Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago
Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest has spread to other pro players, and now even high-school players are joining in.
And on Friday night, Kaepernick joined some of those high-school players.
The players at Oakland’s Castlemont High School are staging their own protest to bring awareness to racial inequality, as they lie on the ground with their arms up during the anthem. On Friday, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback joined them, taking a knee as he has for his own games the past few weeks.
Kaepernick came to Oakland, CA. He kneeled on one knee, players laid on their back with hands up during the Anthem. pic.twitter.com/Cae4sTopac
— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) September 24, 2016
Kaepernick spoke to the players before their game against King’s Academy too. It was part pep talk, but mostly a speech about social awareness.
Kaepernick told the players he wanted to be there for them because they showed they supported his cause, and he appreciated it.
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Miami Dolphins safety Walt Aikens has a unique perspective on the recent shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte.
Aikens is friends with Brentley Vinson, the officer who shot Scott. Aikens and Vinson played football together at Liberty University.
“Right now the whole situation, I’m just praying for both families because I know Brent’s family and, of course, somebody’s dead so you’ve got to pray for that family as well,” Aikens told Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The shooting in Charlotte has drawn national attention and led to unrest in that city. The NFL had to confirm that the Carolina Panthers-Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday will go on as scheduled despite riots in Charlotte over the shooting.
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Carson Wentz is one of the best stories of the young NFL season.
The Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback is playing like a veteran. He’s so advanced that it’s not surprising when you hear stories of his girlfriend taking his phone because he was caught watching game film under the table on their date nights.We never know how the story will play out, but at this point you’d have to bet on him being a star for many years to come.
But he’s going to have his rookie moments. He won’t be the first to avoid that.
It’s OK to question the competition he has faced. The Cleveland Browns are bad. The Chicago Bears are probably bad too. The Pittsburgh Steelers, this week’s opponent, will be Wentz’s first tough test.
And here’s the picks on the other games …
Lions (+7.5) over Packers: I’m probably going to pick against the Packers until their offense looks right.
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All right, let’s admit that when Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller was showing up on your television more often than Flo from Progressive, we all wondered if his play would suffer.
The opposite happened, he said.
Miller, after his Super Bowl MVP performance raised his profile, went on “Dancing With the Stars” in the offseason. So far this season he’s leading the NFL with four sacks. Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is already stumping for him as an MVP candidate. And Miller credits training to do the fox trot for his fantastic start.
He told Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com that it was just the dedication to becoming a good dancer for the show that has carried over to his football life.
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Whatever karma Cleveland had was used entirely on the 2016 NBA Finals.
Because there has been nothing left over for the Cleveland Browns.
Already down their top two quarterbacks after two weeks, the Browns now are dealing with the news that receiver Corey Coleman, the team’s first-round pick, broke his hand in practice. The news was reported by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Cabot wrote that Coleman caught a pass and a teammate came down on his hand. The timetable for Coleman’s return is uncertain, but it’s fair to assume he’ll miss some time.
The Browns were already having a tough start to the season. They’re 0-2, and they lost quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown to left shoulder injuries in back-to-back weeks.
Coleman was a bright spot. He had a good debut, with 69 yards, then had 104 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. But this being Cleveland, the black cloud hanging over the franchise rained on that parade before the Browns could get too much enjoyment out of it.
At some point Browns fans have to ask, what did they ever do to deserve all this bad luck?
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman knew what he wanted to say, and didn’t feel the need to take questions about it after he was done.
Sherman, one of the most publicly socially aware players in the NFL, wanted to address all the attention being brought to players protesting during the national anthem. Sherman’s Seattle Seahawks showed their support to the cause by locking arms during the national anthem.
Here’s Sherman’s news conference, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune:
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) September 21, 2016
“I think people are still missing the point,” Sherman said. “The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we’re locking arms, is to bring people together and make people aware this is not right. It’s not right for people to be getting killed in the street.”
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When you turn on the New England Patriots-Houston Texans game on Thursday you won’t find Tom Brady, of course, partially because of what happened in a thermal chamber in Arizona last year.
New York Times reporter John Branch wrote a fascinating story on one of the unanswered pieces of the deflate-gate controversy: How did the scientists at Exponent come up with their findings, which made up a big part of Ted Wells’ report that led to Brady’s four-game suspension?
The scientists hadn’t said anything publicly before, but with the case finished they detailed the procedures used to test footballs for air pressure loss (or lack of lost air pressure).
And while Branch and The Times laid out the specifics of the tests in entertaining detail, the main takeaway might be that the scientists are absolutely certain their finding — Exponent said “there was no set of credible environmental or physical factors that completely accounts for the additional loss in air pressure” — was correct.
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It wasn’t a long speech by Marshawn Lynch on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, but it was a smart one.
The former Seattle Seahawks running back, appearing on “Conan” with Conan O’Brien, had a measured response to the protests by Kaepernick and others over racial injustice and police brutality, and he got everyone’s attention with his first comment.
“I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered,” Lynch said.
Then Lynch offered the rest of his reply, and it’s hard to argue with it.
“My take on it is, [expletive] has to start somewhere,” Lynch said. “If that was the starting point, I just hope people open their eyes to see there’s really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop. If you’re really not racist, you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.”
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We’ve seen Adrian Peterson beat medical expectations before, so he could be back from meniscus surgery faster than we think.
But there’s a danger that the Minnesota Vikings running back will be out for a long time.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reportedthat Peterson will have surgery to repair his meniscus, which he injured Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. And the surgery for the “bucket handle tear” could keep him out “a minimum of three-to-four months” and it’s a procedure that usually takes six months to recover from, Anderson reported.
If Anderson’s timetable is accurate then the best Peterson could hope for is returning in mid-December. And it’s possible he could miss the rest of the season. USA Today’s Tom Pelissero saidPeterson and the Vikings are “holding out hope for a playoff return.”
Later on Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Scheffter reported a gloomier picture for Peterson:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 21, 2016
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago
Colin Kaepernick thought about all the possible backlash that would come along with his national-anthem protest including, sadly, death threats.
Kaepernick said he has gotten some death threats from a “couple different avenues” since he started sitting, and then kneeling, for the national anthem. Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, is protesting racial injustice and police brutality.
“No, to me, if something like that were to happen, you’ve proved my point,” said Kaepernick, who spent 15 minutes at his locker Tuesday with reporters. “And it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened. And that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.”
Kaepernick said he knew there would be issues when he started his protest, so death threats are “not something I haven’t thought about.”