The main topic of discussion this week on Facebook seems to be whether or not football players should take a knee during the national anthem.
Like most people, I have an opinion on this. And my opinion is, Who cares? I don’t watch the NFL anyway. I used to – as a kid I loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, and my dream was to be the next Jack Lambert and play middle linebacker for them. Or to be the Six Million Dollar Man.
But the NFL now is awful. Clean uniforms, no hitting quarterbacks or receivers, too many rules and penalties, and choreographed dance routines after every play. Wow, you made a tackle. Big deal. You did your job. I finish writing an article, you don’t see me dancing around like an idiot. In my opinion, football is meant to be dirty and bloody and rough. Not the high scoring, quarterback-centered, clean, glossy game of today. And definitely no dancing.
So my solution is to not watch it. And really, I don’t miss it much. But there are many people who still enjoy it, and most are pretty angry about players kneeling during the national anthem.
The thing is, it’s every American’s right to protest (peacefully). And to say they can’t do it is more un-American than what the players are doing. Now, do I agree with it? No, I don’t. Personally, I wouldn’t do it. But if I felt strongly enough about something, I might. For instance, if pizza were suddenly outlawed in this country, you better believe I’d drop right to my knee before the ovens were cold.
I understand that people feel it is disrespectful and offensive to our veterans. But I find the fact that so many veterans and other Americans are homeless and not getting adequate health care a lot more disrespectful and offensive than any protest.
So let them kneel. Or force them not to. I don’t care. I don’t watch the NFL anyway.