The NFL in all of its cash cow enterprise is fixated on stupid. Disclosure: Ever since John Gilliam took the opening kickoff back for that famous 94-yard run in 1967, I've been a 'Who Dat' fan. But no longer. The Saints, the entire 32 teams of tattooed, take-a-knee, trash talkers, have lost me. As a Marine Korea vet, I think this entire act of disfavor at the moment of the anthem, be it prior to or after its presentation, doesn’t pass the smell test. It's a busted play, a loss of yardage all around.
It's inconceivable that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the owners, coaches and their overly indulged players, would allow a rogue, unemployed Colin Kaepernick, who likely has not a squirrel's brainwave of who penned the anthem, much less the event that prompted it, to hijack the mystique and excitement of an American sport of titans into a display of political correctness. Within the fans' backlash and fallout, the NFL finds itself in a public relations nightmare as ratings and attendance take a nosedive.
In truth, the fans do not feel they're being racists, bigots or white supremacists if they come to the game expecting to enjoy its excitement. They believe they're entitled to spend their time and their dime without the game being politicized by exhibitionism. Following the game, the players will get into their fully loaded SUVs, head back to their condos and state-of-the-art dwellings, and ain't life fine.
I have a suggestion. If Colin Kaepernick and his band of dissenters wish to take a knee to protest racism, Neo-Nazism, Civil War monuments, the Klan, Lucy and the football, let them go to the Vietnam Wall, the Iwo Jima monument in D.C. and bend — not one, but both knees, for the sake of the freedom they enjoy in a sport that's quite lucrative, indeed.