My man Chris Price posted this earlier. But I feel like if I didn’t piggyback on this item, I’d be betraying everything I stand for. So forgive me this indulgence.
Here’s the thing. I like celebrity roasts. I love comedy when nothing is off limits. No joke is too cruel. Filthy is welcome. Political correctness does not apply. No insult is so demeaning that it offends any group, demographic, gender or orientation, least of all the celebrity being roasted. Sacred cows make the best hamburger, after all.
That said, this is typical Peyton Manning. Exactly the kind of cheap, back-stabbing, disloyal, drive by punk-ass insult we’ve come to expect from this thumb-headed goober. And of course, delivered with that slow-witted Oh gee whiz, ah’m just an ol’ country boy who don’t mean no harm, jus’ havin’ some fun fake humility he’s been using to get away with cheap shotting people his entire career.
Tom Brady has been carrying Peyton Manning’s fragile psyche like an egg balancing in a spoon since he first started beating Manning’s teams in 2001. Through every failure, each of his NFL record 13 postseason losses, through all the terrible interceptions and miserable performances in weather Manning couldn’t handle, Brady has always had his back as much as any of his media apologists.
When Manning was going one-and-done in the postseason an unthinkable eight times, Tom Brady said nothing. When he was tainted (pun intended) by the U. of Tennessee teabagging scandal, Brady stayed Code of Silence about it. And when PayMeaTon was implicated for HGH used by Al Jazeera and sent goons over to the house of the parents of his chief accuser posing as cops to intimidate them, Brady kept his tongue behind his perfectly white teeth.
And as payback for all that loyalty, Manning keeps the Deflategate fiction going the very first chance he gets. His alleged good buddy Tom Brady, whom he wrote a letter to just so he could make a quick buck including it in a commercial later on, is being railroaded by an evil corporate entity run by a power-crazed despot. Any real friend — not to mention fellow union member — worth having would be enraged. But when you’re Peyton Manning, it’s a laugh line.
And not a particularly good one. The worst thing Brady ever said about Manning was in a private email when he told someone Manning would be retired in two years, which turned out to be spot on. After this, he’ll hopefully understand that this two-faced pizza salesman is nothing more than a frenemy and use it as even more motivation to blow the doors off every quarterback record in the books. Starting with winning a fifth Super Bowl. Then the joke will be on Peyton.
The president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York criticizing Kaepernick’s actions as a “total lack of sensitivity” toward police.
“I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter,” Martin Halloran wrote. “Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”
Kaepernick sat on the bench during the anthem for all three preseason games, and he said he plans to continue his protest.
Jim Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick in San Francisco for four seasons until leaving for the University of Michigan last year, said at his Monday press conference that Kaepernick that he has mixed feelings about the situation.
“I acknowledge his right to do that. I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” Harbaugh said, later clarifying on Twitter: I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he supports Kaepernick’s right to speak out, but he would be concerned about the effect on his team.
“You respect our team, our organization and the other players,” Harbaugh said. “You respect the mission that we’re on and what we’re trying to accomplish. None of us ever want us to detract or disrespect the efforts of all the other players on the football team. That’s the balance that all of us have to strike when we speak out about something like that.”
Meanwhile, Eagles rookie undrafted free agent linebacker Myke Tavarres said Monday that he also would sit during the national anthem during his team’s preseason game against the Jets this Thursday, but his agent said later that the player had changed his mind after consulting with his agent and college coaches.
“As a rookie, his goal is not to be a distraction for the Eagles,” agent Corey Williams said. “His coaches at Incarnate Word and I advised him to stand.”
Five-time Venezuelan Professional Baseball League champion Aguilas del Zulia reportedly sent a contract offer to Tebow’s agents Monday.
“He’s a great talent,” Aguilas general manager Luis Amaro (brother of Red Sox coach Ruben Amaro Jr.) told Yahoo Sports. “He’s an athlete. He’s won the Heisman. He’s won two national championships. I know baseball is a hard game, but he’ll either adjust and show he’s ready to play pro ball or not. I think it’s low risk, high reward for Zulia.”
The 29-year-old former NFL quarterback is scheduled to work out before major league scouts Tuesday. He has not played competitive baseball since his junior year of high school.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s a huge culture shock. I felt like the winning spirit was making its way into Cleveland with [new coach Hue Jackson], but it’s definitely been established here for a long time. I’m just excited to be a part of it.” — New Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo
Christian opens his show talking about the hot bat of Dustin Pedroia and his thoughts on the Red Sox as they approach the playoffs. He also talks about the decision to play Tom Brady in the Patriots' third preseason game
Danny discusses Colin Kaepernick's seated protest of the National Anthem. He also discusses the state of Jimmy Garoppolo with some callers.
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As mentioned earlier on The Mashup Blog, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has doubled down on his decision to sit during the national anthem at all Niners games until “there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to.”
Now comes the part where I’m required to acknowledge that Kaepernick has every right to protest the way he is. That the First Amendment and the basic, very American right to free expression allow him the opportunity to note his contempt for his country the way he is. The blood of way too many brave men has been spilled to give him that right.
Here’s the beautiful part. His right to park his ass on the bench during the “Star Spangled Banner” is every bit as sacred and important as my right to say the following.
Screw you, Colin Kaepernick. Screw you in the ear. Screw you in the eye. Screw you in the 6-year, $114 million contract and in your $19 million average annual salary. You have the right to disrespect your nation’s anthem for exactly the same reason you should be respecting it. Because the nation gives you the right.
I’m not about to dive into Kaepernick’s politics or anyone else’s. Maybe he’s right on some level that a nation that duly elected an African American president, a justice department appointed by him, has scored of minority legislators representing their districts in Congress, and judges of all colors at all levels of the court system is somehow oppressing people. All I ask is respect. Simple, basic respect. I ask nothing more, but I’ll except nothing less.
The respect hockey fans afford the “O, Canada” every time it’s played on U.S. soil. It’s just the basic recognition of that which is important, even sacred. And it worthy of being appreciated. Especially by someone who’ll make $61 million in guaranteed money in a nation that has somehow stripped his people of all human rights.
The part of this story that has me most in a red-eyed, purple-faced rage is that while Kaepernick is considered ballsy for taking this stand, he is being the furthest thing from it. He has chosen the one institution you can trash in 2016 without turning into a pariah. Let an NFL player come out in protest against Islam, gays, Mexican immigrants, Jews or women and see how fast his team distances themselves from him or Roger Goodell warms up his throwing arm to toss Article 46 at him. And well they should. No company – including a sports franchise – is required to keep someone around if they object to the things he says (just ask Curt Schilling). I just want to see that same standard applied to guys like Kaepernick who publicly shame the country that has provided them so much.
But I seriously doubt there’ll be any consequences coming out of this. If he can play, San Francisco will keep him around. If he gets dumped, it will be because of his play. And the NFL will do nothing other than to say “standing for the anthem is requested but not required and oh, by the way, honor our troops by purchasing your officially licensed NFL merchandise, on sale now.”
All the rest of us can do is root for Kaepernick to be cut because he’s terrible (he’s had a lot of practice lately with that whole sitting-on-the-bench thing), leaves the great game of football in disgrace, is shunned by the public and ends up broke. That’s the “significant change” I’m rooting for. You might think it’s harsh, but I’m just exercising my right to protest his protest. As are these Niners fans. Because ‘Murica.