49ers

49ers take to Twitter after botched call in Seattle

896101.jpg

49ers take to Twitter after botched call in Seattle

The 49ers took to Twitter last night following the botched callin the Packers-Seahawks game. 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox is thinking about a chicken wingscommercial after the play: Is the refs workin for the buffalowild wings commercial? Perrish Cox (@pcox16) September 25,2012 RELATED: NFL releases statement on botched call -- Play stands as called

Ricky Jean-Francois was practical:

That's a INT from myview lol Ricky Jean Francois (@Freakyjean95) September 25,2012
Rickey Jean-Francois notes the blatant push in the back by SeahawksWR Golden Tate:Where is the pass Interferencecall. Ricky Jean Francois (@Freakyjean95) September 25,2012
Joe Staley tweets what we were all thinking at the time: Seriously this is insane. MNFJoe Staley (@jstaley74) September 25,2012 LaMichael James notes what would have beena bigger story if the game hadnt ended the way it did Packers QB AaronRodgers was sacked eight times in the first half:It's a sack party at Aaron Rodgershouse and everyone is invited free of admission no IDneeded... LaMichael James (@LaMichaelJames) September 25,2012 Jonathan Goodwin responds to a tweet. Two refs,standing together, made different calls in the end zone touchdown and touchback:But they made 2 different calls@916sports:@jgoody59 Theydon't say a word. Gotta talk and make sure you have samecall. jonathan goodwin (@jgoody59) September 25,2012

New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick

kap-us.jpg
USATSI

New York City law enforcement members hold rally to support Kaepernick

NEW YORK — A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.

The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.

He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so far, no NFL teams have signed him for the upcoming season.

The gathering in Brooklyn featured about 75 mostly minority officers wearing black T-shirts reading "#imwithkap."

One exception was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film, "Serpico."

He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.

"He's trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers," said the now 81-year-old Serpico.

Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after the rally, spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.

"Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we're going to have these issues," he said.

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

kaepernick-time-nessa.jpg
AP

Still unconvinced there is a place for Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL

I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.

That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.

Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.

That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.

But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).

In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.