INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The polls say you don’t want Colin Kaepernick.
Although, as we saw from a recent presidential election of some import, I will concede that polls don’t always tell the whole story. The same with my Facebook and Twitter responses; while the overwhelming majority of them have been negative and filled with name-calling directed at me and Kaepernick, I know from experience that readers are more likely to respond when they vehemently disagree with something you’ve written.
That said, the returns are in, and it’s abundantly clear, you don’t want Kaepernick despite the fact that Andrew Luck is still not practicing, and neither Scott Tolzien nor Stephen Morris has set this training camp on fire. A WTHR Facebook poll of nearly 20,000 respondents showed that 70.6 percent don’t want him here and 29.4 percent said he should be signed. Rich Nye of WTHR also did a poll on his Facebook page; of 769 votes, 57 percent said no, 43 percent said yes. The most common refrain among those opposed to Kaepernick’s signing:
If they bring him here, I’ll never go to a Colts game again.
It amazes me – well, no it doesn’t – that there was nary a peep of discontent when the Colts gave nose tackle David Parry a second chance after he got drunk, stole a golf cart, wrecked it and then unleashed homophobic, misogynistic, threatening comments towards police officers.
Because, well, Parry stands for the national anthem. And doesn’t wear socks depicting a police officer as a pig.
I’m not going to re-argue the point that the Colts really need Kaepernick (shoot, the Dolphins just signed noted coach- and lockerroom-killer Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 contract) or how he is being blackballed or any of that. I made my point. And you made yours.
Here are some offerings (using first names only):
From R.J.: “Right to the point, you were a bad columnist at the Star and I see you’ve gone downhill. You’re as bad as National Enquirer writers, pretty much printing anything to generate a column. How you keep your column is unknown, one can only assume it’s through blackmail…’’
You’re right. I have several compromising photos of Dave Calabro with his hair totally unkempt; I mean, really messy. You got me.
From John: “Sign this goofball and you could be the only one left in the stadium.’’
That would certainly help the traffic flow into and out of Lucas Oil Stadium.
From Mark: “Are you Fcrazy or Fstupid? To even suggest getting this anti-American dbag should be grounds for your termination.’’
Don’t give my bosses any foolish ideas, OK?
From Randy: “Kravitz, you were never known for your intelligence. If the Colts end up putting him on the team, mark my words, attendance will go down. The way you think perhaps the Colts should see if Kim Jong-Un can throw a football. Signed, A Veteran.’’
According to news reports out of North Korea, Dear Leader can throw an 80-yard pass on a rope off his back foot. And then he catches his own pass. Remarkable.
From Mike: “Do you think that we Colts fans and our team are really that hard up? I personally think that you have a problem!’’
My friend, I have lots of problems, most of which require intense psychotherapy and various pale ales. But have you see Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris? Yes, I would use the term “hard up.’’
From Parker: “NO ONE WANTS THAT MUSLIM LOVING AMERICAN HATER HE WOULD BE THE DEMISE OF THE COLTS AND EVEN THOUGH IT’S PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE YOU AREN’T TO BRIGHT HOW CAN YOU EXCUSE WHAT HE DID. YOU ARE A DIRTBALL BUT THAT IS EVEN BELOW A DOUCH BAG!!!!! CAN’T STAND YOU NEVER HAVE LIKED YOU.’’
OK, so I’m a little bit unclear about this: You don’t like the idea? Help me out with more all-caps.
From Steve on Twitter: “Sorry Bob, but you’ve been terrible lately. Not gonna unfollow, just block.’’
Just mute me. That way my feelings won’t be hurt so badly.
From Mason on Twitter: “This is the stupidest thing you’ve ever written. And that is saying a lot because I respect you as a writer. The NFL was not okay with him.’’
Oh, Mason, I’ve written stupider. Like the day in Denver in the mid-90’s when I called for the Broncos to trade John Elway – who went on two win two consecutive Super Bowls.
From Rick on Twitter: “Can we permanently ban Kravitz from the state of Indiana! He only speaks stupid garbage. #StickToTheDumbSportofHockey’’
Hockey? Dumb? Now you’re hitting me where it hurts.
From Nick on Twitter: “How many clicks compared to other recent articles, out of curiosity? Seems too easy.’’
You won’t buy this, but I don’t write for clicks. I write what I find interesting, and if others find it compelling and thought-provoking, cool. But since you asked, a typical column gets around 2,000 clicks on my Facebook page. Last I checked, this one was at 31,294. So it left a mark. That’s a good thing, right?
It’s not all been anti-Kaepernick sentiment and pitchforks, though. Some people actually agree with me, none of whom currently work for the Indianapolis Colts, but some fans see my point. No, they are not friends and family.
Jim from Twitter: “A backup with experience and a cheap price tag should always be considered regardless of his past. We’ve hired worse than a protestor.’’
I’m not sure how cheap he would be, but, then, nobody has really endeavored to find out. But yes, they’ve had some bad actors on their roster. All Kaepernick has done is make political statements, some I agree with and others I don’t. But that’s what’s great about America, last I checked.
From Brian on Twitter: “Why are athletes not allowed to use their platform? And police brutality should not be a political issue, it’s a humanitarian issue.’’
Keep the tweets and emails coming.
I know you will.