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Monday, August 28, 2017

"Are you ready for some football without the stress of politics..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #203)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Ivanka-Obama Da Dog!

Publishers note 
August 21, 2017 was the 1st total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979. We had a 30% visible eclipse in Hawaii during the totality.
 During totality eclipse watchers viewed the corona safely without special glasses. I had the rare opportunity of photographing the Corona during totality!

Blog #1956~Kimo's world's #203

This blog also appeared as a stand alone column in the 09-01-17 edition of the Garden
Island news under the title; "Absolutely ready for some football."

Are you ready for some football without the stress of politics 

 My favorite time of year is around the corner. I love the fall, the days are shorter, the weather in Hawaii becomes a little cooler and the sunrises and sunsets become more colorful as we approach winter. The encore or as we say in Hawaii, the Hana Hou is that it's football season!

"Are you ready for some football?"  A jingle everybody knows from Monday night football's theme song. A catchy jingle that goes on in an endless loop in my head this time of year as September is right around the corner and opening day is nearing for the NFL football season.

I am an NFL football junkie and if my favorite team the Buffalo Bill are not playing, I still watch the top teams compete. I enjoy a good  professional football game more than a Hollywood movie.

The big news this year is no NFL owner wants to take the chance on placing former San Francisco quarterback Kolin Kaepernick

Kolin Kaepernick's recent  protests of taking a knee during the country's national anthem before the football games  last season while playing for  the San Francisco  49'ERS has led to him being black balled from working in the NFL according to many sources.

The introduction of politics into our national sport by Kaepernick, unless countered (objected to )by a majority of members, will kill the sport.
It will also happen in Hollywood and the entertainment business, and more importantly, the media.
The NFL is a business, not a platform for the players to exercise free speech. If I started this type of protest in my work place my employer would say, "best of luck we support your goals, but not while you are working on our dime."

The management of teams that put up with this is a joke. Protest all you want in the off season or when your off camera but not when you are on the payroll making millions for a team owner that is being threatened by fans that they will not attend games if this continues.  Imagine if any of you protested your passions while at work?

Fans do not want politics interwoven with their football. Football is an escape for many to get away from the stresses of daily life including and not limited to politics. Once you include politics in football it ruins  the aura from the get go. Owners and coaches realize this and do not want locker room and media distractions taking away from team efforts.
  Check out this article; NFL Executive Drops Brutal Dose of Truth on Colin Kaepernick
All of the  protests started on the night of August 26, 2016  when Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before the 49ers pre-season game against the  Packers. It might have been missed altogether had a reporter from the NFL Network not noticed and asked him about it after the game.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” 
Kolin Kaepernick  was adopted by white parents, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick.
His biological father was African-American. His biological mother, Heidi (Zabransky) Russo, is white. The surname “Kaepernick” is German. Kolin grew up in white suburbia and never lived a day of being oppressed.

Ironically Kaepernick's
national anthem protests are riding over into anti Trump protests and this whole tearing down of statues. 
Like I said. Are you ready for some Football without the stress of politics?   I know I am. ;-)

 Read what Hall of fame football legend Jim Brown has to say about Kolin Kaepernick 
Colin Kaepernick needs to choose between being activist or football player
Jim Brown was both an activist and a great football player. But he doesn’t think Colin Kaepernick can be.
Brown told The PostGame.com that he thinks Kaepernick has to make a choice between the two, and Brown seems to think Kaepernick has not chosen wisely.
“Colin has to make up his mind, whether he’s truly an activist, or whether he’s a football player,” Brown said. “If you try to be both in a situation, football is commercial, you have owners, you have fans, and you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money. If you have a cause, I think you should organize it, present it in a manner where it’s not only you standing on one knee, but a lot of people that are going to get behind each other and do something about it. I ask you one question: Who is Colin calling on to follow what he’s talking about? So many of us have always done it, and we’re here to help anyone that wants to do it, but I would advise the young man, if you’re a football player, play football. If you’re going to be a real activist, use your money, use your notoriety.”
Read more;
Hana Hou, Encore!


Harmony Bentosino said...

I love your eclipse photo. I didn't think it was visible at all in Hawaii. I saw the last one here with totality, on the big Island.

KimoRosen said...

Mahalos Harmony, very technical to get the corona of the sun! ;-)

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Chester "Unc" Lau said by email, "Shalom Rabbi : 8/28/2017

Good to see you are back creating interesting blog again,take a rest from time to time to refresh your creative mind from political cesspools...

KimoRosen said...

Mahalos Unc,
But in case you didn't notice this was political!

Melinda Kontos said...

Excellent article!!! (referring to article in paper)

KimoRosen said...


Melinda Kontos said...

any time. We love you!

sendingit posted at 7:11 am on Fri, Sep 1, 2017. said...

Why does TGI give you a platform? You really are a kook. Leave us alone and go walk your dog "Ivanka"

Kapaacarebear posted at 5:45 pm on Fri, Sep 1, 2017. said...

Sendingit. You sound like a typical liberal bashing the writer for His freedom to express his views. And additionally making note that his dog is proudly named "Ivanka". Did you mock him when his dog was named "Obama"? Why even mention the dog. You are pathetic one.

Anonymous said...

The Garden Island news has rules for commenting, no personal attacks and to stay on topic? The people that get nasty on comments are those with monikers and avitats, never people using their legal names. I wish the newspapers would require commenters to use their legal names as is required of columnists and letter writers, then and only then they wouldn't be commenting like monkeys throwing poop at each other.

Letter to editor-Terri Mansfield, Kapaa said...

I would like to invite my Kapaa neighbor James “Kimo” Rosen to sit down with me in the next few days to discuss peace and nonviolence. His letter to the editor extolling football needs to be addressed. (“Absolutely ready for some football,” TGI, Sept. 1).
James’ letter misses the bigger picture: Football is a violent sport, reminiscent of the ancient days of Romans urging gladiators to maim each other, often fatally.
Football is a dangerous sport. The recent “PBS Frontline” two-part series: “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” discussing the long-term ramifications of concussions, all in order to “win,” leads us to ask … at what cost? Follow the money: Who benefits? See also the excellent movie “Concussion” starring Kauai friend and actor Will Smith.
More and more parents are refusing to let their children participate in youth football for many reasons.
For our species to evolve we must look beyond all aspects of violence to see the benefits of nonviolence. I work with a nonprofit that studies the positive scientific and economic impact of practicing the latter versus the former.
All of the passion and money and time that is devoted in the United States to watching football can be better used to serve our fellow neighbors in need. Those who are homeless, poor, hungry, suicidal need our support and encouragement. Religions and social services do an admirable job helping in this daily outreach. But there is so much more to do. The billions of dollars that are poured into football every year could be channeled into helping our less fortunate sisters and brothers to heal: Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The annual International Day of Peace is celebrated globally on Sept. 21. There are many symbols of peace on Kauai in the form of Peace Poles (www.peacepoles.com). The iconic phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is a plea following violent World War II, to urge our species to wake up and leave behind our immature violent ways to become a mature, beloved community. Kauai can lead the way!
Looking forward to meeting James and giving him a hug.
Terri Mansfield, Kapaa


Tommy said...

I didn't read the letter or the article yet but I can recall that while living on the island it was a little disappointing to see such an obsession with mainland football. At the same time the island was always quick to distance itself from the mainland in everything else — like it was some kind of poison and justifiably — the football was everywhere with Patriots, 49rs and Broncos banners hanging off every other house. I was never in the 7 a.m. NFL Sunday bar club and didn't have cable, but I always know who won the games because it was all that everyone talked about. I don't hate pro sports but I don't make it front and center of everything either.

Francine Grace said...

I got my two favorite teams & while it's entertaining for us to watch.
After watching "Concussion" with Will Smith & hearing from a relative of Junior Seau & reading about others that have taken their lives. It's a high price to pay for our entertainment.
And yeah while some will say "well they made the decision to play & the $$$$$, etc".; still All Lives Matter!!

Robert Bitos Gandia said...

Then they shouldn't watch then!! Get plenty channels other channels!!

Carrie Kneubuhl-Eckert said...

You know, people have to fine fault in everything now. Sneeze in front of someone and they will accuse you of racism. American is becoming a place I don't recognize anymore. Thank GOD, I am older and I won't have to put up with this like my children will. It is beyond ridiculous and is now insane.

Anonymous said...

The worlds gone insane! I actually thought this letter was tongue-n-cheek? Oy vey!

Fred Levinthol said...

that was a great article by you Kimo, that other was just an anti football nut! P.S. your nephew was great for UCLA yesterday! lol

KimoRosen said...

Fred, they brought back comments on the online edition, not everyone agrees with you, check out the comments, click on the link. If you have time copy and paste your comment?;-)


Pauly Bowers said...

I've seen the reports, watched the movies and have been warned. When my (then 7 year old) son told me he wanted to play, of course I was hesitant. Then I sat down, talked to some youth coaches, and found that they have completely revamped the way they are teaching the game. I also became a coach so I can experience this with my son first hand. It is not barbaric. It is a game that can be dangerous if it isn't taught and played the right way.

Pauly Bowers said...

Of course there is a chance my son will get injured? Sure. He could also get injured waiting for the school bus. It doesn't mean I won't send him to school. I teach him the right way to wait, lessening his chance of injury...

Carrie Eckert said...

Let's face it Kimo. Anytime anybody says or does something now you get jumped on by the mentally tormented. They have nothing better to do than sit on their moral high horse and scold you. The usual suspects think they can change people's minds with their elevated and righteous judgement. It is really pathetic. I can only feel sorry for them that they have nothing better to do in their life. Just bitter people.