John Elway is a conservative, he’s not afraid to be public about it. Colin Kaepernick was the founder of the national anthem protests in the NFL, a progressive (if not further left) and not afraid to be public about it.
These two things do not mix, but did it lead to why Kaepernick is no longer playing in the NFL?
That’s what Charles Robinson at Yahoo! Sports would have you believe. He will also have you believe that John Elway’s recent comments are intellectually dishonest.
Elway spoke publicly about the 2016 situation, something that walks a fine line of the gag order surrounding this trial.
“Colin had his chance to be here. He didn’t take it. We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it. As I said at my deposition – and I don’t know if I’m legally able to say this – hey, he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”
On it’s face, Elway is basically saying that if Kaepernick wanted to be in the NFL so bad, then why did he pass up the opportunity provided to him by the Broncos?
Robinson isn’t buying that argument at all, claiming it to be intellectually dishonest. He also claims that it is “the latest iteration of the NFL’s shell game of arguable excuses for why Kaepernick can’t get a job in the league.”
Why is Elway intellectually dishonest? It’s one part Brock Osweiler and one part the audacity to stump for Neil Gorsich and give money to Donald Trump’s inauguration according to Robinson.
Robinson points out that Elway was willing to overlook a contentious end to Osweiler’s first go-round with the Broncos and re-signed him just 18 months later.
So, why couldn’t Elway do the same with Kaepernick and overlook a perceived slight back in 2016 and sign him as a free agent following that season?
The answer again….Elway’s politics. Yet, Robinson fails to take his politics out of the article while claiming that politics shouldn’t play a part in decision making.
His article is rife with his own political views shoved in to the timeline of what took place for Kaepernick and the Broncos.
Robinson tries to connect the dots of Elway’s personal politics and his football decisions with rationale like this:
Politically, some interesting things happened surrounding Kaepernick and Elway after the scuttled trade. First, Kaepernick began protesting during the national anthem, sparking an initial skewering from Trump during his campaigning for president in September of 2016. That skewering from Trump would eventually grow into a large part of his political platform as president, resulting in multiple direct and indirect political attacks on Kaepernick. In the midst of this: Elway attended Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017, then later made the monumental gesture of writing a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee (on Broncos letterhead), stumping for Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, in March of 2017.
Is it possible that personal politics have come in to play since? Sure, it is possible…on both sides of this situation. But, Robinson only bothers to take in to consideration that one side of the equation was politically motivated by anything happening since 2016.
Even then, Robinson’s claim seems to be that because Elway voted for Trump, gave to his inauguration and stumped for Neil Gorsuch he couldn’t think for himself.
Elway has to be a robot, and whatever Trump says and believes is what Elway will do too. So, because Trump has taken on Kaepernick and the NFL protest movement, Elway won’t touch Kaepernick.
That’s a hell of a lot of connecting the dots and a hell of a slap in the face of Elway. Isn’t it possible that Elway is a living, breathing human being with his own intellectual capabilities and decision making capabilities independent of a president he supported politically?
It’s also possible that Elway did the smart business thing over the past few years — doing a simple Cost Benefit Analysis and coming away thinking that the results on the field weren’t worth the media circus, locker room tension and all other off-field craziness.
There’s also a third possibility. One that has Kaepernick believing that he was a $12 million QB in the league and wouldn’t accept anything less than that to be a backup or compete to be a starter.
Clearly both sides made their calculations, but it’s interesting that Robinson only ascribes political motivation and intellectual dishonesty to one side of the debate.
Robinson also goes on to claim that Kaepernick is subject to a “one shot” mandate, something no one has ever said was the case.
It’s as simple as taking a shot, missing and moving on to try and find a quarterback to bring them back to glory. Yes, the Broncos also made a different calculation in 2016.
Elway and Co. bet on Paxton Lynch as the future at the QB position.
That calculated draft pick has not worked out, with Lynch buried at No. 3 on the depth chart and likely out of the league at age 24.
Does that mean they have to go back to the Kaepernick well to solve their problem? No.
Instead, they chose to sign a quarterback that proved highly effective as the Minnesota Vikings starter this past season — something that Kaepernick didn’t exactly do in 2015 let alone in 2016 when he was in his last year of his contract.
Just like that calculated decision didn’t work out for Elway and Co., is it possible the calculated decision by Kaepernick not to accept the offer of the Broncos in the 2016 offseason had consequences too?
If it is Elway’s ties to conservative politics that have kept Kaepernick from donning a Broncos uniform, then why haven’t the numerous NFL owners who are very much of the Democratic or progressive ilk bothered to sign him either?
It’s a thought that Robinson never explores or considers, while claiming Elway is somehow intellectually dishonest?
Robinson’s insinuation is equally as intellectually dishonest as Robinson wants us to believe that Elway’s statement this week was.
We’ll see what happens in the ongoing lawsuit and it is possible that Kaepernick was being colluded against in coordinated way, but memo to Charles Robinson — please stop claiming intellectual dishonesty if you are committing the very same thing by trying to connect flimsy dots to support your buddy Kaepernick.
This wasn’t the search for truth, this was Robinson writing a stump speech on behalf of a narrative he believes in.
Clay Travis continues to use hearsay to troll Greg Schiano
Clay Travis isn’t afraid to say what is on his mind, and often times he’s one of the few in national sports media not afraid to speak truth to the prevailing narrative.
However, he isn’t above being wrong and on Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano he is exactly that – wrong.
Travis’ obsession with Schiano started about this time last year as his beloved Tennessee Volunteers (he wrote a book about them if you didn’t already know) were about to hire him as their next head coach. It continued on Tuesday morning as Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s retirement and Ryan Day’s appointment as head coach were announced.
The claim by Travis and others was and is that Schiano knew about incidents of child rape involving then Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky back in the early 90’s and did nothing about it.
Travis presents the scenario as if it is established fact and therefore should disqualify him from ever being a head coach of a major college football program again.
But, what was really said in the now unsealed deposition? Well, it paints a vastly different picture than what Travis and his campaign to get Schiano out of the Vols head coaching search painted.
It’s something that Fox Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt pointed out to Travis after he tried to defend his take earlier today.
Here is what the deposition actually says according to StateCollege.com:
In his deposition in the civil case, which was unsealed with hundreds of pages of documents in July 2016, McQueary said that in the mid-2000s, years after he reported it to Penn State officials, he told defensive coordinator Tom Bradley about the 2001 incident in which he says he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in a locker room shower. Bradley, McQueary said, told him he had heard a few similar reports, including one from Schiano in the early 90s.
McQueary claimed that he briefly discussed what he witnessed with Bradley, who had been on the Penn State staff since 1979 and succeeded Sandusky as defensive coordinator after the 1999 season.
“He said he knew of some things,” McQueary testified. “He said another assistant coach had come to him in the early 90s about a very similar situation to mine, and he said that he had — someone had come back to him as far back as the early 80s about seeing Jerry doing something with a boy.”
That’s certainly a different story than what Travis and his ilk would have you believe. If you listen to Travis on this subject you would be led to believe that what he is saying about Schiano is 100 percent fact…end of story.
Instead, the actual truth is that Schiano may have known something at one point in time way back in 1991 or anytime during his tenure in State College, but no one has been able to verify the claim made by McQueary — not even Tom Bradley himself verifies these claims.
In fact, Bradley has denied all knowledge of any acts by Sandusky from the very start. He released a statement through his attorney after the testimony became unsealed.
“At no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior. Nor did he have any knowledge of alleged incidents in the 80’s and 90’s. He has consistently testified as such,” the statement read. “Any assertions to the contrary are false. When he became aware of the 2001 incident it had already been reported to the University administration years earlier.”
So, Travis is willing to take the third party hearsay in a civil deposition as the gospel truth? He wasn’t about to back down this morning that’s for sure.
Call me confused, because this is also the same man who will scream to the heavens that a person is innocent until proven guilty.
Where is the proof that Schiano knew and did nothing? There literally is none in existence that we or Travis or anyone else can dig up. The only people that really know are Bradley and Schiano themselves.
Travis is also in danger of being a massive hypocrite. Let’s remember this is also literally the same situation as current Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh went through just a few months ago.
You know who went to bat for Kavanaugh?
You got it…Clay Travis.
If there’s one thing I can’t stand it is someone who has a standard and doesn’t apply it equally.
Why would Travis not believe the Kavanaugh accusers, but believe McQueary? Both sets of people were under threat of either felony or perjury charges. Yet, only one set of these people were labeled a liar by Travis.
Oh, that’s right, Travis had an agenda to make sure the team he loves most doesn’t make a bad football hire. He would go to any lengths to make sure that happens and in this case it is continuing to smear a man with a case of third party hearsay.
He also owes Schiano and his family an apology for dragging his name through the mud based of of unsubstantiated claims. He’s wholly bent on wrecking a man’s life and reputation because he didn’t want his favorite team.
Even worse is that people wholly believe what Travis is selling has 100 percent fact and will repeat it ad nauseam. It’s how tall tales replace real facts across our culture and is very dangerous indeed.
Sports Illustrated uses Tim Green story to push CTE-ALS link as fact
Tim Green was once the backbone of an ever-underachieving Atlanta Falcons team in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. He then went on to become a massive success as a broadcaster, author of children’s books and as a businessman.
But, on Sunday night he also revealed a drastic change to his life, as he announced on CBS’ “60 Minutes” program that he was suffering from ALS — otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Sports Illustrated had a piece on this segment and how ALS and head-trauma from football players are linked.
It’s truly sad to see anyone suffer through this debilitating and eventually fatal disease. Yet, Green remains upbeat and considers what he’s been able to accomplish in his life as a blessing. That much he made clear in his interview with 60 Minutes.
But, for SI.com writer Jack Dickey, Green’s situation seemed a good time to remind everyone that CTE leads to ALS and there’s no question about it.
“Green, 54, is not the first ex-NFLer to develop the disease; the link between the violent game and the degenerative and fatal neurological condition, which causes sufferers to lose most control of their muscles and is diagnosed in two to three out of every 100,000 people annually, has grown somewhat clearer with time,” Dickey points out in his article.
The key words here are “somewhat clearer with time.”
The problem is, studies about CTE and ALS being linked haven’t actually made things any more clear. What has become clear is that people with CTE are seemingly more likely to get ALS than the general population as a whole.
That doesn’t mean the two are actually linked though. Commonality doesn’t equal causation necessarily and a basic biology class or science class in general has taught all of us that.
At least one would think that is the case.
The reality of the research on the issue is vastly different than the conclusion SI.com draws.
In reality, the link is a possibility at best. There simply isn’t enough available data or understanding of CTE or the link to ALS to make a definitive statement.
As raredr.com points out, the study clearly makes a potential link in the fact that about 5 percent of studied CTE cases have also demonstrated symptoms of ALS. But, most importantly, it emphasizes that the two may not actually be linked.
“Approximately 5% of CTE cases result in patients demonstrating the clinical or pathological characteristics of ALS, however, whether the 2 conditions are related has remained a mystery.”
It’s a number that is certainly higher than the average population as a whole. In fact, the study also points out that CTE has also been found in military veterans, who are twice as likely as non-veterans to be diagnosed with ALS.
Yet, Sports Illustrated has taken it a step further in not bothering to point out the actual conclusions of the study to date. Instead, they make that blanket statement made above and then continue on as if that statement is fact.
In fact, the rest of the article doesn’t even bother to mention the study in any factual way. There is no quoting of the study or any further discussion of the link that has been shown to date.
But, SI would have you believe this one paragraph and its conclusions are the only thing that could be possible.
It’s the exact opposite of what the study concludes:
Due to the high complexity of both diseases, more long-term studies are necessary for a full understanding of the connection. The recent analysis warrants a larger study of more people with CTE and CTE-ALS to confirm results, but continued studies could potentially uncover viable CTE-ALS biomarkers and therapeutic options.
Shame on Sports Illustrated for using Tim Green and his situation to promote half-truths and outright falsehoods within an article.
This is exactly how speculation and falsehoods become truth in the popular culture. After all, outlets like SI have become trusted sources of information and if they print it, it must be true.
It is on outlets like SI to give us the honest and unvarnished truth. Anything less than that is malfeasance.
What the Quod? A new era in sports media coverage
First off, for those of you that have come to grow with us at Beat The Coverage — a hearty thank you.
When I started this project my goal was to expose the truth of liberal and social justice bias in sports media and give a different voice on the biggest topics and stories coming out of the sports world.
It’s been a fun journey to date, but as the saying goes “if you aren’t changing, you’re dying.”
So today, we bring you a brand new name — The Quod.
What is The Quod? Well, for those of you that love dead languages, it’s Latin for because, which and fact. What better way to hammer home the point that facts are missing from the sports media world of today, than to put it right in the name?
It also brings up the idea of “The Quad” on your favorite college campus…also known as the area where protest, speech and gathering takes place.
Why the Change?
Well, as some of you likely know, there’s this website called Outkick The Coverage out there. What Clay Travis is doing there is amazing work, and it’s some of the stuff I am doing here on our little corner of the interwebs.
Frankly, considering the messaging, content and ideas behind our sites, it just felt too close to stand out on its own. Beat The Coverage was meant to stand on its own two feet…and today The Quod does just that!
There were months spent trying to come up with sports-driven names. White boards and brainstorming sessions with scribbled names. There were heated discussions and confused looks, not to mention great ideas that were blocked by domain ownership and social media concerns.
Seriously, you won’t believe how difficult it is to come up with a name that no one owns for a domain, let alone via social media.
All of it took place inside my home, as I ran things by my partner in life, my wife Lexi, and a few trusted friends in this business (believe it or not they can and do exist).
So, I want to take some time to thank Lexi for her endless support, her patience (even if she doesn’t think she has it) and most importantly for those rambling talk-through sessions as I wanted to make this change.
I may be the writing and speaking force behind this site, but she’s the one that makes life work at our house and that allows me to take time to do this project.
Thank you dear!
Back to the change at hand though…here at The Quod we continue to evolve our coverage of the Social Justice Sports Writer ( #SJSW) and bias within sports media in general. As we’ve established, the two kind of go hand in hand these days.
Our biggest weapon in the fight to keep sports honest? It’s always been facts. That won’t be changing any time soon. I am promising to double down the efforts to come at you with facts, whether that be laying out what they are on a topic or using them as an argument against a biased article or writer.
Facts, not political ideology or the prevailing mob of opinion will be our driving force. It always has been, but with this name change that’s even more clear.
So, welcome to The Quod — Where Sports Media bias meets fact.
I appreciate your support for what I’m doing here and thank you sincerely for spreading the word as we ramp up our growth! Keep on spreading the good word and giving me the feedback…it’s appreciated more than you know.