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OK, This Anthem Stuff

September 24, 2017

So last night some asshole on the A’s knelt during the anthem. Various points:

  1. I’m not even sure why we still play the anthem before games between clubs. It gained in prominence during the 1918 World Series: http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/6957582/the-history-national-anthem-sports-espn-magazine and I guess it never went away. Over in Europe they’ve basically replaced it with league-specific songs, which crowds don’t specifically rise for. Maybe the NFL could buy the rights to Hank Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends”.
  2. It sucks, but Donald Trump is kinda right: why are these guys trying to draw attention to themselves at the expense of a national tradition?
  3. One way Trump is dead wrong is that people aren’t going to stop watching the games. Ray Rice KTFO his girlfriend in an elevator, and dragged her out by her legs. That’s rather worse than making an ass out of yourself during the anthem. Nobody stopped watching. Roethlisberger, Elliott, etc. Nobody stopped watching.
  4. These guys who won the biological lottery, earning millions a year playing sports trying to pretend they’re all about ‘social justice’ make me giggle. Give away 80-90% of your salary to charity, then we’ll talk. They’re just attention whores.
  5. I really don’t give a shit about people’s politics when I want to watch them play sports. If Jim Bunning wants to go into politics after baseball, or if players want to tweet when they’re not on the field on Wednesday morning, I don’t give a shit. Fine. I don’t have to vote for Bunning or read tweets. Come game time, I want to be entertained.
  6. Oh, one other thing: Trump made this a big deal not because he cares about it but because he’s getting punk’d (again) by Congress over a healthcare bill (again) and getting embarrassed by L’il Kim in North Korea (again). Anything to change the subject.
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