Commentary: Colin Kaepernick's influence is outstanding

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Are you outraged that Colin Kaepernick made Time Magazines annual list of the most 100 Influential People?
Dont be.
His influence was undeniable. Who else almostKayvon Webster Authentic Jersey  singlehandedly made the NFL Must-Not-Watch TV for millions of Americans?
The NBA and Major League Baseball have been trying for decades to catch up to the NFLs popularity. Kaepernick did more to aid that cause than Magic-and-Larry, McGwire-and-Sosa, Air Jordan and LeBron James ever did.
Now thats influence.
If you didnt know better youd think Major League Soccer execs were sitting around one day spit-balling marketing ideas and one said, Ive got it! Lets secretly pay a quarterback refuse to stand for the National Anthem! That will cause one of the biggest stinks in NFL history and accelerate our 300-year plan to take over America by at least a century.
MLS didnt have to spend a penny because Kaepernick sincerely believed in his cause. He was willing to stick by his principles, at least until he became a free agent and needed a job, but thats another story.
Kaepernicks non-stand made the backupTony Dorsett Youth Jersey  quarterback for the NFLs worst team one of the most talked-about sports figures in recent history. Thats a pretty neat trick.
He became a hero to plenty of people, all of whom are elated their guy made Times list. So did Vladimir Putin, who also refuses to stand for the National Anthem.
When Time bestows these honors, its purpose is not necessarily to honor the recipients accomplishments. Its to sell magazines, get clicks and recognize that those accomplishments had impact.
Personally, I have a hard time taking any list that includes RuPaul very seriously. But Time informs me that he is having a huge influence on the drag queen community, so what do I know?
The magazine has been stirring confusion and outrage since 1938, when Adolf Hitler tore up the Treaty of Versailles, took over Czechoslovakia and got the Holocaust rolling. That earned him Times Man of the Year award.
The Ayatollah Khomeini won it in 1979 for running the Shah out of Iran and starting the Islamic revolution.
Im not comparing Kaepernick to the Ayatollah, though Khomeini did have almost as many TD passes last season. The point is that being influential is not the same as being honorable.
That was established long before Joseph Stalin became a two-time Man of the Year winner, so why is anybody outraged over Kaepernick getting http://www.authenticcowboysstore.com/shop-by-players-chaz-green-jersey-c-2_32.html a pat on the head from Time?
Because people love to get outraged these days and media is happy to stoke those flames.
Kaepernicks influence on the NFLs overall popularity fueled about 3.2 million hours of sports-talk debate. His fans said the leagues decline was due to the presidential election, Roger Goodells ineptitude, concussion fallout, sorry matchups, Tom Bradys suspension and Russian collusion.
Poll after poll, not to mention a few million internet comments, said Kaepernick deserved at least some of the credit.
Or is it the blame?
That depends on how you feel about the guy.
But if youre outraged that Kaepernick ishttp://www.authenticraiderssale.com/shop-by-players-menelik-watson-jersey-c-2_49.html  considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world, youre just proving how influential he has become to you.
 
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