BLM 3 – NFL 0
There’s only one thing on everyone’s mind today which needs no more introduction and the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak. At 5.15pm the season gets underway and so will nine months give or take of anguish, ecstasy, rage and joy, which will define an ownership, era, and a former player turned manager.
Best of luck bhoys.
Until we feast our eyes on the spectacle some nice filler.
The NFL have been in quite a predicament with this whole Black Lives Matter thing, for if you recall they were the first high profile sport to see players take action on the issue, with one player in particular blazing a trail.
Colin Kaepernick was not a bad quarterback at all, had appeared in a Superbowl, and perhaps was a little emboldened by the fact he was based in probably America’s most liberal city, San Francisco. No matter the reasons why, he was the one who took the knee for the anthem, and it cost him his career. He discovered an unofficial black mark had been placed beside his name within the sport for his actions, and lost many years of earnings obviously, but did get Time magazine’s Man of the Year award which will mean much more than the root of all evil in a lot of eyes.
The BLM movement once again thrust the spotlight on him, and surprise surprise there’s a belated apology and some cash rolling in via job offers and movie rights.
He who laughs last,,,
BLM 1 – NFL 0
Next up the owners getting involved with taking a knee during the anthem.
Probably the most (in)famous franchise owner Jerry Jones had previously stated that any employee of his that kneels for the anthem would be fired full stop. That’s how he nipped that one in the bud, complete authority. But that was before the BLM movement came full force, and for those onscreen taking the knee or not has become a simple yet very public statement on where your allegiances lie on the issue.
It will come as no surprise the players have not only decided they have the moral authority to kneel, but the commissioner has informed them there will be no sanctions for them doing so, and he himself is widely expected to take the knee in solidarity.
All camera’s will be on Jones as soon as his Cowboys hit the turf.
Of course he will be up in his directors box and not standing with them, but few expect a sincere smile. Poor billionaire cant get his way, such a shame.
BLM 2 – NFL 0
Finally we have the BLM campaign forcing a team to change its name, wow!
The Washington Redskins have dropped the Redskins bit, which has been deemed disparaging and racist by those inspired and involved in the modern cultural awakenings happening across the globe. And this despite the owner saying ‘never’.
One huge area of internal pressure was the stadium sponsor announcing it wanted a name change or it was withdrawing, so clearly the fella fell on his sword for the money, but he does have a survey which requested change to hide behind.
BLM 3 – NFL 0
When what is the number two biggest sport in the world financially see’s change forced upon it by a swing of supporter mindset, then no sport is safe from real world consequences.
Scottish Football has its own chance to show solidarity, which it should of course, starting with our own team and the opposition tonight. Clubs that don’t take the knee for whatever reason risk alienating their own players who want to kneel, the fans that have a conscience and moral compass, and their sponsors’ money, for none will wish to get involved with anything that could sour their brand, not in the slightest.
Black Lives Matter is bound to affect football in some way or other, it will be interesting seeing quite how and the reaction. After whooping American football’s ass, I wouldn’t bet against it teaching our sport or a few of its clubs a lesson or two.
Oh the protests have not stopped, only the media coverage has.
This was Richmond, Virginia last night
The above is by Mahe. As usual its firstname.lastname@example.org