Only grumpy old men don’t like Davis in HOF

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mark Kiszla, The Den­ver Post

Bet­ter than Martin. It is ab­so­lute non­sense to sug­gest Bron­cos run­ning back Terrell Davis low­ers the bar for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame. Cur­tis Martin got in the Hall, and no one would take him over T.D. Seth, Den­ver

Kiz: There are grumpy old men in my pro­fes­sion yelling at Davis to get off their lawn, as if they are the only true guardians of that hal­lowed foot­ball ground in Can­ton, Ohio. Well, Rick Gos­selin of The Dal­las Morn­ing News never rushed for 2,000 yards in an NFL sea­son, and Ron Borges of the Bos­ton Her­ald has yet to be named MVP of the Su­per Bowl. By any rea­son­able met­ric, the Bron­cos are un­der­rep­re­sented in the Hall of Fame.

A pain in the butt. When dis­cussing un­em­ployed quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick, you are a bit of a snowflake, Kiz. As a busi­ness owner, I have al­ways sought em­ploy­ees that could do the job and fit our cul­ture. I no more want a so­cial jus­tice war­rior than a hard drug user or a wife beater. Each takes away from what I’m try­ing to achieve: a first-rate cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence with profit that ac­crues to the busi­ness. Kaeper­nick, his skill not­with­stand­ing, is a pain in the butt. When hired on, he knew the rules. He chose to put him­self and his ac­tivism ahead of his ca­reer and is suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences. House rules! Joe, Cas­tle Rock

Kiz: Is there an NFL rule that re­quires a player to stand dur­ing the na­tional an­them? When com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell vis­ited Den­ver last week, he saluted Bron­cos line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall for raising his voice about so­cial is­sues. To the best of my knowl­edge, not a sin­gle Bron­cos player, coach or front-of­fice ex­ec­u­tive wor­ried that Mar­shall kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them was detri­men­tal to his pro­duc­tiv­ity or the team’s per­for­mance. Now maybe you ac­tu­ally do re­gard a silent protest as some­thing as bad as drug abuse, Joe. Hey, it’s your house. This snowflake is thank­ful not to work there.

NFL vs. the me­dia. It makes no sense that sports jour­nal­ists have made it their mission to paint Kaeper­nick as a vic­tim. It’s all pol­i­tics. NFL leans right, me­dia leans left. Adam, Pitts­burgh

Kiz: There are no pol­i­tics on the score­board. Kaeper­nick has thrown 72 touch­down passes in the NFL. He also has been the start­ing quar­ter­back in the Su­per Bowl. Dude can play a lit­tle. That’s what counts for me.

Bum­mer of a QB. Kaeper­nick is a team and fan-base killer. He’s a bum. Rich, rep­re­sent­ing the 970

Kiz: Can we re­visit the 2013 NFL play­offs? Kaeper­nick lost the NFC cham­pi­onship game 23-17 to Seat­tle. Two weeks later, those same Sea­hawks routed Pey­ton Man­ning 43-8 in the Su­per Bowl. You say Kaeper­nick is a bum. Seat­tle cor­ner­back Richard Sher­man told USA Today the league’s prob­lem with Kaeper­nick is a con­trol is­sue: “It’s not about foot­ball or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’ ”

A lit­tle help? And today’s parting shot is a tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming re­quest:

Kiz, if you could some­how get South­west Air­lines to quit run­ning the same com­mer­cial six times per Rock­ies tele­cast, I’ll fly you to Seat­tle or … ooh, Cabo. Thomas, Aurora

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