Many people call themselves a sports fan. Some call themselves a fan or follower of a specific team(s) and/or athlete(s). But in this blog, I want to share a few of my personal favorite beards in the modern era of sports. Read more
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The NFL made another fun rule change on Wednesday at the owners’ meetings, now making it illegal for an offensive player to initiate contact on a defender with the crown of his helmet. With the league taking heavy fire for post-career concussions, the move towards more player safety makes sense. Still, it’s pretty absurd. Running backs and wide receivers have to finish runs, gaining every inch of field that they can. The new rule will make for more penalties, more stoppages and more complaining.
A divide has grown amongst 49ers fans ever since Colin Kaepernick replaced Alex Smith at quarterback. This controversy has grown with each passing week, eventually giving rise to “Team Kaepernick” versus “Team Smith” debates which are, in every single way, asinine.
It’s not that I am condemning sports debates; they are part of what makes being a fan interesting. But there should never be a rift between fans of a particular team, especially if that rift is based upon who the starting quarterback is. I understand the merits of this particular case: some people don’t like the way Smith lost his job, while others love the way Kaepernick plays. But in arguing this, fans are missing a more important reality: THEY’RE BOTH ON THE 49ERS. 49ERS FANS, REGARDLESS OF QUARTERBACK PREFERENCE, SHOULD BE “TEAM 49ERS.”
It has recently become public knowledge that Colin Kaepernick has a 115-pound pet turtle named Sammy. This information came from Yahoo! Sports, which posted an article with a photo giving some information about Kaepernick’s shelled friend.
David Whitley recently wrote an opinion piece regarding Kaepernick’s tattoos, so I decided, with the help of Whitley’s article to do my own piece on the potential threat that a starting NFL quarterback owning a pet turtle poses to our nation’s youth.
While Whitley’s piece was widely criticized, I think it’s time we move on and have a little fun with it.
The following is Whitley’s article, in it’s entirety, with all tattoo references switched with turtle references. All credit for this work, with the exception of the turtle references, goes to David Whitley.
I’m so conflicted between these two quarterbacks. On one hand you have Alex Smith. He’s been the guy in SF for the last 8 seasons. He led us to within one game of the Super Bowl last season. He’s playing the best football of his career, which is surprising being that everyone thought he hit his ceiling last season. He’s progressing as a quarterback and he’s leading this team to victories.
And then you have Colin Kaepernick.
He’s electrifying. He can extend the play with his feet. He makes better decisions. Not to say Alex makes bad ones, it’s just CK7 makes better ones. He’s got a Brett Favre-like arm, and he oozes with confidence. What’s not to like?
Perhaps the way Harbaugh is handling the situation.
Certain games seem to gain a Twitter-wide audience. I follow around 900 people, and it seems that 95 percent of my timeline will tweet about the same game when there’s a big game on a national station. A prime example was Saturday’s SEC showdown between #1 Alabama and #15 Texas A&M.
College football fans and sports fans everywhere tuned in to that match-up as soon as it became apparent the Aggies had “upset” on the mind. The game took over my timeline, not that I’m complaining, with a shade under one minute to go in the first quarter when Christine Michael punched it in from a yard out to give the Aggies a 20-0 advantage over Nick Saban’s top ranked Tide.
The game stayed on my timeline throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.
Malcolme Kennedy hauled in a 24 yard touchdown from Johnny Manziel with 8:07 to play in the game to give the Aggies a 29-17 lead. This prompted Twitter to begin trolling Alabama. People poked fun at Saban, Quarterback AJ McCarron, and even Steve Spurrier for saying this Alabama team, that looked so pathetic against Texas A&M, could beat an NFL team.
All of the joking halted after just a couple of minutes when McCarron threw a 54 yard strike to Amari Cooper for a touchdown to pull the Crimson Tide within 5, 29-24.
Can you believe we’re already halfway through the NFL season? Its been a half-season of highs and some lows for the 49ers, but mainly high points. There was the shocking win at Lambeau Field against the Packers, the 42 point stomping of the Bills, and the 35 point win against the Jets. On the flip side, the two losses were disheartening. Nobody saw the loss to the Vikings coming, and the Giants ran over San Francisco literally (Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 116 yards). Fortunately, there are no more surprises left on the schedule, and it’s full of teams the 49ers should be able to handle.
A “Stan” is a fan of an athlete that irrationally loves and defends that player regardless of any factual evidence you may present as a knock against that player. The term “Stan” is derived from Eminem’s hit song, “Stan,” where a crazed fan is so in to Eminem that he begins to re-enact all the crazy things Eminem does in his songs.
Being on Twitter, and talking sports in public, I’ve compiled a list of the athletes that have the most dedicated Stans in the world of sports.
Tim Tebow’s Stans are incredible. They’re not only dedicated, but they are also the biggest group. Even ESPN is part of a conglomerate of Tebow Stans, and they feed the fire for Tebow lovers everywhere. The magnificent thing about Tebow, is that he’s managed this huge fan base, all while being an awful NFL quarterback. Tebow also holds the distinction for being the only athlete that has Stans that can do his job better than he can.
The debacle of a Monday Night football game between the Seahawks and the Packers put on display why Twitter is awesome.
Here’s the series of events that show how Twitter can encapsulate brilliance in 140 characters or less:
Controversial non-interception/touchdown call gives win to Seattle:
Twitter explodes. Fans, players, coaches, analysts all agree that the call was complete and utter horse manure. People everywhere are in agreement that it was an interception and not a touchdown.
The screen caps come out:
People take screen shots of their TVs displaying how terrible the referee’s decision was. People again explode with rage about the horrendous call. If you ever wanted to tweet something embarrassing to get it off your chest, this was the time to do it, because if your tweet didn’t include “Packers, Seahawks, or Replacement Refs,” nobody was going to read it.
The memes come out:
Ahhh the memes. Absolute hilarity as pictures of confused referees are paired with hilarious captions. Arguably the best part of the night.
Rich Eisen tweeted, “I believe we have reached the proverbial tipping point.” I agree.
For 3 regular season weeks, plus 4 preseason weeks, the NFL faithful has endured replacement referees. Why? Money of course. Because of a disagreement on who should get paid, how much people should get paid, how many people to pay, etc. – the referees and the NFL are at a standstill. As such we have had collegiate referees in the NFL. It was suppose to be a balance among all the levels, but we primarily have seen everyone not in Division I with maybe a few exceptions (I have yet to see one myself personally). Read more