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The recap of weekend sports starts with 13 NFL games played this Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Jets – Broncos Recap

The Jets lose to the Broncos 37 – 28. Sam Donald rushed for a 46-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Unfortunately for Darnold, it was downhill from there.

Bengals – Jaguars Recap

Joe Burrow and the Bengals finally get a victory over the Jaguars 33 – 25. Burrow did a good job in his first win. He made 25-of-36 passes for 300 yards, one touchdown, one interception.

Browns – Cowboys Recap

RECAPThe Cleaveland Browns pulled out a can of whoop-ass on the Dallas Cowboys, winning 49 – 39. In this case, it didn’t appear to be heading that way immediately, Dak Prescott interception was dropped, and the ball popped into CeeDee Lamb’s hands, setting up a touchdown.

Saints – Lions Recap

In the early stages of the Saints 35, Lions 29 game, it appeared as if the Lions would pull out an upset. But Brees torched the Lions with a 29-yard teardrop pass to Alvin Kamara to convert a fourth down. After an interception thrown by Stafford in the end zone, the Saints quickly took the lead on the next possession and never looked back.

Seahawks – Dolphins Recap

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have been flying high game after game, but in this Sunday’s game with the Dolphins, they seem to have hit a patch of funk. Wilson still finished with a great stat line, going 24-of-34 for 360 yards, two touchdowns, and one pick. The Seahawks win 31 – 23.

Buccaneers – Chargers Recap

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers survived Chargers rookie quarterback Justine Herbert offensive onslaught Sunday. Herbert made 20-of-25 passes for 290 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick. The Buccaneers win 38 – 31.

Ravens – Football Team Recap

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Ravens 31, Football Team 17 was the final score of a game the Washington Football Team never had a chance to win. The Ravens and their MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson won this game easily, holding a 31-10 lead before pulling Jackson in the fourth quarter.

Vikings – Texans Recap

Vikings are happy to be playing football after last week’s COVID-19 scare. They beat the Texans 31 – 23. This was a battle between two winless teams. The outcome and winner of this game was not really a great concern unless for fans.

Panthers – Cardinals Recap

The Panther Cardinals game was quite bizarre. No one would ever have thought that Panther’s offense would execute so well while Arizona played like they were running in quicksand. Bridgewater was 26-of-37 passes for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. While Murray was 24-of-31 passes for 133 yards with three touchdowns. The Panthers win 31 – 21.

Bears – Colts Recap

The Bears and Colts game was slated to be a defensive battle. Rivers was 16-of-29 for 190 yards with a RECAPtouchdown, and Foles was 26-of-42 for 249 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Colts win 19 – 11.

Rams – Giants Recap

The Rams may have won their week 4 matchup with the New York Giants, but this was far from a team’s ideal performance. Some expect to make a deep trip into the playoffs. Goff finished 25-of-32 for 200 yards and a touchdown. Jones went 23-of-36 for 190 yards and a killer interception that ended the game at the very end when Jones stared down his receiver. Rams win 17 – 9.

Bills – Raiders Recap

The Bills led by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Josh Allen hurt his hand in the second quarter and had to go into the locker room. Allen went 24-of-34 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Carr had a great stat line, going 32-of-44 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He should’ve thrown a third score, but an illegal formation negated a touchdown of his to Nelson Agholor. Raiders win 30 – 23.

Eagles – 49ers Recap

In the Eagles 49ers game, Wentz looked like the quarterback of 2019, who led his team to the playoffs. Wentz finished 18-of-28 for 193 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Mullens went 18-of-26 for 200 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Eagles win 25 – 20.

Monday Night – Patriots-Chiefs Recap

RECAPThe Patriots and the Chiefs Monday Night Game was expected to be a blowout since the Patriots quarterback was absent because of COVID-19. But no one informed them that they were supposed to be blown out. Mahomes finished 19-of-29 for 236 yards and two touchdowns to go along with eight scrambles for 28 rushing yards. And Hoyer finished his first-ever start with the Patriots 15-of-24 for 130 yards and the two turnovers. Chiefs win 26 – 10.

Falcons – Packers Recap

The Falcons were down two safeties entering this game, and the Packers’ top two receivers, including Davante Adams, would be sidelined.  What wasn’t anticipated was that the Falcons would lose two more safeties, making it extremely difficult for them to defend Aaron Rodgers and his limited supporting cast. Rodgers ended up going a near-perfect 27-of-33 for 327 yards, and Ryan finished 28-of-39 for 285 yards. Packers win 30 – 16.

Opinion

In my opinion, the recap of week 4 in the NFL was pretty boring. Nothing really leaped out at me this week. The number 4 is a number meaning foundation; I hope that does not mean that this week is a snapshot of what the rest of the weeks will look like.

Written by Omari Jahi
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware

Sources:

WalterFootball.com: NFL Game Recaps: Week 4, 2020

NFL: 2020-21 season week 4

PFN Network: NFL Week 4 Recap: Joe Burrow, Dak Prescott, and more action from Sunday; Mike Tanier

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House Votes to Impeach Donald Trump for Inciting the Jan. 6th Insurrection

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In a historic move, the House of Representatives will hold President Trump accountable for inciting the insurrection on January 6th using the power of impeachment — for the second time during his four-year term. On Jan. 13, they voted to impeach Donald Trump.

ImpeachDuring three hours of debate, many Republicans and Democrats spoke from their fear. Several GOP House members spoke about the anguish of speaking out against the president; they are afraid of attacks on their families.

When the verbal vote was called, it was not clear which group was louder. As a result, they moved to electronic voting.

At 4:36 p.m. ET., there were 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching the president who joined 232 Democrats — five House members did not cast votes; one Democrat and four Republicans.

McConnell sent a letter to the Senators stating he would not be calling them back before January 19. Therefore, Trump will remain in office no matter what the outcome is today. If Trump is convicted, it will be after he leaves office.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

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CNN: Live
CNN: READ: The House of Representatives’ article of impeachment against Donald Trump
The New York Times: House poised to impeach Trump for second time: ‘Incitement of insurrection;’ by Rebecca Shabad

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Insurgents Plan Riots Ahead of January 20th Despite Trump Admitting Defeat

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As the fallout from President Trump’s participation in the insurgency that devastated the nation on January 6th mounts, he responds by trying truthfulness. Unfortunately, even in admitting his failed re-election attempt, his rancor was still evident and did nothing to quell the insurgents who plan to disrupt the inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021.

During the riots, the president reached out to encourage the rioters to stop. He used passive language, calling them great patriots, said they were very special, and continued to tell them the election was lost — stolen. The messages were posted on various social media platforms that promptly suspended his accounts.

TrumpAfter a 12-hour Twitter suspension, his tone was different. Using a video format, he talked about the new administration was going to begin on January 20th, and his focus was on having a smooth transition. Trump told them to be calm. He complained there were no further legal avenues available to contest the election results.

Then he turned his attention to the insurgency. The president admonished those who engaged in violence and destruction at the Capitol, saying they do not represent America. He promised that whoever broke the law would be prosecuted.

At this point, Trump could concede and tell the insurgents to stand down, but whatever he says would not likely change the minds of his most ardent and militant followers. These domestic terrorists are determined to see Trump’s election-loss overturned and upend Democracy.

Chris Krebs, former U.S. Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency suggests Trump should change the script:

[Trump] has to declare that this was a free and fair election. He still has time to do what’s right.

The problem with this kind of thinking assumes his rabid followers will hear Trump saying this on media they trust. Since social platforms are making it harder for the home-grown terrorists, this might be difficult. Also, right-leaning news outlets will likely tweak their reports so that he sounds coerced into making a statement.

Moreover, Trump has referred to liberals and progressives as Communists, Marxists, and Socialists, among other derogatory falsehoods. His followers choose to believe him without understanding the primary three listed. They have bought into his lies and hatefully spread them for years.

The president doubled-down with the Communist references during the rally leading up to the masses marching down Pennsylvania Avenue and attacking the United States Capitol on January 6th.

A call to all so-called patriots to meet in Washington D.C. on January 19 was posted the day after the failed but bloody coup attempt. A commenter on the pro-Trump online forum thedonald.win wrote:

Trump WILL  be sworn in for a second term on January 20th!! We must not let the communists win. Even if we have to burn DC to the ground. Tomorrow we take back DC and take back our country!

NPR reports another home-grown terrorist wrote on Parler:

Many of Us will return on January 19, 2021, carrying Our weapons, in support of Our nation’s resolve, towhich [sic] the world will never forget!!! We will come in numbers that no standing army or police agency can match.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware

Sources:

The Wrap: Trump Says MAGA Rioters Have ‘Defiled the Seat of American Democracy;’ by J. Clara Chan
Politico: ‘Coward’: MAGA internet turns on Trump; by Tina Nguyen
NPR: As Inauguration Nears, Concern Of More Violence Grows; by Matthew S. Schwartz

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Lessons From an Insurrection

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The world watched the historic insurrection that occurred this week, Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill. On the heels of President Trump’s encouragement, a disgruntled and rabid mob of his followers descended on the Capitol and stormed the building.

Not since the War of 1812 had the U.S. seen a sight like this. Millions watched in horror for hours as elected officials and their staff ran in terror, and rioters roamed the building unencumbered by law enforcement.

Five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer, eventually lost their lives. How was this allowed? Where was the overwhelming law enforcement response? Who will be held accountable?

These issues will continue to be investigated in the coming weeks and months. However, there is a larger question at hand.

What do these events say about America?

InsurrectionThe tragic dichotomy of our nation was on full display this week. The day before this riot, the officers who shot Jacob Blake were cleared of any charges. Georgia witnessed a historic special election that gave Democrats control of the US Senate. These stories are also critical to consider as they convey the irony of the American experience.

The Georgia election was groundbreaking as it represented tremendous individual and collective progress. It also gave President-Elect Biden the majority he needs to ensure that his legislative agenda will not be thwarted. The consequences of the victories of Senators Warnock and Ossoff may be felt for generations.

Yet, in the same week, American symbols of injustice and white privilege were on full display. Despite a video recording of the incident, none of the police officers involved in shooting Jacob Blake in the back multiple times will face charges. Though he was unarmed and a victim of excessive force, there will be no punishment.

The next day, rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol, destroyed property, and terrorized public officials for hours before being removed. The double standard at play in these events infuriated millions.

No one could imagine a racial reversal with the same outcome in the Blake case. Nor could anyone picture people of color storming the Capitol with no repercussions. The idea that a group of Arab, African American, or Latino residents could behave in the same way is inconceivable. In America, the degree to which terrorists are deemed threatening is based heavily on skin color.

In response to the events in D.C., Congressional leaders immediately put on a full show of verbal outrage. The condemnation of the violent acts was almost universal and included Trump-enablers like Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell. Even the president was cajoled into an obligatory anti-violence statement.

I could not help but think how simple it is to condemn violence without condemning the ideology that caused it. It is no surprise that years of Republican leadership empowering a president who peddles in false grievances, racial division, and conspiracy theories would produce an insurrection. In fact, it most likely will only create more of the same. Once Trump has left office, Trumpism will remain.

Contrary to the public statements of Republicans, the actions at the Capitol are not antithetical to the principles of this administration or party. They are a full manifestation of them. Without a firm repudiation of an immoral ideology that preys on the poor, demonizes immigrants, celebrates gun culture, idolizes selfishness, rejects empirical evidence, and willfully ignores cries for racial justice, the Republican party will continue to dig its own deserved grave.

For the rest of the nation, moving forward is only possible with strong evidence of legal prosecution and swift policy changes. There must be a series of arrests and additional prosecutorial efforts that include the president. He and his followers must bear full legal responsibility for the misinformation and violence they have engendered. Wednesday’s insurrection was the result of years of language and action for which people must be held accountable.

Additionally, Dominion Voting Systems and other groups who have been defamed by the president’s misinformation campaign should be supported in their legal fights for justice. Lastly, the Confederate flag, present heavily at the insurrection, must be outlawed and treated like a racist and seditious symbol.

It is beyond time to remove this celebration of slavery and treason from our public spaces. These measures will produce some faith that equal justice can exist in this nation. Without them, the damage done this week to our democracy and the rule of law may be irreparable.

InsurrectionThe totality of this week’s events begs the question, is this America? The perception of the world is that it is a land of opportunity and freedom. There is still truth in this statement. However, the United States has been criminally negligent in fulfilling its promises for millions of its citizens. It has long celebrated a culture of violence, inequality, and racial exclusion. The Capitol insurrection is more of a mirror of our national identity that most care to believe.

Ironically, it was men of color who heavily cleaned up the Capitol after the rioters. Moreover, it was Stacy Abrams and other African-American women who delivered Georgia to the Democrats. It was African-American pastors in Kenosha who pushed for peace in response to the recent Jacob Blake announcement.

It is remarkable that generations of marginalized groups have continued to hope beyond hope. In Dr. King’s final speech, he says:

All we say to America is, be true to what you said on paper.

These groups have hoped that despite injustice, brutality, double standards, and the blatant violation of Constitutional principles, America’s promise is still true. Although the events of this week make this difficult to believe, I, along with millions, refuse to lose faith. It is these perpetually disregarded yet truly patriotic people that continue to save America from itself.

Written by Guest Author Ted Williams III
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware

Source:

American Rhetoric; Top 100 Speeches: Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

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Ted Williams III is a Professor and Actor based in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at www.tedwilliamsIII.com

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