Michigan and Michigan State players raise fists during national anthem

Posted by    |    September 25th, 2016 at 9:21 am

Following protests at Eastern Michigan, other players in the state join in.

Protests at the Eastern Michigan game last night reverberated throughout the state of Michigan. This week, racist graffiti was found on the campus of Eastern Michigan. The town of Ypsilanti, home to EMU, is a 10-minute drive from Ann Arbor.

Before Michigan’s game before Penn State, multiple Wolverines players raised fists during the national anthem.

Earlier in East Lansing, Michigan State players joined in solidarity.

Three Michigan State player raise fists during national anthem https://t.co/mTVXvnBguX (photos vis @mulho2mj ) pic.twitter.com/aZGDwX3CK6

— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) September 24, 2016

After the game and to his credit, coach Mark Dantonio supported his players asserting their right to protest.

Dantonio has no problem with 3 players who raised fist during anthem: “This is America. And that’s what the flag stands for.”

— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) September 24, 2016

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh supported his players as well.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the last four, five, six weeks,” he said. “I mean, because I’m a football coach doesn’t mean I can dictate to people what they believe.”

Harbaugh came under fire for his response in late August to recent protests by Colin Kaepernick.

Jim Harbaugh on Colin Kaepernick: “I acknowledge his right to do it. But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”

— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 29, 2016

After that initial criticism, Harbaugh walked the comments back.

I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to

— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 29, 2016

At least publicly, it’s clear from the video above that Harbaugh has come to view protests a bit differently.

Typically, college football players are in the locker room while the national anthem is played. But these players took the opportunity to stand up for something they believe in, and they’re just the most recent in what is a growing list of athletes to do so. They certainly won’t be the last.

Washington vs. Giants 2016: Time, TV schedule and live stream

Posted by    |    September 25th, 2016 at 8:20 am

Washington is still looking for its first win of the season.

The season may only be two weeks old, but Washington is already searching for answers after a disappointing 0-2 start. Things won’t get any easier when they travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants, who are looking to put distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC East.

Washington won the division last season on the strength of Kirk Cousins’ surprising hot stretch towards the end of the year. Instead of committing long-term money to the pending free agent, the team instead put the franchise tag on Cousins. That appears to have been a shrewd move, because Cousins has regressed back into a turnover machine.

Through the first two games, Cousins already has three interceptions compared to just one touchdown pass. He’s been making critical mistakes in the red zone, including this truly hideous pick against the Dallas Cowboys that killed Washington’s comeback attempt in Week 2.

Washington has an innate talent for stirring up locker room drama when the team isn’t winning — it’s been a running theme throughout the Dan Snyder era. Sure enough, after last week’s loss the anonymous sources were at it again, with Mike Florio reporting that there’s “grumbling” in the locker room and some players would prefer Colt McCoy to be the starter. If Cousins and the team can’t get back on the wagon, things could quickly unravel for Jay Gruden and company.

The Giants have no such drama, mostly because they’re actually winning games. It hasn’t been pretty through two weeks, but 2-0 with a win over the divisional rival Cowboys is as good as they could’ve hoped for after last year’s 6-10 letdown.

New York spent huge money in the offseason to fix the defense, and the early returns have been promising. Damon Harrison instantly shored up the run defense, while Jason Pierre-Paul looks like his old self again and Janoris Jenkins has been a much-needed impact player in the secondary. The Giants’ defense has been good enough to grind out a 20-19 win over Dallas and pull off a 16-13 nail-biter over the New Orleans Saints.

The Giants are fortunate their defense is performing, because the offense has been surprisingly stagnant thus far. Despite facing the Saints’ porous defense, the Giants never found the end zone on offense, with their only touchdown coming on a blocked field goal attempt by Jenkins. Ben McAdoo will certainly be happy with the 2-0 start, but his team still has a lot to work on.

Fortunately, the defensive investments appear to have paid off and you gotta figure Odell Beckham Jr. won’t be held under 100 yards every week. With Sterling Shepard excelling as a rookie and Victor Cruz completing his comeback, Beckham hasn’t been asked to carry the load like he has the past two years. Still, the Giants have to get him going if they want to prove their fast start to the season isn’t a fluke.

How to watch

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Place: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.


Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews

Online: Sunday Ticket, Fox Sports GO (requires cable/satellite subscription)