Call it an indication of the general declining sense of urgency regarding the National Football League that we are just so happening to be getting around to this story about a week after the fact. But anyhow Colin Kaepernick’s former teammates on the San Francisco 49ers FINALLY won a game on Sunday, November 12.
The 49ers prevailed 31-21 at home at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara over the hapless, severely-compromised-by-injuries, now 1-8 New York Giants.
By winning, it became possible to extend the relatively obvious mocking of the team nickname, just with a shift at this point from “San Francisco 0-9ers” to “San Francisco 1-9ers.” (That general idea will work until at least Week 12 of the NFL Season/Sunday, November 26, as the 49ers have their bye week Week 11; Had the 49ers lost, it just wouldn’t sound right to call them the “San Francisco 0-10ers,” even as more worthy of ridicule as the situation would have become.)
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The losing legacy and just plain bad karma of Colin Kaepernick have been a dark cloud over the 49ers’ 2017 season … even though Kaepernick has not been a member of the team since choosing to opt out of his contract with them in March 2017.
Now-unemployed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs (Image Source: USA Today Sports)
Taking into account the latter part of “Kaepernick Era” for the 49ers, the team’s win over the Giants made their record in their last 25 games 2-23, with a record in their last 41 games of 7-34.
It should be recalled that, in October, as reported by USA Today:
“… roughly 20 49ers players took a knee during the anthem when San Francisco played at Indianapolis. Vice President Mike Pence left the stadium shortly after in what was believed [BY SOME … but USA Today leaves those words out of course] to be a publicity stunt, and President Trump later tweeted that he had instructed Pence to do so.
[49ers strong safety Eric] Reid ranked among the earliest player to join Kaepernick in the protests when the quarterback first initiated them last year. He has taken the lead in San Francisco while remaining vocal on the need for change, even though Kaepernick no longer is on the team. …”
Numerous San Francisco 49ers players kneel during the National Anthem before a game in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, October 1. Source: Twitter via TheHill.com.