Bryce Harper wears Nike even though he endorses Under Armour

I was perusing Instagram last night when I spotted the above photo. It shows former Hagerstown Suns and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper visiting the Mitchell & Ness flagship store in Philadelphia.  What caught my attention was his hoodie. Even though Harper signed a 10-year endorsement contract extension with Under Armour in 2016, he is wearing a Nike pullover hoodie.Continue Reading

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.

Nike sacrifices everything with new Colin Kaepernick ad

Nike revealed a new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. It features the ex-NFL quarterback’s face with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” It also features the famous tag, “Just do it.” at the bottom with the iconic Nike swish.

I don’t understand why Nike did this. To say Colin Kaepernick is a divisive character is an understatement. When people began noticing he was not standing for the national anthem before each football game as an act of protest against police brutality, the public reaction was… mixed. Some viewed Kaepernick as a freedom fighter, others viewed him as being anti-American.

I just thought he was rude.

When Kaepernick remained seated or went to one knee during the national anthem, he was doing so when thousands of other Americans were standing at attention or with their right hand over their heart. If he doesn’t respect our country, at the very least he should respect the thousands of other Americans honoring the flag and the anthem. To do otherwise is rude.

There is a time and a place for everything

I support the free speech of anyone, even if that speech is contrary to what I believe. Although I spent close to ten years in the U.S. Air Force and learned to treat the flag and the anthem with honor and respect, I support those who burn our flag in protest. I don’t agree with it, but I agree with any American’s right to do it. That said, I do think there are situations where it’s inappropriate to burn a flag. For example, a situation where other Americans are honoring our flag.

I support Kaepernick’s right to dishonor our country. I just wish he’d do it on his own time.

I’m very disappointed with Nike

As a lifelong Nike customer, I wish they had not chosen to represent their brand in this way. Not only is it divisive, it’s highly dishonest. Kaepernick has not sacrificed everything. Although he no longer plays in the NFL, he still has a good chunk of the money he was paid during his career with the San Fransisco 49ers. His net worth is said to be around $20 million.

I don’t see how someone can sacrifice everything when they’re still a millionaire.

There’s also Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the NFL. He’s accusing all 32 teams in the league of collusion because no team wanted to sign him to a free agent contract after leaving the 49ers. Nike is the official clothier of the NFL. That deal continues until 2028. How Nike can sign an individual to a multi-million dollar endorsement deal who is suing its partner the NFL seems highly questionable.

I’m not a supporter of boycotts, but speaking personally, I just don’t feel like wearing anything made by Nike anymore. I pay a premium to own Nike products. I just don’t feel as though the brand is worth paying a premium for anymore. The brand feels to me to be soiled and tarnished. I feel as though Nike doesn’t want me to wear their products. I wish I didn’t feel that way, but I do.

LeBron James signs four year deal with the Lakers

LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent for the second time in his career and signed a four year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Will fans in Cleveland burn his jerseys for the second time? I hope not. The fumes from a burning polyester jersey can’t be good for the respiratory system. Who knows what carcinogens are released into the atmosphere when flame takes to an NBA jersey.

Let’s hope Cleaveland fans aren’t as mad at LeBron this time as they were last time. He did come back and took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the last four years, winning a championship in 2016. Burning a jersey is silly, Nike will only make more.

Speaking of Nike, can you imagine how many JeBron James Los Angeles Lakers jerseys they will be selling over the next few months? Personally, I want a purple one.

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The Lakers official store is already selling LeBron jerseys.

Once in a generation

LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of his generation. It’s not even close. He brings a lot to the Lakers. This includes:

  • 7th scoring: 3,1038
  • 11th in assists: 8,208
  • 59th in rebounds: 8,415
  • 16th in steals: 1,865
  • 14-time All-Star
  • 4-time MVP
  •  3-time NBA Champ

To me, the most remarkable thing about LeBron James is that he’s been to eight straight NBA Finals. The last time LeBron was not at the NBA Finals? In 2010 when the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics. No other player in NBA history has been to eight straight NBA Finals. Can he make it nine in a row?

That’s what Lakers fan want to find out.

I feel sorry for Los Angeles Clippers fans who live in Los Angeles. All six of them. It must suck to see the greatest player in the NBA sign with the team everyone else in Los Angeles roots for but you.

I would say I feel sorry for Cleveland fans, but that wouldn’t be true. Cleveland fans are used to disappointment and despair. Then again, they did win the NBA Championship in 2016. The Cleveland Browns also won two Super Bowls, the first in 2001 and then again in 2013. They did have to move to Baltimore and change the name from the Browns to the Ravens to make that happen. A small price to pay to be a champion.

 

‘The Force is Female’ is not about Star Wars

There’s a picture floating around the Internet, as pictures often do, that shows Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucas Films, standing with three women. They’re all wearing t-shirts that say, “The Force is Female.”

What the photo means depends on who you ask. Some say it’s proof that Kathleen Kennedy is a militant feminist who wants to kill all men. Either that or take away men’s child visitation rights and make them all pay more in child support.

Others are saying it’s an indicator why Disney’s Star Wars movies have more female characters, especially in positions of leadership. Others aren’t saying anything because they’re just t-shirts.

I’m in the latter group.

I was watching a YouTube video this morning where the host was bringing up the photo and trying to make a big deal about it. The video drove me to take six minutes and conduct a proper Internet search. My goal was to find the source of the t-shirts. This is what I was able to find.

“The Force is Female” is from Nike

The t-shirts were part of a marketing campaign by Nike. They had nothing to do with Star Wars. They were part of a campaign to get more women to wear Air Force One shoes, probably the greatest athletic sneaker ever made.

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Nike Air Force One high-tops designed specifically for women.
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The Force is Female Air Force One low-tops.
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The exact t-shirts worn in the infamous photo, except Kathleen Kennedy’s t-shirt was black because she’s from the Dark Side.
Another version of a “The Force is Female” shirt. This model has probably never watched a Star Wars movie.
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This photo is from Nike.com.

Of all the photos, the one shown above is the most offensive. Who in their right might wears Air Force Ones in bad weather? There’s snow on the ground. The ladies in the above photo don’t seem to care about their shoes. I’d go barefoot before I’d wear a pair of Air Force Ones in the snow.

This is what it says on the official “The Force is Female” page on Nike.com:

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Nike’s campaign has nothing to do with Star Wars

Nike’s “The Force is Female” has nothing to do with Star Wars. If it did, they would have a photo of Aunt Beru wearing a pair of minty fresh Air Force Ones. They don’t. I’ve looked.

If memory serves, Adidas released Star Wars themed shoes when the awful prequels came out. I think Vans is making Star Wars shoes now. I don’t really know because I don’t really care.

Let not yourself be offended by the t-shirts of others

If you allow someone’s t-shirt to offend you, you’re doing something wrong. I don’t think I’ve ever been offended by the actions of a stranger, let alone by a t-shirt they were wearing, so it’s hard to put myself into the mindset of someone who has. The closest I get is when I see someone wearing Jimmy Buffett clothing or anything to do with the New York Yankees. Like most moral and rational people, I hate Jimmy Buffet and I hate the New York Yankees. When I see someone wearing that filth, I just turn my head and don’t look.

It works for me.