On YES, Paul O’Neill testified he never before had seen anything quite like that. Given the way the sports winds continue to gust, it is unlikely he ever will again.
Before WFAN, Craig Carton co-hosted a go-low afternoon show on NJ 101.5 FM, a talkers-and-callers station that never had featured such content.
Until this week few of us knew that the Super Bowl is under NFL mandate to avoid any scent of politics. This came to light when the NFL rejected a $30,000 print ad — not enough? — in this game’s program, an ad asking spectators to “Please stand” during the national anthem.
GM Trent Baalke was fired at the end of the 2016 season after he let this roster deteriorate from a Super Bowl team to bottom-of-the-barrel. The 49ers had more picks (51) than any team in the NFL over the five years, which shows having a lot of picks does not matter if you pick poorly.
Tom Coughlin has been brought in to try to clean up the mess in Jacksonville. He will see years of bad drafting have left holes on the roster, but they have drafted some talented players the past three years. They now need those players, starting with quarterback Blake Bortles, to take the next step in their development.
Cleveland’s failures in the draft have cost several regimes there. They missed on quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brandon Weeden, took Richardson with the No. 3-overall pick in 2012 and selected Barkevious Mingo with the No. 6 pick in 2013. The Browns have had 48 picks, second only to the 49ers, over this span.
Kaepernick, an outspoken quarterback on social media, has been an easy target for criticism for a while. He created a firestorm when he refused to stand up for the national anthem during a preseason game as a protest against police brutality, which caused an almost unprecedented reaction on social media and from former and current players in its aftermath. For his part, Kaepernick has not backed down in the face of that criticism.
“I’m looking forward to the game,” he said. “It’s going to be fun being in that stadium, that environment, again, but at the end of the day, I’m just trying to make it another game.”
Jaguars teammate Marqise Lee didn’t buy that.