Monday, August 29, 2016

Colin Kaepenick

There's a lot of discussion about the 49ers QB, and his decision not to stand for the anthem.

But I'd like to change the discussion a little and ask why we play the anthem - at all - prior to sporting events.

ESPN did a piece about this (see the link below) but in short it's because it's tradition. During WWI, baseball teams chose to pay tribute to our soldiers overseas.

They played the anthem and the did assorted patriotic displays, including have the teams march on the field like soldiers.

All the other things fell away but the anthem remained. And yet, it's weird that no other types of events - shows, plays, festivals, even movies - don't play the anthem.

So my question is: why do we still do it? I'm as proudly American as the next guy, but if it's two American teams playing each other, why play the anthem? An American team will win so it's not "hey look we're better than you"

How about if each team comes up with a fight song that plays to the same sense of pride in your team. It could even include a patriotic overture.

I think the discussion could be redirected into moving away from feeling a certain way about how a player reacts, and instead have a discussion about "tradition" ...

That's my two cents.

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/6957582/the-history-national-anthem-sports-espn-magazine
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You already answered why we play it at sporting events: tradition and to honor those who have served. Just because we don't play it at movies or theaters does not take away from its importance at sporting events. We don't play it before having dinner, either, or before going to bed.

Kaepernick has the right to not stand during it, but his reason is naive and shortsighted, and is ignorant of how many people died to give him that right and that the anthem honors those very men and women.

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You already answered why we play it at sporting events: tradition and to honor those who have served. Just because we don't play it at movies or theaters does not take away from its importance at sporting events. We don't play it before having dinner, either, or before going to bed.

Kaepernick has the right to not stand during it, but his reason is naive and shortsighted, and is ignorant of how many people died to give him that right and that the anthem honors those very men and women.

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Interesting post!

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I agree with everything David Bellis said. I love the tradition of singing our National Anthem - and do so proudly despite the many problems that exist in our country. Kaepernick has the right to not stand, but I also have the right to my opinion, to protest his protest or to not give it the time of day and go mow the grass - which is where I'm headed.

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Unity! Pause for a minute from hating the people because of the team they play for or support and remember we are all Americans first and fans second. Unless of course you are playing a Canadian team then I have no idea.

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Unity! Pause for a minute from hating the people because of the team they play for or support and remember we are all Americans first and fans second. Unless of course you are playing a Canadian team then I have no idea.