BLM 3 – NFL 0

There’s only one thing on everyone’s mind today which needs no more introduction and the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak. At 5.15pm the season gets underway and so will nine months give or take of anguish, ecstasy, rage and joy, which will define an ownership, era, and a former player turned manager.
Best of luck bhoys.


Until we feast our eyes on the spectacle some nice filler.
The NFL have been in quite a predicament with this whole Black Lives Matter thing, for if you recall they were the first high profile sport to see players take action on the issue, with one player in particular blazing a trail.
Colin Kaepernick was not a bad quarterback at all, had appeared in a Superbowl, and perhaps was a little emboldened by the fact he was based in probably America’s most liberal city, San Francisco. No matter the reasons why, he was the one who took the knee for the anthem, and it cost him his career. He discovered an unofficial black mark had been placed beside his name within the sport for his actions, and lost many years of earnings obviously, but did get Time magazine’s Man of the Year award which will mean much more than the root of all evil in a lot of eyes.
The BLM movement once again thrust the spotlight on him, and surprise surprise there’s a belated apology and some cash rolling in via job offers and movie rights.
He who laughs last,,,
BLM 1 – NFL 0


Next up the owners getting involved with taking a knee during the anthem.
Probably the most (in)famous franchise owner Jerry Jones had previously stated that any employee of his that kneels for the anthem would be fired full stop. That’s how he nipped that one in the bud, complete authority. But that was before the BLM movement came full force, and for those onscreen taking the knee or not has become a simple yet very public statement on where your allegiances lie on the issue.
It will come as no surprise the players have not only decided they have the moral authority to kneel, but the commissioner has informed them there will be no sanctions for them doing so, and he himself is widely expected to take the knee in solidarity.
All camera’s will be on Jones as soon as his Cowboys hit the turf.
Of course he will be up in his directors box and not standing with them, but few expect a sincere smile. Poor billionaire cant get his way, such a shame.
BLM 2 – NFL 0


Finally we have the BLM campaign forcing a team to change its name, wow!
The Washington Redskins have dropped the Redskins bit, which has been deemed disparaging and racist by those inspired and involved in the modern cultural awakenings happening across the globe. And this despite the owner saying ‘never’.
One huge area of internal pressure was the stadium sponsor announcing it wanted a name change or it was withdrawing, so clearly the fella fell on his sword for the money, but he does have a survey which requested change to hide behind.
BLM 3 – NFL 0


When what is the number two biggest sport in the world financially see’s change forced upon it by a swing of supporter mindset, then no sport is safe from real world consequences.
Scottish Football has its own chance to show solidarity, which it should of course, starting with our own team and the opposition tonight. Clubs that don’t take the knee for whatever reason risk alienating their own players who want to kneel, the fans that have a conscience and moral compass, and their sponsors’ money, for none will wish to get involved with anything that could sour their brand, not in the slightest.


Black Lives Matter is bound to affect football in some way or other, it will be interesting seeing quite how and the reaction. After whooping American football’s ass, I wouldn’t bet against it teaching our sport or a few of its clubs a lesson or two.
Oh the protests have not stopped, only the media coverage has.
This was Richmond, Virginia last night


The above is by Mahe. As usual its

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July 16, 2020 7:34 am

I thought the rest of the guys in the NFL were slow to back Colin Kaepernik, I put him in a class with the guy in Tianemen Square, what both did was very brave and life changing. Colin is a hero in my eyes.

July 16, 2020 7:39 am

There are a lot of great players(Legends)
in the background photo but John Fallon is missing,

July 16, 2020 7:52 am

Going for a hattrick can’t wait to get up and watch the game tomorrow
Goodnight Timland

July 16, 2020 8:23 am

‘Taking the knee’ has been inspirational and effective in drawing attention to an evil in society. Gaining much support throughout the world. However we shouldn’t be surprised if it comes to an end as a matter of course. When it becomes habitual and expected it might lose effectiveness. Similar to the minute’s applause at 8pm on a Thursday in support of the NHS. It could be more advantageous if it is used on special occasions and anniversaries. But the events of the past months have been a wake up call for many of us. Hopefully the seeds are sown to finally be rid of racism.
Now how do we tackle sectarianism?

big packy
July 16, 2020 8:31 am

MORNING ALL and JIM, how do we get rid of sectarianism, good question, how about disbanding the rangers football club, nah that will never happen, but what about as our old pal on here TET, used to say get rid of the orange lodge in scotland, and that would be a good start ?

July 16, 2020 8:58 am

Morning Packy, there’s nothing I would like to see more than the disappearance of those two institutions. I don’t have any stats, but I believe the O.O. in Scotland is getting smaller, both in memberships and attendances at walks. Not surprising I suppose, after two generations of ‘mixed marriages’ and a huge decline in religious beliefs there’s less of an appeal and fire in the belly for it.
But the sickening thing in Scotland is the acceptance of it by on lookers, especially politicians and the media who could do something about it.
That’s the great thing about the demonstrations, taking the knee, BLM etc., it hasn’t eradicated racism but it is much more exposed and now being considered as intolerable.
Scotland & sectarianism is a long way off from that position. Not helped of course by the masonic establishment who have a soft spot for orangeism.

July 16, 2020 9:07 am

Good Morning all
Good stuff Mahe, it is always worthwhile to remind folk of the importance of behaviour towards their fellow human beings.
Cannot wait for the game later on today.

big packy
July 16, 2020 9:17 am

HI jim, thats good news if its getting smaller, and as you say if the masonic influence was dwarfed, that would also help, will catch u later, aff oot apple and pear picking?

July 16, 2020 10:06 am

Good morning all from an overcast, hungover Govanhill.

July 16, 2020 10:29 am


Wonderful article,as others have pointed out already.

Colin Kaepernick was the trailblazer on this,obviously. A better description for him might be the forlorn hope.

As such,trailblazers for any form of protest tend to be martyrs for that cause. CK may still be alive,but he has sacrificed much for a cause that meant a lot to him. So much in fact that he was willing to lose everything that he had already sacrificed his life to achieve-his career.

And the NFL owners,egged on of course by that most odious of people,Trump,were happy to deliver their judgement on him.

Most of them still would,I betcha! Not for them the Damascene Conversion,I’m afraid. In fact,they are only taking their decisions through gritted teeth and because of economic expediency. Now,it’s quite possible that they didn’t arrive at their prejudices by themselves-that they learned them at the knee of another,if you’ll pardon the pun. But to be honest,we all did! I don’t think I was particularly,say,homophobic or racist or hating of anyone when I was about eighteen. But I know that I wasn’t as enlightened,for want of a better word-educated might be a better one-as I hope I am now.

Maybe that is a product of environment. That my environment before then was extremely homogeneous. It’s not an excuse as I know I still spoke out often against intolerance. But life since then has been far from homogeneous. It’s been far from bloody easy either,btw-and not just for me! But it’s not just education that educates people-experience does it so much better.

Out in the big bad world,the not so homogeneous one I was brought up in,we all sink or swim. Or at least manage to stay afloat. And it’s when we see people with more extreme intolerance than our own that our own intolerances diminishes,and hopefully eventually disappears. And as we do that,we learn something we certainly weren’t taught about.

Empathy. And that itself has a very wide range. But it narrows at one point.

How much do you care?

The NFL owners don’t care for BLM. Because they haven’t had the same life experiences that most of us have,haven’t mixed socially or worked with,married,etc,outside of-that word again-their little homogeneous group,the group that comprises their upbringing-and their world! They think this will all blow over,but there are many who believe this one will prove to be the tipping point.

It’s a chance for one of them to make history-or to be consigned to it. Or to watch it unfold in front of them.

July 16, 2020 10:30 am


Making up for lost time?

July 16, 2020 10:40 am

A wee warm up for tomorrow in Toonheid?

July 16, 2020 11:16 am

This discussion reminds me of my student days when I fell out with one lecturer who insisted that Scotland was a homogenous society and therefore we didn’t have a racism problem. I vehemently disagreed, pointing out the rampant anti Irish racism evidenced by the Orange Walk and, “Whit school did you go to?” Don’t be stupid I was told. This was the late 1970s.
The lecturer in question was a prominent policy maker for the old Strathclyde Regional Council and his, and the Labour run council’s, views informed the decisions that they made. That’s how there is no Catholic secondary school between Ayr and Saltcoats. Irvine, now 100k population, has no Catholic senior school.
Racism isn’t just espousing hatred towards another ethnic or social group; it’s a blindness of the needs of people. Paddies don’t count. They’re tims or tailgs. We can get away with “no popery on the rates”.We all know that black youths are more likely to be criminals so let’s have racial profiling and stop and search. Racism IS driving public policy
Hun media is full of “We only take the knee for her majesty” type tripe. Bet they don’t take the knee and the services will lap it up. The SFA will probably come out against it much like the gammon in the NFL.
I really hope Celtic do show support for BLM.

July 16, 2020 11:19 am

services = sevvies

Rolling Stone
July 16, 2020 11:27 am

Broony on Griff:
“Everyone here has worked extremely hard on their fitness and he needs to make sure he does that, as well.”

No indication that this is anything other than unprofessionalism. After the support he has received from the club and fans in the last year and then getting back in the team, his level of unprofessionalism is disappointing.

He is 30 in August and hasn’t really had a meaningful season since BR’s 1st year (and even then he was 2nd fiddle). Time to try and cut ties as he is wholly unreliable.

July 16, 2020 11:32 am

Mick and Garry, I’m in the Star bar. Got Premier for the Celtic games. Might go home at 5.?

July 16, 2020 12:38 pm


Good lad! The fight goes a long way back indeed,and obviously even before when you mention. That someone in charge of policy at such a high level can tell you that Scotland then was a homogeneous country means that he was happy with what he saw.

Simple as that.

You won’t see any ground-breaking policies from that type. And we didn’t.

I remember a few of us meeting on a train to a hoot,then sitting in a wee pub on Hope Street with a few others. At least three of whom were on the “recently-discovered” engineering blacklist. I felt proud to be there with you all that day,and to know you all.

You guys-and I know a few others who were on it,my uncle for one-did more than take a knee. You guys fought for equality in the workplace,but more importantly for implementation of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The latter has probably done more for minorities than any other Act of Parliament,if you think about it. No longer can you send the wee chinky into a dangerous area,or tell that Paddy to do it.

You guys did that. And I’m well proudayeez.

Bada Bing
July 16, 2020 12:41 pm

Guy goes into a pub with his dug. Orders a beer and says to the barman: “I’ve nae money but I’ll show you something better. Ma dug can talk”
Barman says: “Right make it talk”

Boy pulls out a bit sandpaper, scrapes the dugs arse with it and says to the dug: “How’s that that feel?”
The dug says “Ruff”

Barman says “Fuck off, oot ye get” and the guy says ” Naw, naw it can talk… geez another chance”
So this time he says to the dug, “Yer playing golf and your baw doesn’t hit the fairway, green, bunker or water, where is it?”
Dug says “Ruff”

Barman says “Right fuck this oot ye get, the pair of ye” and the boy says
“Naw honestly, he can talk… geez wan mair chance”
Boy turns to the dug and says,” Right listen you… this is oor last chance or we’re getting kicked outa here…World Cup in Mexico 1986…who was in goal for Scotland?”
The dug says “Ruff!”

Barman says ” Right that’s it!” and chucks the two of them oot.

Boy’s sitting on the pavement outside and the dug turns and says to him

“Wiz it Jim Leighton?”

July 16, 2020 12:41 pm


You’ll be going nowhere if the beer and the craic is good.

Ffs,it’s me and Garry yer talking to. Who ye trying to kid…

July 16, 2020 12:42 pm



Didn’t expect that one.

July 16, 2020 12:46 pm

Mick, we aw love a trier….?

July 16, 2020 12:57 pm


God loves a trier,J. Though we adore the chancin’ bastert!

July 16, 2020 1:12 pm


July 16, 2020 1:32 pm

Some of you might have read Tangled up in Blue by Stephen O Donnell that was full of historical information that provided into how the culture at Rangers FC developed over the years to become what it is today.
Stephen has a new book to be published on 27 July that I’ve been asked to review called Fergus McCann v David Murray which focusses on the era of both at Celtic and Rangers and although I’ve only touched the surface it already contains some gold nuggets, which might be of interest to readers.
So to discipline myself to have a review ready by 27th I’ll try and post as comments some of what struck me as worthy of highlighting on here and other blogs over the next 12 days to stimulate discussion and perhaps entice readers to purchase. (I’m on no royalties btw, the truth has no price )
These paras caught my eye for reasons that made me think hmmmmm.
“The eventual outcome allowed Struth to continue as manager while increasing his stranglehold on power at Ibrox by becoming a fully waged director. However, as an almost
unnoticed consequence, control of the club had now passed from those who had a history of previous service with Rangers, or whose shares held a merely passive, emotional value, to investors whose interest in the company might be entirely pecuniary, with directors now likely to have a financial stake in the club or to have bought their way on to the board. One leading club historian later described Struth’s boardroom coup as ‘the day
Rangers became a business’, while Mason offered an insight into the far-reaching repercussions of the club’s change of direction:
‘In many ways, [Bowie’s*] fears were prophetic of the dangers that
would ultimately cause the club such grief in more recent times.”
*Bowie had argued passionately at the EGM that the proposed changes would cede control
of the club to those with ‘financial interests, as against an administration solely concerned with maintaining the [club’s]high sporting traditions’, but ultimately his pleas had fallen
on deaf ears.
If Carlsberg did irony.

July 16, 2020 1:44 pm

Double post removed

fan-a -tic
July 16, 2020 2:14 pm

The NFL are a cosy cartel so the unilateral response to Kaepernick was no surprise.
It is the sport where the players have little contractual protection and have failed repeatedly in attempts to change as owners always closed ranks.
Jones is no more than a rich posturing redneck using the guise of patriotism like his political friends to further his agenda.
The commissioners remarks are more about saving a slowly sinking ship than justice.
TV numbers have been declining for years.
They are losing supporters and participants at a large rate here in the USA hence their attempts to make it a global sport.
A lot of the medical science which the league and political cronies tried to block is now in the public domain and the long term health worries have a lot of parents not allowing their kids to participate.
A huge reason why soccer has overtaken as the number one participant sport.
The lawyers have also got the scent of blood in the water so the recent NFL rule changes on contact are in response to such.
As for Washington and Snyder it was the sponsor’s threat of withdrawal not morality that forced the change.
Loss of revenue is something they will always address.
It also seems some other scandal is brewing for the organization.

It’s always about the money.

On the media coverage or lack of of BLM it is a concerted effort by government and corporate media.
The original response of state brutality was good for ratings and initial revenue but the failure to gain public support surprised the politicians and their corporate owners.
In the long term it was bad for business.
The new strategy of hear no evil see no evil has led to apathy.
Trump did not tone down his violent rhetoric by choice and he has owners to obey.
So far we have seen phase one and two of their strategy.
Phase three will be enlightening as to what kind of society/future they are willing to allow us.

big packy
July 16, 2020 2:17 pm

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, just back from picking my apples and pears JIM , put them in bags, 2 apples and 2 pears in each bag, im gong to sell them for 5 quid a bag, but seen as your my best mate, you can have a bag for 4-99 .? are you watching the game tonight ?

July 16, 2020 2:30 pm

£4.99 for 2 apples & 2 pears? I see you’ve still got your business head on! I dread to think what you would charge to groom a Great Dane.

big packy
July 16, 2020 2:35 pm

JIM, a lot of money??

A thing of beauty
July 16, 2020 2:41 pm

Interesting to hear what is happening on the other side of the pond. There is a long, long history of oppression in the United States and hopefully the BLM movement will start to put an end to this. It will take time but they must not lose momentum.
Do not get CCB started on catholic education in north Ayrshire. Trust me it is a very contentious point with him. Some people would be more than happy if the only catholic school there is, was not built. Tried to paint it as a planning issue when in fact it was what it always is. Still that sort of backward thinking enough to see such a person elected to office in this shitty backwater. Btw I believe the ibrox mob will take the knee. Their fans will be bealing but they can’t be seen to be stuck in the 1960’s. The 1690’s Is fine though, nobody gives a shit about that.
Like yourself. I cannot wait to see the bhoys back in action tonight.
Rolling Stone
I am on record defending Leigh and asking for more understanding but my goodness at times he makes it awfully hard. I think neil will have a decision to make in 3/4 weeks as to whether he can prop him up to get Consistent performances Out of him. He seems to require an great deal of support and it’s a big call as to whether this season of all seasons can afford that.

July 16, 2020 2:44 pm

Good morning troops.

Expected team?

Kilts 3 – Frogs 2

July 16, 2020 2:46 pm

You’ve whetted my appetite with that wee trailer. Look forward to the next 12 days or so.

Thanks for sharing.

big packy
July 16, 2020 2:49 pm

JIM, have you ever heard of margaret skinnider, i came across her on wikipedia last night, she was born in my home town coatbridge,she fought against the brits in the 1916 easter rising, she was shot 3 times in the fighting, but managed to survive, seems she was a very brave and courageous lady,she died in 1971 and is buried in glasnevin cemetery in dublin.?

Bada Bing
July 16, 2020 2:52 pm
July 16, 2020 2:53 pm

Never heard of her Packy, I will look her up on Wiki.
I’m away to see if this barber is open today!

July 16, 2020 4:01 pm

Auldheid @ 1:32 pm,

That’s a very interesting piece. If the book is an expose of SDM and his methods it will certainly be intriguing.

It goes to show the wisdom of the membership scheme you were promoting a few weeks ago. Celtic have a relatively passive major shareholder and the value of the club in monetary terms is a drop in the ocean for him.

It may not always be the case.

There was piece on Ann Budge on CQN yesterday. As soon as she took the decision to stay at Tynecastle and build a new stand rather than go for a bespoke stadium I knew she wouldn’t improve Hearts lot.

Hail Hail

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 16, 2020 4:27 pm

Rolling stone

Did Leigh Griffiths knock back your advances or nip yer bird ?
Anything positive on Leigh ??

Disney’s Frozen “Let it go” on request for you ?

July 16, 2020 4:31 pm

Mahe’s predicted team is correct.

July 16, 2020 4:32 pm

Have to say this NFL headline, is frying my brain.
I keep thinking Neil Francis Lennon has lost 3.0.

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 16, 2020 4:32 pm

Haw McCaff if yer oot there pal ?
Had a run in with the barbers yesterday, not a toffee apple in sight ?

Hope you & yours are safe & well SentinelCelts ?

big packy
July 16, 2020 4:38 pm

AFGHAN ,spoke to mcaff earlier on e-mail, he is busy painting and waiting for his new dug,.hope you and your dug are well?

July 16, 2020 4:39 pm

JimmynotPaul LOL 🙂 Ditto.

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 16, 2020 4:59 pm

Cheers BP we’re good & i hope you & Joan are too??

big packy
July 16, 2020 5:01 pm

AFGHAN ,cheers pal?

??? Celtic plc hun lovin criminals
July 16, 2020 5:02 pm

McCaff Painting & decorating ooooft !! if it’s anything like his floor laying ??

big packy
July 16, 2020 5:04 pm

AFGHAN, say no more??

July 16, 2020 5:11 pm

If England are still playing behind closed doors, at that time, then, in my opinion, no way Scot Gov, will allow any fans in until after that date.

Football fans waited a long time for live sport to return in the UK, and now a date has been set for England to play Wales in a friendly at Wembley Stadium.

The match will be played on 8 October – it’ll be behind closed doors in keeping with coronavirus guidelines.

July 16, 2020 5:14 pm

5,000 Supporters in the ground…

Lyon donated the tickets to nurses and other key workers.


Hail Hail

July 16, 2020 5:22 pm

Nice 0 Celtic 1


July 16, 2020 5:25 pm

VAR Disallowed.