I didn’t realize the National Anthem was a banger, NFL

Remember how Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the United States National anthem in 2015 because he was protesting about African-Americans and police brutality? Kaepernick was first sitting during the anthem, but then, started a taking a knee along with former teammate Eric Reid during the anthem, as part of his peaceful protest.

He then also backed up his protest by raising money ($1 million)  to various causes and communities across the country, becoming a hero and an actual “patriot” for many for standing up for what he believed in, unless you’re in a certain base.

Kaepernick is still looking for work, while horrible backup quarterbacks continue to be signed. Even Robert Griffin III got signed by the Baltimore Ravens this off-season, and the last we saw him, he was stinking it up for the Cleveland Browns two seasons ago. 

The narrative about Kaepernick has been written in numerous articles about how he’s a bad quarterback, and that he was asking for too much money. This narrative has been proven to be wrong this week because most teams in 2016 saw Kaepernick as a starting quarterback, if not a guy who should be on a roster. Due to the fact that Kaepernick has a pending case about all 32 NFL teams having collusion not to sign him, I doubt he’ll play in the NFL again. 

Players across the NFL started protesting with Kaepernick about the part of racial injustice, while giving their money (and time) to assist those in these various communities who wouldn’t have a voice. I wrote a blog about how the current President of the United States hates how people “disrespect” the anthem and the flag, which led to misinterpreting a known message by the majority of individuals who don’t watch Fox News every five minutes.

The current president then turned this into a wild weekend in September where he called out these players at some rally and believes that if you exercise your free speech during the anthem, you should be deported (This is the same president that said Nazis were very fine people back in August). 

Yesterday, in a less than stunning fashion, the NFL owners voted for its players to either come out and stand for the anthem, or stay in the locker room during it played. But if you’re out there, you’re going to stand for the anthem and respect the flag because if you dare protest during it, it’s a 15 yard penalty and fined by the league (I’ve been laughing at this for the last 24 hours).

Dan Rooney, the guy who has a rule in the NFL that African-American coaches be INCLUDED in head coaching interviews (you really can’t make this up), said that the gestures such as a raising a fist and linking arms would be considered disrespectful. 

I’ll repeat this for those who probably scrolled and nodded in the beginning —

The protests were NEVER about the national anthem. It was never about the flag. It was never about the military. It was about protesting for African-Americans who continue to be harassed by police officers across this country because of the color of their skin. If the NFL cares about patriotism, then maybe they should started by not accepting payments from the Department of Defense to display their sense of patriotism.

The NFL doesn’t give a shit about patriotism. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about the military. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about breast cancer. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about domestic violence. The NFL doesn’t give a shit about its players because if they did actually care about their players, they wouldn’t have organized this without them yesterday, the players would have guaranteed contracts, and the dreaded Thursday night games would be discontinued due to safety concerns. 

But –

The NFL gives a shit about money.

That’s all owners like Jerry Jones see. Dollar signs. I’ve learned that the owners and people upset about the anthem protests were never mad about the national anthem. I’m generalizing here, but most people upset about the anthem protests probably were buying beer at the concession stands during games, or sitting down on their couch because the National Anthem doesn’t slap (Vince Staples, salute to you).

Most were/are upset because of the message behind it, which, well, this is America, you know, the same country that has a school or mass shooting every six weeks and wonders how it could have been avoided.

I don’t know what’s going to happen this fall with the NFL – well that’s a lie. The ratings will continue to be high. People like myself will probably draft a fantasy football team (I might retire though) just to keep the eyes tuned on it. I’ll still have my eye on my favorites like Juju Smith-Schuster, Adoree Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr, Sam Darnold, and the goat himself, Baker Mayfield.

But as for watching a full game and actually caring? Man, I don’t know. I’m not here to be the moral police, but NFL games have been TERRIBLE in the past three years. You’d be a fool not to believe it. 

The NFL and its owners have the belief that they created a solution when in fact, the owners created a messier situation than they needed to because they want to silence their athletes. Texans owner Bob McNair said in a meeting months ago compared the players to “inmates,” and how these same inmates should not be running the asylum. He made those comments over a protest for people, specifically African-Americans not to be brutalized by police officers. Tone deaf. 

If the original message that Kaepernick had was about the military and how as a country, we should take better of our veterans, then the NFL and it’s fake patriotism ass would have 25 minute gestures before games.

A simple solution would have been not bring this issue back into the limelight if this was uncomfortable for the majority of these owners. Nobody was really paying attention to it anymore. Instead, the NFL created a situation that is a lose-lose for them, aligned themselves as a pinata to the President, and when it goes south in the long run, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves for terrible crisis management. 

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The SZN part III

the szn

SUP.

We’re back, but only for a short time — I’m kidding. We’re still here, we’re still active, and we’re in the real 6 (Sorry Aubrey!) with our woes cause you know how that should go. Right? The prosper season series has been around for 2 years. Time flies when you’re prospering. You know how the NFL has had a terrible off-season due to the fact that they say one thing for PR and yet, they still can’t get things right in the eyes of the people? We’re the exact opposite. We never have bad off-seasons because we all don’t attempt to be like Roger Goodell and James Harden (From Lil B, to the picture posted on Twitter leaving Shad Moss to give him advice, then the Kardashian Curse).

I  (kingshaundiz) can say that the season — no matter how difficult life can be because of the struggles for success and drive for fame, is always relevant. I’m here to tell you all that myself, Jake, Chungy, and Eric (E doesn’t have a twitter, smh) created Prosper Season not just for fun, but to uplift everyone with us and around us.

Prosper Season isn’t about how many people you’ve hooked up with (even though that is prosperity in the eyes of some), or how drunk you’ve get on weekends. If that was the clear case, then every single one of us would inspire to be Tyga.  Lots have taken the season in the wrong direction, but we’re here to bring it back to what it was intended and created for. As Jake said in Part II, there’s so much in the world that’s all messed up, and we’re here to uplift, inspire, and motivate everyone including ourselves to be great. That’s the goal.

As we look at the landscape of the rest of the summer, which is probably about 6 weeks for some or maybe longer for others (I personally go back to school in late August) there’s one message for everyone: be the best person you can be. Be great. I know, I know. For some of you, that’s literally impossible to do. Some of you can’t be like kingshaundiz and already be a legend because his greatness is too much for everyone.  We all can’t be like Hollywood Hillyer, have the jersey in the rafters and still be the GOAT.

Okay, in all seriousness, so many of us are worried about the what the next person has or what another is doing. Where is that getting you? We have the answer. Nowhere. Worry about how you can be great. Surround yourself with people who want to SEE you reach your potential as a person. Once you do that, you have nowhere to go, but up. Way up. Feel blessed. 

Jake and I have a year until we get an actual waiver to run for office. Like, being president and VP.  Of the United States (Jake is the founder and president of my own Fan Club which has like 5 people in it).  I’m really not kidding. Here’s the lesson, people: whatever you do the rest of your summer, try to be great. Wait no, not try. Be great.

Prosper. Tis the SZN.

Be on the lookout for more blogs & possibly some other things coming your way soon.

We out.

Week 1 of Shaun’s college bball rankings

It’s December and after the first month of College Basketball, you’re starting to see the contenders from the pretenders early and often. College hoops is a funny sport. Since there’s a tournament unlike football, it’s easy for a random team to get hot at the right time, and make a run to the final four (looks at Wichita State last year, Butler and VCU in 2011) , but mostly, you can tell who’s good enough to win a national title, or who’s just flat out average. I don’t really care what the Coaches and AP poll say. These are my rankings and I’m ranking the top 10 teams from here until March. If you aren’t with it, that’s unfortunate. Now let’s begin.

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Johnny Manziel’s Theme Song as Told by Kyle Madson

GET YOUR MONEY JOHNNY

Johnny Manziel, for many reasons, is a bit of a personal hero of mine. Not that I would act how he acts or condone underage drinking or anything like that, I just thoroughly enjoy how he’s slowly exposing several corrupt and overall flawed things about college football. But I digress as this is neither the time nor place to discuss such things.
What you’re here for is a song. Manziel, the media and the fans have made a lot of Manziel’s escapades this summer leading up to the college football season. Given the constant theme of money and Manziel’s general unwillingness to dispute the fact that he’s loaded, I thought it might be fun to take Jay Z’s F*ckwithmeyouknowIgotit, and rewrite it through the eyes of one Jonathon “Football” Paul Manziel.
If you’re unfamiliar with the song, you can find it here.

Fuck with me, you know I got it.
Fuck with me, you know I got it.
Heisman, bitch I hope she bout it.
Come fuck with me, you know I got it.

I just got a suspension, gig em.
For autographs, like I’m a terrorist, gig em.
People talk I tweet fluent, gig em.
Visor on, I see through it, gig em.
Throw Hooks at me and you’ll lose, gig em.
And your coach hates me for sure, gig em.
I don’t bop, I do the money dance.
I see you joining me up in the stands.
Red jersey, see me slide.
Heisman bitch, you know I’m bout it.
Heisman bitch, I hope she bout it.
Fuck with me, you know I got it.

Fuck with me, you know I got it.
Fuck with me, you know I got it.
Heisman, bitch I hope she bout it.
Come fuck with me, you know I got it.

Cotton bowl in a dome, gig em.
Manning camp sent me home, gig em.
Vodka bottles, I downed hella.
Money dance with these old fellas.
Throws keep lookin like an arrow, got it.
And you know Evans just caught it, get it.
Back shoulder throw in the end zone,
Coach Sumlin just gotta give me credit.
I got GIFS ain’t you seen all the Reddits.
But I’m the best, Sportscenter just said it.
Feed off all that negative blah, blah
I beat Bama and the Sooners as a freshman (SKIRT).
The next Kaepernick, yeah I know
But I’d rather be Marino.
Or maybe that guy in Seattle,
I’m kinda like R-G 3 though.
Johnny. Football.
On the field at College Station no field goals.
You hate me for getting my dough.
Y’all know, like we know, I got it.

Fuck with me, you know I got it.
Fuck with me, you know I got it.
Heisman, bitch I hope she bout it
Come fuck with me, you know I got it

I ride big in the S-E-C
I’m great you think I got passing cheats
This pass here is a masterpiece!
This pass, bitch is a masterpiece.

Thoughts? Tweet me at @Madsports8 or leave a comment.

– Kyle Madson

Predictions that’ll be so wrong, they’ll be so right

The beginning of the NFL Season is today with the Denver Broncos hosting the Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens (I thought the Super Bowl team always got a home opener on a Thursday night…… I’m still confused by this).

Yes, finally, the NFL is back into our lives. Even though Roger Goodell is taking the fun out of it with these ridiculous rules about how you can’t celebrate (my boy QB #2 for Texas A&M isn’t pleased for his future), it’s still the NFL. It’s back into our lives as Sundays are finally complete.  In a year of unpredictable events, I managed to give full predictions on everything except for All-Pro teams (Nobody got time to read that).  These are my predictions, and if I don’t pick your team, don’t feel bad. I’m a Jets fan. We stink on purpose. (Not really on purpose, but look at the Jets roster, then look at yours. My point exactly.) But here you go.

AFC Predictions:

AFC West:

1. Denver Broncos

Wes Welker came to Denver and brought “The Patriot Way” to Von Miller, huh?

2. Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles (and his fantasy owners) will love Andy Reid, and captain checkdown’s president Alex Smith.

3. San Diego Chargers

Remember when there was debate about how Phillip Rivers was a top 5 quarterback? Man, man, man.

4. Oakland Raiders

Matt Flynn lost another job to a lightskin quarterback. Smh.

AFC South:

1. Houston Texans

But will they finally get over the “hump?”

2. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck won 11 games with no run game last year, and still lost Rookie of the Year to RG3 because he loses everything to him. See: Heisman 2011.

3. Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson said he’s gonna run for 2,000 yards again. *winks eyes* Okay, Chris.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

“Cecil Shorts is a terrible name.” – My cousin Chauntelle. Terrible name for a terrible team that is playing most of its games in London.

AFC North:

1. Cincinnati Bengals

I didn’t know Marvin Lewis still had a job until I watched Hard Knocks. Andy Dalton, it’s time to you know, yeah. *looks at his wife* I see. Take your time.

2. Baltimore Ravens

NO WEAPON!

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Tomlin should have asked his long lost brother Kevin Sumlin how to stop the read option.

4. Cleveland Browns

Brandon Weeden  isn’t bad, but he’s still my white #grandpa though.

AFC East:

1. New England Patriots

Murders and wild parties from your Tight Ends, while your future Hall of Fame Quarterback changes his hairstyle like the girls who say “new year, new me” every New Year’s. The Patriot Way is so great.

2. Miami Dolphins

People watch Miami games just to see Ryan Tannehill’s wife.

3. New York Jets

No receivers. Aging Defense. Hardly a quarterback. Mark Sanchez went from the golden boy to buttfumbler in a year. #GOAT

4. Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson is gonna blame God when the Bills win 4 games this year. Watch.

AFC Playoff Predictions:

1. Houston Texans 2. Denver Broncos 3. Cincinnati Bengals 4. New England Patriots 5. Baltimore Ravens 6. Indianapolis Colts

Winner: Cincinnati Bengals

#YOLO

NFC Predictions:

NFC West:

1. San Francisco 49ers

“I’m convinced Jim Harbaugh has sex with his wife in Khakis, a sweater, and his hat.” – Kyle Madson

2. Seattle Seahawks

The fanbase went from “WE GOT FLYNN” to “RUSSELL WILSON IS THE BEST EVER” in the span of 8 months.

3. St. Louis Rams

Let us pray that Sam Bradford can actually give the ball to Tavon Austin.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Carson Picks Palmer is the 2nd best QB Larry Fitzgerald has played with. Let that sit for a second.

NFC South: 

1. Atlanta Falcons

Matty Lukewarm Ice Ryan has one playoff win. Remember this.

2. New Orleans Saints

Breesus can’t save that defensive problem.

3. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton’s postgame interviews are better than most games on Sundays.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman dressed up like Michael Jackson’s thriller album, and found a way to throw an interception doing it.

NFC North:

1. Green Bay Packers

Aaron, since Ryan Braun was guilty…….. you gonna pay that guy your salary or nah?

2. Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and ran for 2,097 yards the year later because he’s a supercoon.

3. Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler married Kristin Cutler, who had her fans attack me on Twitter because she was on a fake reality show and is never seen with their child. Makes sense.

4. Detroit Lions

Can Calvin Johnson play cornerback and safety, too?

NFC East:

1. Washington Redskins

RG3 got married to a white girl while having braids. Now, he’s the true #GOAT.

2. Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant hit his mom on Mother’s day. What a great son.

3. New York Giants

Eli Manning, that guy sure isn’t elite.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Too bad they have to play defense too.

NFC Playoff Predictions:

1. San Francisco 49ers 2. Green Bay Packers 3. Atlanta Falcons 4. Washington Redskins 5. Seattle Seahawks 6. New Orleans Saints

Winner:  San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLVIII winner: 

San Francisco 49ers

When Jim Harbaugh wins the Super Bowl, he’ll proclaim to troll us all with a “who’s got it better than us” chant while it’s 25 degrees outside and the score of the game is 3-0.

MVP: 

Drew Brees.

When he throws for over 5,000 yards again and 48 TDs to push them into the playoffs, you’ll see why.

Comeback player of the year: 

Brian Cushing.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Cush stays healthy this year, and has over 100 tackles.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: 

Tavon Austin.

GET HIM THE BALL, SAM BRADFORD

Defensive Rookie of the Year: 

Ziggy Ansah.

Very raw, but at the same time, he’ll benefit from Suh and Fairley getting double teams.

Defensive Player of the Year:

Richard Sherman.

He talks a big game, but he can back it up too.

Coach of the Year:

Sean Payton.

I went back and forth with this one, but he’s the difference of the Saints being 6-10, and 10-6.

And that’s it. I can’t wait to come back to this in February, laugh about how wrong I was, and write a blog publicly apologizing to Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks for not picking them to win it all. Leave a comment if your predictions are different than mine.

ME DOING THE MANZIEL
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