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Football is back. The Packers won and all is right with the world.

Yes, it’s another column on sports.

Football fans all over the country plopped themselves down on Sunday for some good old American feel good.

The games looked pretty much the same as they always have except there were no fans, no sideline reporters and “END RACISM” was painted on every end zone.

Other than that, they were the same.

Thursday kicked off the week with the reigning Super Bowl champs Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans locking arms for unity before the game.

I had the game on and started hearing booing from the crowd.

Kansas City is one of a few stadiums allowing fans in for the game. They allowed 17,000 people to watch the game in the cavernous 80,000-seat stadium.

They booed unity, but a few minutes later they were screaming their heads off for a touchdown. It was a very clear – do your job and nothing else – moment.

We just want to see you playing the game, we do not care about what you think.

Before the game they also played “Lift Every Voice and Sing” or as they called it the Black National Anthem. Which was surprising given the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick who protested the system which keeps people of color down.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in August 2016.

He began kneeling at games and fans, owners and the President of the United States got mad about it. They weren’t mad about how black people are treated, they were mad about disrespecting the flag.

The NFL did not support Kaepernick and he hasn’t played a single snap since 2016.

“No teams wanted to sign a player—even one as talented as Kaepernick—whom they saw as controversial, and, therefore, bad for business,” said Joe Lockhart, former NFL vice president of communications from 2016-2018.

But now, four years later, the landscape has shifted. These are the same businesses that celebrated Juneteenth this year following the murder of George Floyd.

Protests are similar to sports betting and how all sports were against it, but now that the tide is turning on sports betting leagues and media companies are striking new relations with Las Vegas betting companies.

Football is back and it makes me feel good. Plus, the Packers beat the Vikings on the road and that shows the Green and Gold has what it takes to make another run for the Lombardi trophy in February.

Or maybe there will be another shutdown and the Super Bowl will be pushed back till April.

It’s 2020, literally anything can happen.