Colin Kaepernick isn’t giving up on making a return to the NFL just yet, despite entering his third season without a team after becoming a free agent in 2017.The former 49ers quarterback, who hasn’t played since the 2016 season, sent a message Wednesday when he posted to his Twitter account footage of himself working out. In the video, Kaepernick says, “Five a.m. Five days a week. For three years. Still ready.” Related News Kapernick inspired other players to join his protests, including his then-49ers teammate Eric Reid, who also filed a similar grievance against the NFL. Reid was without a team for some time, but signed with the Panthers last September on a one-year deal. He re-signed on a three-year contract with Carolina in February.Reid tweeted in February that Kaepernick is still “in the best shape of his life, and ready to help win a championship.” Suspended Patriots receiver Josh Gordon applies for NFL reinstatement, reports say New NFL stadium in Los Angeles lands $90M plaza sponsor: American Airlines AJ McCarron injury update: Texans backup QB (thumb) could miss preseason The video starts with a graphic that reads: “Denied work for 889 days” before showing Kaepernick lifting weights in the gym, bench pressing and doing push-ups as well as tricep pull-downs and dips. 5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019The video marks Kaepernick’s first public comment about his future since settling his collusion case against the NFL and its ownership in February. In the grievance, Kaepernick, who was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality, accused NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game.
A marketing company in Florida is facing criticism for disguising car ads as federal stimulus checks, in an attempt to attract customers to a tent sale, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office said on Thursday.The company, Traffic Jam Events, LLC and its owner, David Jeansonne, II, allegedly sent the deceptive ads to more than 35,000 consumers between March 27 and April 5 in Bushnell, a city located northeast of Tampa.According to the attorney general’s office, the Consumer Protection Division opened an investigation against the company and Jeansonne, as well as the dealer that provided the cars for the tent sale, MK Automotive, Inc. d/b/a New Wave, as well as its owner, Michael Kastrenakes. The owner of the dealership is cooperating with the investigation at this time, and has entered an assurance of voluntary compliance with the Attorney General’s Office.“This type of deceptive marketing is completely unacceptable and is even more outrageous during these challenging times. These marketing ploys prey on people’s desperate anticipation of stimulus assistance and falsely suggest that there is government stimulus funding for auto purchases,” Attorney General Moody said. “These misleading practices will not be tolerated, and if anyone tries to take advantage of this crisis and the legitimate financial assistance available for those in need, my office will hold you accountable.”The Attorney General’s Office also filed a motion this week for a temporary injunction to prevent the defendants from making false and deceptive representations regarding the COVID-19 stimulus program. A news release adds that Moody’s office is also seeking equitable relief, civil penalties and fees for violating Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.Read the full complaint here.
There was multi-layered hype leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Baltimore Ravens game. The winner of this game would just delay the victor from getting the first thing “smoking” out of town opposite of any route leading to the post-season. My next few columns will focus on a few issues that the Steelers have to address. Let’s begin with the defense. Certain players are becoming so long in the tooth that their fangs are causing sparks to fly as a result of scraping the ground. Case in point: Defensive end Travis Kirschke, 13 years in the league, nose tackle Casey Hampton, nine years, linebacker James Farrior, 13 seasons, D-lineman Chris Hoke, nine years. In the secondary ,Tyrone Carter has seen 10 autumns. For Deshea Townsend, 12 home openers and Ryan Clark eight years. Now ordinarily that would be copasetic if not for the fact that the new millennium offenses of the NFL are not built upon the three yards and a pile of dust variety that our grandfathers used to enjoy.Nowadays, linebackers and D-backs are required to deal with four and five receiver spreads. Aside from covering wideouts in certain zone blitz coverages, they have to contend with shadowing hybrid athletes such as tight ends and running backs gifted with warp speed who are related more to wide receivers and track stars than Hall-of-Fame greats Mike Ditka and Jim Brown. Most of the time quarterbacks drool like newborn infants when they break the huddle, line up and see linebackers with 10 or 12 years in the league poised to cover a running back or a 6’-6, 4.5-second tight end somewhere out in the flats.James Farrior is a warrior and leader with heart and smarts. However, those attributes will not be of any use when Farrior and other aging linebackers are forced with blanketing running backs such as Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Ray Rice of the Ravens who have smoke coming off their shoes, blazing out of the offensive backfield en route to a big gain or a TD.Let me break it down for you. More often than not when it comes to human physiology, a 30-year-old man can catch a five-year-old but when that five-year-old becomes 15 and the 30-year-old becomes 40, I will bet all of my available yen, rubles, dollars, pesos and francs that the 15-year-old win the race, except if you’re ex-Redskins corner Darrell Green, who at times appears to be ageless. However, by and large, if a defensive player is responsible for containing an offensive player who is 12 or 13 years younger, as Dandy Don Meredith would say, “turn out the lights, the party’s over.”Whether the Steelers gain entry into the postseason remains to be seen but it is painfully obvious that the Pittsburgh squad does not have to rebuild their D-line for the 2010 season, they may just have to blow it up and start over. That line is not original; it is an old liars club saying. When one of the leaders of the liars club was asked about the worst house that he had ever seen, he replied “He once saw a house so bad that it had to blown up before it was fit to be remodeled.” The Steelers defensive line is not quite that bad but it is knocking on the door. If you cannot continually put pressure on the opposing team’s quarterback then your defensive backfield will almost always be on “Gilligan’s Island.” The key to a great defensive backfield almost always begins with the boys up front. In 2008, the Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau had the luxury of rotating his aging group and the results were sparkling. However, key injuries and different offensive philosophies employed this season against the Steelers did not allow him the same comforts. When the defensive line is tired the enemy’s wide receivers are presented with more occasions to get open, especially when their quarterback sometimes has enough time to drink a mint julep while going through his progressions.Rookie defensive end Evander “Ziggy” Hood, when allowed to compete, shows flashes of brilliance and if he remains healthy his presence bodes well for the future of the defensive line and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. Defensive end Nick Eason seems to be now pulling his weight as well but there are still some major age and injury issues in the defensive secondary especially at right cornerback and at strong and free safety.If Pittsburgh and that is a huge “if,” makes the playoffs, how on God’s green earth are they going to put pressure on the quarterback? If they adjust for the passing game it seems as if they are torn apart by the running game, causing a huge time of possession deficit to occur. If they come up to stop the run, wide receivers will be tiptoeing through the tulips of the end zone so often they could possibly more often than not be mistaken for “Tiny Tim.”Pittsburgh will not always have the aid of the refs every game. The final game(s) of the season and 2010 campaign will not be a bed of roses if the aforementioned changes are not made soon. Next week, the offense.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected])
Annie Iriye, M.D., Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation Board of Directors has recently elected new officers. Pat Gilmer, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates SW, was elected to serve as president. Rick Middleton, President/CEO of Anderson-Middleton Company was elected as vice president. Each officer will serve a two-year term. Larry Brooke will begin his third term as treasurer, and Dan Davidson, D.D.S., will serve as immediate past president.In addition, the Foundation elected four new members to its board of directors. Board president, Pat Gilmer, M.D., says, “All of our board members have a deep passion for the mission of Providence in our community, and we’re glad these four members are joining as new advocates for the work our donors make possible.”Joining the board are Christophe Allen, vice president and general manager of The Acme Service Group; James Kruidenier, M.D., board certified gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Associates; Annie Iriye, M.D., board certified obstetrician and gynecologist with Group Health Olympia Medical Center; and long-time community member andvolunteer, Katie Hurley.Each new board member will serve a three year term. “We’re very excited to have these new members joining us,” says Gilmer. “They bring depth of experience from the business, medical, and not-for profit communities, and a deep respect for the importance of having access to high-quality health care right here locally.”Retiring from the board after a combined 36 years of service are Ken Anderson, Allen Miller, and Wayne Staley. James Kruidenier, M.D. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Katie Hurley Christophe Allen
Facebook40Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysFor WWII enthusiasts, Tug Comanche, a Navy WWII Rescue Tug (also known as an attack tug) is taking an extended stay at Percival Landing following Olympia Harbor Days. In 1959 it became a Coast Guard Marine Cutter.Tug Comanche is a certified museum showcasing WWII memorabilia and is a member of the Historic Naval Ships Association. The ship will be moored at the Percival docks and open for public touring throughMonday, September 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A small donation for touring is appreciated. For school group tours, please contact Joe Peterson at 253-227-9678, to make arrangements.More info can be found at here.Featured photo credit: Karla Fowler