The last word (I wish) on the NFL

September 27, 2017

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say 'get that son of a ***** off the field right now; he’s fired'?"

So said President Trump during a Congressional campaign rally in Alabama. Sure, it was plenty unpresidential for him to use that term. Sure, it caused players to dig in and continue acting like idiots. But a new poll has shown that about two-thirds of Americans agree with him


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And now that the backlash is growing in strength, the Dallas Cowboys have floated a new explanation for their curious behavior during Monday night’s game, when they all “took a knee” before the National Anthem but then stood and linked arms while the song was performed. They seemed to want to have it both ways –- to register their “protest” (against the police, I guess, on behalf of a city where five cops were mass-murdered last year?) while trying to safeguard ticket sales. But it turns out that they were doing something else entirely.

They were praying.

Yeah, I know. Nice try, Cowboys, but we don’t buy it. We know that “prayer” is just an exceedingly creative cover story, though you might want to start praying right now that your fans don’t desert you in droves. All you NFL players need to understand that you are being used by people trying to undermine, even destroy, the underpinnings of our nation. If they can make us stop valuing our uniquely American heritage, it’s just one step towards the ultimate goal of bringing America down. Think I’m exaggerating? This is happening all around us right now, to education, the Bill of Rights, the workplace, entertainment, journalism, our electoral system, historical monuments, race relations, religious faith (at least Christianity) and now, sports.


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Also, if your gesture of “protest” is so vague that you have to explain over and over what it does and does not mean, then maybe you need to accept that you made a mistake in your choice of behavior. Find a more appropriate way to express your views, one that actually furthers the conversation you want to have and brings us closer to solutions. Then, while the National Anthem is playing, keep your knees off the ground and your hand over your heart, for crying out loud, in honor of the country that gives you such incredible freedom and opportunity. There, is that so hard?

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Comments 1-5 of 94

  • Barbara Gesmundo

    10/19/2017 04:47 PM

    AMEN!! I agree totally with you.

  • Gary Hines

    10/19/2017 02:19 PM

    I no longer watch pro football and pro baseball. And I certainly would not waste money on a ticket to either. Can you provide me a list of their sponsors so I know which stores/products I will no longer patronize? I encourage all American patriots to do the same. Hit them in the pocketbook.

  • Barb Ellis

    10/19/2017 04:40 AM

    I was a Cowboy fan for 54 yrs until they took a knee, now I have boycotted football. I have been called a racist(by family , friends, cowboy fans and people I don't even know) because it isnt about the flag its about social injustice. Ok whatever...I just wanted to be able to watch my team and relax after a long week of taking care of everyone but no. Just play football leave your political stuffoff the field but you didn't and now I am done with football forever. Guess what? I don't miss it, don't even know what place or how their season is going. There are too many good shows on to even worry about the national FELON league or the No Fans Left like me....bye Cowboys you are no longer my team or Americas.....

  • Jerome Teresa McCluskey

    10/18/2017 07:39 PM

    Gov Huckabee I read your mail and heartily agree with you our country is suffering and old ladies like me can only pray that the Lord will come to our aid.Our President has the right of it but satan has a powerful influence.May the good Lord help him to keep us a Judeo/Christian nation.

  • ROBERT SURPRISE

    10/18/2017 03:45 PM

    I HAVE SENT EMAILS TO ROGER GOODELL SEVERAL TIMES REMINDING HIM OF THE NFL RULE "A 62 AND 63" ASKING HIM WHY HE ISN'T ENFORCING CURRENT REGULATIONS TO WHICH ALL PLAYERS HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR, AND HAVE GOTTEN NO RESPONSE.

    Here's what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:

    The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
    During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

The last word (I wish) on the NFL

September 27, 2017

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say 'get that son of a ***** off the field right now; he’s fired'?"

So said President Trump during a Congressional campaign rally in Alabama. Sure, it was plenty unpresidential for him to use that term. Sure, it caused players to dig in and continue acting like idiots. But a new poll has shown that about two-thirds of Americans agree with him


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And now that the backlash is growing in strength, the Dallas Cowboys have floated a new explanation for their curious behavior during Monday night’s game, when they all “took a knee” before the National Anthem but then stood and linked arms while the song was performed. They seemed to want to have it both ways –- to register their “protest” (against the police, I guess, on behalf of a city where five cops were mass-murdered last year?) while trying to safeguard ticket sales. But it turns out that they were doing something else entirely.

They were praying.

Yeah, I know. Nice try, Cowboys, but we don’t buy it. We know that “prayer” is just an exceedingly creative cover story, though you might want to start praying right now that your fans don’t desert you in droves. All you NFL players need to understand that you are being used by people trying to undermine, even destroy, the underpinnings of our nation. If they can make us stop valuing our uniquely American heritage, it’s just one step towards the ultimate goal of bringing America down. Think I’m exaggerating? This is happening all around us right now, to education, the Bill of Rights, the workplace, entertainment, journalism, our electoral system, historical monuments, race relations, religious faith (at least Christianity) and now, sports.


Commentary continues below advertisement


Also, if your gesture of “protest” is so vague that you have to explain over and over what it does and does not mean, then maybe you need to accept that you made a mistake in your choice of behavior. Find a more appropriate way to express your views, one that actually furthers the conversation you want to have and brings us closer to solutions. Then, while the National Anthem is playing, keep your knees off the ground and your hand over your heart, for crying out loud, in honor of the country that gives you such incredible freedom and opportunity. There, is that so hard?

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW.  I READ THEM!

Comments 1-5 of 94

  • Barbara Gesmundo

    10/19/2017 04:47 PM

    AMEN!! I agree totally with you.

  • Gary Hines

    10/19/2017 02:19 PM

    I no longer watch pro football and pro baseball. And I certainly would not waste money on a ticket to either. Can you provide me a list of their sponsors so I know which stores/products I will no longer patronize? I encourage all American patriots to do the same. Hit them in the pocketbook.

  • Barb Ellis

    10/19/2017 04:40 AM

    I was a Cowboy fan for 54 yrs until they took a knee, now I have boycotted football. I have been called a racist(by family , friends, cowboy fans and people I don't even know) because it isnt about the flag its about social injustice. Ok whatever...I just wanted to be able to watch my team and relax after a long week of taking care of everyone but no. Just play football leave your political stuffoff the field but you didn't and now I am done with football forever. Guess what? I don't miss it, don't even know what place or how their season is going. There are too many good shows on to even worry about the national FELON league or the No Fans Left like me....bye Cowboys you are no longer my team or Americas.....

  • Jerome Teresa McCluskey

    10/18/2017 07:39 PM

    Gov Huckabee I read your mail and heartily agree with you our country is suffering and old ladies like me can only pray that the Lord will come to our aid.Our President has the right of it but satan has a powerful influence.May the good Lord help him to keep us a Judeo/Christian nation.

  • ROBERT SURPRISE

    10/18/2017 03:45 PM

    I HAVE SENT EMAILS TO ROGER GOODELL SEVERAL TIMES REMINDING HIM OF THE NFL RULE "A 62 AND 63" ASKING HIM WHY HE ISN'T ENFORCING CURRENT REGULATIONS TO WHICH ALL PLAYERS HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR, AND HAVE GOTTEN NO RESPONSE.

    Here's what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:

    The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
    During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.