Rubio’s ‘Tweet of the Day,’ John Madden on NFL ratings and Dallas Cowboys set record on Thanksgiving

The “Tweet of the Day” Saturday belonged to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who slammed President Barack Obama for his reaction to the death of communist dictator Fidel Castro:

The White House released a statement offering condolences to Castro’s family and acknowledged “powerful emotions” by Cuban Americans. Obama walked a tightrope in referencing “the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation.”

Rubio issued a statement of his own, saying “history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people.”

“Fidel Castro seized power promising to bring freedom and prosperity to Cuba, but his communist regime turned it into an impoverished island prison,” Rubio said. “Over six decades, millions of Cubans were forced to flee their own country, and those accused of opposing the regime were routinely jailed and even killed.”

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When pro football Hall of Famer John Madden speaks, smart football fans listen… and with ratings taking a dive this year, perhaps the NFL should also listen.

“What’s happens is there are not a lot of good teams, and they have too many windows to put these games in,” Madden said in an interview with East Bay Times. “When you think of an early Sunday window, a late Sunday window, a Sunday night window, a Monday night window, a Thursday night window. They all want good games, and there’s not enough good teams.”

“Something has to be done about Thursday Night Football. It just doesn’t work,” the 80-year-old Super Bowl winning coach added. “It’s not only a fan thing, it’s a team thing. It’s a safety thing. It’s a competitive thing. It doesn’t work. I know about money, and I know about business. Maybe you have to tweak stuff a little more. To help teams, maybe you get a bye the week before.”

Hard to believe Madden is that old… then again, the sad news that Florence Henderson, the upbeat mom of “The Brady Bunch,” died at the age of 82 on Thanksgiving Day serves as an all too vivid reminder for Baby Boomers and us ‘tweeners born at the the tail-end of the Boomers generation and just before Generation X that we are getting old. Quick.

By the way, the Cowboys/Redskins game on Thanksgiving was the most watched regular season game on Fox Sports EVER, attracting 35.109 million viewers, according to the Dallas Morning News.

…giving haters more reason to hate!

And while the NFL is struggling with ratings this year, the Cowboys’ stellar season is proving to be a bright spot for the league.

The Top 5 most watched NFL games this season (in millions of viewers), as reported by the Morning News:

1. Cowboys-Washington: 35.109

2. Cowboys-Pittsburgh: 28.9

3. Cowboys-Green Bay: 28.0

4. Detroit-Minnesota: 27.6 (Thanksgiving)

5. Cowboys-NY Giants: 27.5

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