Kaepernick’s Mystique

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For every point there’s a counter point.  It’s the basis for setting up debate.  If performed properly, debate is healthy and can lead to new points of view for those that participate.  There can be an opportunity to learn and grow with additional ideas and information.  Unfortunately, debate can also bring out a blatant nastiness in people.  It becomes quite polarizing when an exchange of beliefs occurs between those on the “same team.”

I’m a man in my early 30’s.  I have two young children under the age of five.  When they disagree my go to term is “same team.” My goal is to get across that we’re trying to achieve the same thing here. Let’s just get along and all will be that much better.  What in the hell are we fighting each other for?  My purpose isn’t to implement some new parenting method never seen before to human kind.  And, believe me you, the effectiveness of it is certainly debatable.  But, instead of screaming obscenities it just became my way.  One day, it just came out of my mouth, and I’ve stuck to it ever since.

After watching Colin Kaepernick’s performance against the Chicago Bears, frustration from a high majority of San Francisco 49ers was unleashed.  It was downright ugly from those, at times, in the sphere of social media.  Sadly, it’s nothing new.  So what is it that Colin Kaepernick is working against within the 49ers fan base?

Kaepernick’s a polarizing figure.  In 2012, he replaced a well-liked man and quarterback in Alex Smith.  Kaepernick appeared on the scene showcasing a gazelle type running style and rocket arm that has rarely been seen in the history of the NFL.  Along with showcasing jaw dropping athletic ability, Kaepernick’s won football games.   Approaching two years later, Colin Kapernick is still winning football games.  His overall record (including playoffs) sits at 22-10.  If my math ability serves me correctly, that’s a 69% winning percentage.  For some 49ers “Faithful,” wins alone don’t appear to be enough to throw their full support behind Colin Kaepernick as the leader of the 49ers franchise.  But, why is that?

I’ve read various comment pages on multiple 49ers affiliated websites.  Twitter provides an open forum for anyone with a smart phone, device, or computer to express their unrelenting opinion as well. Kaepernick makes his way into a lot of 140 character tweets.  So, I do have a sample size.  Let’s delve into some of the more puzzling issues.

A common proclamation when Kaepernick struggles is to bring Alex Smith back.  Seriously?  I fully supported Alex Smith in his tenure with the 49ers.  He quarterbacked my team.  It was only natural to do so.  Alex Smith is a likeable person.  He said all of the right things as a member of the Niners organization.  He still does with the Chiefs too. There’s your kicker.  Alex Smith is a Chief.  Get over it. He is not coming back.  And, if we’re all honest with ourselves we’d know…..Alex Smith wasn’t very good with the 49ers.  Of course it wasn’t all on Alex Smith’s shoulders.  He wasn’t on very many good teams.  He endured coaching changes on a year to year basis.  But, to make excuses for Alex Smith defeats the purpose.  He’s a Kansas City Chief…..end of story.

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