Cam Newton is getting a lot of attention for the comment below:
After reading the Youtube comments and some of the feedback, most people are defending Cam, which surprised me.
I said to Rob that football is the only sport that girls never play growing up, so it makes sense that they’d be less likely to have knowledge of the sport (though the overall tone he had was still very dick-ish).
But then I thought about the number of male sports writers, analysts, talk show hosts, etc. that never played football at any meaningful level. Cam wouldn’t think twice if they asked him a question, and they’d have had the same opportunities to learn about football as this female reporter.
So yes, assuming that a female reporter wouldn’t understand ‘routes‘ is an example of sexism.
Is it the end of the world? No.
Is it the end of Cam Newton? No.
Do I think Cam Newton disrespects all women? No.
Are professional sports stars and sports fans mostly male? Yes.
Do I think athletes should be able to say how they really feel without worry about the backlash all the time? Yes.
My thoughts on protesting the National Anthem in general
People interpret the National Anthem differently.
Personally, I have no problem with the players who choose to kneel. More importantly, I think its inappropriate to suggest that you HAVE to stand or HAVE to kneel.
HOWEVER, I don’t see the goal its trying to accomplish. I understand and support the ideas they’re against (police brutality, racial injustice, etc.), but I don’t understand how kneeling during the anthem comes any closer to solving them.
Some say it might “start the conversation“, but the main conversation it’s started is strictly about what the Anthem means and whether or not it’s okay to kneel. There’s very little centered on what they’re kneeling for (from what I can see).
At what point will they stop kneeling? Is there a some measure of okayness when these players will deem the anthem a stand-able occasion again?
Everyone says that Colin Kaepernick has done a ton outside of kneeling – I commend him for that and would guess that’s been infinitely more valuable towards solving these issues and helping people than his kneeling.
My thoughts about Colin Kaepernick specifically
I support Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest how he sees fit and as I said, I applaud his off the field endeavors.
But Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job, and I don’t think it has anything to do with him being black.
Kaepernick had a job. He opted OUT of a contract with the 49ers so he could test free agency.
As an NFL team, signing Kaepernick is a decision of pros and cons.
The media will be covering Kaepernick and the team that signs him like crazy, likely becoming a significant ‘distraction‘.
You may also lose business, whether right or wrong, by bringing him to your team based on the % of your fan-base that strongly disagrees with the protests.
Colin Kaepernick just isn’t that good. He’s a high-level backup / potential low-level starting quarterback who fits a specific offensive system that most teams aren’t running.
There’s another segment of new fans that you’d likely draw in by signing him. You’d be seen as the
You add a player who has major NFL experience in a quarterback-starved league.
I don’t believe the Kaepernick issue to be one of race. If he were as good as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, etc. he’d have 100% a job.
Is it right? Is it fair? Not really, but that’s a different discussion.
My thoughts on Trump’s comments
I like Trump solely for entertainment purposes, but haven’t really been a fan of him as a President.
Specific to his comments on athletes and NFL protests, I disagree with him completely, though I sort of understand that he’s playing to his standard group of his supporters.
As the president of an extremely divided country at the moment, his comments only serve to further the divide. There’s no attempt by him (at least publicly) to understand WHY people are protesting or to use the opportunity to bring the country closer together.
Withdrawing Steph Curry’s invitation was so immature and petty that I almost didn’t believe it (though I did lol when I read it).
Every president is different, and Trump’s way clearly got him elected, but I think he’s doing enough over time to piss off almosteveryone one way or another.
I look forward to what Joel Embiid will say to Trump when the Sixers win the Championship this year.
Abud, Rob, and I took the track yesterday for a mile race, though mine would be a beer mile.
Abud is joining the coast guard and needs to run a 12:51 1.5 mile, so he was eager to test his fitness on the track, I’ve been talking about doing a beer mile for months, and Rob, who has a long history of heart problems, had no real reason to race.
Right off the bat I drank about half of beer, winced in pain for 45 seconds, then finished the beer. Three beers, three pukes, and four laps later, I finished in last place.
Abud blew away the field with an 8:10. Rob, who almost DNF’d with 120 meters left, held off my late charge with an 11:20-something and I was 10-15 seconds behind.
I swear I can run faster than an 11:30 beer mile. I was too hungover from the previous night but didn’t want to bail. It was an embarrassing attempt on my part.
This may not be my last attempt of the year. Until next time…