Are we sure the NFL should play this year? Plus – thoughts on the Redskins’ name

Are you ready for some football? Great. Unfortunately, that is not the question. Is football ready? And unless they are running a massive misinformation campaign, the answer is “not even close.” Even now, with training camp set to open on July 28, things are in flux. In fact, the NFL may still flux this up. It has now been nearly a month since Baltimore coach John Harbaugh called the league…

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Yep. It is time to talk about Jimmie Garoppolo again.

  Jimmie Garopollo always seems to be under pressure, on the field and off. (AP photo/Tony Avelar   Whoops. Just got a calendar alert. As you know, we are contractually obligated to write about Jimmie Garoppolo at regular intervals, and this was a reminder that it is time for another check in. Luckily, a great deal of pick and shovel work has already been done. Last week, writing in The…

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The return of an NFL golden oldie: kneeling for the national anthem

In December 2017, 49ers players were taking a knee in protest, with or without Colin Kaepernick. (AP photo/Mark J. Terrill   We don’t even know if there is going to be an NFL season this year. And after watching the futile flailing by Major League Baseball and the confusion over the NBA Florida bio-dome, it doesn’t look encouraging. Or maybe you have checked the numbers among college football programs which…

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Richard Sherman said sports is a racial equalizer; Steph Curry might not agree

Steph and Alysha Curry have each encountered racial pushback — but not from whom you would expect. (AP photo — Marcio Jose Sanchez) Recently 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman talked about sports how, in these troubled times of racial unrest, they can be an example for the rest of the country. That the locker room is a place where racial divisions are, at the very least, much less prominent. “You kind…

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Will the NFL restart the season? Football pushes forward, regardless of risk

This could be a familiar sight for the football season — empty seats and virtual fans. (photo John Burgess, Press Democrat)  This has never happened in professional sports. In the midst of a deadly pandemic, the Big Three — Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL — are attempting to restart their seasons simultaneously. To say it has been a clownshow would be an insult to clowns. First because…

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If the NFL can stock a roster with one training camp, why does baseball need five levels of minor leagues?

Milwaukee Brewers minor league player Andre Nnebe throws as Canadian geese take the infield during an informal workout. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) We know how NFL teams fill their rosters. Every year at training camp they bring in 100 potential players. They practice with them, evaluate them and by the time the season begins they have chosen the best 53 to start the season. It seems to work just fine. And…

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Kyle Shanahan’s remarkable press conference. And what it means going forward

Kyle Shanahan doesn’t do in-person press conferences now. But in a virtual session with reporters last week he made strong statements about racial unrest in the United States. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) I don’t think we have talked enough about Kyle Shanahan’s press conference. You probably heard about it. Appearing on-screen in a virtual presser with beat reporters last week, Shanahan stepped right into questions about the #Blacklivesmatter protests. And he…

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Politically, signing Kaepernick makes sense; football-wise, not so much

  We make an effort to keep politics out of this blog. But in this case we don’t have much of a choice, do we? We are going to have to discuss Colin Kaepernick. Again. This week set it in stone: Kaepernick is officially a signpost in history. When historians write important books about these terrible times of flames, violence and anger, there will be at least a chapter on…

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