The Kap Kaper Kontinues!

On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS March 27, 2017 #633 Up Next...The Kap Kaper Kontinues!

On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS March 27, 2017, # 633 Up Next… “The Kap Kaper Kontinues!”

After further review…We digress from March Madness to update the progress of Colin Kaepernick. This may be the last time the TunneySide will do so. As you recall, Kap opted out of his 2017 San Francisco Forty-Niner contract, which would have paid him 14.5 million in base salary, to enter free agency. It appears the new ‘Niner football chiefs, the head coach, and the general manager, were not anxious to re-sign Kap, even if he were willing to accept a revised contract. Was the distraction and negativity associated with his “kneel-down” protest during pre-game national anthems last season a major issue?

One certainly can make a case for that. Further, is Kap being blackballed by other NFL teams because of his egregious behavior? It would appear so, but that argument may be hard to prove. Could it be that those teams have turned their collective backs on Kap because of that baggage? There have been expressions from fans that they would not want to follow a T*E*A*M that would hire a person of questionable character, in this case, one who is not loyal to his own country. Even President Trump weighed-in, but maybe that was a given.

In previous TunneySides, we have expressed the opinion that while Kap has a citizen’s right to express his dissenting opinion, he did it on “company time.” Further, as a public figure, he is deriding a “sacred cow” in not respecting an entity that is supporting his financial being. To be fair in that regard, Kap did donate a rather large sum of money toward helping others. Still, his position follows him wherever he goes.

Another football issue that may be preventing teams from acquiring his services is that wherever he lands, that team may have to change its style of play to adapt to Kap. He was successful in the ‘Niner system when Head Coach Jim Harbaugh (since departed) created a system that worked for Kap and took that team into the playoffs. Harbaugh was recently quoted saying “Kap can be an NFL starter and an outstanding NFL quarterback”.

Many teams with their current coaching staff may not want to discard their system and take the risk. Whatever the case, free agency time is running out. However, some teams may want to wait until the 82nd NFL draft (to be held in Philadelphia, PA,  April 27-29) is over to assess their quarterback needs.

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March Madness!

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On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS March 20, 2017, # 632 Up Next… “March Madness!”

After further review…Indeed it is…“madness!” But before we get to some of the month’s downsides, let’s talk about some fun parts of basketball. First-off. I have played basketball since I was about eight. Many times, as a kid, my shot never hit the rim (I was about five feet tall with the rim at ten). ‘Course there were times at Occidental College when I shot an “air-ball.” As I watched Ivy League champion Princeton Tigers defeat Yale 71 – 59 to move on to the NCAA tournament bracket of 68, I related to that T*E*A*M.

No, the Oxy Tigers, being in the smaller of the NCAA’s divisions in those years, were never eligible for that tournament. However, we related to Princeton in other ways, or as we called them “the Occidental of the East.” I always admired Ivy League players, because they were truly “student–athletes.” At Oxy there were no athletic scholarships (as it was the case and still is in the Ivy League, though large endowment has led to financial aid that blurs the distinction). Further, there was no “one-and-done” (the more talented players leaving college early to play in the NBA). We went to school to prepare ourselves for our future life’s work. Professional basketball was available for those who qualified; but not for the air-ball guys!

Watching the Patriots League Women’s basketball championship game, in which the Bucknell Bison defeated Navy 74-71 in overtime, I was impressed how far women’s basketball has progressed. (I’m not sure how the “Bison” nickname came about, but with the university founded in 1846 in Lewisburg, Pa., perhaps a few of them wandered east, there being too many highways to cross). What caught my eye in that game was that there was no knocking an opponent to the floor. Oh, there were the usual charging–blocking fouls, but there was more finesse than in the raw physicality of the men’s game, which leads me to the NBA.

The NBA game, at least to the TunneySide, has begun to allow NFL levels of contact. No, I don’t have a solution as to how you stop 6’11”, 250-lb. players from avoiding contact with each other. But seeing them get away with it cheapens the finesse that once characterized the game.! The court is still 50’ x 94’ and the basket still at 10’ – the same dimensions the Bucknell women use. Does that make sense to you?

Some suggestions: raise the basket to 12’, widen the court, call fouls for “holding” opponents (yes, defenders actually grab offensive players), eliminate “palming” the ball, traveling, or the two-step jump shot; but those ideas fall on deaf ears. Sad!

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How do you measure…

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On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS March 13, 2017, # 631 Up Next… “How do you measure…”

After further review…The National Football League invited 330 college football players to the “combine” last week at Lucas Stadium (Indianapolis). These players have declared themselves eligible for the NFL draft to be held in April in Philadelphia. Some players were not invited due to unacceptable behavior in off-field incidents. Many fans decry the egregious behavior of talented players.

Those invited are required to do their best in events such as: the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical leap, agility drills, throwing ability (quarterbacks), catching the ball (receivers and defensive backs) strength tests, reactionary moves on command, etc. These exercises are followed by interviews with T*E*A*M personnel, and then the Wonderlic Personnel Test.

Developed by E.F. Wonderlic in the 1930s, this is a written test designed to “assess cognitive abilities and predict job competences.” While originally created for hiring managers in the business world, NFL teams have found it to be a reliable test to measure a player’s ability to absorb their team’s system. For the NFL’s purposes the Wonderlic is more reliable than traditional I.Q. tests. However, though the original test has been updated, some feel that it is not as reliable and comprehensive as it needs to be. Further, it does not measure a certain “it” factor that some players have.

Some players over the years have not done well on these tests, yet performed at a high level during games. Some of these “it” factors may include: “heart” (a player’s passion); mental toughness; and a player’s never-give-up attitude. The only test for these characteristics may be in the history of a player.

In the book, “It’s the Will, Not the Skill,” (the philosophies and principles of success used by former NFL head coach Herm Edwards), we discuss the idea that while all players selected to play in the NFL have skills, it is the will that takes them to Super Bowl level. That’s where the player with heart rises to meet or exceed expectations. It may be difficult to separate heart from mental toughness, but suffice it to say: “When the game is on-the-line, which players do you want in the game?

The determination of a player is dependent upon his ability to never give up. As we write: “Confidence is when you are two scores behind in the fourth quarter and still feel you will win.”

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