Colin Kaepernick and his peaceful protest

From CNN’s LZ Granderson:

Now that the dust surrounding Kaepernick’s departure from the NFL has settled, we’re able to have a more substantive conversation about some of the controversial topics that his peaceful protest against oppression of people of color during the national anthem sparked: freedom of speech and patriotism.

I don’t think anything connected to Kaepernick’s departure from the NFL has settled. On the contrary, the last I read it’s now going to arbitration.

Kaepernick chose a time stage his peaceful protest when everyone else at the stadium was standing and showing respect. I found his peaceful protest to be extremely rude, much like I would an atheist who refused to stand during a prayer at a Catholic funeral. If Kaepernick hates America so much for its oppression of people of color, he should do it on his own time, not when everyone else is showing respect.

If he thinks America is so bad for people of color, what country does he think they would have it any better? I can think of no better country than the United States for people of any color to live in. Kaepernick must agree because although he has more than enough money to move anywhere in the world, he chooses to live in the United States of America.

I judge a man by the t-shirts he wears

It’s hard to believe Kaepernick is against the oppression of people of color when he wore a t-shirt honoring the murderous communist known as Fidel Castro.

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Colin Kaepernick wearing a Fidel Castro Malcolm X t-shirt.

Wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt is like wearing an Adolf Hitler t-shirt. When it comes to the oppression of people of color, Castro was a bonified champion of it.

Burning Nike products is also a peaceful protest

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Since Nike announced it was using Colin Kaepernick in its new “Just Do it” ad campaign, people have posted photos and videos showing the burning of their Nike shoes and other Nike items. People who side with Kaepernick and his right to peaceful protest are having a good laugh over this. Don’t they understand the people doing this are engaging in their own peaceful protest?

If I didn’t know better, I’d think people who side with Kaepernick do so not because they’re supporters of free speech, but because they also hate America, the police, daylight savings time, or whatever else Kaepernick is against. They only support free speech when it’s aligned with their own thoughts and opinions.

I totally understand why people are burning their Nike products. On the Tuesday episode of NPR’s Up First, the host more than implied people who are against Nike using Kaepernick in their ad campaign don’t matter to Nike because they don’t buy Nike products. That’s clearly not true when you see people burning their Nike stuff. I have a closet full of Nike products. I’m not planning on burning any of it, but I don’t plan on wearing any of it either. It will probably all go into a box in the attic.

I certainly won’t buy any Nike merchandise in the future.  Not anymore.

The people burning their Nike gear are proving they bought Nike gear in the past. They’re proving they will never wear any of it again. Nobody can accuse them of not being Nike customers.

Thank God for Adidas and Under Armour

I’ll probably stick to Adidas products. As a German company, I think they’re less inclined to get involved with American social justice foolishness. They probably just want to focus on making better products. There’s also Under Armour. They’re located here in Maryland and they not only make athletic gear, they also make clothing for police and military members. I doubt they would ever associate with someone who dishonors flag and country the way Kaepernick does.

It’s not like I don’t have choices. I just wish Nike had taken people like me into consideration before taking such a controversial stand. Something tells me they didn’t do that. I don’t have a lot of money as Colin Kaepernick does. Not wearing any of my Nike merchandise because the company insists on going in an-ill-thought out controversial direction, affects me financially. My love of Nike products isn’t nearly as strong as my love of country.

The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup champions

The Washington Capitals beat the Las Vegas Medieval Times Golden Knights last night 4-3 to win the Stanley Cup in five games. It’s the first Stanley Cup for the Caps. The team was established in 1974-75. It’s taken them 34 years to win the Stanley Cup.

Las Vegas Medival Times Golden Knights were established in 2017-18. At least that is when they first pranced on to the ice and began playing hockey in the NHL. Yes, they went to the Stanley Cup their first season in the league.

I hate the Las Vegas Golden Knights

With all sports, there are teams I like, teams I feel indifferent towards, and teams I hate with the intensity of a thousand suns. The Golden Knights fall into the latter category. I hate them because of their stupid pregame shows that feature costumes and special effects. I also hate them because of their fans.

Golden Knights fans are the walking, breathing definition of bandwagon fans. They either never watched hockey before the 2017-18 season or they ditched their former favorite NFL team and latched onto the Golden Knights. Now that their season is over, they can go back to their jobs polishing slot machines or scraping gum off the floor of the gentlemen’s club.

I’m sure that’s all that is. Gum.

I hate the Golden Knights so much that if they returned to the Stanley Cup next year to play the Pittsburgh Penguins, I’d root for the Penguins.

Alexander Ovechkin named Stanley Cup MVP

Capitals’ captain and Russian Alexander Ovechkin was named the Stanley Cups MVP. He scored 15 goals in the postseason, making him the fifth player in the last 25 years to do so.  He’s also the first Russian team captain to win the Stanley Cup. Being that he’s Russian, he probably also helped get Donald Trump elected.

I’ve watched the Capitals since moving to Western Maryland in 1994. I’ve seen them play in at least 18 different uniforms. I guess winning the Stanley Cup in the current uniform means they won’t have to change this one any time soon.

Speaking of uniforms, this is the first year they’ve worn jerseys made by Adidas. The NHL switched from Rebook to Adidas beginning this 2017-18 season. I guess that’s all it took to break the 34-year Stanley Cup drought, a jersey made by a proper athletic clothing maker.

Redskins bench Robert Griffin III, name Kirk Cousins starter

It’s been a bad couple of months for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. First, the world finds out that fellow Subway Sandwiches pitchman Jared Fogle is a child porn loving pedophile. Then, Griffin’s signature shoe from Adidas started showing up on the shelves at discount outlets like Ross and Marshall’s. Now, Kirk Cousins has been named the starting quarterback for the 2015 season. Griffin, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, and the second overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft will be either Cousins’ back-up, or more likely, Cousins’ back-up’ back-up.

The Roman numeral three on the back of Griffin’s jersey may just end up serving the dual purpose of identifying his pecking order on the depth chart, as in third-string.

That’s if he doesn’t get cut or traded, not that I can imagine a scenario where another team would trade for Robert Griffin III.

Griffin will earn make $3,269,877 from the Redskins this season. Since that’s guaranteed, the Redskins will be paying him that much whether he’s with the team or not. Plus, his total salary represents $6,719,713 towards this season’s salary cap. That takes into account his base salary and his initial signing bonus of $13,799,344 spread out over four years. When an NFL team cuts a player, the remaining portion of his signing bonus is applied in full against the cap. This is not a factor with Griffin. Since this is the final year under contract, there are no more remaining years to apply to the cap.

Should the Redskins just cut Griffin? Yes. He’s not worth a roster spot. NFL teams are allowed only 53 players on the active roster. Keep Griffin on the team, and that’s one less player that could help the team win games.

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Robert Griffin III sitting on the bench in full pout mode.

If the Redskins need someone to sit on the bench and pout, there’s no reason they need to waste a roster spot for it. They could just hire a 14-year-old girl, assign her a place on the bench, and take away her cell phone. Don’t let a teenage girl tweet or post crap on Facebook, she’ll act very much like Robert Griffin III sitting on the bench.

Hypothetically, she would provide the same value as Griffin, but she wouldn’t waste a roster spot.

The Redskins should just cut Griffin. Even if they don’t mind burning a roster spot on a player who won’t be positively contributing this season, having him stick around creates a problem for Kirk Cousins. At best, Cousins is an average quarterback in the NFL. There’s nothing wrong with being average. It’s just that there will be times when Cousins is going to fail. Keep Griffin on the team and I guarantee you eyes will turn to Griffin sulking sitting on the bench.

I’m not sure how that helps anyone.

The Redskins should just cut Griffin and allow him to go sign with the Oakland Raiders. That’s where first-round draft busts go when they’re cut. They go to Oakland and play on dirt.

Derrick Rose to have knee surgery… again

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery to repair it. It’s the same exact injury he had in 2013. This was after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2012.

It’s unclear when he injured his knee this time. He had played well before the All-Star break, but not so much since.  He’s averaged less than 11 points a game with a 23.5 shooting percentage in the three games since the All-Star break.

Rose is 26. It’s clear at this point in his career that he has crummy knees, right?

Then again, maybe it’s something esle. He’s paid a lot of money by Adidas to wear their shoes. He even has his own line of shoes and clothing with Adidas. What if it’s not his knees that are the problem, but the shoes he’s wearing? When you hurt yourself and you don’t know how you did it or even when you did it, it just might be your shoes.

If and when Derrick Rose comes back, it might be a good idea to wear different shoes, shoes not designed by Adidas. Maybe he ought to wear Jordans. When was the last time someone blew out a knee wearing Jordans? It might be a good idea to take some of the millions Adidas has paid him to hire some lawyers to get him out of his contract with Adidas.