By Bill Foley
Ellen DeGeneres is taking a social media beating for sitting next to George W. Bush at the Cowboys-Packers game in Arlington, Texas.
DeGeneres is a hero of the LGBTQ community, so many are asking how she could sit next to a man whose politics directly conflict with her own lifestyle.
The comedian and talk show host responded by basically saying she and the former president are friends, and friends can disagree.
“But just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them,” DeGeneres said, offending English teachers around the country. “When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t only mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.”
That is a perfectly valid point. In these troubled political times, it is nice to see Ellen and G. Dub getting along so swimmingly. And, really, a person should not have to apologize for whom they are next to at a football game.
Otherwise, I would have to issue an apology for every time I am seen standing next to Dr. Michael Gallagher on the sideline of Montana Tech games.
Still, what Ellen did on Sunday in Texas was unforgivable, but for reasons nobody seems to be talking about. Do you realize she sat next to an apparent Cowboys fan?
Who would want to sit next to such a person?
No fans are more obnoxious when they think their team is good, and no fans fade into the bushes faster when it is proven that it is not.
That was on full display this season when the Cowboys opened at 3-0 against three teams that would be in the bottom half of the NAIA’s North Star Athletic Association. You could not argue politics on Facebook without being ambushed by Cowboys fans over the first three weeks of the season.
Then, the Cowboys played two legitimate pro football teams and got thumped. And crickets.
Can we trust the interviews and dancing of a host who would be seen with such despicable people?
Or even worse yet, is Ellen a Cowboys fan herself? If so, can we watch a show hosted by someone with such poor judgement and questionable character?
I don’t think so.
Just to be safe, I will keep my daytime entertainment highbrow and watch Jerry Springer instead.
Speaking of despicable, my picks last week were just that. I went 8-7 straight up and 7-8 against the spread. That brings me to 46-32 and 33-45 on the season.
Following are my Week 6 NFL picks. The lines are from ESPN, the network that is definitely not kind to everyone.
New York Football Giants (plus 17) at New England
Seriously, the Patriots schedule could not get any easier if they played a team with Ellen at quarterback.
Patriots by 54
Carolina (minus 2.5) at Tampa Bay
After the sixth week, these NFC South rivals will be done playing against each other.
Whatever the league pays its schedule makers, it is too much.
Panthers by 4
Seattle (minus 1.5) at Cleveland
Russell Wilson is completing his passes at a rate of nearly 75 percent, and he has 12 touchdowns compared to no interceptions.
You know what that means? Seahawks fans are about to become the new Cowboys fans. Again.
Seahawks by 14
Houston (plus 4.5) at Kansas City
Teams are starting to figure out Boy Wonder and the Kansas City offense.
Texans by 1
Washington (plus 3.5) at Miami
With the first pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select … Washington is on the clock.
Native Americans by 2
Philadelphia (plus 3) at Minnesota
The Vikings beat the Giants and suddenly everything is OK in Minnesota? Hmm, I don’t think so.
Eagles by 9
New Orleans (plus 1) at Jacksonville
Who needs Drew Brees?
Saints by 5
Cincinnati (plus 11) at Baltimore
The Bengals sluggish offense will start second-year man Billy Price at left guard this week. He will replace rookie Michael Jordan.
Listen, no team is better with Michael Jordan on the bench.
Ravens by 20
San Francisco (plus 3.5) at Los Angeles Rams
That 49ers defense looks legit. So does the curse of the previous Super Bowl loser.
49ers by 3
Atlanta (minus 2.5) at Arizona
They say Dan Quinn is coaching for his job in Atlanta, and that is absurd.
If the Falcons aren’t going to fire a guy for blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl, he will be there forever.
Falcons by just 2
Tennessee (plus 2.5) at Denver
Just when the Broncos were written off for dead …
Broncos by 6
Dallass (minus 7.5) at New York Football Jets
Lookout Facebook, the Cowboys are back to cupcakes on their schedule.
Cowboys by 20
Pittsburgh (plus 6.5) at Los Angeles Football Chargers
Steelers coach and notorious cheater Mike Tomlin is said to be on Washington owner Dan Snyder’s list of candidates to replace fired Jay Gruden.
Mike Tomlin in Washington? That would be a trip.
Chargers by 17
Detroit (plus 4) at Green Bay
The Packers out Cowboyed the Cowboys with their trash talking, showboating and just plain poor sportsmanship last week.
You think they might be getting a little big for their britches?
Packers by just 1
Watching Ellen: Williams, Bears, Colts, Raiders