On Saturday November 11-2017 the Badgers Football team ranking from 8 to 5 after the victory 38 to 14 over the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Badgers came out slow the quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw to interceptions which put 14 points on the board for Iowa; the defense received an A and the offense received a C. The Badgers are 10-0 un-defeated and would like to run the table but are not getting the best ranking for a Big Ten football program. Number 23 RB Jonathan Taylor from Salem NJ had a great game and ran all over and through the Hawkeyes. The next three games for the Badgers November 18, 2017 Michigan at home, then Minnesota at Minnesota on November 25, WITH THE BIG TEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME to be announced on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis.
On Monday night football 11-6-2017 at the Lambeau field the Packers lose to the Detroit Lions 17 to 30. The new quarter back Brett Hundley got off to a slow start and was moving the ball to quickly. He can make the run but must learn to slide feet first or he may end up injured like Aaron Rodgers. The packer Defense did not show up for Monday night foot ball, Detroit Loins Time of possession by quarter 1st – 4:59 2nd-11:09 3rd- 12:11 and 4th – 8:36 which meant the defense was on the field all night. Father from Nigeria brings his 7 year old son to first Packer Game.
Since the beginning of time, our black people have been in the trenches. We have been treated like “less than” and have even been looked down upon.
Black lives matter still make their movements across the U.S, while police brutality and injustice still manage to sweep away at our beautiful country. As a black male or black woman, what would you do if it were your child that is gunned down? If you’re a friend of someone who has experienced any racial injustice, how do you respond to such abhorrent behavior? What about, if you’re an NFL player who is tired of the constant pain and agony our people have gone through. It is the same systematic behavior that knocked us down then, that is continuously knocking us down today and the people are saying no more!
So why are millennials still with Kap? It is because millennials are tired of the flawed system.
Although Kaepernick, opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March, he and his lawyer have teamed up to sue the NFL affiliates with claims of collusion.
Could the President of the United States be a key person in a collusion grievance brought by Kaepernick? Maybe. Maybe not. All we know is that President Donald trump does not agree with these peaceful kneeling protest, as you can see in the video below.
Trump’s conversations with owners may provide evidence of the president’s role in Kaepernick’s inability to gain NFL employment despite throwing 16 touchdowns to four interceptions last season, his first back from several major surgeries, reported by CBS Sports.
Kaepernick did not file his grievance through the NFLPA, securing the esteemed firm of Geragos & Geragos to represent him, and it is customary for the union to assist outside legal teams in their pursuit of such claims, arbitrations, grievances and lawsuits against the NFL, its owners or its teams.
Although many millennials are more likely to be a part of some social group, it is mostly black millennials who are more passionate about the controversial issue going on with Colin Keapernick.
The fact that there are 32 NFL teams and Kap is still a free agent, leads people to believe that the only possible reason for this, is that the NFL is deliberately keeping NFL affiliates away from Colin.
What is freedom of speech if you are negatively apprehended for carrying out your rights? Millennial are saying that this simply is not fair.
They’re all in the news. Stories about NFL players showing solidarity in support of our fallen black men who have been victims of an injustice system and police brutality. The most famous one being Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was faulted for his kneeling at national football games during the national anthem.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Well unfortunately, everyone hasn’t hopped on the bandwagon of justice and fair.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to teams on Friday saying that he expected players and coaches to stand for the national anthem before games, as is the rule, according to The Root.
The memo also recommended that teams show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, a possible compromise to those players who would like to speak out about social injustice and the expression of their right to protest wherever whenever with the league rule.
Although they are standing, the players are still not giving in. As the national is sang, players are unapologetically locking arms to still show solidarity and support.
Two of the NBAs biggest stars and rivals, Stephen Curry and LeBron James, last week called out President Donald Trump for suggesting that those NFL players who did not stand during the playing of the national anthem should be “fired,” and called them “sons of bitches.” James called the president a “bum” while other players expressed their disagreement with the president.
The penalty for any players who refuse to stand has not yet been disclosed but according to racial equality activist Richard Lapchick, the NBA in 2015 was composed of 74.4 percent black and the number has only grown. This should be quite a season.
Sources: Angela Helm (The Root)
A Denver car dealership announced that it will “evaluate” Denver Broncos star Von Miller to decide whether it wants to continue its endorsement deal with the All-Pro linebacker. Last year, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall lost two endorsement deals when he decided to join Colin Kaepernick in protesting during the national anthem.
“While we acknowledge Brandon’s right, we also believe that whatever issues we face, we also occasionally must stand together to show our allegiance to our common bond as a nation. In our view, the national anthem is one of those moments. For this reason, while we wish Brandon the best this season, we are politely terminating our agreement with him.”
A few days later, Air Academy Federal Credit Union tweeted its separation from Marshall:
These corporations completely ignored the statement these players were trying to make and instead bent to the sentiment largely held by white people that the protests are unpatriotic.
White supremacy is the structural mechanism built into American society that values whiteness over everything by default. It is not a preference or even a prejudice. It is the dismissive apathy that disregards the freedom and equality of people.
It is the repeated placing of white discomfort over bloody black pain.
White supremacy is hearing every single protesting player loudly say, “This has nothing to do with dishonoring the troops or disrespecting the American flag” but still nullifying their words simply because white people feel that the actions of the black players are disrespectful.
White supremacy is an overweight person sitting in a Connecticut armchair criticizing those players about a missed tackle, bad play call or a fumble while simultaneously screaming at them to “stay in their lanes.”
White supremacy is the most powerful man in the world calling for NFL owners to “fire those sons of bitches” for protesting the mistreatment of their race and saying “this isn’t about race.”
White supremacy is people like this agreeing with Trump:
Many of these individuals would probably say they are “the least racist person you know.” None of these corporations hate black people. Hate has nothing to do with it.
These individuals and companies all believe that the actual words, actions, freedom and even blood of the black players using the NFL’s platform to address injustice and equality are inferior to the personal feelings of their white detractors who get the heebie-jeebies when they see black people performing any action they feel is objectionable. That’s not racism.
That’s white supremacy.
Sources: Michael Harriot (The Root)
This Post is Written By: Talib Todd Hill Muhammad
Today, I boycotted the NFL. In fact today marked the 18,005th day that I haven’t attended an NFL game, purchased NFL merchandise of ANY kind, subscribed to Sunday ticket or given my money in any way to the National Football League(minus that $5 I gave to Family Night about 10 years ago). Why, you ask have I been boycotting financially supporting the NFL for so long? I’ll tell you. The NFL like most professional sports organizations are racist and riddled with white supremacy. They have for decades treated our athletes as 2nd and 3rd class citizens.
Even in the midst of making millions for some of our athletes, retaining dignity is hard pressed in professional sports if you are a black man.
The NFL has been worse than most as they employ over 70% Black men and have the worst representation in management level positions at less than 10%. No guaranteed contracts. Additionally they have absolutely no Black majority or minority ownership. So basically Black men simply make up the workforce of this multi-billion dollar industry. So…because of this and other outlandish treatment, I have been boycotting the NFL. And will continue to do so until we start to realize our collective power to create our own.
Oh you thought this was a Colin Kaepernick post…well it is.
Don’t Be Alarmed, but as unbelievable as it may sound, I do NOT stand with Colin Kaepernick…
(this is a bit more of a read, so bear with me…but what else is new). I’m long windeded(no mispell).
Over the past several months since Colin Kaepernick(Kap) was released by the 49’ers there’s been this ongoing debate over him not being signed or given a legitimate offer by any NFL team. This decision by the NFL and its franchise owners has surfaced many emotions by fans and franchises alike….from outrage, anger, elation, concern, worry, joy and frustration from both Kap supporters and detractors.
I have been asked on a number of occasions; What is my stance on the matter?
Is he being ostracized, discriminated against, should he have a job in the NFL etc.? And most recently there has been a mounting concern as to why Kap has not spoken on the matter. Here we are black, brown…and white fans all over the country threatening a boycott of the NFL on several different platforms all in support of Kap getting a fair opportunity to play and compete for a job in the sport he has dedicated his life to. Here we are giving up our comfortable, leisurely Sunday after church/mosque afternoons and post work Monday nights and an occasional Thursday to now focus on other tasks at hand all for a brother that has said not one word about his own fate. How can he be so irresponsible and unresponsive?
But Kap has spoken. He did it last year when he took a knee. He did it when he donated that money to Somalia. He did it when he donated 1M to charities. He did it when he spoke out about America’s lackadaisical attitude towards the deaths of unarmed black men and women in America. If we watch closely he has spoken loud and clear. The decision to boycott the NFL is solely the decisions of fans and the public feeling this is about a job. This ain’t even about the NFL, which has several legitimate reasons we should boycott long before this controversy that I listed above.
Add to it their willful ostracizing and discriminating against Kap because of his stance, his color and the thousands of obviously racist fans who believe he has stepped out of his place and you got 1 Uppity Negro who feels he’s too good to follow the rules, too good to bail that cotton, too good to take that whip..and you know what?? He is.
But still this is not about the travesty that is the NFL and the tons of reasons to to boycott it. This is about the hundreds of unarmed Black men and women that have been killed and are going to be killed by police authority. He took a knee to bring attention and awareness to that…and we talking about a damn job.
I’m not divisive in my words. I support everyone’s right and decision to boycott or protest in any way they see fit.
Some people separating themselves from this blatant racist organization is the most revolutionary thing they’ve ever done and it should be celebrated. Either way, we have to maintain a cohesive understanding of what it means to protest and stay unified. The NFL can not have my money. That didn’t just start today, that started 18,005 days ago…except for that $5 of course.
So what is my stance on this issue? Do I stand with Kap? Do I support the cause? Let me be clear, I do NOT stand with Colin Kaepernick………..I kneel with him. Uhuru!!
Written By: Talib Todd Hill Muhammad
Congratulations, Serena Williams!
The tennis champ and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, have welcomed their first child into the world.
On Friday, September 1, at a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida, Williams gave birth to a baby girl, according to Us.
Williams accidentally announced her pregnancy on Snapchat back in April when she posted a picture of herself with her bump announcing that she was “20 weeks” along.
“On social media you press the wrong button and … 30 minutes later, I missed 4 calls and I’m like, ‘That’s weird,’” she explained to Gayle King during a TED conference in Vancouver only days after the accidental announcement.
Williams and Ohanian announced their engagement last December but have not yet set a date for a wedding.
The two met at a hotel in Rome, Italy by chance when Ohanian was in town for a conference and Serena for a match, and exchanged numbers platonically.
Sources: The Grio
After McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) had a strong start to the highly anticipated boxing match, Mayweather (50-0 boxing) took over the latter rounds and eventually finished the fight by TKO in the 10th frame.
Although UFC lightweight champ McGregor was not knocked out cold or even dropped to the canvas, the referee decided he’d taken enough punches that stepping in was warranted. There’s no doubt “The Notorious” was in a troublesome spot, but he said he wanted a more decisive result.
“I thought it was a little early on the stoppage,” McGregor said post-fight. “I get a little wobbly when I’m tired. But get me in the corner and I’ll recover and I’ll come back.”
“There’s a lot on the line here – he should have let me keep going until I hit the floor. I was just a little fatigued. He was a lot more composed, especially in the later parts of the fight.” McGregor also added.
Mayweather defeated McGregor in the pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, pushing his perfect record and winning streak to 50 consecutive fights. The bout marked the end of Mayweather’s combat sports career, but Mcgregor still has a lot more fighting ahead of him.
The 28-year-old may disagree with the way the fight ended, but Mayweather said his take on the situation is wrong.
McGregor would likely have been able to have more peace of mind had he been put away in a more thorough manner, but Mayweather reminded him that taking additional damage is not best for his long-term interests.
Mayweather is confident that if the fight weren’t stopped things would have gotten worst before they got better, and for that he said McGregor should be thankful, not frustrated.
“I hear him talk about, ‘Oh, he should have let me go out on my back or go out on my face,’” Mayweather said. “No. The referee saved you because the referee is thinking about your future. You’re still young and we want you to be able to fight again someday.”
Sources: Mike Bohn (MMA Junkie)
Nearly 1,000 people showed up at the New York City headquarters of the National Football League Wednesday in support of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback many see as being unfairly blackballed for “taking a knee” during the national anthem.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback knelt during the 2016 season to bring light to police brutality and the sanctity of black lives in America and, incredibly, has not been signed to any NFL team, though several lesser players have been.
“We shouldn’t penalize someone for an issue that has nothing to do with the NFL,” said Haron Hargrave, 31, who came to the march from the city’s Queens borough.
“Colin Kaepernick has great stats. He led his team to the Super Bowl and was rated top 10 last year. In limited action, he had 15 touchdowns, four interceptions. Jay Cutler, who played for the Chicago Bears, got a $10 million contract and he didn’t want to play football. They got him off the couch. So it’s not fair that Colin Kaepernick, who wants to play football, can’t.”
“We are here because we believe that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job,” said political pundit Symone Sanders from a makeshift stage set up on Park Avenue. “We also believe that the National Football League has been complicit in the [ostracizing] of Colin Kaepernick, and today it’s time for the NFL to take a stand.”
The United We Stand rally was co-sponsored by the Justice League NYC, the People’s Consortium for Human and Civil Rights, the Women’s March, Color of Change, the Rainbow Push Coalition and Kappa Alpha Psi, the fraternity to which Kaepernick belongs.
Celebrities such as Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, Yandi Smith of Love & Hip Hop fame and actress Susan Sarandon were also spotted in the crowd.
Curiously, the NFL removed the American flag from in front of its offices before the rally, in what one participant said was the league’s backhanded way of saying that what was happening was somehow un-American. Another speaker noted that players didn’t even take the field during the national anthem until 2009, when the U.S. Department of Defense gave millions (of our tax dollars) in advertising to the major sports leagues.
“We see this as a much larger fight against corporations and much larger entities that are making money off of communities being oppressed by the state,” Sarsour said. “Today we called on Verizon to join in solidarity with our movement because Verizon is, in fact, one of the largest advertisers in the NFL. They put in an average of $135 annually into the NFL and would play a powerful partner in this movement right now.”
Pastor Jamal Bryant, a Baltimore activist who eulogized Freddie Gray, also spoke, and piggybacked on that demand by asking the crowd to tweet #CanYouHearMeNow in a message to the huge telecom company.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is the first American athlete to wear a hijab in the Olympics, said that she will not be watching football this season if he is not signed.
“Like a lot of African-American families, we spent Sunday and Monday and Thursday nights watching football, but things will definitely change in my household,” said Muhammad. “Anyone who uses their voice and jeopardizes their own financial security for the benefit of all of us is really prolific, and I stand with him and support him.”Tamika Mallory of the Justice League and Women’s March addressed why the organizations decided to march on the NFL, when it is owners who ultimately decide who is signed to a team. She said that it was futile to spread their resources by protesting against 32 individual teams.
“We challenge systems,” Mallory said. “The NFL is the governing body of the system of football teams across this country, and it is up to them—because at this point, we have not heard the NFL take a stand on behalf of Colin Kaepernick or to be accountable to our communities overall.
“We cannot allow what happened to Colin to stand because it is a microcosm of what is happening in America,” Mallory added. “All the way from Charlottesville to Kaepernick, we see that white supremacy is being upheld in this nation, and we must get in front of it and constantly speak against it wherever we see its ugly head pop up.”
Sources: Angela Helm (The Root)