How Sitting Has Transformed Into Kneeling In The NFL

How Sitting Has Transformed Into Kneeling In The NFL

The fact that the NFL players, men looked up to by young people all over, standing in unity, to protest what they believe in, is truly American.

From the beginning of Trump's presidency, he has been a very controversial president. Some admire his lack of processing thoughts before actions, and others, like myself, wish he would start thinking a more before opening his mouth.

Trump's last freak out is not one to turn the other way to. Trump has had a battle with the NFL before, and this is just a reason for him to try to battle them once again.

After NFL football player, Colin Kaepernick, sat for the National Anthem in a pre-season game in 2016, the sparks began to fly about this controversy. Kaepernick later stated, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." Kaepernick is now a free agent, many believing his race and this situation had a lot to do with it.

Sitting has now transformed into kneeling, as the entire Cowboys football team, including the coach knelt during the game. President Trump saw this act of protest and later tweeted, "...should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!" This tweet and with Trump calling the protesting football members "sons of bitches" sent me into a frenzy.

It has been stated over and over again, this protest is not about the flag, our nation or the people who have served/died for it. This has always been about race and the police brutality going on in America. In my opinion, I think the fact that the NFL players, men looked up to by young people all over, standing in unity, to protest what they believe in, is truly American.

It angers me the most that the President has not denounced the white supremacists that were at the Charlottesville protests, but is more angered by football players peacefully and quietly protesting. This adds onto my already low tolerance for him.

In the end, there are going to be more and more football teams to do peaceful protests like this without letting Trump's unkind, and unprofessional words effect them.

I hope that other professional sports teams that feel the same as these angered football teams should speak out as they did. Unite, organize, and empower the young people of America. I know I felt more proud as an American than I have in a long time when I saw these men exercising their rights. It's a learning lesson, young or old, Americans all over can take.

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What Will Happen When You Use Someone As A Rebound

Don't break someone else's heart just to get those pieces to fix yours. It doesn't work that way.
Maddy O
Maddy O

I'm a good person that attracts the wrong type of people. It just occurred to me that in every serious relationship I've been in thus far, my significant other has used me as a rebound. You would think by now I would've learned my lesson, right? Wrong. It's because I always give people the benefit of the doubt. I'm always the optimist that jumps into new relationships blindly. I give 100% while my partner only gives 50%. It hurts when you think you're not good enough for someone. You feel like it's your fault and that there's something wrong with you. However, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Unless you're dating a sociopath, your partner's conscience will eventually catch up to them. In the long run it won't be you that will be hurting, it will be them. If you think you're someone's rebound, here are some steps you need to take:

Trust Your Gut

There's a reason you're reading this article. You've seen too many signs and red flags. Your partner seems to always bring up their ex at inappropriate moments and you don't know why. You feel like you're always being compared to them and that you're not good enough. Your self esteem has taken a huge hit because of this. Stop. Know that this is extremely unhealthy and you need to look at things from a different perspective. If this keeps going on things will get much worse. Trust your gut and do something about it.

Confront Them

This could get a little tricky. If your partner is already under investigation for using you as a rebound, it probably means they aren't really an honest person to begin with. Asking them up front may get you a dishonest answer...and they will continue to use you. However, asking won't kill you and they may tell the truth. Always be honest with yourself though. Can you really stand to hear them talk about their ex one more time?

Decide

Is it really worth the pain? (no further explanation required)

Break Up With Them

They don't deserve someone like you. You are NOT the problem! Try and look at things from a different perspective and don't be overly negative. Understand that you will walk away from this with no regrets because you gave that relationship your all. You were not selfish and didn't hold back what you felt...that is something to be proud of. They on the other hand, will have many regrets. Don't hang on to this toxic person because you're afraid of being alone. Be strong and do what you need to do.

The No Contact Rule

Most people are already very familiar with this rule. For those who don't know, the "no contact rule" is having no contact with your ex after the breakup for an extended period of time (normally around 4 weeks). No texting, calling, FB messaging, etc. Do not even text them if they text you first. Warning: the first two weeks usually suck, but I promise you it's worth it. In the end, you will prove to yourself that you can live without this person.

It'll Be Different For Them

Understand that you'll probably hurt a lot more because you were way more invested into the relationship then they were. All the more reason to break up with them. However, the tables will turn eventually. Their conscious will catch up to them and they will be consumed with guilt and not know what to do with it. They will realize what a terrible mistake they had made by using you.

What Happens Afterwards

Maybe you guys work it out. Maybe they prove themselves worthy and you ride off into the sunset together. If that happens, more power to you. More than likely though, this person was just in a chapter of your life that needs to be closed. Using someone as a rebound is what a selfish and weak person does. You don't need someone like that in your life.

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For all the users out there: The world works in mysteries ways...you will always get served what you deserve.

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North American League Of Legends Power Rankings And Predictions For Week 1

With four new teams, everything has changed

Being the first season since franchising, having four new teams and a ton of movement of players makes this season look exciting. Not only this but a season that could change the usual power structure of teams and promoted the rise of new teams and growth for not just LCS but also esports. I have predicted games from both days but go into more detail for games on day 1 while also looking over the teams. Finally I have my power rankings of the ten teams prior to week 1 games.

Team Solo Mid VS Team LIQUID

The North American LCS season spring season opened up on the 20th with a match-up of two age-old teams; Team Liquid and TSM. While both teams have legacies, they are both very different teams in comparison to last season. Not only this, but these teams are two of the six remaining teams from pre-franchising. We should expect both teams going at it to show who they are in this new age of League of Legends esports.

As the season starts, I question will this new Team Liquid be in the bottom half or be top "four" as the memes use to suggest way back in the day. With an Immortals second-hand line up with someone as talented as Doublelift and someone as sturdy in the top lane as Impact, I am expecting them to be in the top 5. I think when a season starts, one of the biggest things is synergy. Which I believe Liquid has somewhat with 3 of 5 of Immortals old squad.

Against TSM though, I am worried about how they will perform. With a powerhouse in the jungle with MikeYueng and the EU gods of bottom lane, it's up in the air. In terms of skill, I believe the teams are somewhat on par with each other. But the synergy built between Zven and Mithy is something that should scare all of NA. But TSM had a great bot lane, so I feel like the real change is this jungle, having someone who knows how to play will bring TSM to its former glory in my views, rather it might. And with a new coaching staff, it could spice up TSM's strategy and give them some momentum. I give the game to TSM.

100 Thieves vs Optic Gaming

Right after the clash of the old comes two of the four new teams going right at it. I give the game easily to 100 Thieves. I say this because Optics line up (Zig, Akaadian, PowerOfEvil, Arrow and LemonNation) just seems really weak to me. I think Lemon is probably the worst support from last season and is going to only hold Arrow back. While Arrow and POE are extremely good, I feel like they won't mesh the team. Akaadians a powerhouse, but he is unreliable and while his style will work really well with an aggressive Zig, bot side is going to be so weak that any team will just focus botside when going against Optic. The team seems thrown together to me, and just don't see much coming from them, at least with LemonNation.

Against them, is a team I am very excited for. As an old-school Meteos fan, seeing him come back is always fun, and he's still super talented. Not only this but having Ssumday and CodySun (both who I see as best in their role in the NALCS) gives them an all-star lineup. And having the legend himself, Aphromoo helping to develop and support Cody will produce a real scare in the bot lane which will compare to Zven and Mithy. And with the consist Ryu mid lane that reminds me of the CLG Pobelter, this team looks amazing and I am very excited to see them dominate.

Clutch Gaming vs Golden Guardians

Again, we will see two new teams going up. But they are more or less last seasons Envy (Clutch) vs just what I see as the weakest team in the region. My feelings toward Hai are similar to LemonNation, he needs to retire. His strategic wisdom is amazing but his actual micro skill on the rift is just horrid in comparison to most other midlaners. While GG has Contractz (which I am still confused by), they seem to be just a very weak team. While Clutch has Envy's bot lane, Apollo and Hakuho, and Lira, I feel like they will have similar problems to last season. But with Febiven, I may be wrong. But I would put my money on them being bottom five and nothing spectacular. I give the game to Clutch.

Echo Fox vs Flyquest

Other than a horrid midlaner (Fenix) Echo Fox looks super good and I am expecting them to come out strong this first week. With Huni top lane, Dardoch jungle, and Altec/Adrian bot lane this team looks amazing. They seem similar to 100 Thieves, having a super strong top/jungle being super aggressive and carry oriented and then a consistent and powerful bot lane. Midlane, they are slightly worse off in my views. Fenix is talented, but I don't think they need an aggressive midlaner, rather someone like Ryu to hold down the fort mid lane and not take risks. Though they look good, and against Flyquest they look really good. Flyquest does have Flame, but I am not expecting Anda to really support Flame up top or Fly mid really and their bot lane looks weak. Wildturtle is good but easily in the bottom half of ADC's and I don't think Stunt will really change things. I give the win to Echo Fox.

Counter Logic Gaming vs Cloud9

The schedule ends the day like it started, with two teams with huge legacies clashing. This should be an exciting game, with both teams keeping more or less the same lineups other than jungle, this game is really important to show how they have come together as a team with their new jungler. CLG getting Reignover, they power in the jungle has risen a ton from their time with Dardoch and OmarGod. But with the loss of Aphroomoo, I was worried about them. Getting Biofrost though, who while not as good in terms of micro skill, gives me the belief this is not only a stronger team but a more cohesive team.

Cloud9, on the other hand, is not looking anywhere as strong. They replaced their jungle with Svenskeren, who I see as just a horrible player and jungler. I can not see an upside of the move at all for C9. I think they downgraded just a monumental amount, and with a new top laner as well, I am not feeling well in their early season performance. Knowing C9 though, they will pull through midway through the season, but early on they look not only a lot weaker than last season, but weak in comparison to many other teams. I give this game to CLG.

My day 2 predictions are as follows...

Team Liquid win over Optic

TSM win over Flyquest

100 Thieves win over CLG

Cloud9 win over Golden Guardians

Echo Fox win over Clutch


Preseason Power Rankings

1) TSM

2) 100 Thieves

3) CLG

4) Team Liquid

5) Echo Fox

6) Cloud9

7) Clutch

8) Optic

9) Flyquest

10) Golden Guardians

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