LOS ANGELES: Normally, people not playing in the NFL deserve zero mention on NFL Sundays. Whether it is a suspended player, a retired player, or something else, the game goes on. Myles Garrett is not playing football. Neither is Rob Gronkowski. Yet one selfish individual keeps trying to insist that he is relevant to the NFL. It is time to say goodbye to Colin Kaepernick forever from a football standpoint.
Before getting to this week’s actions, here is my open letter to Mr. Kaepernick.
Dear Colin Kaepernick:
Have you ever heard of a guy named Bill Parcells?
He won two Super Bowls. His assistant coaches were Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, and Tom Coughlin. They have all won Super Bowls. These guys are the epitome of winners.
Parcells was asked what his ideal player was. He referred to “parking lot guys.” Tell a bunch of guys that there is a football game being played at 6 am on a Wednesday in a Pathmark parking lot. Parking lot guys will show up at 5:30 am wearing eye black and ready to hit people.
Colin, I’m not built for football. I love football, but I’m not talented enough to play it professionally. Because I love football, I do whatever it takes to be around football.
You signed a $120 million contract. ‘
You made more in one year than most people will ever make in their lives. On my modest salary, I saved up enough money to go to one Super Bowl. Do you know how much Super Bowl tickets cost? I saved for multiple trips to Hawaii to go to the Pro Bowl. And I scheduled business trips to New York around the NFL Draft.
I took my dream vacation to Canton, Ohio just so I could go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 1993, a girl in college wanted to talk about our relationship with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter of a football game. She insisted it could not wait until the game was over. I broke up with her.
In 2005, a woman told me that I had to cancel my plans to see a football game with a friend on New Year’s Eve. She demanded I go to a function with her family instead. I broke up with her.
I. Love. Football.
Some say that my obsession with football is unhealthy. However, “fan” is short for “fanatic.”
Guilty as charged. So here is my question, Colin.
Why do I care about football more than you?
When I have a job interview, I don’t try to dictate the terms of the interview. I show up, shut up and listen. My suit and necktie are perfect. My hair is perfect. Normally, I wear beat-up jeans, sneakers and t-shirts. I hate dressing up. I’m lazy with my hair.
Yet I respect the job interview process.
So I tailor my behavior to what the interviewers want and expect of me. It’s called PROFESSIONALISM.
If you were a professional, you would understand this. If you truly wanted to play football, you would do whatever it takes to play football.
You are more interested in being a social justice celebrity than being a football player.
Colin, the Hall of Fame is filled with players far more talented than you. With rare exceptions, they are there because they respected the game of football. They were the best players, coaches, and contributors, but more importantly, they went out of their way never to dishonor the game of football.
Colin, I will most likely never have as much money or fame as you. However, I can constantly say that I have done much more for the game of football than you ever have.
I love football and share that love with anyone who will listen to me.
My career peaked at winning two coed touch football championships as a role player on a team that won before I arrived and after I left. I was fine with that.
I have two more championships than you, Colin.
Colin, if I had the build and ability to be a professional football player, I could guarantee you one thing. I’d be at that Pathmark parking lot at 5:30 am with eye black on ready to hit people. When Bill Parcells yelled, “This is why you lift all them weights!,” I’d lift them until my body was sore.
Colin, the league will go on just fine without you. It already has. In fact, it’s better. It’s better because it consists of players who are willing to do whatever it takes to play football.
Colin, grow up. Then shut up. I leave you with more words from Bill Parcells, dedicated to those who cry and complain rather than prove themselves on the field.
“Don’t tell me about the pain, just deliver the [email protected] baby!”
Now to get back to people who are relevant to the NFL, those who work hard to make NFL Sundays great.
Here is the NFL 2019 Week 12 Preview and Bettor’s guide, with point spreads provided by FootballLocks.com and all times eastern.
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:20 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-3.5) —
This is a showdown for the AFC South lead. Although the Texans got blasted by 34 points last week at Baltimore, the Colts do not have nearly as powerful a defense. At home, look for the Texans to rebound. These teams are similarly matched, so a shootout is possible. This could come down to who has the ball last. Texans win but fail to cover.
Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5) —
The Seahawks are playing better football but the Eagles are desperate. A loss could leave them on the brink of playoff elimination. Go with the home field. Eagles cover.
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns (-10.5) —
The Browns lost Myles Garrett to suspension. As awful as the dolphins are, Ryan Fitzpatrick can pile up garbage time yards and points, making this spread way too high. Browns win but fail to cover.
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (-4) —
The Broncos took a 20-0 lead at Minnesota before collapsing. Buffalo also has a good defense. Nobody knows anything about Denver’s quarterback. Time will tell if last week was a fluke or if the Broncos finally have a signal-caller. Denver’s losses have been close. Bills win but fail to cover.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5) at Cincinnati Bengals —
The Bengals are winless while the Steelers are fighting for a playoff spot. They are also angry after their loss to Cleveland. The Bengals played tough in a loss last week at Oakland. Steelers win but fail to cover.
New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-6) —
If the Bears are ever going to get back on track, they have to take care of business at home against the lowly Giants. Khalil Mack hits quarterbacks. Daniel Jones fumbles a lot. A defensive touchdown is realistic. Bears cover.
The Raiders made it far more difficult than necessary against winless Cincinnati. The Jets got their second win last week against hideous Washington. If the Raiders ever want to be taken seriously, they have to win games like this. They have the offensive firepower to do it. Raiders cover.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-9.5) —
The Panthers have stumbled in recent weeks. The Saints are winning with defense. As great as Drew Brees is, Carolina will be hostile after a humiliating home loss. Saints win but fail to cover.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-4.5) —
After half a season, the Falcons looked like a horrendous team. The last two weeks they shocked the league with wins at New Orleans and Carolina. Expect the momentum to continue since Jameis Winston keeps throwing interceptions. Falcons cover.
Washington lost at home to a Jets team that had only won one game. As much as the Lions are struggling, the Redskins are a different level of bad. Lions cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-3) —
Both teams are fighting for survival. While Nick Foles had a rough week last week, expect him to be the difference-maker now that he has seen meaningful football action. Outside of running back Derrick Henry, the Titans do not inspire. Upset special, Jaguars win outright.
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots (-6.5) —
Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards last week, but this week he faces a stout New England defense. Tom Brady is not happy with the offense, which means the offense is about to explode. This could get ugly early if Tom Terrific gets mad. Patriots cover.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-3) —
Steve Young and Brett Favre are long retired, but this could be a battle for NFC supremacy. Go with Aaron Rodgers over Jimmy Garoppolo. There is little to no home field advantage in Santa Clara, near where Rodgers grew up. He loves humiliating the team that passed him up in the NFL Draft. Upset special, Packers win outright.
Monday, November 25, 8:00 p.m.
Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Los Angeles Rams —
Baltimore is playing on another level. The defense is phenomenal and Lamar Jackson is a human highlight reel. Yet the Rams are fighting for their playoff lives. The offense has struggled, but very few people game plan against quarterbacks like Michelin Man Wade Phillips. Give the Rams one more chance at home to show they are worthy of serious consideration. Upset special, Rams win outright.