Since the draft is still a few days away, I might as well write some nonsense. As in why the fuck are people still railing on Colin Kaepernick for his non-violent passive protest? Eric Reid is now in the cross-fire as one of his first supporters, I guess, as he is not exactly jumping to anyone else’s team as a free agent.
Sure, guys like Miami WR Kenny Stills have received little blowback from kneeling, but he got grief during the anthems he kneeled for. His position is as follows:
People always want to make it about Kap. It’s not about Colin. It’s what you’re doing to him.
Frankly, he’s right. This country was founded on protests. Taxation without representation didn’t get anywhere until the protests were greater and more frequent. Michael Thomas, at the time a safety for the Dolphins (now a Giant), is still employed. Shit, the entire Dallas Cowboys team kneeled for an anthem. Malcolm Jenkins, Eli Harold, Olivier Vernon, and plenty of others have done the pernicious deed and still remain employed. What is the tipping point? Certainly Eli Harold is not anyone’s idea of an indispensible player> Eric Reid on the other hand has played very well at times, and one would think would gather interest.
Neither has come to pass as Colin remains on the sideline with his first disciple.
Funny thing is, as NFL attendance falls, both sides blame the other for the reasons why. For every guy that says the kneeling is disrespectful and driving people away, you have another guy saying the reaction of Trump and the blind eye the NFL turns to social issues has driven them away (hello Reuben Foster) from the game. Who knows? Who cares?
In reality it’s the incessant reviews, endless commercials, play stoppages, and the fucking endless stream of penalties on any given game. If you want to fix the game you do 2 things:
- Targeting (helmet to helmet) is an immediate suspension and game-check fine for that game. Something needs to be done to protect the players that actually has meaning.
- Get rid of kickoffs.
Sorry bout the last one, but I’d say 75% of the penalties come on kickoffs and punts. One has to go, let it be that. They could eventually just say the ball goes 45 yards from the 4th down spot instead of punting, but I’m not crazy about that idea.
Go ahead, NoCheer. Gimme both barrels.