Many NFL team owners are reluctant to sign free-agent activist Colin Kaepernick because they believe he’s bad for business.
OK, Balls gets it. Their franchises, their plans, their prerogatives.
The big shooters who believe Kaepernick is an average quarterback at best. Can’t argue there. They have two seasons worth of data as proof. He can’t possibly win enough games as a backup to justify the pubic backlash over his national anthem protest that has carried over to this season, the theory goes.
But if the team owners are so concerned about what’s right for their brand, then why do they allow so many other bad actors to soil the field?
Start with the Dallas Cowboys, America’s Scream.
Since 2014, no fewer than 13 Cowboys players have been suspended for a total of 108 games. That’s the equivalent of nearly three players per season. Yep, ’Boys will be ’Boys, all right.
Mind you, this low-life culture came about under the, uh, er, ah, leadership of owner Jerry Jones, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Jones is a genius as a businessman, a Hall of Famer beyond any reasonable doubt. The guy has made a whole lot of money for a whole lot of people in the league over the years. But if morals and ethics have anything to do with it, then Jones deserves to be in the Hall of Fame about as much as Satan belongs in purgatory.
REST OF THE STORY: Jones and New England Patriots slimeball Robert Kraft are among the most influential people in all of pro sports. Now there’s talk that they will plot to overthrow commissioner Roger Goodell because Elliott and Patriots god Tom Brady were suspended under his watch.
A lot has been said about Goodell and almost none of it has been good, but give the knucklehead this much: He has some of the biggest cajones of any commissioner ev-er and doesn’t play favorites.
AND ANOTHER THING … Some apologists have been critical of Elliott’s six-game suspension, the players’ union included, but it wasn’t that difficult to compute, really.
That’s three games for abusing his supposed girlfriend, two games for punching somebody in the face at a bar and one game for pulling down the shirt of a woman at a party.
GIAN THE GIANT? The other day Giants manager Bruce Bochy lamented, “We really need a big bopper in that lineup just to take the pressure off everybody else.”
Well, there’s no bigger bopper than Giancarlo Stanton at the moment.
Stanton is in the midst of a historic binge — he entered Wednesday’s game with 23 home runs in the last 36 games. Only Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds did better in a similar stretch, which means nobody clean ever hit more.
Get this: Since July 17, Stanton has 17 home runs, as many as the Giants have as a team in that span.
Oh, and the Miami Marlins have made it clear that Stanton is expendable.
While Stanton would be an ideal fit as the new, more legit (?) version of Bonds in left field, his arrival is a long shot, almost as long as the 435-foot rocket that he launched off Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday. He has 10 years and $295 million left on his contract and will be 37 years old when it expires.
Still, if the Marlins agree to pick up a chunk of his salary, the Giants may have a sliver of chance here. Since the front office isn’t sold on a rebuild, might a package of top prospect Christian Arroyo and others pique their interest? At the very least, general manager Bobby Evans should invest a phone call to the 305 area code.
Otherwise, don’t be surprised if the Los Angeles Dodgers swoop in with all their money and prospects, and boy, would that be bad news or what?
PICK YOUR POISON: Giants starter Jeff Samardzija and his 4.74 earned-run average or Giants starter Matt Cain and his 5.19 ERA or Giants starter Matt Moore and his 5.71 ERA.
JUST SAYIN’: Santa Clara quarterback Brian Hoyer will try again against the Broncos on Saturday, and something better than a 39.6 rating is not only encouraged but strongly suggested.
Warriors legend Rick Barry called out devious politics, and there was nothin’ wrong with that even if he did make some lamestream media a bit nervous.
How to improve the NFL? Hire impressionist Frank Caliendo as designated coach. Mike Ditka, Jon Gruden, Vince Lombardi, John Madden and another Bill Belichick couldn’t help but improve the quality of play.
The Dodgers are 50 games above the .500 mark. And when the postseason starts, it won’t mean bupkis.
The average nine-inning MLB game lasts a record three hours, five minutes, or five minutes longer than last season. But if not for that stupid automatic intentional walk rule, the average game would last three hours, four minutes and 58 seconds, so, yeah, that’s progress.
YOUR TURN: “I’m convinced that Mr. Kaepernick was only looking for publicity when he did the kneel-down. He doesn’t want to be quarterback. He wants to be a celebrity? If I read another clip about him, I think I will be sick. Bill Walsh wouldn’t have touched him with a 10-foot pole.” Tom Gillett, San Mateo
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