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Colin Kaepernick, the SF 49ers QB who started a nationwide national anthem protest controversy last season will now become a free agent. He’ll test the market with other teams to see what kind of contract he can get. It’s also possible he’ll test the market then work with the Niner organization to come back.
The update on the Warriors’ Kevin Durant is apparently better than many anticipated. He suffered a grade 2 mcl sprain and tibial bone bruise. I have no idea what that means, but apparently many are relieved it’s not worse and feel Durant could be healthy for the playoffs. There are 20 games remaining in the regular season with the Warriors sitting comfortably at #1 and Durant should only be out for 4 weeks.
Tom Brady’s backup to the backup, QB Jacoby Brissett carried the New England Patriots to their third straight win. As a 23 year old rookie, Brissett is living the dream. In the first quarter (and his first quarter ever as an NFL quarterback) he turned a Houston Texan fumble into a 27 yard touchdown (the longest run by a Patriots QB since 1976). Instead of a over the top celebration, he marched to the Patriot’s bench, handed coach Bill Belichick the ball and shook his hand. He stated after, “It was crazy, it was awesome,” it was definitely great to see all the players run up to you, and I got a headache from all the head-bumping. But it was definitely worth it.” As great as this moment was for Brissett, all talk Friday morning is how great Belichick is as a coach, and how he can mold any team to dominance. With the win, Belichick tied Curly Lambeau at 4th on the list of all time wins by a coach. Patriots 27, Texans 0.
49ers backup QB Colin Kaepernick, who continues to take a knee during the National Anthem, claimed he’s been receiving death threats. The NFL has seen viewing numbers down, and some blame the decline on the players’ actions during the Anthem. Time magazine picked up on the controversy and will feature Kaepernick on this week’s issue.No comments
Ohio State & USC Historical Games, Bradford & Sanchez Relocate, Police Union Upset W/Kaep, Serena Passes Federer
The College Football season is underway and we saw some exciting (and some not so surprising but history making) wins. In the history making category, Ohio State powered over Bowling Green with a school record 776 yards. Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw for 6 touchdowns in the 77-10 win. And, USC suffered its worst loss in 120 years falling 52-6 to #1 ranked Alabama.
In NFL news, the 32 teams had to cut their rosters to 53 players over the weekend. Many players had their NFL hopes dashed while some veterans, like QB Sam Bradford, had to pick up and move to another state. Bradford was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles and sent to Minnesota to replace the injured Teddy Bridegwater. QB Mark Sanchez (formerly of the New York Jets) also had to pack his bags. Shortly after he was cut from the Denver Broncos, he joined rookie QB Dak Prescott in Dallas.
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem and then sporting socks with pigs wearing police helmets is continuing to create controversy. The Bay Area police union has threatened to boycott the 49er’s games if Kaep continues to refuses to stand during the National Anthem. The President of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association, Frank Saunders, said “I’m already hearing it this week that next week on ‘Monday Night Football,’ some officers are not going to work”. Saunders continued to say, “The 49ers are allowing this to come out from an employee and it’s making for a hostile work environment for us at the stadium,”. The 49ers organization has been relatively quiet regarding the controversy and has stated they recognize an individuals choice whether to stand or not to stand. The bright side of the controversy for the NFL is Kaepernick’s jersey sales have spiked!
With 308 wins, Serena Williams passed Rodger Federer for all-time career wins in Grand Slam match victories. Serena is currently in the quarterfinals round of the US Open.1 comment
Penn State announced the school will commemorate former Head Coach Joe Paterno’s 50th anniversary of his first game. Paterno (one of the winningest coaches in college football history) died in 2012 from lung cancer but will forever be tarnished with the Joe Sandusky child abuse charges. Paterno has been reported to have known about the horrific child abuse charges as far back as 1976, so it’s no surprise many people are upset about any celebration having to do with Paterno’s legacy.
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick took a knee again in a pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers Thursday night. Many in the crowd booed him especially as the National Anthem coincided with the Chargers “Salute to the Military” which made his protest seem even more disrespectful. After the game, Kaepernick pledged to donate $1 million dollars to charities active in communities he feels need help.
The 32 NFL Teams need to cut 22 players each by Saturday afternoon to get 53 man rosters so expect many changes over the weekend.No comments
The big news in pre-season football over the weekend was not about how any of the players performed on the field but about a player’s patriotism. The San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem Friday in a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers. Kaep, who is biracial, claimed he was protesting police brutality and how the US treats black people. He said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He went on to say, “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.” While the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers confirmed it’s not required for athletes to stand, many, many, athletes and individuals took to social media criticizing Kaepernick for his unpatriotic actions. As just one example, Justin Pugh (the New York Giants’ lineman) stated Kaep’s actions were “disrespectful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect this country”.
In more pre-season news, the Dallas Cowboys season may be in jeopardy unless they can come up with a suitable replacement for injured QB Tony Romo. Romo is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his back. Backup Dak Prescott was a 4th round pick but has performed well in the pre-season so it will be interesting to see how he fares in September with the pressure of games that truly matter.1 comment
In the last PGA Championship of the year, Jimmy Walker edged out Jason Day for a one stroke win at Baltusrol. Saturday afternoon was a washout due to severe thunderstorms making Sunday an historically long final day for a Championship. There were 4 different champions at each of the 4 major championships this year and this win was Walker’s first major of his career.
Drama keeps following Golden State’s Draymond Green. Over the weekend Draymond accidentally posted a picture of his private parts on snapchat. He thought it was a private post and when he found out it wasn’t he immediately took it down. Green, as you may remember, was suspended for a game during the NBA finals for kicking LeBron James in the groin. Hmmm, do we see a theme here?
The NFL pre-season camps are underway and all players are trying to impress. Some players, like San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, need to really shine. A few months ago, the Denver Broncos seemed interested in having Kaepernick replace Peyton Manning, but when the Team picked Paxton Lynch in the draft, Kaep remained a 49er competing for the the starting job against Blaine Gabbert. Chip Kelley, the Niners’ new head coach, announced the position is up for grabs.No comments
Missouri Players Boycotting For Racism On Campus, Gabbert Leads Niners To Win, JPP Back, Hardy Abuse
In College football, 30 black football players at the University of Missouri are boycotting activities until the President of the school steps down. Black Student groups have been complaining for awhile about insults and slurs on campus, but now that the football players are talking about boycotting the remaining games, it could cost the school more than $1 million dollars.
The San Francisco 49ers backup QB Blaine Gabbert led the Team to an unexpected win over the Atlanta Falcons. Starting QB Colin Kaepernick was “given a rest”this week in order to get his head together moving forward for the season. Now fans are asking coach Jim Tomsula whether Gabbert will start in 2 weeks against the Seattle Seahawks. 49ers 17, Falcons 16.
Giant’s defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned to the Team after losing part of his hand during a 4th of July incident with firecrackers. JPP had a solid game and almost sacked Jameis Winston in the Giants win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Giants 32, Bucs 18.
In some very disturbing news, very graphic photos and upsetting 911 calls emerged over the weekend of the domestic violence incident involving Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. It doesn’t appear that Hardy will suffer any more punishment as he’s already served a 10 game suspension that was reduced to 4 while he was playing with the Carolina Panthers. The victim stopped cooperating with the prosecution and reportedly agreed to a settlement. Now that the disturbing photos have surfaced, everyone is in an uproar that Hardy hasn’t shown proper remorse and did not get the punishment he deserved.No comments
In the NFL, news came out a few days ago that San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula would bench QB Colin Kaepernick in favor of back-up Blaine Gabbert. Kap has struggled this season due in large part to the shocking coaching change the Niners made this off-season by firing their very successful coach Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick has been forced to learn a whole new offense. Tomsula said he is benching Kaepernick so Kap has time “to breathe”. Tomsula said he thought Kap needed a mental break from all the stress.
Elsewhere in the NFL, a study was conducted to determine the NFL’s drunkest fans. The runner up was the crazy fans in Detroit pulling for the Lions. And, the honors went to the Buffalo Bills fans. Even through the disappointing years after their 4 Super Bowl runs, the Bills fans remained dedicated. With the cold weather and the losing games, they probably needed a few drinks. I guess congratulations are in order?
Floyd Mayweather’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said Mayweather and Pacquiao will fight again. Mayweather made over $100 million in one night this past May, and the second fight would arguably generate close to that amount. For there to be a fight this big, we would have to wait another 10 years for two boxers to secure their legacy and then agree to fight. The odds of that happening, especially with the decline of the sport, are pretty slim. These two are still household names and an hour in the ring would net them both another enormous paycheck.1 comment
The Seattle Seahawks’ defense overpowered the San Francisco 49ers in Thursday night’s matchup. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was sacked 6 times and couldn’t get any momentum going. Win the win, the Seahawks avoid a completely disastrous start to their season and finally have their first road win in 4 games. Seahawks 20- 49ers 3.
In game 6 of the ALCS, the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City Friday night. The Royals are up 3-2 in the best of seven series and will play the final two games in front of their home crowd (a great advantage in the playoffs).
In Washington, the Redskins took on the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly’s Eagles offense needed to finally show off their “explosive offense” if they wanted to be taken seriously this season. The Redskins’ defense came to play, however, and the Eagles offense (even with some nice plays down the stretch) struggled again. The Redskins held on for the win. Washington 23, Philadelphia 20.
In Chicago, everyone had ruled out the Bears this season. The Bears have even publicly stated they are putting some of their offensive stars on the trade block, including Matt Forte. They were likely going to have to endure another week of Jimmy Clausen as their QB, but their starting QB Jay Cutler was ready to play at game time. It was a close game against the Oakland Raiders, but a last second field goal by Robbie Gould gave the Bears the win. Chicago 22, Oakland 20.
The Arizona Cardinals were looking to dominate this weekend after they crushed the 49ers last weekend, but the St Louis Rams came to PLAY. The Rams’ Todd Gurley did not disappoint, running all over the supposed “incredible Cardinals defense”. The Rams grabbed a road win against the Cardinals. St. Louis 24, Arizona 22.
In San Francisco, the 49ers hosted the red hot and undefeated Green Bay Packers. The Niners were coming off a horrendous loss last week and were looking to rebound. Aaron Rodgers played brilliantly for the Packers (again), and Colin Kaepernick was less than impressive for the Niners. There was even one play where the Packers’ defense stopped Kaepernick and the linebacker Clay Mathews taunted him by saying, “You ain’t no Russell Wilson, bro” (referring to the skills of the Seattle Seahawks quarterback). Green Bay 17, San Francisco 3.No comments