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Kaepernick workout, planned for two weeks, was scrapped at the eleventh hour

PFT has confirmed that the Seahawks canceled a scheduled workout for quarterback Colin Kaepernick after Kaepernick declined to commit to standing for the national anthem as a member of the team. Another detail can now be added to the story.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the workout had been scheduled for two weeks. It was only as the date of the workout (Monday, April 9) approached that the Seahawks contacted Kaepernick with the last-minute request that he commit to standing for the anthem.

It’s not clear why the issue didn’t come up sooner, and it’s not clear why the Seahawks were so brazen and direct in their message to Kaepernick, in light of the league’s position that players cannot be forced to stand for the anthem. In a separate post, we’ll try to make sense of a development that, on the surface, seems more than a little nonsensical.

The Wild set a franchise postseason record for goals in a home game. Their high was a 7-2 victory at Vancouver in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 5, 2003. … After clinching their first-round series with a win in Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center in 2015 over St. Louis, the Wild lost both home games in a sweep by Chicago. Then they went 1-5 on their own ice in the playoffs over the last two years in series losses to Dallas and St. Louis. … Jets center Mathieu Perreault missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Toby Enstrom and center Matt Hendricks have yet to play in the series due to a lower-body injury. … Wheeler had the third postseason goal of his career in 28 games.

So what happened? Here’s a possible reason for why it wasn’t sustainable. Mayock had a habit, frankly, of injecting too much jargon into his commentary. That may impress hard-core football friends and observers, but it also can alienate casual fans.

The very best analysts find a sweet spot that caters to as many portions of the audience as possible, using high-level football knowledge to figure out what’s important as it’s all happening, and then using high-level broadcasting skills to explain it in a way that doesn’t make drive-by fans think they’re not smart enough to follow the action but that doesn’t make football experts believe the presentation has been dumbed down.

That’s why John Madden continues to be the standard by which all of the best analysts will be measured. He blended knowledge, passion, and a relatable, visceral charm into what became a weekly three-hour education in football, with lessons that still linger for many.

Here’s one thing I learned from Madden that I’ll never forget, and which remains true nearly a decade after his retirement: Play-callers almost always run the ball after an incomplete pass on first and 10. It’s a simple glimpse into the seemingly complex world of NFL strategy, allowing idiots like me to feel like they’re in the know while confirming for experts one of the basic human truths of calling plays.

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