A Tale of Two Professional Football Players

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One of the more enjoyable rituals from summers long past was an annual vacation that involved renting a house in Dewey Beach, Delaware for a week each year with a few friends.  Part of the week naturally included house members and our guest consuming enough alcohol over the course of our stay to kill an elephant. Naturally, this would lead to quite a few empty bottles, most of which could be recycled. While I don’t know if this system is still in place, Delaware used to have multi colored recycling igloos at various drop off stations around the state. The color of the igloo denoted what went inside, whether paper, batteries, clear glass, brown glass, green glass, etc. Being one of the more responsible members of the house (Translate: Conservative), I’d gather the bottles to make a recycling run or two during our stay (others did as well, though). To minimize my time in the hot parking lot where the igloos were housed, I’d sort them out beforehand in our air conditioned kitchen. My friends, almost entirely Leftists, snorted at me one day “Why is the Republican recycling? We thought you guys hated the environment!” To which I calmly replied, “We conservatives care about the environment too. You guys show you care by chuckling about how evil Bush and Cheney are while sipping your Chardonnay. I show I care by doing something constructive!” Of course, I said it with a smart-arse smile, and they went noticeably silent on the subject after that.

Even if you’re not a pro football fan, you’ve probably heard about the recent controversy over San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s (CK) refusal to stand during the National Anthem. Wordsmith had a post on the subject a few days ago. And while the Radical Leftist sports media has been purring over CK’s tantrum, they missed a key point. Look closer, and you’ll see that CK’s recent gestures to not honor the American flag reek more of personal opportunism than principle.

For those of you unfamiliar with his story, CK had been the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for a few years. His star quickly rose a few years ago under a new, gimmicky offense that made great use of Kaepernick’s excellent running ability.  This star even rose high enough to get him to within a few yards of winning a Super Bowl. Unfortunately, his star also quickly fell as teams adjusted to this offense and the other skills needed to be a successful quarterback are lacking in CK. There is no bigger testament to this than the 49ers’ new head coach, the (thankfully) former Philadelphia Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly, whose offensive schemes would seemingly be a perfect match for CK’s abilities, and he isn’t even close to winning the starting job over a journeyman QB. (Side note: as an Philadelphia Eagles fan, the team that just fired Kelly, the fan base seemed overwhelmingly in agreement about CK’s lack of talent and that our team should make no effort to trade for CK).  Waiting until it looks like his lucrative career that has made CK a millionaire is about to end makes his gestures looks more like an attempt to generate buzz and hopefully score some media job once he’s out of football for good rather than some brave stand. Or maybe it had something to do with his radical girlfriend.

Contrast CK with somebody like retired NFL running back Warrick Dunn, whose charity has quietly helped 150 families obtain home ownership through his charity over the years. Dunn’s efforts have gotten some press over time,  but nowhere near the scale of what CK has seen. This is my biggest problem with the Radical Leftists that have taken over the Democratic Party, the biggest media players, and our university system. It’s easy to sit around and complain about things and self righteously “raise awareness” of how other people need to change their lives. Actually making change takes effort by individuals, not calling for somebody else to do it. We see this in how the Radical Left approaches almost any issue. For all of the BLM’s rage, how many of them are calling for members of the community to form neighborhood groups to help lessen the need for police to get crime out of their neighborhoods? Or volunteer in schools or mentoring programs to help prevent at risk kids from becoming criminals? And how about the refugee crisis? Leftists have been very generous and open about bringing refugee camps into America – just not in their neighborhoods, of course.  Maybe it’s time that we Conservatives started loudly pressuring them to do so.

And maybe if journalists wanted to make this country a better place they’d call for more constructive action, not childish protests.

On a side note, I wanted to write another post on the irritating politicization of sports, one of the last refuges from people who want some down time away from current events. Unfortunately, I fell victim to my rule of not writing on a topic that somebody smarter than me has already weighed in on. Jim Geraghty did that earlier this week, and it’s well worth five minutes of your time.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some football!

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Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog

Blogging by the credo of "Making the world a more offensive place, one blog post at a time", Brother Bob started writing posts around the beginning of the Obama presidency over at Brother Bob's Blog. A born-again Existentialist and self-professed libertarian with conservative tendencies, he has ironically chosen to live in the Washington, DC area - deep behind enemy lines. He has always loved history, and spent eight years volunteering as a tour guide on weekends, giving over 200 tours to roughly 2,500 mostly foreign guests. His tours were highlighted by stories generally not found in the history books or most other tours, such as the importance of the Battle if Antietam, the origins or Arlington Cemetery, and dispelling the myths of FDR's New Deal. Although his favorite subject to blog about is Economics, as seen in his Economics for Politicians series, his posts try to address angles that other conservative writers and the mainstream media (naturally!) miss. "There's no point in putting up a post on a subject that someone smarter than me has already written". He believes in the "Happy Warrior" approach, and tries to inject humor in his posts, sometimes successfully. Two such examples are his posts comparing the modern left to the horrible Star Wars prequels, and analyzing the laments of a DC woman in search of a feminist boyfriend. Brother Bob lives with his very patient wife known as Sister Babe, and their fantastic son. Little Bob. Little Bob is also the reason that being a tour guide came to an end, as spending Saturdays raising a son takes priority over giving lectures to foreign visitors on the folly of Keynesian economics. BB is also grateful for the opportunity to take his place among the outstanding writers at Flopping Aces, appreciates every person who takes the time to read his posts, and especially those who join him in the conversation in the comments.

4 Responses to “A Tale of Two Professional Football Players”

  1. 1

    Nanny G

    Our entire STATE (Utah) was sitting home, restaurant or statium, watching the BYU vs Utah U game yesterday.
    Badly coached on both sides and with many lengthy ad stoppages, it was over 4 hours long.
    Nobody on either side is destined for greatness in the NFL, as far as I could see.

    CK was flawed from the 1st time I watched him I saw he could easily be adjusted to by better coaching.
    So, it took a season.
    Now he’s going to sit.

    I wonder who his little showy display appeals to?
    Not a job in media.
    Not a job in coaching.
    Maybe he’ll be like the NBA’s Dennis Rodman.
    Star sans portfolio.

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    Spurwing Plover

    He should resign and take up something more his speed like chess or take up the piano or better yet Ballet Footballsa mans srport not for pajama boys sipping herbal tea and watching PEE WEES BIG ADVENTURE

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