So I got this email today about the Colin Kaepernick defense article that’s been getting some good play around the Internet (including from the 49ers QB himself).
Like a lot of other messages I received, it seemed to miss the point of my piece entirely:
Hey Kev, can I call you Kev?Alright, Hey Kevin,I have no complaints about the article. That side by side is unfair. Anyone can find a good picture of someone and a bad picture of someone and make ill-advised comparisons. That does not mean that Kaep does not love to feed his ego.I checked out the site for Camp Taylor, the one that Kaep is sooooo involved with. You’re right! His face and name is plastered all over their site. When you pull up the home page you instantly see two different large pictures of Kaep and an add selling T-shirts with his name on it. There is a short write up about the camp goals directly under a picture of Kaep. And not to imply that the camp is bogus, it’s a great thing working with kids who need help, regardless of what type of help they need, but this camp seems to be directly aimed at achieving high self-esteem, and is not of any actual medical benefit, which is right down Kaep’s alley! Building his own self-esteem is something he seems to take seriously.So if you ask me what is more admirable; visiting sick children in the hospital in order to brighten a bad situation and give hope, or going for a swim with kids who are worried about their “zipper” scars affecting their appearance(not that I think there is ANYTHING wrong with that), I would have to give my vote to the guy visiting sick children, whose face isn’t plastered all over the organizations website and advertisements. It’s easy for a celebrity to lend their name and face to something to generate good press. Some just take it a little further in a more selfless way. Kudos to both though!Have a great day!
Six minutes later, I received another email from the same person:
I instantly felt a coat of slime cover me as I sent that last email.What they both do is great! And I, a simple critic behind a screen, should not criticize for the good they do. I apologize.I still like Russ better though! Go Hawks!
No matter how long I live and no matter how much snow I shovel, my main impulse after working my way to the end of a driveway will be to grab a football and play a couple rounds of a game we used to call “Walter Payton.”
If you’re from Chicagoland and of a certain age, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You probably played the game yourself.
If you don’t, it probably won’t take you long to figure out what that game entailed or why we called it “Walter Payton” …
Yes I’m biased, but I’m also obsessed … Take it for a spin yourself!