GREEN BAY - Chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" reverberated around Lambeau Field on Thursday as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears stood to observe the national anthem. Players and coaches from both teams locked arms on their respective sidelines. No one sat and no one kneeled. The decision by the Packers to lock arms was meant as a display of unity, a message made public through a statement crafted by the players earlier this week. They encouraged fans to do the same, and while the anthem proved to be uneventful, the majority of spectators did not link arms with their
Comments: This is what really happened. I caught the very end of the Anthem and then watched Rodgers hugging other teammates, but when he turned and walked away I saw him look down and shake his head in disappointment. Now I know why.
The proper physical stance to honor the National Anthem and the American Flag is to rise to your feet, face the American flag and to place your right hand over your heart.
Very simple easy to follow instructions. There is no kneeling and no locking of arms. To do anything other than the appropriate acknowledgment is to disrespect the tradition of honoring the flag and anthem.
You tried to pull a fast one last night and it did not pass the smell test with the American people. I watched just long enough to see how stupid they looked and then went to bed. Time to institute the rules of the NFL and start fining people for anything less than the accepted norm and start donating the fines to the Red Cross.
I used to care. It´s refreshing now. I´m still getting used to this.
I turned on the game a couple times, and I was strangely detached. Not even sad, just detached, and also refreshed.
It´s been a long time since I broke-up with anyone. I feel now, like I was in an abusive relationship that just ended. Sorry NFL, it´s not me, it´s you. USA over NFL any day. And, All Lives Matter over BLM too.
Trying to pull the audience in with their stupid arm locking which in no way is showing respect. Put your hand over your heart and stand tall and stop acting like stupid tools . The audience is not one with you guys, we know where your heart is.
This whole situation is designed to stir crap and trouble. There´s no win because no matter what anyone decides to do, someone is going to be ticked off.
I like the approach the players took. They tried to unify people toward something positive rather than negative. Rodgers was right...we get to choose whether we wanted to join them or not. I wouldn´t have but I´m not angry about it. I can disagree unemotionally and move on with the rest of my life.
There are many good, patriotic players and teams and management whom I won´t punish for the actions of a few idiots who surround them. I haven´t let the LGBTQ movement steal my love of the original Biblical meaning of rainbows and I don´t plan to let anyone steal my love of football. I will not give anyone that kind of power over my life.
Lock arms was meant as a display of unity. What unity. What are these idiots talking about. First it was police brutality, then it was social injustice now its a show of unity. Unity for what. Unity for players who are arrested every week for various crimes. Unity for players who have no respect for our country, out flag, our anthem or our military. They blew it, they know it and are now trying to change it. Screw´em all. Got it.
Nice try. Almost made it work. I saw a few that had arm locked but still close to over their heart. It was ... awkward to say the least.
I give this about another week of trying to be "unified" before this whole thing falls off the front pages so to speak. And players will be standing or not, but if not.. it´s only going to hurt them and prove who they are. They may go the way Kaepernick did. And I say, good riddance.
I don´t want to see political statements in my sports, my TV shows, or movies. Being patriotic is not being political.... unless you are a liberal weasel.
If these players are sincere, then let them become better role models for American youth, when the players are off the field. Players could live more admirable lives (an average of one NFL player a week is arrested for drugs or assault or drunkenness, etc.). NBA players could stop impregnating multiple women to whom they are not married. Players could end their endorsement of athletic shoes that are far beyond the means of so many young people (and cost a tiny fraction of their selling price to manufacture). If players are truly concerned about what are unarguably tragic conditions in America´s inner cities, all of the above would be a constructive beginning.
#11 I´m with you. Unity for what? FTA "The decision by the Packers to lock arms was meant as a display of unity, a message made public through a statement crafted by the players earlier this week." The article doesn´t say what they are all unified about. Do we have to guess? Well my guess is that they are all unified supporting Kaepernick.
I love the advice to "skip the game" from folks who have no dough on the line. If a working couple has $300 invested in a season ticket for a pair of middling seats (not to mention "seat licenses" and other fees), who´s going to cover the $2400 loss they´d take?
Establish a Fundme account for "refunds", and burn the tickets.
I could be wrong, but I have a feeling this whole business of what is being done during the anthem is about to blow over. Most seem to have had their say and want to move on. I´m still going to watch the games I´m interested in, and I´m really enjoying hearing Tony Romo calling the games. The stadium seemed full last night and the fans were enthusiastic. Maybe the kneelers can now do something constructive like solve the problem of black on black crime.
Some in here say they´re OK with Green Bay Kumbaya Arm Lock. Haaaah they´ve been indoctrinated! Compromising in policy, tradition, due process, circumventing rules, non-assimilation was the beginning of "down the slippery road", and these kinds of PC stuff is what got us into this social MESS!
They STILL refuse to place their hands on their hearts? ...Their ´message,´ continues to come through loud & clear. However, we got their message the first time and this communal display but accentuated it.
Perhaps we have to respect their honesty with regard to what they REALLY feel in their hearts about Old Glory and that for which it stands. ...Nah!!!!!!!!
All the little disappointed NFL fans are just "thrilled" that their favorite players are "standing" for the National Anthem... how sad, since men stand to pee. Standing just means you´re alive and well... placing one´s RIGHT HAND over one´s HEART is a pledge of loyalty to whatever it is you´re looking at. THAT is what´s important. Looking around, closing your eyes, talking, fidgeting, all that is WRONG!
Putzy-punks in this country need to learn Flag Etiquette basics.
"Unity" in this case means unity with the thugs, racists, hate-filled BLM and similar groups.
It´s unity with those hating our military and police.
The whole arm-locking unity garbage is even more offensive to me than the kneeling and sitting. At least you could tell who the bad guys were when they kneeled. But when they all join arms, that hides the most evil and takes them all down.
Not that I will ever see this, since I will NEVER watch another second of the NFL or NBA again in my life. I am done!!!
This is really, really simple. Stand straight and tall, face the flag, put your right hand over your heart.
Anything else is disrespectful.
As to "unity", what the hell is he talking about? Unity with the slugs who disrespected the anthem? Unity with the BLM racist haters? Get more specific than the BS "unity" and maybe we can have a discussion, even possibly agree.
But mealy mouthed, unspecified "unity" - is that unity with Louis Farrakhan or unity with the Founding Fathers? Not even close to the same thing.
Lock arms, what a silly, childish thing to ask of fans. #15 My way of thinking as well, do these players realize what they are teaching our American youth. (of course not, they don´t mind making more mind-numbed robot kids with the sex craved women they bed.)
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