by Andy Weddington
Monday, 29 August 2016
Do you know what NFL stands for? Not For Long when you make those sorts of calls. Angry coach to a ref
The NFL I quit watching decades ago.
One exception, the Super Bowl if only for background noise and the commercials.
Isn't that the NFL, anyway?!
Until a couple days ago I'd never heard of Colin Kaepernick.
I could not have picked him out of a one-man lineup.
Since, he's polluted news and social media for his antic of remaining seated during our National Anthem before a game.
He stands (pardon the positional pun) by his decision as a display of support for the oppressed. Yes, he enjoys such freedom. So too consequences for there are more mature and intelligent means for making a point and making for change.
Whomever the oppressed, I'm not clear. He's surely not.
Americans have opined in sundry creative ways by trampling upon and burning semblances of his jersey (some more dramatic than others going viral on YouTube), and severing allegiance to Kaepernick's team the San Francisco 49ers.
I find this all rather bizarre, disheartening, and angering.
Why is it a malcontent behaving illogically and childishly occupies our country's attention while selfless patriots, protecting his rights and of way of life, killed in the line of duty are little more than a few minutes worth of news, if that, and become an obscure footnote?
During the last couple weeks, amidst computer work, I've received several Department of Defense notices (my computer set to alert - I stop whatever and read the release) of combat deaths - Iraq and Afghanistan. Who, other than family and friends, can name them?
These are the citizens who should enjoy millions - of dollars and FaceBook Likes, Twitter Likes and Retweets, and whatever the complements on other social media. And occupy watercooler and breakroom and classroom and dinner table conversations, too.
Today's opening quote I remember from an NFL promotional clip long ago of a sideline-storming angry coach confronting a ref.
It seems germane.
Not For Long ...
I wonder what, if anything, the 49ers owner will do to address Mr. Kaepernick?
I wonder, too, more so if the moral and patriotic conscience of America, especially 49er fans, is of such mettle to show the team's ownership who's really the boss? An empty stadium, paltry TV audience, and stagnate merchandise sales can be oppressive, in a healthy way, too.
It's not about the money.
And it's all about the money.
Not For Long, my hope.
Spend some time perusing: http://icasualties.org
Get to know these men and women - humble heroes. They sacrificed, some ultimately, for our colors - the (imperfect) flag Mr. Kaepernick disgraces.