Curran and Mayo: The odd couple

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Curran and Mayo: The odd couple

Yes, they talk football. But after 2 12 years on weekly interviews on 'Quick Slants', Comcast SportsNet's Tom E. Curran and Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo talk so much, much more . . .

ON FASHION
Curran: "This is my sweater that I wore to cheer you up (after Sunday's loss to the Seahawks)."

Mayo: "Your Bill Cosby sweater. I like it."

Curran: "I thought you would feel better . . . "

Mayo: "Really Christmas-y, Christmas-y."

Curran: ". . . if I wore a silly sweater."

Mayo: "That's not silly, that's . . . just dumb."

Curran: "Do you feel better, though?"

Mayo: "I do feel better about calling your sweater dumb. That makes me feel better."

Curran: "Look, it's always difficult after a loss. It's hard for me to know exactly which way to go with you 'cause, well, it's a nice intimate setting at the Renaissance Hotel, where the interviews are taped and I don't want to make you irritated. But I thought today I would commiserate. "

Mayo: "Great word."

Curran: "Thank you.

Mayo: "But let's get it straight. It's difficult after a win coming to watch you dressed like that. Just being honest."

ON ATHLETIC COMPETITION
Curran: "I play men's softball and sometimes I'll play flag football and there's times that we lose. And I know what it feels like. There's a lot of things you wish had gone differently, there's a lot of things you say, 'What could I have done?' I know what you're feeling."

Mayo: "You look like a born loser. You look like you were a loser coming straight out, out of the womb."

Curran: "No, I was not!"

Mayo: "For guys like us, you know, New England Patriots, it is difficult, and at this point all we can do is change the page and move on."

Curran: "This was good for 2 12 years, and now it's just going downhill . . . ."

WITH APOLOGIES TO MAMA CURRAN
Mayo: "We say guys like you were beat at birth. That's how we say it. "

Curran: "Beat at birth??"

Mayo: "You were beat at birth. When I see a guy like you across from me, I'm like, 'Ah, he was beat at birth'. "

Curran: "My mother watches this show."

Mayo: "Sorry."

Curran: "He doesn't mean it."

Mayo: "Sorry, Mama Curran."

Curran: "Perfect."

MORE FASHION, AND MORE APOLOGIES TO MAMA CURRAN
Curran: "Did Sunday's loss at Seattle make for a long flight home?"

Mayo: "It was a very long flight home."

Curran: "I can appreciate that."

Mayo: "If I had that sweater, it would have been shorter."

Curran: "You could have wrapped it around you, swaddled yourself . . . "

Mayo: "Exactly. Or used it as toilet paper. However you want to use it."

Curran: "My mother actually knitted this sweater, too, Jerod."

Mayo: "Sorry, Mama Curran, for the second time in this show."

Curran: "Been great so far."

ON DINNER
Mayo: "Do you know what? To be honest with you, I don't pay attention to the media. I've said this time and time again on this show. I don't pay attention to you . . . "

Curran: (To the camera) "He just shows up to talk to the media."

Mayo: " . . . I don't pay attention to what anyone has to say. It's like right now, I'm just talking to the camera. I don't even feel you right here beside me. So at the end of the day, it's all about the New England Patriots and getting better."

(Curran takes a sip of water and blows over towards Mayo.)

Mayo: "I can smell your breath." To the camera: "He had jalapenos."

Curran: "Not yet."

MORE ATHLETIC COMPETITION
Curran (after Mayo had finished praising the Jets): "Yeah, you didn't mention the quarterback, though, did you?"

Mayo: "Mark Sanchez is a good player. And no matter what you say, he's playing well these last couple of weeks. So he's a dangerous player."

Curran: "He throws balls where they shouldn't be! Did you see the touchdown . . . "

Mayo: "Can you throw better than him?"

Curran: "Yeah!"

Mayo: (Stares stone-faced at the camera.) "My face says it all."

STILL MORE FASHION
Curran: 'You know, you're wearing your throwback uniforms this week. You look good in red?"

Mayo: "I do."

Curran: "Did you know that? Did I just break the news to you?"

Mayo: "You did. You did. I do look good in red. But I also look good in blue."

Curran: "You do. Well, you'd also look good in a Christmas sweater."

Mayo: "Probably not."

AND MORE MAMA CURRAN
Curran: "You know, Mom, I'm not happy with this way this thing went, either. So we're going to end it here, we're going to reconvene next week after the Jets game, and we're going to talk some more, different, football stuff."

Mayo: "And knit a new sweater, Mama Curran, please. So we'll have something to talk about."

Colin Kaepernick will sit through anthem until there's change

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Colin Kaepernick will sit through anthem until there's change

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for U.S. change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America - specifically when it comes to race relations.

He knows he could be cut by San Francisco for this stand. Criticized, ostracized, and he'll go it all alone if need be.

The quarterback realizes he might be treated poorly in some road cities, and he's ready for that, too, saying he's not overly concerned about his safety, but "if something happens that's only proving my point."

"I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed," Kaepernick said Sunday at his locker. "To me this is something that has to change. When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."

Two days after he refused to stand for the "The Star Spangled Banner" before the 49ers' preseason loss to the Packers, Kaepernick insists whatever the consequences, he will know "I did what's right." He said he hasn't heard from the NFL or anyone else about his actions - and it won't matter if he does.

"No one's tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it's not something I'm going to be quiet about," he said. "I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. This isn't for look. This isn't for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don't have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances."

Letting his hair go au natural and sprinting between drills as usual, Kaepernick took the field Sunday with the 49ers as his stance drew chatter across NFL camps.

He explained his viewpoints to teammates in the morning, some agreeing with his message but not necessarily his method. Some said they know he has offended his countrymen, others didn't even know what he had done.

"Every guy on this team is entitled to their opinion. We're all grown men," linebacker NaVorro Bowman said.

"I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it," wideout Torrey Smith said. "That's not for me. He has that right. Soldiers have died for his right to do exactly what he did. ... I know he's taken a lot of heat for it. He understands that when you do something like that it does offend a lot of people."

Both Bowman and Smith are African American.

Kaepernick criticized presidential candidates Donald Trump ("openly racist") and Hillary Clinton;" called out police brutality against minorities; and pushed for accountability of public officials.

"You can become a cop in six months and don't have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist," Kaepernick said. "That's insane. Someone that's holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us."

In college at Nevada, Kaepernick said, police were called one day "because we were the only black people in that neighborhood." Officers entered without knocking and drew guns on him and his teammates and roommates as they were moving their belongings, he said.

He said his stand is not against men and women in the military fighting and losing their lives for Americans' rights and freedoms.

Kaepernick, whose hair had been in cornrows during training camp, sat on the bench during Friday's national anthem at Levi's Stadium. Giants wideout Victor Cruz and Bills coach Rex Ryan said standing for the anthem shows respect.

"There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality," said Kaepernick, whose adoptive parents are Caucasian. "There's people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That's not right. That's not right by anyone's standards."

On Sunday, he stopped briefly on a side field to talk with Dr. Harry Edwards and they shared a quick embrace before the quarterback grabbed his helmet and took the field. Edwards is a sociologist and African-American activist who helped plan the "Olympic Project for Human Rights" before the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where U.S. sprinters and medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads through the anthem on the medal podium in their black power protest.

After swirling trade talks all offseason following Kaepernick's three surgeries and sub-par 2015 season, he has done everything so far but play good football - and he doesn't plan for this to be a distraction.

Coach Chip Kelly did not speak to the media Sunday. He said Saturday he still hasn't decided on his starting quarterback in a competition between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, who took over the job from Kaepernick last November and has vowed to be the No. 1 again.

Kaepernick hasn't stood for the anthem in any of the team's three preseason games "and I don't see it as going about it the wrong way."

"That's his right as a citizen," Kelly said. "We recognize his right as an individual to choose to participate or not participate in the national anthem."

Now, Kaepernick is prepared for whatever comes next.

"I think there's a lot of consequences that come along with this. There's a lot of people that don't want to have this conversation," he said. "They're scared they might lose their job. Or they might not get the endorsements. They might not to be treated the same way. Those are things I'm prepared to handle. ...

"At this point, I've been blessed to be able to get this far and have the privilege of being able to be in the NFL, making the kind of money I make and enjoy luxuries like that. I can't look in the mirror and see people dying on the street that should have the same opportunities that I've had."