How Colin Kaepernick Ruined the NFL (for me, anyway)

I used to be a huge NFL fan. Seriously huge. I was the type of person who watched every single game every week courtesy of my DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket. I watched the eight-game game mix, red zone channel, pre- and postgame shows, you name it. I used to write NFL articles for a now-defunct sporting site, and, in addition to playing fantasy football, I also wrote fantasy analysis for a few sites.

With football playing such a huge role in my life, when Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel for the national anthem and presentation of flag to protest police brutality back in 2016, I was livid. Kaepernick said that he was kneeling for people who are oppressed.

First of all, what the hell does Kaepernick know about oppressed people? He is half-black and half-white and was adopted into a very well-off white family where, to be honest, he never had to go without anything.

Secondly, what does police brutality have to do with the national anthem and the flag? Granted, some people think the anthem is racist, but, frankly, what isn’t racist today?

Third, yes everyone has the right to peaceably assemble and protest issues against their beliefs. The First Amendment of the US Constitution provides for freedom of speech, but what most people fail to understand is that this protection is from government infringement (save for certain, specific exceptions.) You don’t have freedom of speech at work if you work for a private employer. Seriously, does you boss let you protest anything while on the clock on company property?

Because Kaepernick was employed by the National Football League (NFL), he didn’t have absolute First Amendment (or any First Amendment) freedom of speech while at work. Yes, these so-called celebrities do have a forum where they can reach thousands of people, but protesting anything that is inherently American (anthem, flag, etc.) is inappropriate in that situation.

And, of course, Kaepernick’s poor behavior rubbed of on other players, and “boss” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to put his foot down and tell them to knock it off while on the clock. Isn’t it funny how none of these kneeling protestors bothered to get their message out anywhere during the offseason?

Fourth, what, exactly, does police brutality have to do with the American flag and national anthem? In fact, police shoot and kill white offenders far more than black or Hispanic ones, yet those with the loudest mouths don’t believe facts matter and don’t want anyone else to know the truth.

Anyway, back to my main point. Because of this blatant disrespect for the US and her flag, and the failure of Goodell to harness this crap before it overtook the league, left such a bad taste in my mouth and, consequently, I boycotted the NFL for a few years.

I have only recently started watching games again, but the passion, interest, and excitement is gone.

There’s No Business

Is it only me (I’m sure it’s not) who is sick to death of the complete and utter lack of originality in Hollywood today? I get it that celebs and filmmakers are obviously busy spouting their political opinions to the masses who don’t give a damn what they think and who just want to be entertained for a few hours, but it has gotten to the point where the art itself suffers.

Case in point, I just saw a commercial for the new Charlie’s Angels movie. Wait, what? Wasn’t there already a bad Charlie’s Angels movie released in 2000 with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore? Wasn’t that enough punishment? Obviously not as there is a newer version coming out later this year with the perpetually wooden Kristen Stewart and two other actresses of whom I’ve never heard.

Well, that got me thinking about the recent, and even not so recent, spate of prequels, sequels, and remakes over the past several years. Saw was great, Saw 7 was not. The Final Destination franchise has four sequels. Scream, Friday the 13th, and Halloween all have multiple sequels. And it’s not just horror movies (which happen to be my favorite, by the way.) Toy Story, The Lion King, The Godfather, Shrek, Star Wars, Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and so many more in other genres are also subject to multiple sequels. And don’t even get me started on comic book superhero movies. Now, granted, not all of these sequels (or prequels) are terrible, but the majority are and simply serves to demonstrate that the only thing contemporary filmmakers are interested in today is taking a cash cow and milking it.

And the remakes. Remakes galore. Rob Zombie ruined Halloween and Halloween 2. Other remakes are also horrible such as The Last House on the Left, 12 Angry Men, Poltergeist, Ghostbusters, I Spit on Your Grave (which not only was remade poorly but also had some shit sequels), and many more. Look at Disney and the dozen live-action remakes from classic animated films or the ad nauseum American remakes of foreign films.

Is this necessary?

Doesn’t anybody have any original ideas anymore?

I guess not.

Lights, Cam…, er Lights, Lights, LIGHTS!

I swear, I have never seen so many cars at night driving down the road with their lights off. Granted, Las Vegas is quite illuminated after dark with neon lighting ad nauseum; however, this does not give you clueless and inattentive motorists the right to drive down a busy street without lights.

Now, as the good Samaritan I am who does a daily good deed and tries to flood the universe with good karma (to make up for this blog, apparently), I try to inform you, as nicely as possible, of course, that your lights are off. Whether I flash my high beams into your rear window, cut you off and turn my lights on and off, or try to get you to roll your window down at a stoplight, more often than not, you are beyond clueless.

Frankly, I don’t understand how you can get in your car at night and not notice your lights aren’t on. Seriously. Get off your damn phone and pay attention.