1 . The easiest solution to the situation of the national anthem would be to stop playing the anthem before each sporting event.
Obviously, this will never happen because the leagues do not want to be accused of not being patriotic, but in reality, the anthem game before each sporting event in 2018 is done by tradition, not by patriotism. And God does not allow us to get involved with tradition.
But Donald Trump, who tries to play at his base, has made the theme of the national anthem about the army. And the scared owners of the NFL, who only care about money and nothing else, do not want to upset Trump or his followers. Of course, the military has nothing to do with why certain players decided to kneel during the performance of the anthem.
In fact, it seems that everyone has forgotten why Colin Kaepernick initially decided to kneel while the anthem sounded. Here is a reminder:
"I'm not going to stand up to show pride in the flag of a country that oppresses blacks and people of color," Kapernick said in 2016. "For me, this is bigger than the And it would be selfish of me to look the other way, there are bodies in the street and the people who charge go and go unpunished with murder. "
Naturally, Donald Trump and the NFL do not want to address that issue. They want to focus on the buzzwords, "respect," "military," "troops," and do all this about false patriotism.
My question is this: why are only athletes and people at sporting events those who have to be subjected to the anthem?
Why is not the anthem played in theaters before a movie starts?
Why not play before a Broadway show starts?
Why do not you play before a flight takes off?
The answer is simple: because it is tradition to play it before a sporting event. Not because we have to take the time of our day to "respect the flag".
Former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels does it.
And if Donald Trump – who does not even know the words of the national anthem – loves the anthem so much and feels the hymn with such passion, I have more questions:
Donald Trump makes them play the anthem before playing golf every weekend?
Why is not the anthem played every day before Sarah Huckabee Sanders has her daily media briefing?
Should not you play before your speech about the State of the Union?
But instead, Trump has put the whole focus on the NFL players, whom he called sons of bitches because he has to pretend to be more patriotic than the others. And just this morning he said that if a player does not represent the anthem, maybe they should not be in the country.
Again, classic fake patriotism.
And remember one thing: the owners of the NFL want you to think they care so much about the anthem and want them to believe they are more patriotic than most people, but the league does not force the chains that broadcast the games (CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN) to broadcast the anthem before each game. Instead, while the fans in the stadiums are standing and the song plays, the NFL and the networks are making money by transmitting commercials. Patriotism at its best
2 . From the serious to the sublime. The voice of the New York Yankees, John Sterling, is the guest on the last SI Media Podcast. Sterling, who has not missed a single game since getting the job in 1989, talks about his longevity, his philosophy for broadcasting, how he prepares for games, what he thinks of his very vocal critics, his famous home runs, their age, new media and technology, the Kardashian sisters, music, their favorite adult drink and much, much more. Even if you're not a Yankees fan, you should listen to this strictly as entertainment. You can listen to the podcast below or download it in iTunes.
3 . LeBron James showed his impressive memory once again last night, recalling in great detail each of his six turnovers in Cleveland's loss to Boston.
4 . Yankees slugger Aaron Judge played MLB The Show 18 with Conan O & # 39; Brien yesterday. The duo met in a Home Run Derby battle with Judge playing as Giancarlo Stanton and O & # 39; Brien as Ted Williams. In the middle of the game, Judge became a judge and resolved a dispute between friends.
5 . I will never understand why some athletes worth $ 90 million react to things they see on Twitter, but here we are. Carmelo Anthony was very salty about being compared to Kyle Korver on social media, so he told the person, "FOH".
6 . Bartolo Colon turns 45 today. His career has survived all the things listed in the following chart.
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IN CLOSING : Yes, Rob Gronkowski's horse opened with a 69-1 to win the Belmont.