In HOUR 3 the guys get back into the Colin Kaepernick conversation, and talk about how there is this battle going on between the Kaepernick defenders and detractors, about how bad of a backup he really is.
HOUR 2 kicks off with a recap of how Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey was stolen. Glenn and Lou also get back into some Celtics talk and wonder how this team isn't MUCH better last year's team. Later in the hour, Colin Kaepernick's name came up due to some comments from Donald Trump, Jemele Hill, and Michael Smith.
HOUR 1 - Glenn and Lou get into the bad call at the end of the Bruins game. Lou is convinced Avery Bradley makes the Celtics go. The Bruins game had a playoff atmosphere. The guys also ask how much of a disappointment an early Bruins playoff exit will be, now that the team has proven to play better under Bruce Cassidy.

One of Bill Simmons’ signature pieces is his annual NBA trade value column. In it, he ranks the most valuable players in the league.

And now he says his former Grantland colleague, Jonah Keri, is stealing it from him.

In a tweet Tuesday, Simmons appears to chastise Keri for publishing an MLB trade value column on Sports Illustrated. Keri first started applying the concept to baseball players when he worked under Simmons, who served as Grantland’s editor-in-chief.

It’s possible Simmons is tweeting in jest. For starters, Keri wrote the same article on SI last year, and Simmons didn’t comment publicly. He also gives Simmons credit at the end of the piece, along with Fangraph’s Dave Cameron, who writes a similar column on his website.

“Thanks as always to Bill Simmons, who came up with the idea to rank all NBA players by trade value many years ago and urged me to start an MLB Trade Value series. Special shoutout to FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron, who’s been doing his own MLB rankings for the past several years,” Keri writes.

Given Simmons’ history of petty feuds, it wouldn’t be shocking if he were genuinely peeved. If that’s the case, he has little ground to stand on, considering ranking players based on their trade value is far from an original concept.

Perhaps Simmons is still stewing over the cancellation of his HBO talk show, “Any Given Wednesday,” which was discontinued last year after just 25 episodes.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

One of Bill Simmons’ signature pieces is his annual NBA trade value column. In it, he ranks the most valuable players in the league.

And now he says his former Grantland colleague, Jonah Keri, is stealing it from him.

In a tweet Tuesday, Simmons appears to chastise Keri for publishing an MLB trade value column on Sports Illustrated. Keri first started applying the concept to baseball players when he worked under Simmons, who served as Grantland’s editor-in-chief.

It’s possible Simmons is tweeting in jest. For starters, Keri wrote the same article on SI last year, and Simmons didn’t comment publicly. He also gives Simmons credit at the end of the piece, along with Fangraph’s Dave Cameron, who writes a similar column on his website.

“Thanks as always to Bill Simmons, who came up with the idea to rank all NBA players by trade value many years ago and urged me to start an MLB Trade Value series. Special shoutout to FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron, who’s been doing his own MLB rankings for the past several years,” Keri writes.

Given Simmons’ history of petty feuds, it wouldn’t be shocking if he were genuinely peeved. If that’s the case, he has little ground to stand on, considering ranking players based on their trade value is far from an original concept.

Perhaps Simmons is still stewing over the cancellation of his HBO talk show, “Any Given Wednesday,” which was discontinued last year after just 25 episodes.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this month. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this month. (Caylor Arnold/USA Today Sports)

Colin Kaepernick’s NFL career probably wouldn’t be in jeopardy if he was busted for a DUI last year. But since he kneeled during the national anthem to protest discrimination and police brutality, he might be ostracized from the league. There’s something gross about that.

The speculation surrounding the reasons for Kaepernick’s unemployment reached a fever pitch last week, when Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman quoted an anonymous AFC general manager who said 70 percent of NFL teams “genuinely hate him.” On Instagram Sunday, filmmaker Spike Lee posted a picture with Kaepernick, blaming his prolonged free agency on “subterfuge” and “skullduggery.” President Donald Trump, meanwhile, says he thinks his Twitter wrath is keeping the former 49ers quarterback sidelined.

“It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” he said Monday at a rally in Kentucky. “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that.”

Kaepernick’s proclivity for making outlandish statements hurts his cause. Shortly before Fidel Castro’s death last year, he praised some of the Cuban dictator’s domestic policies. “One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” Kaepernick said, via the Miami Herald.

Those glowing remarks about the despot who hired firing squads to kill political rivals jive with the Castro t-shirt Kaepernick wore to a press conference last summer. A few days after that wardrobe blunder, pictures circulated of Kaepernick sporting socks that depict police officers as “pigs.”

Any club that signs Kaepernick would risk facing some public relations backlash, and the truth is, many NFL teams probably don’t think he’s worth it. Since 2014, he’s completed just 59.7 percent of his passes and posted an 85.9 QB rating. The 49ers have gone 11-24 in games he’s started.

But in a quarterback-starved league, it’s difficult to imagine Kaepernick isn’t good enough to compete for a starting job somewhere. After all, the Bears recently signed career backup Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract. Just four years ago, Kaepernick’s electrifying play-making ability led the 49ers to a Super Bowl berth. He showed small flashes of that towards the end of last season, recording an 101.1 QB rating over the final four weeks.

It’s disingenuous to paint Kaepernick solely in a negative light as well. He donated $1 million to community organizations last year and helped secure an airplane that will transport supplies to Somali famine victims. The quarterback matches his words with action.

 

Kaepernick’s message shouldn’t be all that controversial, anyway. When he was first asked about his decision to protest during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” he pointed to the United States’ history of social injustice.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said to NFL Media last August. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

There’s substance behind Kaepernick’s point. The hostile relationship between police departments and some African-American communities remains one of the most contentious issues in America. According to the Washington Post, black Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be shot and killed by police officers than white Americans.

If Kaepernick expressed his thoughts to reporters without the accompanying protest, it’s unlikely he would’ve faced so much scorn. But he also probably wouldn’t have garnered as much publicity. Few things are more American than the act of staging a peaceful protest to mobilize change.

Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem sparked a national conversation. In addition to other NFL players, kids on high school and youth football teams across the country followed his lead. Kaepernick’s detractors claim he’s being unpatriotic and anti-military, which flies in the face of what several veterans, including former NFL player and Green Beret Nate Boyer, have said about him. After meeting with Kaepernick last September, Beret said the quarterback’s actions are what “America is all about.”

Contrary to conventional wisdom, NFL players haven’t always acknowledged the national anthem. Up until 2009, it wasn’t even standard practice for NFL teams to be on the field while the song was played. The romanticization of the pregame “Star-Spangled Banner” ritual is largely manufactured.

Besides, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this month Kaepernick will stand for the anthem next season. His controversial protest is over.

NFL owners have little problem bringing in players with criminal histories. Last season, the Patriots signed wide receiver Michael Floyd just three days after he was arrested for DUI. Floyd, who was involved in multiple alcohol-related incidents during college, fell asleep at a traffic light and had a stupefying .blood alcohol content level of .217. Arizona authorities sentenced him to 120 days in jail for the transgression. Floyd wound up being imprisoned for 24 days after striking a plea deal.

When the Patriots acquired Floyd, fans didn’t appear outraged. They’ve been stigmatized to accept players who are charged with DUI and other crimes. But Kaepernick is apparently persona non grata, because he decided to kneel during the national anthem. That’s preposterous.

Kaepernick isn’t a Pro Bowl level quarterback, but he’s just as worthy of a roster spot as Josh McCown, who the Jets signed this week to a one-year contract worth $6 million guaranteed. At this moment, it appears as if Kaepernick is being blackballed for speaking out. That’s shameful.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

TMZ SportsThe man who allegedly stole Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey has been up close and personal with Tom, Robert Kraft and other Super Bowl stars for years … and TMZ Sports has the photo proof.

Mauricio Ortega made a habit of snapping selfies with the big stars from the Super Bowl games he covered during his stint as the news director for La Prensa — a Mexican media outlet.

We’re told the photo with Tom Brady was taken after Super Bowl 39 in 2005. Same with Robert Kraft.
Ortega also posed with Heath Miller at Super Bowl 40, Brandon Jacobs at Super Bowl 42. He also got one with Ben Roethlisberger.

The nerve of this guy.

Tom Brady is nice enough to take a picture with him and then he goes and steals TWO of the most important jerseys Brady has ever worn? Shame on him.

Not only does this guy have a little bit of a klepto streak, but he’s also really bad at taking selfies.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
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Hour 4. Kirk said goodbye to Comcast on Monday night. It was great television.

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