September 26, 2017

Very disappointed to hear not just about New England Patriots players “taking a knee” during the national anthem prior to yesterday’s game against the Houston Texans, but reading QB Tom Brady’s and owner Bob Kraft’s comments about it afterwards.

…not to mention the highly-predictable defense for their actions by Boston sportswriters afterwards. But what would anyone expect in that regard? We are, after all, talking about the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.

And I guess now we can expect Boston Celtics players do it this season with their coach’s OK.

So that’s the what it’s going to be going forward, huh? The politicization of every previously enjoyable aspect of our recreational lives, including sports? And for what, exactly?

If it’s about racial inequality and injustice, what exactly does that mean? Are we talking Ferguson? Baltimore? Trevon Martin? If so, give me a break. Or is this all about President Trump and your continued need to piss and moan about his election and his having the guts to call you out for your disgraceful behavior? Is that it? You disrespect the country’s flag and anthem because you feel the Prez is disrespecting the NFL because he feels, as do millions of Americans, that you have all the means at your disposal to protest whatever the hell it is you want to protest, but you should at least show respect for the nation’s flag and national anthem?

If in fact it’s about so-called “racial equality and justice”, what does that mean, exactly? What is it you despise so much about this country that you would show so little respect to our flag and anthem? Have you not had the opportunity to make millions upon millions of dollars playing a sport you love? You already have the freedom of speech and assembly to disrespect the very objects that stand for those freedoms at any other time, but you feel the need to do it on a national stage?

The NFL can try and spin this any way they want, but it doesn’t fly. You want to talk “racial injustice”? This country has spent hundreds of billions of dollars since Lyndon Johnson’s so-called “War on Poverty” and on public schools and inner cities, and for what? The inner cities – primarily under Democratic leadership for generations, BTW – are nothing but cesspools of graft and corruption. And just how much money do we need to keep flushing into the sewer of our nation’s public schools when it’s the poor and the minorities whose schools suffer the most while the public teacher’s unions line their pockets with cash? And if you want to talk about “black lives mattering”, why aren’t you all in Chicago on weekends experiencing first-hand the black-on-black violence and innocents getting slaughtered beyond anything presently happening in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Truth is, fellas, America has always been a land of injustice. Still is. Probably always will be. And it’s not just about the poor and minority communities, either. What about the florist who refuses to sell flowers, or the bakery that refuses to bake a cake for gay weddings? Is it justice when they’re harassed to the point of going out of business? Or the poor bastard whose film was accused of triggering the attack on the Benghazi consulate in 2011? That dude actually went to jail for nothing but a lie pushed by the Obama administration to protect the incompetence that led to the death of our Libyan ambassador and four brave Americans. Where’s the justice there? And where’s the justice when the rich and privileged skate because they have the money and/or influence to get the best lawyers the money can buy? Can someone say, Chappaquiddick? Where’s the justice in millions upon millions of babies, many of them African-American, aborted through no fault of their own. Where’s the justice in that?

You can look around and find injustice anywhere: rich spoiled kids driving around in Ferraris leaving the hard-working kid walking or skateboarding his way to his McDonald’s job in his dust. A local coffee shop that goes out of business because the city chooses to rip up the street it’s own for infrastructure improvements. CEOs who make millions upon millions of dollars in annual compensation while blue-collar couples work multiple jobs to make ends meet. If you’re looking for fairness, you’re looking in the wrong place. We don’t live in a socialist country, we don’t live in a utopia. There’s no such thing as fairness on the face of this earth. Sure, there is definitely room for improvement in so many ways. But while no one is questioning your right to freely express yourself within reason, that doesn’t mean you have to disrespect the objects of this nation’s identity.

But if this is the way it’s going to be from now on, that’s fine with me: I don’t watch the Patriots or Celtics, and am neither a NFL or NBA fan. But if the Red Sox want to start doing this kind of crap during the playoffs the TV will be turned off, and pronto. And it won’t a big loss – I can find equally-satisfying recreational pursuits in its place.

Maybe I’m just a dinosaur, but I happen to think this country is a pretty fine place to live, a country unlike any other on this earth, where the only limitations you have are those you place upon yourself. For professional football players who make millions of dollars doing something they love to do, this self-glorified behavior is nothing but shameful. And the same goes to those who support these actions – fellow players, the owners, the announcers, the media who make their living following them: they’re all getting paid pretty damned fine money to do what they do. They can make every kind of excuse they want, but in the end they’re not only disrespecting the flag and our national anthem, they’re disrespecting those who have lost mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, wives, and husbands in the service of their country as soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, police officers, firefighters, and first responders. You know, those who truly know what the meaning of sacrifice is.

Taking a knee to make a political statement during the playing of the national anthem in front of thousands of people on a bright, sunny fall afternoon while getting handsomely paid for doing that which you love most is not a sacrifice, it’s nothing but a cheap political trick, a sad joke, and a disgrace. Sure, people like me may not like it and approve of it, but that also doesn’t mean we have to support it in any way. And for an industry that lives and breathes on the support of fans through ticket sales, concessions, marketing, and team memorabilia sales, there’s going to be a price – literally! – that to be paid.

We didn’t start the fire, but I’ll tell you this: we’re going to turn the flames back on you. And when it starts hitting you where it hurts the most, and in the only place you only really care about – your wallets and paychecks – don’t come crawling back to us, because we won’t be listening. We’ll have already moved on.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 01:53 | Comments (2)
  1. First have to admit that Trump was stupid to pour gasoline on this fire. There was not much to it until he did it. But that’s what he likes.
    Second, I agree that they all should be standing. In London, players knelt for our anthem and stood for God Save the Queen. Why? Out of respect for the host nation. Doesn’t the USA deserve that same respect. They need to find another way to address their concerns (legitimate or not) that does not disrespect those who fought for our country, our flag and our anthem.

    Comment by Goose — September 26, 2017 @ 9:21 am

  2. In these idiots minds the USA doesn’t deserve any respect. That after them being allowed to skate through college on scholarships and not having to take classes, then make a sh*tload of money for playing a kid’s game. They can have bunches of children out of wedlock, beat up their girlfriends, and be arrested for everything you can think of, and still the league will cover it up to defend their actions. Roger Gooddell is a slime ball who will pushed out of his job within a year after the owners realize what they’ve gotten themselves into.

    People are watching and following college football more than ever, and in five years the NFL will be on a steep decline with just a few pockets of rabid fans just like the NHL is. Which is what it deserves. They killed the golden goose (no offense meant).

    If I ever see a Goodboy taking a knee I’m gone for evah!

    Thanks for the comment, Goosey. Always good to hear from you!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — September 26, 2017 @ 10:54 am

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