22 July 2020


By Andy Weddington
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

So the NFL will allow players to place decals on helmets to pay homage to victims of systemic racism and police violence.


I fondly remember the day when stickers on helmets were awarded for outstanding play; a little league team I played on, yellow five-point stars (on bright red helmets) - especially for jarring blocks and tackles.

Coach enjoyed the honors. 

Those stars were damn hard to get; sported with great pride. 

To this day, I can visualize my helmet and the few stars decorating; an average player, me. 

In those days NFL players our idols. 

Paul Warfield (Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins) one I followed (met and visited with him and his wife in Palm Springs, CA a few years back). What a gentleman! For younger readers, he's black, by the way.    

To be fair, if that's permissible, the NFL should not take issue with players who choose to honor our brave citizens who gave their life in service to community and country.

To save the players time, here's a randomly selected Top 10 of law enforcement officers - from dozens - killed (by criminal violence) in the line of duty during the current calendar year. 

Put these names, et al., on decals ...

1. Anthony Dia (Police Officer, Toledo, OH - gunfire) Saturday, 04 July 2020

2. Destin Legieza (Police Officer, Brentwood, TN - vehicular assault) Thursday, 18 June 2020

3. Julian Keen, Jr. (Wildlife Officer, FL - gunfire) Sunday, 14 June 2020

4. Dale Thomas Provins, Jr. (Police Officer, Jefferson Hills Borough, PA - automobile crash) Saturday, 13 June 2020

5. James H. Blair (Deputy Sheriff, Simpson County, MS - gunfire) Friday, 12 June 2020

6. Damon Gutzwiller (Sergeant, Santa Cruz County, CA - gunfire) Saturday, 06 June 2020

7. Stephen P. Williams (Lieutenant, Moody, AL - gunfire) Tuesday, 02 June 2020

8. Waldis, "Jay" Johnson (Police Officer, Detroit, MI - gunfire) Sunday, 31 May 2020

9. Michael S. Mosher (Police Officer, Overland Park, KS - gunfire) Sunday, 03 May 2020

10. Jackson Ryan Winkeler (Public Safety Officer, Florence Regional Airport, SC - gunfire) Sunday, 05 January 2020

Spectrum of races. 

All victims of criminal violence. 

Devastated families. Cohorts and friends, too, suffer. 

I have not watched the NFL in decades; lost me when players and the game gave way to other priorities.  

Anymore, when interested in watching children play there's comfortable chair on the front porch. 

Their focus play - with effort and enthusiasm. Glee obvious. Sportsmanship even. So joy to see.  

Oh yes, best of all, admission free. 

"Pro" in sports?


Self-destruction their right. 

Major League Baseball now follows, off base.  

Good luck, sluggers. 

America, that racist country which the citizenry twice elected a black to be our President. An impossible achievement without the white vote.  

Strange this "systemic" charge. 

To close ...

The average citizen - most of America - going about business and doing their best for the greater good of self, family, and community does not want safety and security compromised much less anarchy. 

Black, brown, red, yellow, and white will so prove Election Day.  


Pros, the vast majority, truly.
Civility's necessary line between calm and chaos.

Ask any victim. 

acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 in. 

America the beautiful? 

Still; in the face of ugly.  


Tom H. said...

Your commentary, as usual, "spot on." The 2 remaining professional sports which warrant my time are golf and tennis. Each an individual sport, and each rewards the players based upon performance. And each embraces a sound code of conduct/behavior. Most recently observed this past Sunday when John Rahm won the Memorial golf tournament, and was assessed a 2-stroke penalty for causing the slightest movement of his ball, even though it did not improve the lie at all. As for the professional "team" sports, they consist largely of grossly overpaid, self-absorbed, and ungrateful jerks starting with the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, etc. Attendance at "No Fans Left" games over the last several years has steadily declined, and with this latest pathetic proposal, should continue.
If you are a sports enthusiast, let's hope college sports resume this Fall, starting with SEC & ACC football!

A Colonel of Truth said...

Thank you, Sir. I watched that golf tournament. The only pro sport I still watch regularly. Tennis, once in a while.

lglyspkng said...

Again, spot-on Colonel! You take my thoughts and put them on the internet. This insanity has even overtaken my beloved auto racing and ruined NASCAR. It is knocking at the door of IndyCar to the point where they are rushing a young black driver through the ranks in the hopes of putting him in the big cars quickly. I hope they use common sense and ensure he is properly prepared lest he become a skid mark on the track. These are deadly missiles they are driving and not for the immature.
IndyCar has nothing to prove. They already have diversity with female drivers, Hispanic drivers and champions, and a popular black driver in Willy T. Ribbs.
As you and Tom H., I can enjoy a good golf tournament. I still believe Tiger has some wins in him! And with grandkids playing sports, there are plenty of my own stars to cheer for and teach the proper way to play the game as I did my son, for the fun of the game!

lglyspkng said...

Oh, and wearing the names of fallen Law Enforcement Officers would be a great idea, but it isn't going to happen. Remember the National Felons League put the kabosh on the Dallas Cowboys honoring 5 Officers killed while protecting a Black Lives Matter gathering a few years back. I wonder if they would have done the same if it had been 5 Black Lives Matter members?

Dave said...

The list of event and businesses I will never support continues to grow. Want to be an anti-American, fashionable, politically correct entity. No money or time from myself dear chappies.

Starbucks, Nike, MLB, NFL, New York Times, Twitter, World Wildlife Fund,..and on, and on, and on. Bubbye.

Cannot wait for 3 November. The liberal progressive anti-Americans shall be most disappointed.