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Mike Freeman

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B/R NFL National Lead Writer Mike Freeman previously was an NFL columnist for CBSSports.com. He has been a sportswriter for the New York Times, Boston Globe and Washington Post, among other papers. His books include "ESPN: The Uncensored History" (2001) and last year's "Undefeated: Inside the Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season."

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  • Ja Kato posted 12 hours ago

    Ja  Kato

    Hey Mike_ ON #1_Aaron Rodgers: You hit the nail right on the head, about the changes in Rodgers and the Packers game. He's playing a different game now, kind of lost, kind of like sast year after losing half the team and the entire line to broken bones or out on IR. This was my pick to "WHY" he and the offense slipped after 6-0 last year. The entire line was shot to the nurses office after six killer games, dominating, and the attitude was still running through their veins, but blocking is not important, it is everything in the NFL. The line has been way to far gone on injuries year after year in GB. Maybe MM wants to go back to his old style, after going all horses out to start last year? He traditionally starts slow, like the old Lombardi years, in games and seasons. Starr was the master of using 1st Qtr. to get a feel for the D...

    This year, you missed on two things. Daniels was king of the line, for one reason:Talent and fortitude. Playing almost a full season with broken bones, well, tougher than nails would do. With differences spoken out in the locker room non-stop, Daniels bought himself a ticket out the door- bad move, after the team balked on giving him status, and that hurt Chemistry with a Capitol "C" giving attitudes across the team a Capitol "F". We all know what that goes to say.
    You can play bad when your girl is giving you a bad time, and you can play bad when your offensive line gives you a hard time, as is and was the case for Aaron Rodgers two seasons back, and this one. The coaches need to stay late and get a few new lines to get this team together again.. Chemistry is killing them now, with bad attitudes lingering it will kill a team. And it will take more than a lucky break or two, picking up a fumble or taking a pick in on D, but winning is just as contagious, and we saw that through Favre's era and staying there into Aaron's era. Could it be that lucky streak created back then with Ron Wolfs regime, Holmgran and Reggie was enough to rise to the top,, but TT and MM don't have another ace in the hole to pull out things? It seems like they have the aces, but the aces are not producing like they can more often now. Turn on time.

    You have a Matthews in Super-star categories, and Peppers almost there, and the D-backs have that potential and certainly some dollars going out to pay for it, but it's up to the staff to prepare the boys, and that means sending "happy campers" out to the field for no less than 60 minutes every Sunday. This team has been going out with a case of the "Sad-Sacks". Talk it up time in Packer-land. Just like you said Mike, they are the pick to go to the Superbowl in 16, still. They are too good to.. This crew has the talent but nobody told them MVP's, rookie-of-the-year, All-offense or all-defensive player of the year kind of markings on your resume are not given, they are taken, so get out and do it, it's all yours for the taking. I really think that in a nutshell is their biggest setback right now, the NFL has not seen the real Packers yet this year, who can toy with half the teams in 2nd half's almost , seemingly, and not sweat winning.

  • Dominic G. Ishmael posted 1 day ago

    Dominic G. Ishmael

    Even in the NFL where over half of the players are black, you find ways to make everything about race...

  • JC McNZ posted 1 day ago

    JC McNZ

    I guess you don't take criticism too well since you took the comment section down after about two hours of the article going up. I can't blame the commentators for expressing their opinion on your stereotyping-laden article. You are by FAR, without a doubt, the most racist sportswriter in world. I hope B/R wises up and fires you.

  • R. Brown posted 24 days ago

    R. Brown

    Mike,
    I wish the 'execs' quoted in your 8/31 story on Kaepernick would have made their comments publicly. If they are going to spout such vitriol they should have to. If they believe so strongly in what they are saying, they should show as much bravery as Kaepernick and stand by their comments in front of the world. Then, history can judge them.

  • R. Brown posted 24 days ago

    R. Brown

    Mike,
    I wish the 'execs' quoted in your 8/31 story on Kaepernick would have to make their comments publicly. If they are going to spout such vitriol they should have to. If they believe so strongly in what they are saying, they should show as much bravery as Kaepernick and stand by their comments. Then, history can judge them.

  • He Hate Me posted 24 days ago

    He Hate Me

    Sorry Mike " I don't agree with Kaepernick. I don't believe the anthem or flag represents bigotry or oppression. Most who honor it don't believe in bigotry or oppression. This is a nation that twice elected an African-American man to the presidency by comfortable margins. A mostly bigoted nation doesn't do that. " As a journalist and man of color you should also know what is in the Star spangled banner! Its right in your face and with a little more digging you would find that hidden 3rd stanza that isn't known to many. We can all agree to respect our vets....but those vets who fight for us understand that they fight to protect "FREEDOM". CK exercised his right and he's is being scolded/shamed by those very same people who are holding up the confederate flag (who are by those actions traitors) saying he isn't a patriot! Telling him to leave...go where? This is his country!! Is this how we treat our fellow Americans?? because we dont agree we shame others?? Jim Wright said it best...but before you say " I don't believe the anthem or flag represents bigotry or oppression " just understand while "nation that twice elected an African-American man to the presidency " is true....there is a subliminal/ lowkey message that has been ingrained in this country since its birth! Dont be a uncle tom....and by saying what ALI, Brown and others stood for twist and turn around and say "the anthem/flag doesn't represent oppression".....maybe you didn't get the message and understand the full picture!

  • JC McNZ posted 27 days ago

    JC McNZ

    I agree with Kap that black people have a target on their back, but actions like this just divide us even more. Demonstrations of peace and love could resolve all this, but you and all other media outlets continue to be the problem. Wouldn't be surprised if you didn't even care if this whole thing was resolved as long as had a piece to write about it.

  • Alexander Hamilton posted 27 days ago

    Alexander Hamilton

    "I don't agree with Kaepernick. I don't believe the anthem or flag represents bigotry or oppression. Most who honor it don't believe in bigotry or oppression. This is a nation that twice elected an African-American man to the presidency by comfortable margins. A mostly bigoted nation doesn't do that."

    Do you have any statistical empirical studies to back up your claim that "most who honor it don't believe in bigotry or oppression?" Without such a study, I chalk you comments up to racial pandering. At some point in life Mr. Freeman, you will have to choose a side. This article does not do that. You fence straddle throughout this piece in one brief seemingly trying to laud athletes like Ali, but you are very careful to distance yourself from Kaepernick. You can't support Ali without supporting Kaepernick. What you don't say is that you disagree with Ali. That would be a much more formidable task. However, as you alluded Ali's actions and Kaepernick's actions are indistinguishable. Again, you can't support or condemn one without doing the exact same for the other.

    Fact is most journalists are like most athletes and most people. They don't want to risk their personal livelihoods, which is why substantive change always starts with a few people standing up and their voices standing above the shouting masses. What Mr. Kaepernick has done will show how many people actually loved Ali like they claim. Ali was much harsher on America than Kaepernick and few black people unwaveringly stood with him them. Your commentary that the "anthem does not represent bigotry or oppression," demonstrates a profound like of historical cognition. The author of the national anthem, Francis Scott Key, was a brutal slaveholder and anti-abolitionist who actually described the "foul footsteps pollution" of "hirelings and slaves" in the third stanza of the national anthem. Key even incited the first race riot in Washington, D.C. in 1835. A rudimentary analysis would have revealed that racism and the national anthem are inextricably connected. As for the flag, it was first sown by white Quaker Betsy Ross and later by flagmaker Rebecca Young with less racist ties although Ross first made the flag for then General and later founding father and first U.S President George Washington, who of course was a huge proponent and owner of slaves. All of this just reinforces the argument that America was not founded with black people in mind as anything other than property, not citizens. However, the "more perfect union" language of the preamble to the Constitution is the what Americans are ultimately fighting for: bettering and finally ridding ourselves of what former U.S. Secretary of State coined as our "birth defect," which was racism and slavery. Pick a side Mr. Freeman. Stop straddling the fence. The world will be a better place.

  • Tom Gulley posted 27 days ago

    Tom Gulley

    You and all your others brothers can take your asses out of this country immediately. Its people like you that that just keep stirring the pot. Shut the hell up or get the f**k out of here.

  • Brett Hamilton posted 27 days ago

    Brett Hamilton

    Kap just reinforced his reputation as a classless, overpaid, no talent idiot. comparing him to Ali is a joke and so is this article.

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