You’d think that the post-Super Bowl period in sports would be a fallow time for a columnist such as myself, but events overtook me.
The first thing I want to address is the current controversy over kneeling for the National Anthem at Bluefield College.
I have said that Colin Kaepernick had the right to do what he did, so I’d be a hypocrite to criticize the people at BC for doing the same thing.
I still maintain though that there are responsibilities and consequences which go along with your rights and actions. For the men’s basketball team, it cost them a forfeited game and suspensions.
I must admit, though, that I wonder what triggered the protest in the first place since I haven’t seen or heard of any major incidents of police brutality in a while.
Getting back to the subject of consequences, I think there will be further consequences extending beyond the basketball team. If BC was a state school instead of a private one, we’d already see those consequences.
On a less serious note, let’s talk the potential NFL quarterback shuffle talk which is ongoing.
Right now, we’ve seen one big trade involving quarterbacks which saw Matt Stafford go from the Lions to the Rams for Jared Goff and draft picks. Stafford, who has performed well for a generally directionless franchise, gets to play for a team with Super Bowl ambitions and a defense capable of making it happen.
I don’t understand why Rams head coach Sean McVey and the rest of the team’s brain trust had such antipathy towards Goff. Then again, this is a franchise which has had weird vibes around the quarterback position since they started in Cleveland.
Then you have the situations in Green Bay and Seattle where veterans with Super Bowl wins and Hall of Fame resumes have expressed their feelings about their teams’ direction. Green Bay management has been conciliatory towards Aaron Rodgers while Seattle has been rather truculent towards Russell Wilson.
Then there are the two NFL teams in Texas, one with a quarterback who has stated he doesn’t want to be there (Houston/DeShawn Watson) but the team is digging in its heels. The other has a quarterback in Dak Prescott who has always been a good team representative and the best player on the team, but the team is just stringing him along.
Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at email@example.com