Colin Kaepernick Receives 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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Colin Kaepernick (GETTY IMAGES)

by Michael Rosenberg via si.com

“If I was walking down the highway with a quarter in my pocket and a briefcase full of truth, I’d be so happy.” – Muhammad Ali, Sports Illustrated, Feb. 19, 1968

Colin Kaepernick made his truth known when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem. He had a lot of football left to play and a lot more money to make when he made his decision. It was late August, 2016. People who were anonymous in life had become famous in death. Philando Castile. Eric Garner​. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. They were tragic symbols of a society that had taken a terribly wrong turn. As the anthem played ahead of the 49ers’ preseason game against the Texans, Kaepernick, San Francisco’s 28-year-old quarterback at the time, quietly took a seat on the bench.

It took two weeks for anyone from…

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Monday Musings…

*SIGH*

I wanted to avoid the news as much as possible since there’s nothing being talked about, save for the Stupid Stump and how outraged people pretend to be over everything he says – as if anything that he says is shocking anymore. It would be like expecting a member of the Ku Klux Klan to say something positive about Black people! The joke’s over, folks…it’s time to call that racist shitbag what he is. He isn’t fit to be President, and people who believe that he should be have some serious issues. I know of two people, personally, who actually say that he’s the “right man for the job” – needless to say, I am not going to visit them, or have them over, anytime soon…if ever again!

I also have to hear about more shootings in Chicago. 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier and 55-year-old Bettie Jones were shot and killed by police, who were supposedly responding to a domestic dispute between Quintonio and his father. Bettie was a downstairs neighbour. Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy who was murdered by a cop, will also see no justice…his killer gets to walk free and clear, just as the filthy murderer of Trayvon Martin has gloated and laughed every day since his acquittal.

The young ladies abducted by Boko Harm have been gone from their families and loved ones for 623 days, now. My heart breaks for them…it’s closing in on two years of hell for them.

No, I’m not depressed or in a bad mood – I’m just reflecting on goings-on as the year comes to a close. Just because I get focused on, and involved with, my own personal projects, doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking about other people who are important to me, or things that impact my life positively or negatively.

I will be relaxing and reading more this week, gaming (of course), and posting here and there when I’m able to! Minor glitches are still occurring, but nothing that I can’t manage and work through. I have a couple of great posts lined up for New Year’s Eve…I hope that you all enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed composing them!

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to note two passings. First, that of a talented, legendary, genius of an athlete and comedian – Meadowlark Lemon. He rose to fame with the Harlem Globetrotters, and passed away today at the age of 83.

Second, frontman for the heavy metal band Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister, passed away today at the age of 70. It was only two days after he received a diagnosis of a particularly aggressive cancer – he had turned 70 on 25th December.

Rest in peace, gentlemen – in your individual ways, you brought joy to millions, if not billions, of people.

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