN host Bomani Jones, Foxworth ripped fans who defended Josh Allen as racist Trump supporters.

“It’s because the people who are telling me that Josh is the second coming and Josh is better than everybody are people with American flags and dogs and skulls and crossbones. […] If you go just take a dip into their tweet history, it’s some really concerning retweets and likes. […] It’s not about Josh,” Foxworth declared.

The popular sports website Outkick.com contacted ESPN for comment and ESPN declined to comment on their on-air talent’s racist smear of football fans who happen to think a quarterback with 28 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions is pretty good.

“OutKick asked ESPN if Foxworth’s negative comments about dogs and flag-supporters reflected the ESPN brand. The network declined to comment. Take that as you will,” Outkick.com reported.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

The “woke” outrage mob’s new target in professional sports is so outrageous that you won’t believe it unless you see it

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Leftists have been on a crusade to shred any image in sports that is related to Native Americans.

Their radical agenda has ruined many iconic sports logos.

But the “woke” outrage mob’s new target in professional sports is so outrageous that you won’t believe it until you see it.

There are few things in this world that can be a buzzkill like a woke leftist.

They literally ruin everything enjoyable in life.

Just look at how the Left’s radical agenda is dismantling iconic logos across the sports world.

First casualty of the year was the Washington Redskins who became the dreadful Washington Football Team.

Ultimately the historic franchise replaced its iconic Redskins logo for something the franchise isn’t known for, a W.

Then the Left sets their scorn on the Cleveland Indians who announced earlier this week that they will drop their Indian name after they dropped use of their indian logo.

And now the Left’s new target for oppression and racism is an Orca.

Because nothing says racial oppression and white supremacy like an Orca.

NHL’s Vancouver Canucks are the latest sports organization to face criticism over its team logo.

The criticism first appeared when local history Sean Carleton tweeted out that the logo was racist and needed to be retired.

Sean continued, “people will say, but Sean the imagery is a ‘sign of respect.’ How respectful is continuing to make piles of money from a business you operate on stolen land all the while branding that business with stolen imagery. That’s the logic of colonial capitalism for you.”

Sean’s war on the Orca has exploded on Twitter, which means it’s only a matter of time before the Canadian professional sports team changes its iconic logo.

*Sports With Balls Official Polling*

All Lamar Jackson needed was a bathroom break to lift the Ravens over the Browns

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Oftentimes in sports, the cause of a team turning things around after a slump can’t be pinpointed.

Sure, it’s easy to point to a specific game as the moment a team was able to get back on track, but what actually made it all possible is easy to miss.

That wasn’t the case for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on Monday night, though, as it’s abundantly clear why Jackson was able to elevate his team to a win, and it all has to do with a quick bathroom break.

In 2019, Lamar Jackson set the NFL on fire, leading the Baltimore Ravens to a spectacular 14-2 record while being named the league’s MVP in his first full season as a starter.

But despite getting off to another hot start this season, Jackson and the Ravens lost four of their next six games, and desperately needed a spark to avoid a disastrous end to 2020.

Despite the Browns being on what is quite possibly the best run they’ve had in decades, and the Ravens slumping, Monday night seemed like the perfect time for Jackson and the Ravens to get back to their winning ways.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Ravens found themselves down by a single point, when Jackson suddenly exited the field and made a beeline to the locker room.

Announcers said that Jackson was dealing with “cramps,” but fortunately for everyone it became rather clear the exact type of cramps that plagued the Ravens quarterback once the stadium’s cameras captured him entering the locker room and video found its way to social media.

No question about it, we’ve all seen that type of waddling run before, and know exactly what Jackson was going through in that moment.

Calling it “cramps” is certainly one way to put it, but everyone knows it was something far more serious – he had to get to a bathroom ASAP.

With two minutes left to play in the game, Jackson emerged from the locker room, proceeded to throw a 44-yard touchdown on fourth down, and helped seal the win for the Ravens.

While we all know that Lamar Jackson’s bathroom break was the clear MVP of Monday night’s game, Jackson wants to make clear to everyone that he didn’t “pull a Paul Pierce” by faking cramps so that he could use the bathroom without anyone knowing.

Whether or not Jackson wants to admit that he had a bathroom emergency in the middle of Monday night’s game is irrelevant.

That bathroom break may have well saved the Ravens season, and put them on a trajectory to achieve things no one thought possible pre-bathroom break.

In a way, it’s probably better that Jackson won’t admit what we all know, that way the legend of his bathroom break will live in football lore for generations to come.

Years from now, fans may be able to tell their great grandchildren about the infamous “Lamar Jackson bathroom break game” of 2020.

What a time to be alive.

*Sports With Balls Official Polling*

The NFL is panicking over this piece of very bad news

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Everyone associated with the National Football League just wants to get through 2020.

All involved believe if the league can just scratch and claw though this season everything will be back to normal in time for the 2021 season.

But now the NFL is panicking over this piece of very bad news.

For decades, the NFL has been the most stable property on television as Sunday Night Football is routinely the number one rated program and the games attract a steady and sizable audience.

However, in 2020, ratings are down seven percent leading one ad executive to say the league is in “decline.”

The NFL is having difficulty due to not hitting promised ratings benchmarks and being forced to offer extensive make-good ads.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

TV networks are feeling the strains of disappointing NFL ratings, as they are forced to restructure deals with advertisers to make up for the smaller audience, and their opportunity to make money off remaining games during the lucrative holiday season narrows . . .

. . . Some networks also have considered letting advertisers pay less for commercials during NFL games and other programming than they originally pledged.

Meanwhile, a large amount of the remaining commercial time available in games is being given to marketers as compensation for the underperformance so far, leaving little ad time that can be sold in the final quarter of the season. Such so-called make-good commercials are given if a network under-delivers on the audience it promised an advertiser.

There are many reasons for this.

No – or few – fans in the stands is an unappealing visual product as every game looks like a glorified exhibition.

The coronavirus forced postponements where games were played at undesirable TV times, like the Steelers going head-to-head with division rival Ravens on a Wednesday afternoon instead of Thanksgiving night.

But one of the main reasons is the league’s initial and disastrous embrace of the radical Black Lives Matter movement and national anthem protests.

Even on opening night, the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs saw their hometown fans boo them when they turned their pregame ceremony into a salute to Black Lives Matter.

Fans saw that the games were going to be political conventions with players disrespecting the military by kneeling during the national anthem and immediately began to tune out.

The NFL made their bed by joining on to this radical leftist “social justice” movement.

And now the league is paying a heavy financial price.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.