I've disliked both the Patriots & Brady ever since the football deflating scandal in 2015, when they defeated my beloved Seahawks with their altered footballs. Unfortunately cheaters do prosper. It was proven in many other games too. They never were properly held accountable for all of that. Bitterness dies hard for me.
There's always another option. You just have to find it.
OK, I may be opening up an ugly can of worms here, and if I am, please delete this post. I don't want to offend or anger anyone. It's not my style.
But, how does everyone feel about the latest release from TPTB in Football, that players will no longer be allowed to kneel or sit during the National Anthem? They can stay in the locker room if they choose and come out after, but if they come out for the Anthem, they must stand & show respect.
Personally I think this is a decent resolution to the can they or can't they issue. I'm tired of hearing about the issue in a game that has nothing to do with the problem. These are men with multi million dollar contracts to play a game & even more multi million dollar sponsorships & subsequent job offers, whining about inequality? I say quit your bellyaching & showboating & do something to help, like set a good example for children, or volunteer for organizations that are genuinely trying to make a difference.
I want to answer this post. I want to answer it politely and I hope my words come out correctly. First, I want to tell you I stopped standing for the anthem five years ago. I stopped saluting the flag because my family was betrayed by this country. My husband died a horrible death as a soldier serving and defending America. He volunteered and asked for nothing in return. However, the country he risked his life for repeatedly exposed him to acrid toxins that gave him the second rarest form of cancer in the world. An incurable cancer with a zero percent survival rate. He was not the exception. From our first invasion of the middle east after 9/11 until just a few years ago, military bases built by our country over there were built with open air trash burning pits. Those are illegal here. Because they cause cancer. Thousands of soldiers have come home sick, many have died and all have been denied treatment by the V.A. It is called the Agent Orange of this generation. This great country turned it's back on military families. They let soldiers die, They let families go into bankruptcy due to medical bills we could not pay. So, if anyone wants to argue with me that not standing is not patriotic, I will gladly trade positions with you when it comes to life's lottery. My husband was also a brilliant curious man who understood and believed his service to the country should never be used by people pushing a 'patriotic' agenda. He supported Kaepernick and would listen carefully to his positions. My father is a veteran and he too does not appreciate the way Kaepernick's protest has been misconstrued as disrespect toward the military. I was brought up to believe Protesting is one of the finest tenants in this country. It has affected great change and it has usually gone against the grain of those Americans who've never experienced hatred and bigotry or inequality in any life changing way from their country. Colin Kaepernick is a man who loves this country enough to challenge the way it treats certain segments of society, and that includes service members. He believes this country can do better. He is not showboating or bellyaching and neither are people like me. those words devalue and dismiss the horrific history of racism that still exists and rolls back to the beginning of this country. It ignores the needless agony of my husband needless death, brought about by the country he served. A country built by slaves. To state I am un-American because I choose not to stand is to assume patriotism, the expression of it, is only one thing. The military has no more right to control who gets to own that flag than anyone else. And most military members agree with the right for Kaepernick to protest. They realize that calling him or anyone like him unamerican for doing a very American thing, protesting, is a travesty against the tenants put forth by our founding fathers. I'm tired of people waving their flags and thanking us for our service, but remaining utterly ignorant of the real cost of our service. BTW, Kaepernick has always put his actions and money where his mouth is and I an so grateful to him for that. He's done a lot more than most flag waving 'patriots' who have not a clue what it means to have your country kill you by 'friendly fire' or by the end of a policeman's gun once you return from a tour of duty in a hellscape overseas. Also note that one of Colins most fervent supporters is a fellow NFLER who is also a veteran. At first he was angry, but then, rather than losing his sh)t and claiming he owned the flag more than Kaepernick did by virtue of his service, he and Kaepernick talked to each other and listened to one another like grown-ups. No name calling or ridiculous comments about who is a real American. They are both Americans. We are all Americans. And rather than throwing out emotional hand grenades designed to wound the souls of those we disagree with, maybe we ought to learn one another's stories and then not minimize those stories and histories. Here are two articles: www.snopes.com/fact-check/veteran-kaepernick-take-a-knee-anthem/ and this about the burn pits that killed my husband and thousand of other soldiers and civilians and left many military families bankrupt: www.salon.com/2016/02/16/burn_pits/ At the end of the day The NFL makes a pile of money because they partner with the military to push recruitment through lots of razzle dazzle events. They are worried about profit, not soldiers and not the reality of the black experience in America.
I'm looking forward to watching with my Dad. He's been a fan since the 60's. I am in no way confident they will win because I am a pessimist by nature. However, part of the fun is all the trash talk-I wish I could record what the people in or house sound like during Super bowl games. Both sides are hilarious, regardless of whose playing. Even non fans get in on the act. My Dad is going to be 90 and I relish these experiences, silly as they are. Because they are rituals that go back to childhood. Don't know how many more we'll have; It is these little things that make the best memories.
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2019 22:58:13 GMT by redsoxgirl
if you wanted to encourage a culture of rape, the best way to do so would be to endorse and honor the most visible members of society who have been accused of rape.
My sister-in-law did ask Alexa who is going to win the superbowl. Alexa replied "The Patriots." But Alexa went on to say she wished it was The Rams instead. Who knew Alexa could trash talk? lol My sister-in-law threatened to toss Alexa into the trash compactor. lol
Maroon 5 was just a bad choice for the half time show. In fairness to them,they performed as they normally do. But viewers are used to a big production of a show for a half time show, and Maroon 5 doesn't offer that. People can talk all they want about Adam Levine shedding his clothes -- to me the most foolish he looked was the amount of time he spent with a guitar around his next that he wasn't playing!
On the subject of political stances - while it was not perfect, I do give the NFL credit for not running away from the issues they are facing, and embracing the historic place that the host city played in the civil rights movement. I thought it was a nice move to have Bernice King, John Lewis and Andrew Young as the people honored by for the coin toss, and for the NFL commissioner to spend some time during his week in Atlanta visiting the King center. I don't think these gestures ends the issues for the NFL - but it was a nice step in the right direction.
The Patriots are the most hated football team in the united states. They are loathed. I am a Patriots fan. My gosh. the meme is a joke lol Patriots fans take pride in being hated. I mean, what else are we going to do?
Why haven't I heard of this? Fascinating. Are they fully funded with money, players and coaches? Looks like the San Diego Fleet and the San Antonio Commanders start it off this Saturday at 8:30PM E/5:30 PM PT.
There is also a pregame show with Jaime Erdahl and Curt Warner.
Hmmmmmmm….I'll give it a try. Apparently the kick-off show doesn't have a "kick-off". Heeee
Colin also wanted at least $20 million to play in the revamped XFL league. lol Vince Mcmahon already mentioned that the league isn't going to be involved in politics, so I'm not sure why he would want to go there anyway.