Colin Kaepernick

Keith Strudler: Apologize For What?

Oct 11, 2017

Here’s the thing about apologies. They’re not always genuine. A lot of times we apologize for reasons other than complete remorse. Like say you have kids, and you tell one kid he can’t play with his tablet until he apologizes for putting his dirty soccer cleats on his brother’s lap the whole car ride home from the game. That’s an apology of convenience, and bad parenting.  But regardless, apologies aren’t always truly authentic, but perhaps also self-serving.

Herbert London: Kneeling For Recognition

Oct 4, 2017

It is now a Sunday ritual. Petulant NFL football players joined by their colleagues in other professional sports have colluded to dishonor the flag and what it represents by kneeling during a performance of the national anthem.

Keith Strudler: The Politics Of Hair

Jul 19, 2017

If you’re like me, you spent a good amount of your late youth arguing with your parents about your hair. For me, it was one of a select few moments of protest, since I wasn’t really cool or sophisticated enough to break any real rules. But, I did like to challenge the barber shop to make my hair look more like something from the Muppet Show than GQ. Eventually, in college, I invested in my own pair of hair clippers and lived by the mantra that it will always grow back. I also seemed to think that having cool hair would make my band more popular, or at least more popular than if people simply focused exclusively on what they were hearing. Such led me down the exhaustive road of an extensive hair gel collection, fabric hair bands, and once even an experiment with orange hair dye – which I immediately regretted.

Herbert London: Living With The Dialectic

Sep 14, 2016

For devotees of Marxist-Leninist dialectical materialism the world is in motion and “progress” occurs through struggles. It follows the Hegelian principle that an evolving thesis morphs into anti-thesis resulting in synthesis. Thus history is not the unfolding of spirit or individual intervention, but of class struggle through violent revolution which is inexorable. Since all things contain within themselves internal contradictions, which are the primary cause of motion, they ipso facto possess the seeds of their own destruction. Hence the strategy for historical evolution is using the existing methods of free will to undermine freedom. For example, applying the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment allows for the expression of a theory on which free speech is not permitted.

Keith Strudler: The Racial Politics Of Sitting Down

Aug 31, 2016

This may seem odd, but I’ve always wanted the US to change our national anthem to God Bless America. It’s not that I’ve got any desire to place any god even more in the center of our national debate, nor do I have any particular distain for the Star Spangled Banner, even if it is a bit hawkish for my taste. It’s just that I think God Bless America is a much better song. It’s like comparing Midnight Train to Georgia to the Humpty Dance. They both have their place, but one’s just better.

We are down to the final four in the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick threw for a touchdown and ran for another while San Francisco scored the last 17 points in a 23-10 win at Carolina in the NFC division playoffs.  San Francisco will take on the Seahawks Sunday for the NFC crown. Seattle downed New Orleans 23-15 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Peyton Manning threw for 230 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns as the Denver Broncos downed San Diego 24-17 in the AFC divisional playoffs.

Phil Dawson FG Helps San Francisco Beat Packers

Jan 6, 2014

In the NFL, Phil Dawson drilled a 33-yard kick to give the San Francisco 49ers a 23-20 win over the Packers in Green Bay in the NFC wild-card game. Colin Kaepernick kept the winning drive alive by escaping a blitz on third-and-8 and scrambling for an 11-yard gain to the 27 with 1:13 left. Kaepernick was all over the field, rushing seven times for a team-high 98 yards and completing 16 of his 30 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown.

Kaepernick Leads 49ers To 27-6 Victory Over Washington

Nov 26, 2013
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In the NFL, Colin Kaepernick had a productive game to help the San Francisco improve to 7-4. Kaepernick passed for 235 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the 49ers dominated Washington 27-6.

In the NBA, Jordan Crawford had 21 points and Gerald Wallace came off the bench to add a season-high 17 as Boston downed Charlotte 96-86.