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Papa John tries to make a comeback, fails badly

John Schnatter, a red-shirt-wearing assembly-line pizza mogul who made himself into the face of the fast-food chain he built, fell out of favor at his own corporation in the aftermath of last year’s Jerry Jones-instigated misadventures with the NFL. Now, Schnatter is trying to get back to the top of the ladder he built.
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It’s not going well.

The comparison to Colonel Sanders is nonsensical; the use of the N word (unfortunately) was rampant during the bulk of Sanders’ lifetime, which began in 1890 and ended in 1980. It was part of the cultural reality (unfortunately) of life in America, especially in the south. That doesn’t make it right, but it demonstrates why someone like Sanders could use the word during a specific time in history without facing any type of widespread reaction or punishment.

And even if Sanders did or didn’t experience consequences for his language, what does that have to do with John Schnatter? It’s weird and it’s bizarre and given that Papa John was trending on Twitter for much of the day, this latest unforced error becomes yet another indication that his company will continue to struggle.

This year, if the Steelers and Bell don’t do a long-term deal by Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET, many presume he’ll do the same. And while it’s useful for Bell to have the Steelers think it will happen that way (since it creates more of an incentive to sign him), there’s a case to be made for Bell showing up for training camp and the preseason.

If Monday’s deadline passes without Bell signing a long-term deal, Bell will have a clear path to the open market in March 2019, Womens Torey Krug Jersey because the Steelers would have to apply the quarterback tender if he’s franchise-tagged a third time. So if that’s the post-July 16 scenario, Bell arguably would have an incentive to be as prepared as possible to have the best season he can, maximizing his value as he prepares for his better-late-than-never shot at unrestricted free agency.

Last year, Bell finished with 1,291 rushing yards and 655 receiving yards. But he struggled out of the gates, with 32 yards rushing in the season opener, an average of 3.2 yards per carry in the team’s first two games, and only one total touchdown through three weeks.

Bell finally got it going in Week Four, with 144 rushing yards, 42 receiving yards, and a pair of touchdowns against the Ravens in Baltimore. If the slow start can be attributed in any Brandon Knight Jersey way to Bell showing up six days before the first Sunday of the season, maybe Bell would have had an even bigger 2017.