The Courtland Experiment featuring Christopher Johnson
My name is Christopher Johnson. Welcome to my opinion column called The Courtland Experiment. I am the youngest columnist on this website. I comment on sports, politics and current events. I’m also the co-host of “The Legends of Inside Sports,” (YouTube) with legendary DC radio sports broadcaster and TV host Harold Bell. In my spare time I am the Lead Guitarist for a band called The Courtland Experiment. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
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Moral Bankruptcy aka the Republican Agenda (Posted December 13, 2017)
Congratulations Alabama for not embarrassing yourselves by elected a pedophile who thought America was great during slavery. Milk toast Democrat Doug Jones narrowly defeated the child molesting religious extremist in a tightly contested, and very important Senate race. The P*ssy grabber and Chief went all in on his support for Roy Moore admitting the Senate seat was worth more than not supporting an alleged attempted child rapist.
This election may have seemed like a layup, even for a Democrat in the deep south where the map is as red as it gets. The bible thumping Roy Moore only lost by about 1 point. This race shows that America is learning and getting wise to the Republicans bullshit. The Republicans talk about family values and conservatism, but they only care about ruthlessly pushing through the agenda of their big donors. The whole Republican platform is disingenuous.
The deficit hawks of the right are forcing through a tax bill that would add 1.4 trillion dollars to the deficit. They care about sexual harassment, when Democrats are accused but if its their president who has 19 accusers and has admitted on tape doing what he’s accused of, then all of a sudden Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell turn into Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
The Republicans have no morals and their policies clearly show it. However, I’m not letting the Democrats off the hook. The 2016 election was probably the worst debacle anyone could have imagined and the party still seems to struggle to clearly get across its message. What does the Democratic party stand for other than being opposed to the Republicans? I have no clue.
If the Democrats continue to resist going to a more populist direction they will continue to trot out more Hillary Clinton like candidates and lose to even worse candidates than Donald Trump. We as a country may have dodged a bullet with Alabama, but we still have a long way to go to overhaul our broken and corrupt political system tainted by big money donations.
Christopher Johnson is the youngest columnist on this website. He comments on sports, politics and current events. Chris is also the co-host of “The Legends of Inside Sports,” (YouTube) with legendary DC radio sports broadcaster and TV host Harold Bell. In his spare time he’s the Lead Guitarist for a band called The Courtland Experiment. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Patriot Privilege by Christopher Johnson (Posted Dec. 10, 2017)
Patriot Privilege by Christopher Johnson
In a week of physical football that resulted in several players being suspended for personal fouls, one case stood out to me in particular. Rob Gronkowski Tight End of the New England Patriots was suspended just one game for dropping a “Hulk Hogan- like” elbow on a Buffalo Defensive Back well after the whistle was blown on the play. This was a deliberate premeditated non-football act of aggression.
There have been players as recently as this week who have been suspended for football play like Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Ju Ju Smith Schuster for laying out Bengals enforcer Vontaze Burfict. Even though Ju Ju knocked the holy ghost out of Burfict and stood over him with an Allen Iverson level of disrespect.
Gronk’s hit happened to a defenseless player during the dead ball and reportedly caused the player to sustain a concussion. What makes this worse is Gronk’s response, which was that he felt he was held on the previous play and he was frustrated. You don’t get to attack another player because you felt you got held on a previous play. His one game suspension is a slap on the wrist and doesn’t set a good example for young football players coming up the ranks. If guys are getting suspended one game for football hits of this magnitude then I feel something even dirtier should get a harsher sentence. Then again, its Roger Goodell we are dealing with so who knows.
Harold Bell and Christopher Johnson (Posted Dec. 3, 2017)
The Great Kirk Cousins Debate
Posted November 30, 2017
For the past 2 seasons whether you want to admit it or not Washington Redskins signal caller Kirk Cousins has been one of the better Quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL). Although his statistics have always been solid it’s the constant improvement and consistency that make Cousins worth the money he’s been seeking. I can understand the hesitation from the Redskins to make Cousins one of the highest paid Quarterbacks in football fearing a “Joe Flacco-like” situation that occurred with the Baltimore Ravens. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, in 2012 Flacco was playing the best football of his career and jump-starting a Super Bowl run. As a result, the Ravens made a decision to make Flacco the highest paid Quarterback (QB) in the game. Once he got paid his production dropped off and the team has not come close to a Super Bowl again.
Cousins, although solid in his early time as a starter, had issues making plays out of nothing and taking over games, but that’s just not the type of player he is. Kirk Cousins is a consistent and fearless leader who is smart and will learn from his mistakes. He is also a more than solid QB capable of picking defenses apart by spreading the ball around and executing a game plan.
Here’s the bottom line. Kirk Cousins is better than more than half of the starting QBs in the NFL league easily and is still improving every season. His career trajectory and numbers are very similar to New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. I know, that sounds crazy. I’m not saying he is going reach Drew Brees’ level of greatness, but the potential is there as Cousins continues to improve. The Redskins would be insane to let Cousins go. The team should open their checkbook and sign him to a long-term deal. It is too hard to find a QB capable of being a franchise guy. If he somehow is on someone else’s roster next season then the Redskins will be competing with the woeful Cleveland Browns for the number one pick in the next NFL draft.
Until Next Time
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