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Tom MacDonald
A promoter of Cape Breton Island via Cape Breton Daily Google + Community
A promoter of Cape Breton Island via Cape Breton Daily Google + Community


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This is the story of the suicide of the NFL.

Every liberal CEO in America should be watching and listening. This is a case study for how to destroy a billion-dollar business by injecting your offensive leftist politics and alienating your own customer base.

President Trump has done it again. No, I don’t mean he’s offended millions of Americans. I mean he said exactly what was on the mind of tens of millions of middle class Americans. Call us the Silent Majority. Because of Trump, our views now count.

Don’t look now but Trump just kicked the NFL’s rear end. Ratings are plummeting. Revenues are plunging. The player’s spokesman deals are being cancelled. Fans are booing. Fans are burning tickets and uniforms. Lifelong NFL zealots are vowing to never watch another game. And the #1 selling jersey in the USA is a Pittsburg Steeler backup- a former Army Ranger with the courage to stand for the national anthem.

The Silent Majority is speaking loudly and clearly.

When you offend 63 million Trump voters, your business suffers, your bottom line plunges...

The NFL is going the way of dying dinosaur ESPN- they lost 3 million subscribers just last year alone.

And the Emmys- with the lowest ratings EVER.

And Hollywood box office revenues- the worst in 25 years.

And NBC’s Megyn Kelly- whose career is on life support. She's so scared of Trump's voters she just announced her new NBC morning show will be a "politics free zone."
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And Arnold Schwarzenegger- who flopped as host of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

And Actress Jennifer Lawrence- who latest movie bombed after disrespecting Trump.

And Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who recently suffered his first-ever action movie flop, after disrespecting Trump.

Don’t forget Madonna, who threatened to bomb the White House. Her latest album sold 3,000 copies last week. Guess who got bombed?

My grandfather put it best. He taught me there are only two rules to business:

#1) The customer is always right.

#2) If the customer is wrong, refer back to Rule #1.

All of these athletes, entertainers, CEOs, businesses and leagues like the NFL have free speech. They can say whatever they want. But so can we- the customers. But we always get the last laugh.

Always assume your customers are 50/50 liberal vs conservative. Therefore, any political statement you make risks offending and alienating half your customers. So, shut up. Don't do it. Keep your views to yourself. Unless you want to lose 50 percent of your customers.

But what if your specific customer base is 70 percent conservative or center-right? Well then you could ruin your entire brand forever. Enter the NFL.

Of course, the NFL’s audience includes lots of diverse groups. But let’s be honest. The typical NFL fan is a white, middle class, middle aged, meat-eating, testosterone-driven Republican (or certainly center-right).

The typical NFL fan is a flag waver. They always stand for the national anthem. They wear flag pins and chant “USA, USA, USA!” They love cops and military. They're far more likely to eat hot dogs and drive a SUV, than eat tofu and drive a Prius. In short, they are middle class Trump voters. Not all of them. But a significant majority.

Doesn’t the NFL Commissioner know this? Don’t the executives at the NFL’s Park Ave. offices know this? What world do they live in? The NFL doesn't understand, or give a damn about their own customers? The NFL wants to go to war with their own best customers? Really? Wow.

So, this isn’t about free speech. This is about the survival of your business and destruction of your brand. Someday this will be a case study in how to destroy a brand in business schools. Just like ESPN. Because ESPN's customers are the same middle class (and above) Trump voters as NFL fans.

Now it’s time to REALLY bring the NFL to its knees.

It’s time for a nationwide boycott. It’s time for 63 million Trump fans to stop watching. Turn off NFL games on your TV for the next month. Watch the owners cry. Watch them panic. Watch them beg. Watch them order an end to all kneeling or disrespect for the national anthem. Watch them sing a whole new tune.

If you’re betting on the games here in Vegas, or you're just a superfine going into withdrawal, just watch them online, or on your iPhones. But make TV ratings collapse. That's what matters to NFL owners. Hit them in the pocketbook. They make no money when you watch online.

It’s also time for 63 million Trump voters to stop buying NFL merchandise. Go cold turkey. Buy something different for your kids or dad for Christmas. Try a book.

Write every NFL sponsor and demand they cancel their NFL advertising campaigns, or we’ll stop buying from them.

Call your Governor and demand your state immediately withdraw all state subsidies from your local team.

Call your Congressmen and demand the NFL’s anti-trust and tax exempt status be withdrawn immediately. Ouch. This one’s gonna hurt!

It’s time to teach the NFL a lesson. The Silent Majority counts. What we believe in- God, country, Constitution, flag, national anthem, American exceptionalism- matters. Start worrying about offending us.

The NFL is about to learn a bitter lesson. Trump 35-NFL 0.

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A wonderful old barn on The Great Bras d'Or #CapeBreton

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$15 Trillion Of Worldwide QE, The Stock Market, Gold And Making History

By Bill Fleckenstein President Of Fleckenstein Capital
October 19 (King World News) – Last night a news story broke indicating that Apple had to cut orders to its suppliers as much as 50% because the Apple 8 was not selling well. Of course, that should not be surprising to anyone who has been paying attention. I myself have discussed the fact that the Apple 8 was an air ball upon its release, as there has been little demand for it. The bulls have tried to suggest that Apple 8 demand is as poor as it is because everyone is waiting for the Apple X, which is obviously a rationalization, and, oh, by the way, they are having trouble producing the X…
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As we head into the final trading day in the third week of October, here is a look at $15 trillion of worldwide QE, the stock market, gold and making history.

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Cape Breton Screaming Eagles lose in overtime to visiting Cataractes

Comeback falls short


Third-period gambles by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles almost earned them a comeback win on Thursday.

Screaming Eagles head coach and general manager Marc-André Dumont pulled his goaltender three times in the third period and his team responded with three, 6-on-4 power play goals, but the visiting Shawinigan Cataractes got out of town with a 7-6 win in overtime at Centre 200.

Dumont said it was a character point, but his team lacked cohesion and execution.

“It was important for us to find a way to spark things and the players responded well to it,” he said of pulling his netminder in the third.

Cape Breton trailed 6-2 in the final frame, but a pair of carbon copy power-play goals by leading scorer Drake Batherson brought the home side within striking distance. Both of Batherson’s two goals came to the right of Cataractes’ netminder Mikhail Denisov, and both were one-timers with the 6-on-4 advantage.

Defenceman Ross MacDougall then roofed one over the shoulder of Denisov to bring his team within a goal with 4:57 remaining in regulation. Cape Breton went on the power play with 2:23 left, and Dumont elected to roll the dice again for another 6-on-4. It paid off for a third time, as Mathias Laferrière scored on a backhand in the slot for his second of the game for a 6-6 tie, and at least a hard-fought point for the home side.

In overtime, Antoine Demers rifled a shot past Mandolese at 1:52 for his second of the game, as the clock struck midnight on Cape Breton’s Cinderella run.

Dumont said the game was a lesson for his players.

“You don’t show up for 60 minutes, we’re not going to win any games this year,” he said. “This is not a league you can play 50 minutes, 40 minutes, 30 minutes or 55 minutes. You play 60 minutes, you have a chance to win the game.”

Cataractes defenceman Leon Denny of Eskasoni was happy to get the win in front of family and friends.

“It’s really good to get a win and as a team, it’s what we’re looking for on the road,” said the 17-year-old blue-liner, acquired in a trade from the Screaming Eagles just before the start of the season.

“It’s always good to play in front of your family and friends. A lot of them came to support me and it’s an unbelievable feeling playing in front of them.”

Egor Sokolov also scored for Cape Breton in the setback (7-5-1-0). Samuel Blier netted a pair of goals for last-place Shawinigan (3-7-1-0), while Samuel Asselin, Gabriel Sylvestre and former Eagle Vasily Glotov netted singles.

In goal, Screaming Eagles starter Kyle Jessiman played two periods and allowed five goals on 12 shots. Mandolese made 13 saves in relief, and shouldered the loss as his record dropped to 3-3-1-0. Denisov deflected 28 shots in the victory.

The Screaming Eagles hit the road to play the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday at Harbour Station. They return home to host the Moncton Wildcats on Tuesday, a 7 p.m. start.

NOTES: Kyle McGrath (upper body, day-to-day), Peyton Hoyt (upper body, day-to-day) and Noah Laaouan (healthy scratch, rest) sat out Thursday’s game.

On Twitter: @cbpost_sports


SCORE: Shawinigan 7, Cape Breton 6

WHERE: Centre 200, Sydney

SCORERS: Cape Breton: Drake Batherson 2 (12), Mathias Laferrière 2 (4), Egor Sokolov (6), Ross MacDougall (2); Shawinigan: Antoine Demers 2 (5), Samuel Blier 2 (4), Gabriel Sylvestre (2), Samuel Asselin (4), Vasily Glotov (3)

SAVES: Cape Breton: Kyle Jessiman (7), Kevin Mandolese (13); Shawinigan: Mikhail Denisov (28)

AT A GLANCE: The Screaming Eagles scored three, 6-on-4 goals in the third period, but came up short in overtime.


WHAT IT MEANS: The Screaming Eagles are second in the Maritime Division with a 7-5-1-0 record.

Egor Sokolov of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, middle, and Renat Dadadzhanov of the Shawinigan Cataractes watch the puck during he first period of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Thursday at Centre 200. Despite a late-game comeback, Cape Breton lost 7-6 in overtime. T.J. Colello/Cape Breton Post

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Morrison High School Juvenile Hockey Team, #GlaceBay, #CapeBreton, 1948
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