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Green Bay Packer's Fans: Gives Us Kaepernick!

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      Will the team listen to the growing voices of it's fan base asking for the team to reach out to Colin Kaepernick? Green Bay lost their future hall of fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers to regular season ending injury last Sunday, he left the game with a broken collar bone.

      Kaepernick, the quarterback who started the protest against police brutality by not standing during the playing of the National Anthem in 2016 hasn't been able to find a job since he opted out of his agreement with the San Francisco 49'ers at the end of last season. He walked away from that contract, and the remaining money due him, thinking he would have offers from other teams, but to date he hasn't had any.

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      Jaguars Apologize To Military For Protest During Anthem In London

      'Protests during the national anthem that began last season and flared to league-wide levels in the wake of President Trump’s condemnation have drawn widespread condemnation from fans. But even though the protests aren’t a criticism of the military—and are permitted by both the NFL‘s teams and the First Amendment—one particular aspect of the protests fired up critics: teams taking a knee on foreign soil during the playing of the national anthem before London games. Critics charged that such a symbolic move was disrespectful to America’s military, and now, at least one team has taken those criticisms seriously.

      'The Jacksonville Jaguars have sent a letter to Bill Spann, director of Jacksonville’s military affairs and veterans department, apologizing for the team’s demonstration. The team, including owner Shad Khan, locked arms during the anthem, with several players kneeling.

      'Jaguars president Mark Lamping said the team was “remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country.”

      'Lamping added, “This was an oversight and certainly not intended to send a message that would disparage you, our flag or our nation.”

      'Jacksonville has a significant military presence, with this letter clearly aimed at bridging whatever rifts may have formed between the team and local military. “The notion never entered the minds of our players or anyone affiliated with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but today we can understand how the events in London on September 24 could have been viewed or misinterpreted,” Lamping wrote. “We owe you an apology and hope you will accept it.”'

      https://www.yahoo.com/sports/jaguars-apologize-mil...

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          NFL players, as well as other U.S. athletes, have been taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem for some time now, but Hertha Berlin is thought to be the first European soccer team to do the same. The German national anthem is not usually played before Bundesliga games, and was not on Saturday.

          “Berlin is colorful,” the Hertha stadium announcer told the fans in attendance, according to ESPN. “Hertha BSC stands for diversity and against violence. For this reason, we are joining forces with the protest of our fellow American athletes to take a stand against discrimination. For a tolerant Berlin, both now and forevermore.”

          “As Hertha we always fight against racism. For us, kneeling down is a way of fighting against this kind of behavior. It should not exist in any kind of sport. Not in NFL, and not in football or soccer, like they call it in the U.S. — it shouldn’t exist in any sport, period. For us, it’s a good example to show.”


          https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/...

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          NFL Owners To Consider Rule Change For Conduct During National Anthem

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              An Open Letter to the NFL:

              Mr Goodell,

              It appears that you are going to review the rules for players and write into your rules that players must stand. It is my interpretation that this would be unconstitutional, against many Supreme Court precedents, and invariably would open the ownership to many drawn out legal battles. Besides the fact that it would be seen and interpreted as a far reaching political grasp, that my Father fought against in WWII.

              It would be wise for the league to leave things as they are and not try to change the dialogue to something that it is not, this is not a protest that garners any disrespect if the facts are readily presented. Instead of possibly diving the league into a cesspool of litigation and more errs, and possible censure. It would be the most amicable way forward to simply stop the false dialogue before it starts and present the opinions, the constitutionally protected opinions, of the players who are kneeling. Free men are not made to do things against their will and conscious up to and including pledging allegiance to a country that they feel is not holding them to a fair standard.

              Those military, and patriotic displays the NFL promotes were made political years ago. You may not have seen the fact that the right has for decades co-opted our military as a gerrymandered campaign chip. A move of this magnitude would besiege Washington D.C. with calls for an investigation. As you may be a private entity, there are too many public/private cooperations for you to abandon a vast voting block to please your political egos. In closing, such a move would very much mean the end of any support for the league, my team, and those products. It would very much mean the NFL is over.


              Thank You

              Hobbes


              http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2737939-nfl-own...

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              Before The NFL Took A Knee: 4 Lesser-Known Moments Of Resistance In Sports History

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                  "Before the NFL Took a Knee: 4 Lesser-Known Moments of Resistance in Sports History This isn’t the first time the world of professional sports has entered the fight for civil rights and racial justice"

                  "When NFL players, coaches, and owners took a knee during the national anthem Sept. 24, it ignited a nationwide discussion about the role of athletes in standing up for racial justice. Since then, teams and players have continued taking a knee during the national anthem. And the Seattle Seahawks have taken the symbolic act one step further by launching the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund.

                  But this is hardly the first time the sports and political arenas have become intertwined."

                  http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/before-the...

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                  American Hunger Reprint From 1998

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                      "On the night of February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay entered the ring in Miami Beach wearing a short white robe, “The Lip” stitched on the back. He was fast, sleek, and twenty-two. But, for the first time in his life, and the last, he was afraid"

                      "Nearly every sportswriter in Miami Beach Convention Hall expected Clay to end the night on his back. The young boxing beat writer for the Times, Robert Lipsyte, got a call from his editors telling him to map out the route from the arena to the hospital, the better to know the way once Clay ended up there. The odds were seven to one against Clay, and it was almost impossible to find a bookie willing to take a bet on him."

                      https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1998/10/12/amer...

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                      Excerpts From *"IF" By Rudyard Kipling - Ingraved Above The WIMBLEDON Gate!

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                          Quote *"IF" by Rudyard Kipling



                          Selected Quote

                          *"IF you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
                          And Treat those two (2) Impostors just the same:"

                          {{ Skip To }}

                          *"Yours is Earth and Everything that's in it,

                          And what is more - You'll be a MAN my son" {{ Lady - my daughter }}

                          ***Specially Dedicated to The Williams Family -
                          Venus Ebony Starr {{ EleVen - Better than a Perfect Ten }} Williams - in particular !!!

                          {{ With THIS Latest Loss (by Venus)
                          On Tuesday Sept, in the Quarter Final ... At the US Open }}
                          Having reached
                          SO FAR ... Within Touching Distance of the Title.
                          A Title - which would have been her
                          (i) Eight 8th Grand Slam Victory - and

                          (ii) Third U S Open Title

                          Press on {{ Venus EleVen }} Having JUST missed out at Wimbledon ~~ too!!!
                          There is still *"The End Of Year Title ... In Singapore" AND - The Entire 2018 and 2019 ...IF YOU WANT THEM.
                          You are Next in Line to Ss. Serena .... Despite the above and playing GREAT Tennis!
                          Please - Continue entertaining so many ..... with some excellent play!


                          CONGRATS and God's Blessings!!!!







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                          Welcome To The Bench

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                              Since I have been very busy elsewhere, starting school and trying to get life up and going again I have probably missed this if someone posted on it. My apologies.

                              https://theundefeated.com/features/we-may-have-see...

                              I think that I am as least as patriotic as the best of them, and I am a football fan as well. Since this whole issue started though I never once thought these players were disrespecting anything. These are players, young men on my team even who are doing this and disrespect is not the message, by far, if you believe that somehow this is about the military in any way shape or form then I apologize, but you're an idiot.

                              Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
                              What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
                              Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
                              O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
                              And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
                              Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
                              O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
                              O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

                              On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
                              Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
                              What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
                              As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
                              Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
                              In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
                              'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
                              O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

                              And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
                              That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
                              A home and a country should leave us no more?
                              Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
                              No refuge could save the hireling and slave
                              From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
                              And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
                              O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

                              O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
                              Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
                              Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
                              Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
                              Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
                              And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
                              And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
                              O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

                              The big question I would like to ask is when did the National Anthem become property of the Military? Property of any one aspect of this country of ours? If I am not mistaken it is a song about a flag and battle, it even mentions the slaves of the times... How did this get turned into an assault on the reverence of our militaries? This is my anthem, and many others, those who served and those who did not because serving your country is not only done with a rifle and an attitude. I hear the voices grumbling that this is so disrespectful to those men and women buried under that flag, those comments about veterans. When I look around at the cemeteries on my bike rides though; Aren't we all buried under that flag? Do we not work just as hard and serve at home as those who go afar and near to protect us? I apologize again, this is my flag, this is my anthem too.

                              http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/03/us/hail-to-chief...

                              Those never in uniform: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet those names would never be thought less than, less of, because they served the country in its highest office. Those other names, the too many to mention and too countless, their servitude to the ideals and protection of this country belong to that flag, to that anthem as well.

                              In a country where you are taught to stand up and place your hand over your heart and pledge allegiance, that's some heavy stuff nowadays. Especially when you are also told by that country to put your hands up and you won't get shot. A country that fought over itself some 150 years ago for your freedoms, only to see those freedoms always coming with a cost, a penance of some kind, and bigotry. Wake up to this every day and that country that plays that song for you becomes un-trustable, disrespectful to the very nature of your being, right down to your skin. Yet, the same country allows you to collect millions to be a spectacle once a week for 16 weeks and bonus maybe. Pretty freaking sick thinking when you look at it in all of its glory, in all of its whitewashed profiteering and the proliferation of their own political stances. I wouldn't stand either.

                              There is an epidemic long going on and maybe this time we can finally end the Civil War and rewrite the history books to reflect that. Young men and women are being killed and maimed simply because of the color of their skin. The rumors and innuendo of the ignorant whipped up into a frenzy of stupidity and angst. Charlottesville is just another stomp of the high kicking Goose steps of the voices that have always been there. It was endorsed in manner by our Idiot in Chief and the majority of the Republican party, and where is the outrage in that?

                              One player will not be signed to a team because of this stance, a true and real blackball. This is from the NFL which has an antitrust status with the government. The message that the blackballing sends is also a threat and bully tactic by mostly conservative forces, the same forces that co-opt the military brands for political gains. It is all too obvious and at the same time too little to be taken seriously. At the end of the day the NFL is influencing political ideologies that are predominantly of a right leaning slant and forcing some conservative agenda issues. My team will have no problem with the sitting or not standing for the anthem. They may feel they are safer considering the amount of police on the sidelines, and they wouldn't want that mouthpiece to be mistaken for a gun or something?... They will have no problem if someone asks them for either an autograph or a bag of peanuts... This is the very essence of the act of peaceful protest, something at the very core of our democracy and our society. These are the American ideals that my family fought for under the flags they were buried under, the land they were buried in. In no way is this a disrespectful act, but one of necessity as important today as Charlottesville and yesterday of Selma. The castigation of our citizens because of their very essences can't be continued, there is no country without them and no future either. If you stand alone upon the shores of a continent then you just have a piece of land. When you add the voices, abilities, hopes and desires of thousands, you have a country. There is an adage that says when you make someone who really and truly cares not care at all, that is the worst thing you can do to someone. Look around and welcome to the bench...

                              https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2017/08/14/marsha...

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