On anniversary of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ raised fists, we are still fighting the same racial battle

On this day in 1968, one of the greatest moments in sports history happened. It was also one of the greatest moments in world history.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two runners from San Jose State University (my alma mater), made a demonstration that forever changed history. After having won gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200-meter running event, both Smith and Carlos raised a black-gloved fist during the national anthem in a gesture towards human rights. This came at a time in America where racial equality was still a distant dream.

What transpired afterward was equally telling of the times in America. There were people who understood the importance of their message; there were many who disliked the act. Smith and Carlos were immediately sent back home, they (and their families) received death threats. It became discussion over and over about how a sporting event was no place for what they deemed a political protest. What these two did was completely unacceptable and disrespectful.

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End of an era: 49ers say farewell to NaVorro Bowman

I remember writing up a recap of the 49ers drafting Penn State linebacker NaVorro Bowman. I was at my friend’s house and I had brought my laptop with me. At the time I was still getting my footing as a beat writer. But I felt that Bowman was a smart pick. Even though he was not a first round selection, he had a strong pedigree and had potential for growth.

Since then, Bowman was a four-time First All-Pro, three-time Pro Bowl selection and at times, was the best defender on the team. And that’s with Patrick Willis next to him.

Bowman was a great professional to work with and he always gave me respect. He was a beast of a linebacker and it’s a shame injuries prevented him from reaching his best potential.

Regardless, he was beloved by many fans and they will always cherish his pick-six at The Stick. That’s an image that will last a lifetime.

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The divide of the national anthem protests in the NFL

When I took a photo of my TV yesterday and shared the above tweet on Twitter, I didn’t know it would generate so much discussion and impressions. (The tweet has gotten more activity than my last viral tweet.)

But as I read the responses to the tweet (along with seeing how many people were liking and retweeting, including some notable Twitter users like Shaun King) it showed me that the divide is still strong on this topic.

Some people felt that kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful. Others believe that the fight is worth kneeling for. But as I continued to read the comments, it reflected so much to me that our country is in this state of divide. There is an uncertainty and ignorance of the issue.

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My 2017 NFL season predictions

Falcons vs Patriots Part II is my Super Bowl matchup prediction.

Falcons vs Patriots Part II is my Super Bowl matchup prediction

Here are my predictions for the 2017 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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New NFL rule allows players to have fun after touchdowns again!

The NFL issued some new rules for this upcoming season. Overtime periods are now only 10 minutes, which I am indifferent about. There is now one less roster cutdown period, which I am also indifferent about.

But this news is the big one.

Now we are allowed to have the football used as a prop for a celebration without penalty. Group celebrations and going to the ground is now acceptable. Of course, there are still some limits on how long these can go but it’s a step in the right direction.

The NFL used to allow this but started cracking down on these celebrations recently. Now that we have these celebrations no longer on the black list, we can all return to having some fun again. Progress!

But sadly, we still aren’t allowed three pumps.

One day.

The new Detroit Lions uniforms are almost perfect

The long-awaited Detroit Lions uniforms are here!

I want to first address that the entire set has removed black from its identity. The helmet features the Northwestern stripe but I feel that the lack of white in that stripe makes it look so plain and empty. The logo is outlined in Honlulu blue, which is fine. The facemask is also very nice as it appears to be chrome. A blue one would have worked too.

The home set (and the color swapped road set) is very good. I love the Northwestern stripes remaining on the sleeve and pants. The simplicity of it is great and the number font isn’t bad either.

However, the only real annoying issue is the team name on one sleeve, and the initials of William Clay Ford on the other. It reminds me of the Bucs and their sleeves featuring different things. They should have just removed those names. They aren’t necessary. Keep a Ford patch and I would be fine with it.

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I am sad the Raiders are leaving Oakland for Las Vegas

It’s a shame. The owners have approved for the Raiders to leave Oakland for Las Vegas. (The Dolphins reportedly was only team to vote against the move.)

This sucks for the loyal fans of the Oakland Raiders who had their team leave once and now it’s happening again. The city of Oakland is a great city and has plenty of loyal fans. But the dump that is the Coliseum (which they had to share) has made it so tough for this town to hold on to their teams.

The Raiders are leaving. The Warriors are gone in a few seasons. The A’s are trying to establish their commitment to the city. Continue reading