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      And we are back!
       
      Hello boys and girls, welcome to another year of Washington Redskins football, home-team style.
       
      My name is JimmiJo and I am joined by my shuttered compatriot, Spaceman Spiff. Together we bring you the sights and sounds of Redskins preseason football. Tonight represents the first home installment for Washington. I will be looking for fan enthusiasm, tho it is difficult to gauge interest-level from the preseason. These are the games that the season ticket holders give to their siblings and coworkers.
       
      Tonight may be different as we expect Alex Smith to play. The pundits keep telling me he is Kirk Cousins only better. That will be awesome if so. 
       
      We are quickly filling the list with season-ending injuries, with Washington losing three projected contributors in the first week of preseason. This wince-producing stat is made worse when we consider the projected contributions of Derrius Guice, now lost for the year.
       
      All he was brought here to do was resurrect the Redskins' rushing game. 
       
      This for me is the biggest area of concern for me. The running game has got to get better for this team to have any reason success this year.
       
      Stand by for Inactives...
       
      An hour later I remember they don't do inactives in the preseason. Hey, it's preseason for us too!
       
      Not much to report. Very sparse crowd so far. But given it is a work-night and rush hour is just wrapping up on the beltway I am not surprised we are not overflowing with people yet.
       
      The Redskins appear to be wearing burgundy tops and mustard bottoms, for those keeping score at home. The Jets meanwhile, are sporting white tops and green bottoms.
       
      So far just the kickers and long snappers are warming up from both teams. 
       
      The hot, sunny day is giving way to a warm, breezy evening. Should be fairly pleasant viewing conditions for those coming out.
       
      Kickoff

      It is about that time. Follow along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
       
      Half
       
      Alex Smith looked sharp, going 4-6 for 48-yards and a 91 passer-rating. 
       
      But that's not the story of this game.
       
      The story is the injuries that continue to mount to running backs. Samaje Perine had an impressive 30-yard run. Then limped off to be evaluated for an ankle sprain. Next was Byron Marshall.  A lower leg injury they say.
       
      The Redskins are suffering the worst run of injuries this early maybe ever. 
       
      JimmiJo
       
      I am not sure how much we learned tonight. I take that back.
       
      Kevin Hogan, whom I had taken to calling ‘Nogan,’ somehow produced a lovely comeback victory with no time to spare. Way to send them home happy.
       
      Beyond the excitement at the end I am not sure we learned much.
       
      Alex Smith is exactly who we thought he was. Smith went 4-for-6 for 48-yards and a passer rating of 91. There was some excitement on his first call from scrimmage, when Smith play actioned the handoff and kept the ball on a bootleg, he turned to setup to hit Paul Richardson and instead received a face-full of Jets’ linebacker Jordan Jenkins. Smith completed the pass to Richardson and Jenkins was handed a 15- roughing call.
       
      The offense are exactly who we thought they are. Feckless in the redzone; unable to produce anything but field goals. Even when the stars did align, with Colt McCoy connecting Cam Sims, area spectacular touchdown catch; cruel fate intervened with a chickenscratch procedure call.
       
      The injuries are exactly what we feared they could be. Why is it every running back who goes for 30-yards on a single play comes up limping? Samaje Perine ran for 30-yards on his one carry on the night.
       
      The next time he was seen was on the way to the locker room to have an ankle looked at.
       
      Then there was Byron Marshall. He barely got into the game before coming out with a leg injury.
       
      After the first few drives Washington did very little offensively until they had to at the very end.
       
      And as little as this preseason game meant, it was nice to see the valiant stop at the goal line. It was even nicer to see Mr. Hogan lead the team down the field and to victory.
       
      Oh yea, we learned one more thing - Dustin Hopkins can kick field goals.
       
      Hail!
Burgold

Standing during the Pledge or National Anthem

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I'm a firm believer of freedom of speech and protest. That said, I think not standing during the Pledge or during the playing of the National Anthem is wrong. Now, I support your right to stand up silently and not say the pledge (for religious or other reasons). I can even get behind you not putting your hand over your heart, but I do think you should stand.

I think part of it is that I look at some of these issues as a matter of harm. As a young Jewish boy, I wasn't harmed in being asked to sing Christmas songs during the school assembly. I remember being invited to be part of a Presidential prayer breakfast during an inauguration. When the priest asked everyone to rise I did. I didn't say the prayers, but I did stand. These are the little slights we bare as being part of the community.

So, when I read about Kaepernick choosing to sit during the National Anthem, part of me gets it and most of me doesn't. He says he's doing this because he's frustrated with racial inequality. Is not standing a good gesture to announce that disquiet?

I don't think so because no one knew why he wasn't standing. They just saw it as a sign of disrespect. More, as a QB in the NFL he has a tremendous platform to use his voice or his money to make an actual difference. That makes the act of sitting seem hollow as far as gestures go.

If you believe that police abuse is one that deserves action and comment than ACT and COMMENT! As a side note, I see this police abuse issue as more of a local issue than a national one as it doesn't involve federal abuse of power, but local ones. If that's true it makes protesting America by sitting even less effective as a statement.

I suppose Kaepernick's action did generate some attention and so I may be wrong, but I think it garnered a lot less than the NBA and WNBA players who wore protest t-shirts and got fined for it. I respect the latter statement more if for no other reason... their actions were unambiguous and clear.

In other words, stand up for your beliefs and your country. Don't sit on your arse and sulk.

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None of my business if you do or don't. I do, but if someone else decides not or refuses to remove their hat, I don't have a problem with it.

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i see it this way, you have every right to sit during the national anthem and if you exercise that right then people have the right to rip you apart for it.

kapernick is finding that out the hard way right now.

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17 minutes ago, redskinss said:

i see it this way, you have every right to sit during the national anthem and if you exercise that right then people have the right to rip you apart for it.

kapernick is finding that out the hard way right now.

 

And he's not backing down which I applaud him for. 

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21 minutes ago, redskinss said:

i see it this way, you have every right to sit during the national anthem and if you exercise that right then people have the right to rip you apart for it.

kapernick is finding that out the hard way right now.

exactly..  he's a moron and a piss, poor qb..

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Just now, Dont Taze Me Bro said:

Maybe you're just a piss poor poster.  Ever think about that?

no..  i'm sorry you feel that way..

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Just now, Dont Taze Me Bro said:

I call it like I see it.  You contribute nothing.  Your contribution is Zero point Zero.

i'm sorry you feel that way..   great movie though

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1 minute ago, Dont Taze Me Bro said:

Sorry you are blind to the struggles of our fellow Americans.  Keep trying, it's cute.    

you seem like a very angry individual..  i'm sorry that i don't believe every form of protest deserves respect.  

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14 minutes ago, KLJ said:

you seem like a very angry individual..  i'm sorry that i don't believe every form of protest deserves respect.  

Angry?  Kid you know nothing about me. So step off.

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10 minutes ago, Dont Taze Me Bro said:

Angry?  Kid you know nothing about me. So step off.

 

Maybe you can step off as well.  Reading the above, you went after him and kept on.  You disagree, now please move forward so other views can be shared in this thread and its not just the two of you bickering

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6 minutes ago, zoony said:

 

Maybe you can step off as well.  Reading the above, you went after him and kept on.  You disagree, now please move forward so other views can be shared in this thread and its not just the two of you bickering

I will.  Sorry for the distraction.

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I don't know. I do think it's disrespectful,but geez if I had a dime for every time I've been to a sporting event or some other event that starts with the National Anthem and saw people keep talking,drinking their beer,eat their snacks,b.s. in the food or drink line,ect. I wouldn't need a powerball win. Life's too short for me to worry about those folks and in this case,young Mr. Kaepernick. If that's what he feels he needs to do to protest,so be it. I'm not a fan of it,(as I said,I think it's disrespectful),but I'm not going to get pissed either. I don't get in to this bull**** "If you don't like it so much,find another country" thing either. With that kind of reasoning,the American population would be down to about 23 people,(keeping in mind some were suggesting the same thing during the RNC not too long ago. :) ).  

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I couldn't care less whether a player sits or stands during the National Anthem before going out on the field to entertain me and risk major injury.  He's there to play football for profit, not to flatter my love of home and country.  It's a game and a TV show... not a big deal either way. 

PR kerfuffle.  Shrug.

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This is America. He chose to use his voice as being an American allows him to. Maybe you disagree with it but he definitely got people talking. And wasn't that the point?

I wouldn't do it personally but I certainly understand (and agree with) the why.

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I remember when Mahmoud Abdul Rauf did this in the 90s, set of a giant ****storm.

I guess Kaep got people talking but more seem to talk about if this is right/wrong and their opinions on him rather than whatever point he's trying to make.

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2 hours ago, Burgold said:

I'm a firm believer of freedom of speech and protest. That said, I think not standing during the Pledge or during the playing of the National Anthem is wrong. Now, I support your right to stand up silently and not say the pledge (for religious or other reasons). I can even get behind you not putting your hand over your heart, but I do think you should stand.

I think part of it is that I look at some of these issues as a matter of harm. As a young Jewish boy, I wasn't harmed in being asked to sing Christmas songs during the school assembly. I remember being invited to be part of a Presidential prayer breakfast during an inauguration. When the priest asked everyone to rise I did. I didn't say the prayers, but I did stand. These are the little slights we bare as being part of the community.

So, when I read about Kaepernick choosing to sit during the National Anthem, part of me gets it and most of me doesn't. He says he's doing this because he's frustrated with racial inequality. Is not standing a good gesture to announce that disquiet?

I don't think so because no one knew why he wasn't standing. They just saw it as a sign of disrespect. More, as a QB in the NFL he has a tremendous platform to use his voice or his money to make an actual difference. That makes the act of sitting seem hollow as far as gestures go.

If you believe that police abuse is one that deserves action and comment than ACT and COMMENT! As a side note, I see this police abuse issue as more of a local issue than a national one as it doesn't involve federal abuse of power, but local ones. If that's true it makes protesting America by sitting even less effective as a statement.

I suppose Kaepernick's action did generate some attention and so I may be wrong, but I think it garnered a lot less than the NBA and WNBA players who wore protest t-shirts and got fined for it. I respect the latter statement more if for no other reason... their actions were unambiguous and clear.

In other words, stand up for your beliefs and your country. Don't sit on your arse and sulk.

 

You tell him to ACT and COMMENT, well what do you think he was doing? You don't have to like the act but he is doing what you want. If Kaep simply spoke out, people would tell him to shut up and play football. What he did was continue to bring attention to a real issue in the midst of people making fantasy lineups

While I personally stand for the pledge and the national anthem, I do find it interesting that we like to condemn the person or people protesting if we don't like the way they protest. To me, we get very caught up in a "first world" problem  and the act of the protest when we should be continuing the discussion on the point he is making. 

 

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I'm trying to get emotional over this but I can't. Its not like he spat on the American flag. At the end of the day he's getting paid millions of dollars to entertain us playing a game, I really don't care about his political beliefs.

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He wanted to make a statement and what he is doing will draw and has drawn a lot more attention to his message than if he just stood at a podium. While at first I thought it was disrespectful towards our armed service members (but I still recognize his right to sit no matter how I felt), I waited for his explanation and now him sitting doesn't bother me. If he feels the flag doesn't symbolically represent the rights and values it used to and soldiers are dying in vain to protect those values like liberty and justice for all, who am I to argue with his perspective of the world. His perspective isn't some looney toon fantasy world either, so if he wants to sit... Let him sit. But, he should be prepared for the backlash and it sounds like he is. This was a calculated decision on his part and not some knee jerk thing he thought up 2 minutes before the start of his first preseason game. He is trying to start/continue a discussion that some people are afraid to talk about and others frankly are too ignorant to contribute anything of value. When I say ignorant people, I mean the ones that respond to Kaepernick's action with blind racist comments and "If you don't like America you can get out". I give a tip of the hat towards his determination and putting his money where his mouth is, he could stand to lose a lot if he continues to sit and will be scapegoated as being a distraction if the 49ners suck. Here is the article where he explains why he is sitting:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691874/article/colin-kaepernick-ill-continue-to-sit-during-national-anthem

 

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8 hours ago, Burgold said:

I'm a firm believer of freedom of speech and protest. That said, I think not standing during the Pledge or during the playing of the National Anthem is wrong. Now, I support your right to stand up silently and not say the pledge (for religious or other reasons). I can even get behind you not putting your hand over your heart, but I do think you should stand.

I think part of it is that I look at some of these issues as a matter of harm. As a young Jewish boy, I wasn't harmed in being asked to sing Christmas songs during the school assembly. I remember being invited to be part of a Presidential prayer breakfast during an inauguration. When the priest asked everyone to rise I did. I didn't say the prayers, but I did stand. These are the little slights we bare as being part of the community.

So, when I read about Kaepernick choosing to sit during the National Anthem, part of me gets it and most of me doesn't. He says he's doing this because he's frustrated with racial inequality. Is not standing a good gesture to announce that disquiet?

I don't think so because no one knew why he wasn't standing. They just saw it as a sign of disrespect. More, as a QB in the NFL he has a tremendous platform to use his voice or his money to make an actual difference. That makes the act of sitting seem hollow as far as gestures go.

If you believe that police abuse is one that deserves action and comment than ACT and COMMENT! As a side note, I see this police abuse issue as more of a local issue than a national one as it doesn't involve federal abuse of power, but local ones. If that's true it makes protesting America by sitting even less effective as a statement.

I suppose Kaepernick's action did generate some attention and so I may be wrong, but I think it garnered a lot less than the NBA and WNBA players who wore protest t-shirts and got fined for it. I respect the latter statement more if for no other reason... their actions were unambiguous and clear.

In other words, stand up for your beliefs and your country. Don't sit on your arse and sulk.

This is the whole problem. Equating racism to the school Christmas song. U and most white people have no concept about what you are talking about. 

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African Americans have fought in every military conflict however we are marginalize by this country, and it's system.  If Colin feels the way to address racism is to make a small sacrifice then so be it. I hope he understands that his gesture will cause a lot of people to hate him. But if his actions bring light to the racial problem in America I feel he would honor the men and women that died for the idea of a country where people can express themselves freely. I hope we start asking why people can set up businesses in the black community but you will never see a black business in a white, asian, or middle eastern community. If it helps make a better future for us all then it was worth the sacrifice. Black people own .5  of 1percent of wealth in America. How can Colin triumph against such overwhelming odds. People are more concerned with him standing but not the problem. 

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