By Drew Stevens (@lookwhatdrewdid)
It’s as simple as this, Aaron Rodgers.
If you no longer want any part of an organization whose general manager has begun to dig your grave even as you continue to withstand the rigors of professional quarterbacking with flying colors, then you should most certainly look for a change of scenery. You see how well things are working out for Tom Brady after he ended his longterm relationship with New England, right?
He found greener — and far warmer — pastures in Tampa Bay. Now while it may be tempting to move across country where friendlier climates and your childhood favorite 49ers play, remember, that team blew its chance with you years ago. Besides, the coldest dish of revenge you could serve that bay green and cheese gold-colored front office would be aligning yourself with its sworn enemy, the Chicago Bears.
That’s how you retaliate against Brian Gutekunst, who had the audacity to trade up to select Jordan Love in last year’s NFL Draft, and head coach Matt LaFleur, who was a little too eager to co-sign that move and chose Mason Crosby’s leg, not your invaluable arm, when it mattered most. After all, when you have a chance to really stick it to your ex you don’t date a stranger. You round the bases with the best friend.
Think about it.
Not only would you move from the hallowed ground at Lambeau Field to that at Soldier Field, but you’d also go from being one of the city’s most hated visitors to one of its most beloved residents a la Dennis Rodman.
Plus, you love it here. Or at least that’s what I took from how you talked about the chills you feel before game time listening to both Jim Cornelison belt out the national anthem and Bears fans equally resounding reaction. “Those tingles over the years have made that place a really special environment,” you said in December. “And I do have a lot of respect for the organization, the fan base, their team.”
And we for you, albeit begrudgingly.
But you can’t really blame us for that though, can you? I mean, you did author a 35-16 beat down with your 240 yards and four touchdowns just a few days after speaking so highly of practically all things Chicago. Not to mention that was the 10th victory of your career in the Windy City in the 13 times you’ve played here. Hard feelings are even harder to shake when they’re mixed with the envy of watching your arch-rival swap one hall-of-fame signal caller for another while our carousel of mediocrity at that position continues to turn nonstop.
You can change that. You can rip that ride from its lousy rails. It’ll take some convincing, maybe even a little acting on your part. You’re pretty believable in those State Farm commercials. How good are you at faking or threatening retirement?
As far as compensation goes, tell Gutekunst we can offer the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft and future first-round picks in each of the next two as well. There figures to be a nice crop of blue chip offensive lineman this summer. Something for him to keep in mind given his franchise left tackle, David Bakhtiari, will be playing the rest of his career on a surgically-repaired knee. Also, considering how Kevin King had two touchdowns scored on him and drew a crippling defensive pass interference penalty that essentially robbed you of the chance to play in your second Super Bowl, it seems an upgrade at cornerback is in order. We’ve got a promising one in Jaylon Johnson he might be interested in, too.
If that package doesn’t move him, perhaps we can throw in the tag-and-trade of Allen Robinson. We’d much rather have the two of you here, but if we must sacrifice our most lethal offensive threat then so be it. You’re that special to us. Even today, just a handful of months from beginning your 17th year in the NFL.
Look. Breaking up is hard. There’s no two ways about it. But once you finish sopping up the best comfort food our city has to offer, you’ll adjust. You’ll see that while the sum of the Bears’ current weapons don’t yet compare to that of Davante Adams, Aaron Jones and Robert Tonyan, you’ve had far less to work with in your career than David Montgomery, Cole Kmet and Darnell Mooney.
None of this is to say you’d find the type of immediate success that Brady’s found with the Buccaneers. What it does mean is your arrival would, quite frankly, send an already rabid fanbase over the moon; push our mockery of a front office into credible standing; and our overworked defense into more favorable situations.
If nothing else, how satisfying would it be to flip the league’s oldest rivalry on its head, to force Gutekunst and LaFleur to forever rue the day they chose Love?
In Green Bay you had to escape the shadow of Brett Farve — who, against conventional wisdom, was cast out to the Jets of all teams after reaching near-deity status as a Cheeshead, his association with the Packers being the only one that can rival yours post-Bart Starr. Here, in Chicago, you’d cast a shadow as far as our franchise’s list of starting quarterbacks is long before you even threw your first pass in dark navy and orange.
The offseason is long. Our patience for a player your caliber has been woefully longer.
Just give it some thought.
It seems there’s no lack of opinion regarding who 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden should have selected as his running mate, a decision that became public earlier this week.
As far as this writer is concerned, Biden could’ve chosen Daniel Snyder as his running mate and I’d be no less hell-bent to cast a vote in his favor in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election given that the only other choice is going to be the incumbent and incomprehensible Donald Trump.
But as for another well-over-his head figurehead in Washington D.C. — Snyder, the Washington Football Team owner who, in July, begrudgingly dropped the ethnic-slur-of-a nickname by which his franchise had been known for decades and is currently embattled with claims of sexual harassment alleged to have been perpetrated by several Washington team executives and personnel, clearly wasn’t on any list of Democratic vice presidential candidates. That list’s top billing would belong to someone who has represented her birth state of California as both an attorney general and senator, and, until December 2019 had herself campaigned to take a crack at the seat in the Oval Office.
The installation of Kamala Harris onto the Democratic ticket is historic as the first of its kind for a woman with either Black or Asian American roots, as Harris has of both. Still, the choice was met with a mixture of perturbation and praise Tuesday.
Without delay, criticism of her light handling of police misconduct in the last several years of her decades-long career as a prosecutor permeated various social media platforms.
People continue to struggle to square her emergence as a vociferous opponent of systemic racism and police brutality — Harris has publicly expressed frustration with the lack of charges brought against the three Louisville, Kentucky police officers who killed Breonna Taylor, and she was among a group of Democrats who introduced the Justice in Policing Act in June to, among other things, ban chokeholds, racial profiling and the no-knock warrant that resulted in Taylor’s death — with her prosecutorial past and infrequent intervention in cases involved with killings by police.
It’s a fruitless tug-of-war between two inescapable realities, really, considering what looms in the distance.
Simply put, poll dodging or punching the ticket of any candidate not named Biden come November 3rd only enhances the probability of an incumbent president who ranks among the very worse this nation has ever had continuing to make his version of America great again. That design did feature a healthy economy and a reduction in unemployment prior to the novel Coronavirus outbreak in February.
However, rampant dishonesty, subversion and blatant divisiveness were included in that package, too. In fact, after former Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between his campaign and Russia a month after he was acquitted of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, this is perhaps the first time in his presidency that Trump has not been under investigation.
To be clear, while he did not conclude a crime had been committed in the 2016 presidential election Mueller didn’t exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice.
Ironically enough, Trump is deliberately complicating the delivery of mail-in ballots at a time when an unprecedented number of Americans are expected to vote by mail due to COVID-19. Under the guise that universal mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud, Trump is opposed to supplying the United States Postal Service with the estimated funding it needs to properly run the election, thereby bolstering his bid for a second term as commander-in-chief.
This is our president?
Someone who is willing to sabotage democracy in the name of sore losing.
Someone who is quick to resort to name-calling like a petulant child.
Someone who trivializes a global pandemic at every turn.
This Democratic pairing doesn’t evoke the overwhelming audaciousness of hope that Biden, then-vice president elect, and former president-elect Barack Obama did in the fall of 2008. But the Biden-Harris ticket isn’t the worst-case scenario, either.
That one has already happened.