My thoughts on these new Color Rush uniforms

It is here! The Color Rush uniforms are unveiled. Some teams will not be wearing their designated Color Rush uniforms because of a color clash. Well that’s good planning, isn’t it? Here are some quick thoughts and notes.

Nothing new for Buffalo, that’s fine. The Jets will be playing the Bills so in reality, these green uniforms won’t return. With last year color blindness fiasco, this is the wise call.

The Patriots one looks real nice. It’s the template of their Pat the Patriot design but with their modern colors and number font. I like it. And the Dolphins’ current set lacked orange. This new set is all orange and I don’t mind it at all.

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My 2016 NFL season predictions

Cardinals vs Patriots is my Super Bowl matchup prediction.

Cardinals vs Patriots is my Super Bowl matchup prediction.

Here are my predictions for the 2016 NFL season. Of course, like all other predictions out there, it’s just my guess and you can argue with it as much as you want. I could be right or I could be very wrong.

Here it is.

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Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during national anthem: Both sides are right and wrong

So here is the controversy from last night that has spilled over into Saturday.

During the national anthem, Colin Kaepernick did not stand while the rest of his team did. Kaepernick explained that he couldn’t stand for the national anthem and support a country who oppresses black people and minorities. As you can see above, the NFL has responded.

And there we have two sides of this situation. One side believes that Kaepernick has the right to voice his feelings in this way and it’s well within his constitutional rights. Others believe that it’s disrespectful to what the flag and all those who have served our country mean to the nation.

And I think both sides are right.

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Nike using the NFL to help with their NBA transition’s merchandise sales

We all know that Nike will be taking over the NBA’s uniform and merchandising after this season. Nike isn’t new to the NBA. They used to have a deal with them and they have been all over the college basketball scene.

But the other week I saw that they are adopting a basketball-cut style jersey for the NFL. A little weird but it makes sense. After all, with Nike going to the NBA, let’s see how they transition back to the pros. They have some experience in it but venturing out into this was a very smart move. It’s a little odd and I doubt many fans would get a basketball jersey for the NFL. But this helps Nike.

They can get a glimpse of the market, test out if they want to use new templates or fabrics. Or in the end, it’s just Nike taking this chance to once again show that they are back on top in the NBA.

Either way, it’s a very interesting way for Nike to seek out a small market of basketball jerseys in the NFL. They might learn something new from this and use it for their NBA contract.

Eddie DeBartolo’s Hall of Fame speech was special

This is Eddie DeBartolo’s Hall of Fame speech. This was a speech we have been waiting for a long time.

I personally love all the talk about family and that is what made Eddie D so beloved.

But it’s that final story about how Bill Walsh prepared a gift for Eddie D for his induction into the Hall of Fame. It just showed how wonderful that bond was. It was spectacular.

Watch the entire speech above.

New NFL sideline caps hint at what uniforms team will wear this year

New Era revealed the sideline caps for this upcoming NFL season. The overall design scheme is simple. It’s the main logo along with a┬álarger logo in the background blending into the crown the cap. From a distance, it is hardly noticeable and looks very similar to the caps the players and coaches had been wearing since Nike took over in 2012.

However, if you look at the caps that the teams will be wearing, it will show you what throwbacks you should expect from several teams this year.

There are some old throwbacks that were expected to be worn this year.

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Farewell to Examiner.com, the place where I got my career start

This breaks my heart. Examiner.com was the place I got my strong foothold in online journalism back in January 2009 covering the San Francisco 49ers. That’s three seasons covering the team and I wrote a ton of pieces and traveled to a lot of places. Here is the link to my page which is still up right now.

I understand the reason for the change and it’s part of the business. I still miss covering the team and some of my best writing was from my time with Examiner.com.

So long Exmainer.com. Thank you for giving me the platform to cover the 49ers, attend practices and games, and meet the players and coaches. The experience was life-changing.