Nike Took Its Motto To The Next Level And 'Just Did It' With Their New Ad On Colin Kaepernick

Nike Took Its Motto To The Next Level And 'Just Did It' With Their New Ad On Colin Kaepernick

With Nike revealing Colin Kaepernick as the cover of its 30th Anniversary "Just Do It" ad, will this hurt Nike's reputation?

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"Just Do It." You've seen this phrase everywhere- on television, billboards, ads. It's so catchy to say as it has molded into something we say in the norm. This phrase, first coined by in 1988, was a modification of the last words said by Gary Gilmore: "Let's Do It." Fast forward 30 years, the phrase is still staying strong with Nike, as the past few years, this phrase has been getting more attention than ever.

With this phrase having its 30th birthday, Nike decided to do something special with this phrase and put out an ad with Colin Kaepernick on the cover having the words 'Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just do it'. With many seeing Kaepernick on the cover, there has been both love and hate from this ad. But one question remains as Nike published this controversial ad: did they do the right thing?

Colin Kaepernick has had a very remarkable story since graduating college. Starting in 2011, he led the San Francisco 49ers to one Superbowl but fell short to the rival Baltimore Ravens 34-31. The season after, Kaepernick led to the 49ers to the NFC championship, where one miscue by a receiver made them fall short to another Superbowl. For the following years, Kaepernick started to fall apart, eventually losing the starting job to Blaine Gabbert and get traded to many teams, where he decided to be done with football. Those who aren't football junkies, you will probably remember him as the player that took a knee on the field during the National Anthem.

Regardless of what happened to him before, the past is the past. Since then, Kaepernick has been a phenomenal person. He's been raising money for all different kinds of causes, donated millions upon millions of dollars to help research for these causes and even won the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for doing all the work he's done. Many call him a racist, rude. But, like me, there are others who call him an idol, an inspiration, someone who should be looked up to as.

So, did Nike do the right thing? Yes, I believe they did. People ar.e just upset because the first thing they associate Colin Kaepernick with is him kneeling on the field. People are missing the message of this ad and how it's supposed to be inspirational for others. There is a very famous idiom that expresses what people are doing: "don't judge a book by its cover." People are seeing Kaepernick and not liking what he's doing because they just see him. They need to dig deeper and see what the actual message of the ad is.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Don't Be That Ole Miss Fan Who Leaves When Our Teams Need Our Support The Most

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team.

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After the beating we took last week from #1 Alabama, we all wanted to steer off the stadium until the next weekend. However, losing to the number one team in the nation shouldn't be depressing; they are number one for a reason.

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team. Yes, the game was exciting for a solid 11 seconds, but that doesn't mean that we should abort ship so soon.

I even caught myself wishing they would run the clock around the 3rd quarter, feeling as if this game was never going to end. And it wasn't until the very end of the game that I realized what we had been missing.

We had been missing support for our team. But not just football this weekend but every sport we have. If it isn't one of the big three, do you even care? I know that I didn't and sometimes still don't. Does anyone go to the women's rifle events? Do you know when the softball team plays? Do you even know if we have a hockey team?

Being an Ole Miss fan doesn't mean that we love either football, basketball, or baseball. Being an Ole Miss fan means that we love all three, and every other sport our students participate in.

I've heard from some members of the band that they were so impressed with the Vanderbilt student section, not because they were the rowdiest or best, but because after the football game, they all stayed, stood, and sang to their Alma Mater.

Do any of us even know our Alma Mater? I've met seniors who didn't even know we had one! Yes, its plastered on all the cups this year. Yes, its posted around campus. But do you know it, by heart? If you heard the tune, could you even identify it, much less sing along to it? Do you even know the words?

I'll be the first to tell you that I don't. I have approximately 20 or so cups that have it printed on there, yet I do not know the Ole Miss Alma Mater.

So, when we were getting ready to leave the game, it warmed and saddened my heart when our song played. It warmed my heart to see the remaining student section come together to sing and sway to our Alma Mater, but it saddened me to see how little of people there were to participate, especially since the stadium was packed mere hours earlier.

And if that isn't bad enough, our student section was a quarter empty after the 1st quarter. Imagine being a football player, looking out into the crowd to see your supporters and a quarter of them are gone before the beginning of the 2nd quarter. And every time you look back as the game progresses, more and more are gone until a small portion is left over, cheering you on.

Now, imagine that you are any other athlete in a non-recognized sport. Imagine all the hours you put into training, all the things that you have to miss out on, just for no one to be there supporting you. How disappointed would you feel?

We are an SEC school! We are a big deal! We are in the best conference in the world, competing against some of the best athletes across the country, and as a student and fan of this school, we should show our support not only to the big three but to all of them!

I dare you to branch out and go watch another sport! Stay for the full game, even if it takes all day. Try a new sport, it could be your favorite! Do it for the free t-shirts, do it for the concessions, do it for the free or cheap admissions fee. I don't care why you do it, but be like Nike and "just do it!" That is how we can be better! That is how we can be a better Ole Miss fan!

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