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Rick-o-chet: Napping, snapping, mapping...

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It’s too hot to maintain one train of thought for long, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and go take a nap:

I normally try to keep this side of the page fairly flippant and lighthearted, but that’s going to be a difficult task when it comes to Nike’s advertising deal with Colin Kaepernick. …

Emotions are high on both sides of this one, to the point where normally sensible people start making statements and arguments that simply don’t make sense. …

For the record, I have no problem with Nike’s decision. Without delving too deeply into political, racial or social viewpoints — judging from my Facebook timeline, everyone’s mind is made up anyway — the company has the right to spend its advertising dollars however it sees fit. …

At the same time, I will have no problem if many of you follow through on your threats to never again buy Nike apparel (or if you go out and spend tons of money in support of the ad campaign). …

If you burn Nike apparel you’ve already bought, however, I will have to question what you are hoping to accomplish. …

Only time will tell, but I’ve got a feeling the old adage “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” likely will come into play here. …

Finally, I’m reminded of something my late father used to say: Opinions are like (a certain body part). Everybody’s got one and thinks everyone else’s stinks. …

On that note, it’s time to take a deep breath and move on to other topics. …

Congratulations to Medina High graduate Mason Schreck (Bengals), who has joined Cloverleaf product Kyle Juszczyk (49ers) as current NFL players from Medina County. Both are intelligent, cooperative young men who remember their roots. …

Small example: I left Schreck a voicemail message Monday night that I’d like to interview him for a story. He called back almost immediately and we spent 20 minutes talking like he was still playing football or basketball at Medina. …

I’ve heard “Hard Knocks” was great. I’ll take your word for it, because my streak of not watching a single minute, of any season, remains intact. …

On a semi-related note, a lot of people have told me it’s worth DVRing — like Googling, that has somehow become a word — and watching at my convenience. …

It’s not that I’m one of those pompous, self-righteous people who is too busy and/or too intelligent to watch television. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s that I don’t have a DVR player. …

Heck, my basic cable bill is already so exorbitantly high, I don’t have HBO, either. …

Somehow, I’ve managed to survive without either — a DVR player or HBO, I mean — but if you take my remote control away, we’re going to have serious issues. …

On a semi-related note to the semi-related note, have you ever ceded control of your remote to a woman? Females actually don’t change channels for an entire show! …

I mean, they even watch commercials. …

Me? I’ll never see a Kaepernick ad on TV. I can simultaneously watch three football games, a baseball game, a tennis match and still flip channels in time to see a shapely woman climb a tree on “Naked & Afraid.” …

Despite owning my doctorate in remote control operation, however, I somehow, no matter how long I watch uninterrupted, will always miss the one goal scored in a soccer match. …

I must say, though, that my remote control usage slowed while watching the last hour (of an epic match that took 4 hours, 49 minutes!) of Rafael Nadal beating Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) in a U.S. Open men’s quarterfinal that concluded shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday. …

It’s time for me to go, but with the NFL regular season about to begin, let me say one final thing: I don’t care about your fantasy football team. …

Till next time!

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.
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