I am Papa John: The Papa John’s saga of aught 18 enters week seven, with founder John Schnatter going on the offensive with his own digital campaign, says The Washington Post, CBS News, CNBC, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.

He’s created a new website, SavePapaJohns.com, to keep his message alive.

And that message: I am Papa John.


Not exactly Spartacus, but gets to the point.

“The Board wants to silence me,” writes Schnatter. “So this is my website, and my way to talk to you.”

I think most people would use a social media platform for this kind of thing now, but a site’s just fine, I guess. It’s like the return of Geocities for a new millennium.

He opens with words of encouragement for his employees:

As I said in a recent letter, I miss you all very much. More than words can express! Papa John’s is our life’s work and we will all get through this together somehow, some way. I can only imagine how difficult this entire situation is on you, and I’m very sorry you all have to go through this. Know that in every minute of every day you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

The site contains news, media, news articles and public filings, promising “we are getting the truth out there.”

And I know I’ve said this before, but it looks like the truth is mostly kind of out there.

Schnatter said a thing in the fall that at the very least sounded racially insensitive, customers responded, business suffered, he resigned as CEO.

While on a training call to assist with rehabilitating his image, he reportedly used a slur, and Schnatter resigned as chairman of the board; the board readily accepted. People also started taking his and his company’s name off things, such as Cardinal Stadium, with his blessing and understanding.

The following week, he immediately regretted that decision and has been on a course to reverse it in some form or fashion ever since.

That all pretty well-played out publicly, but maybe there’s more to it. I guess we’ll all find out together.

For its part, Papa John’s is still very eager to move on. The company released a statement on Wednesday:

We appreciate this support and are confident we are taking the right steps to move the company forward. No matter what John does, he will not be able to distract from the inappropriate comments he made.

And not for nothing, Papa John’s has a “Save Papa John’s” of its own in the form of Endeavor Global Marketing’s Bozoma Saint John, says Forbes and Essence.

That’s just a segue, mind you. The former Pepsi and Uber executive has been careful to point out she’s not the savior of anything; just someone who can help.

Corporate activism is about helping to change the culture. Barack Obama has one of the best quotes I read lately, which is that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. I agree we have to take these corporate crisis moments and change the culture.

None of us are going anywhere, but we need to make our environments better. We need to make them richer, we need to make them healthier for us, so, therefore we need to take these crisis moments and change these environments and that’s what I am trying to do.

Good luck and Godspeed, St. John.

Baltimore Ravens

The Hits Keep on Coming: The Baltimore Ravens are worried former the University of Louisville fighting football Cardinal Lamar Jackson is taking too many hits, says ESPN, NFL.com and NBC Sports.

Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said:

Yeah, that’s not good.

Yep. Sometimes things are just that simple.

At issue is Jackson’s desire to go for the extra yard running rather than safely running out-of-bounds or sliding, and to paraphrase former Houston Oilers coach Jerry Glanville, NFL stands for “not for long” if you keep doing that.


Robert Griffin III, the other Ravens backup quarterback would know something about that. He also came from the college game with blistering speed and a strong arm but took many a hit in the open field. Well, his line wasn’t great, and his coach left him unprotected a lot to be fair, but still, he’s a man who knows how some needless pops can shorten a career.

Said Griffin III:

What I try to tell him mostly is that in this league things happen faster. It’s not that he can’t run — he just has to be smart when he does run. He’s going to have to learn some things on his own as he’s out there, and he’s working. I think he’ll figure it out pretty quickly, and he’ll still be the dynamic player that he is.

“Figure it out pretty quickly” may be code for once you’ve been popped a few times, taking it to the sideline becomes a whole lot more attractive.

And while we’re talking learning curve, Jackson says he’s still got a ways to go, says ESPN and CBS Sports. Following Monday’s 20-19 victory over our Interstate 65 neighbors the Indianapolis Colts, Jackson wasn’t happy with his performance.

I don’t feel like I’ve performed at a high level yet.

I came out cold. I got to learn that when the vet is up, I have to stay warm through the process. I didn’t do a good job tonight. I started off slow, incompleting a lot of balls that I didn’t like, but I ended up throwing a touchdown.

Said Ravens coach John Harbaugh:

That’s the great thing about Lamar. He’s confident. He’s going to keep competing. He’s always going to believe that he can make the play to turn the game. He did a great job of doing that.

There’s no question in my mind that he has a great future.

Once again, here’s every Jackson throw and catch (with a Flacco and Griffin thrown in), courtesy of NFL.com:


Joy to the World: Jennifer Lawrence takes Harper’s Bazaar through her beauty routine this week, promoting a new fragrance, Joy by Dior.

Here’s what François Demachy, Dior perfumer-creator, has to say about Joy:

JOY by Dior expresses this remarkable feeling of joy by offering a olfactive interpretation of light.

This perfume resembles certain pointillist paintings that are rich with a precise, yet not too obvious, technique. It is constructed with multiple nuances, a myriad facets that lead to an expression that is clear and self-evident.

Bringing a new Dior perfume to life is an event. For the entire House, as well as for me. It should rally and delight both women and men.

My God. I don’t know how much a bottle of Joy will set you back, but if it can do all that, they’re not charging enough.

No solid release date just yet, but Joy is coming soon.

As for the routine, she normally doesn’t wear makeup if she has no place to be, exfoliates every day, uses sunblock and a morning routine consisting of coffee, walking her dog Pippi and yelling at the news.

The Game of Kindness: I have the news going in the background now, and boy howdy are there things to yell at.

However, if you’re a gamer, there’s good news for you this week. The ultra-popular Fortnite is getting a major update in which you can play as a guy with a tomato head.

Games are weird.

Fortnite, for the uninitiated, is maybe the biggest game in the world right now with over 125 million players and according to CNBC, the free-to-play game has made over $1 billion in revenue.

So it’s quite a thing.

People are buying bigger phones just to play this game. Robin Sloane of The Atlantic says: “I Played Fortnite and Figured Out the Universe.” His thesis revolves around the observation that people are less likely to shoot at you if you’re kind to them, which seems sound. Something to think about for the weekend, anyway.

Fortnite is available on PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Android, IOS and Switch.

See you next week.