Posts Tagged ‘kaepernick’

Take a Knee, Everyone, Take a Knee… What are We Protesting??

September 24, 2017



Colin Kaepernick started it last year, this taking a knee during the anthem before an NFL game and it created quite a ruckus. Seems everyone has a side on the issue, one way or the other.

But now, a year later, it has finally reached the pinnacle of all protests… Yes, President Trump has tweeted his displeasure. Naturally, Roger Goodell contends that the NFL has a right to make their own rules and, as long as the owners permit it (and until the advertisers suspend their ads [spoiler: AIN’T gonna happen!]), they will let the players take a knee.

The owners are now tweeting replies to the President’s tweets that owners and fans should protest the protesters and Keith Olbermann has tweeted that everyone, including the fans in the seats, should “take a knee” in protest of Trump’s demands.

Meanwhile, Army Chaplain Captain Sonny Hernandez thinks the Constitution should always play second fiddle to his own personal religious beliefs. He states that anyone in the Armed Forces who supports the Constitutional Rights of OTHER religions to practice their own beliefs is serving none other than Satan himself.

Now, the Chaplain did not conclusively state his religious convictions implied taking a knee at an NFL game was tantamount to selling one’s soul to the Master Menace from the Netherworld, it certainly seems to be what he has implied.

Meanwhile, the head of Black Lives Matter tweeted to say he has talked to 75 other NFL players who plan to take a knee as well come this weekend’s games.

And, in case this somehow got missed with all the genuflecting going on, Colin’s protest started with the incident that gave birth to the BLM movement.

So, once again, a quiet and personal protest on one issue alone has become an immense flack about protesting Trump, or religions, or the Constitution, or any other freaking thing you might want it to mean. Protesting Trump? Take a knee! Protesting Clinton’s stealing the nomination from Bernie? Take a knee! Protesting the high cost of bananas this week? Take a knee! Think Elon Musk should make Tesla’s more affordable? Take a freakin’ knee!

I think if anyone has anything, and I really DO mean ANYTHING to protest… Take the knee!

I know I will. These damned new shoes are killing me!

I’m taking the knee.


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a Tale of Two… uh, Tales

January 23, 2013

http://espn.go.com/… Tim Tebow forced on New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, GM Candidate Interviewee says

I saw this recent story posted under some video with “sports commentator” (and I use the term lightly) Skip Bayless pontificating on the state of … well, whatever it was he thought was important in that moment… I do not find him important enough to bother listening to anything he has to say…

But, this post is not about the Skipless, nor will I allow the Baylness to hijack this post, either. For this is a blog about Two Cities: New York and – you guessed it! – New York.

The city so huge they had to name it twice. So huge that it actually has two pro football teams! And so huge that they cannot fit either of those teams actually in New York, so they outsource both to New Jersey.

Anyway, making a short story longer, the owner of the Jets was supposed to have been the one that was so hot to get Tebow, so adamant that he went after the fellow doggedly… and now it seems it was “forced” on him by an employee. Now what sort of inverted organization is that where an underling forces the boss to do anything?

And, apparently, Woody Johnson only recently made this discovery and fired the man who forced this travesty on the poor unsuspecting owner!! Shame on you GM Mike Tannenbaum!

And this shameless Tannenbaum even “forced” it on the President of the team as well. Either the owner and President were asleep for an awful long time or they bided their time to see if the former GM needed to be scapegoated. (Which, I believe, is one step less in severity than waterboarding… uh, whatever that is, huh?)

Let’s face it, if Tannenbaum’s little idea had taken the team to the Super Bowl, they would have announced that it had been the owner’s idea and he was a freakin’ genius!

But we can leave that parallel universe/alternate history for the fiction accounts sure to be released at the next ComicCon or IguanaCon, or what-have-you. We will deal with the facts here.

Tebow, a veritable force to be reckoned with, was forced on the unsuspecting Big Apple, after becoming the much hailed “last Denver QB to win a playoff game” – and the record still stands these many months later – to become the back-up to future hall-of-famer [maybe, you never know] Mark Sanchez, well known for his famous “playing dead” posturing on the field so he doesn’t have to actually tackle anyone, or pass, or run, or – you know – win games.

May-the-forced-Tebow-be-with-you did not sit well with the omnipresent Coach Ryan and he could not figure out how to use the clutch Heisman trophy player since he assumed they already had what he unhesitatingly called “a quarterback”. The man needs more than just his eyesight examined.

So they stood Tebow on the sidelines most of the season waiting for someone to cast the first stone… making sure none of the aforementioned objects flew in the direction of Coach Ryan who was… as you can guess… blameless! Because… as you can probably guess… Tebow had been forced on him!!!

Stoic Tebow did all the menial chores he was assigned, waiting patiently for the powers that be to notice Sanchez was a complete loser and sit the boy down and send in a real QB. You know, one who had taken his team to the playoffs and won a post-season game. But Ryan – again without the use of anything resembling good eyesight – misread his depth charts and sent in the wrong backup, forgetting the listed backup QB, Tebow, even existed… And I have heard rumors that the coach is actually on medication so he can do just that: forget Tebow exists.

Now the truth will out and it seems no one in the Big Apple actually wanted Tebow in the first place… Who knows who forced the idea on Tannenbaum!! So he was forced onto a team that nobody wanted, except for the fourteen million fans who finally anticipated a playoff berth under the guidance of said same Tebow.

And that’s the tale of two cities: New York (Jekyll) and New York (Hyde). The first has a Manning – not the one who isn’t the last QB to win a playoff game in Denver [if that phrase even makes sense!] – and the second has no QB, no management, no coaching, no responsibility, and no hope of any future. For the moment, at least.

The End.


I hope you enjoyed my little tale.

Personally, I am tired of the Tebow bashers and Tebow haters. I say give the guy a freakin’ chance before you bust his chops.

He surprised even his toughest critics in Denver by stepping in and turning their 2011 season around, getting into the playoffs and beating a team who was supposed to roll over them easily enough. Sure, Tebow didn’t make it all the way to the Super Bowl but there were 30 other teams who didn’t make it either. Cut him a little slack, fer chrissakes!

And people say he was a loser in NY. But when did the guy ever get the chance to show us what he has. Punt blocking? You’d think Tom Brady was a lousy player too if he only came in to punt block and run the wildcat on tough third down situations when everyone (yes, even the opposing teams) knew that Brady was going to get the ball.

They would not do that to Brady, or Manning (either of them), Flacco, Roethlisberger, Kaepernick, or any other QB in the NFL who has already proven his ability to win games. No, not even Sanchez, whose production is still more than a little iffy in that department. Even Romo doesn’t have to punt block or that other stuff.

Blame Ryan, Tannenbaum, Johnson, his Woody, or even Skip Bayless, but stop blaming Tebow for having a lousy year in New York. They never gave him a shot.

Of course, loyal Jets fans will be back next season, regardless of the outcome of this fiasco.

And I am certain Rex Ryan can give them an even bigger and better fiasco next season.


I’m Just Sayin’…

January 16, 2013

While it is a truism that no good deed goes unpunished, and equally true that sometimes you’ve only got one shot…

It is also true that a man is greater than the sum of his parts.

The new GM for the Jacksonville Jaguars – the team everyone assumed Tebow would next play for – has announced they really have no place in their organization for the man.

Most people have said that Tebow did miserably while at the Jets… but when was he given the chance? They used him sparingly over the season. The “brilliant” (a self-proclaimed moniker, I believe) coach Ryan would rather lose with Sanchez.

Tebow’s brother tweeted his side of the argument but he has no say in the matter. (If you missed that, he basically reminded everyone that the last playoff win in Denver was by none other than his brother, Tim.)

Analysts all claim that both Denver and New York have said he is a “terrible” QB.

If Tebow was such a bad QB, how could he take Denver on such a wild ride into the playoffs? Probably, had he gone all the way to the Super Bowl, they would still have said the same thing.

Why?

Because in practice, Tebow looks lousy.

Therefore he cannot play good enough for the NFL, right?

But practice is not the same as the game and some people are simply better when put in the right conditions.

A fine example of that is Kaepernick, the young QB who rallied the 49ers to beat the Packers, and that’s after he threw a pick-six on the opening drive.

Picking talent is a seemingly rare talent. There are too many stories about the “draft busts” over the years. Choices made by people supposedly good at judging talent.

Yet, as many people know, it is not always the quality of the stars that means the most. I remember a certain team out of Miami that was not full of the greatest stars in the NFL but they seem to have gone undefeated. Later greats like Dan Marino could not surround himself with a team like that.

What is that indefinable thing that causes some people to form into a great team, and for the individual parts to become better than they otherwise might have been?

Joe Montana was picked in the third round because they said he did not have arm strength that was NFL caliber. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

Tom Brady was chosen in the sixth round because he looked positively horrible at the Combine. They said he couldn’t compete in the NFL.

And that shows you what their statistics and miles of “practice” footage will get you.

Tebow deserves a shot because he has already shown he can do the job.

But I don’t think anyone in the NFL is smart enough to know it. Or to look back at that footage.