Cowboys stun fans and me

September 26, 2017

Sadly, I spoke too soon yesterday in praising my favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, for not joining in the literal kneejerk protest of President Trump’s criticism of players for kneeling during the National Anthem. Before last night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, owner Jerry Jones linked arms with the entire team as they “took a knee.” Jones had previously made it clear that he found it “really disappointing” when players disrespect the flag and Anthem, and he kept politics off the field. Well, he allowed them on last night, and I hope the boos of Cowboys fans let him know what they thought about it.

Jones tried to draw a line between what the Cowboys did and other protesters-in-cleats (noting that they kneeled before the Anthem, not during). He said this was a “show of unity,” but unity with what? With people who do kneel during the National Anthem, as a symbol of how they think the police are racist killers? (Let’s not ever forget that what started this whole practice was one whiny quarterback who hates cops and depicts them as pigs.)


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Does Mr. Jones recall that five Dallas police officers were gunned down while heroically protecting the lives of Black Lives Matter supporters who were protesting them? How about showing solidarity with the Dallas Police by not joining in these protests? Or does he feel a greater need to show solidarity with an NFL commissioner who defends anti-police protests as free speech, yet banned the Cowboys from wearing decals on their helmets honoring those fallen Dallas officers? Hats off to the Arizona Cardinals for refusing to literally bend their knees to the gods of political correctness. Instead, they showed “solidarity” with football fans, who are fed up with having leftist politics infesting and ruining every once-non-partisan common area of American life.

If you want to protest police, then picket the police station. If you want to protest Trump, picket the White House. But why desecrate the honor of the flag and National Anthem with leftwing symbolism that is based on hating America? (And indulging in the same ritual, only slightly before the Anthem starts playing, is just weaselly hair-splitting.)


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Apparently, the only way to make it clear to the players and team owners that fans are sick of this political grandstanding is to hit them in their pocketbooks. I hope Dallas fans who buy tickets and merchandise and who paid for the Cowboys’ otherworldly stadium with their taxes and who are upset about Jones’ about-face make their outrage known loud and clear. You can’t be America’s team if you’re going to “express solidarity” with people who go out of their way to show disrespect for America.

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Comments 1-5 of 166

  • Ouida Perkins

    10/18/2017 12:13 PM

    It scares me with all the hate and protests going on in the USA. I pray this will change and I worry about Trumps safety. I don't support any team that protests at the game. Hold their protests elsewhere. They have taken the joy out of watching a football game.

  • Richard John Niichel

    09/30/2017 03:25 AM

    Well said Mike! I am one of millions of Americans who wish you were now the president of the USA. Although I was strongly against Trump or Hillary being elected, no nation can survive long if half the country makes the kind of protest we are now seeing when their candidate is not elected. As a teacher who has been working in China for the past 15 years, I am sad say that America is not making freedom of the press or freedom of speech look appealing to the rest of the world.

  • Susan Jones Harris

    09/29/2017 01:59 PM

    I thought Jerry Jones did a good thing by taking a knee with the team before the anthem and then having the team stand while the anthem was played. I felt that it was a show of solidarity with the NFL "family," and that he was able to do that without disrespecting our flag. I do not support the use of the NFL stage for political demonstrations. However, this has been thrust upon everyone involved with the league, and I thought Mr. Jones handled it as gracefully and inoffensively as possible.

  • Christopher Pitts

    09/28/2017 06:55 PM

    As a moderate conservative, I have had it up to my eyeballs with my fellow citizens being divided against one another over false conflicts invented by partisan politics.

    As a Southern White man who believes in conservative values, my biggest frustration with the civil discourse right now, is the insistence by politicians and pundits on the left, that I am a racist, mysogenist, homophobic bigot, simply by virtue of my skin color and where I live. Just because there are still a few people in this country who haven't got the memo yet that racism is no longer welcome in our society, doesn't mean that I deserved to be lumped in with them by association, and asked to answer for their idiocy.

    BY THE EXACT SAME TOKEN, the millions and millions of decent black people, regardless of where they are from or what their personal politics are, who are honest citizens every bit as much as I am, do not deserve to be looked down on, or viewed with suspicion, hostility, or fear, by any other citizen in this country, especially by the police officers who are charged with protecting the neighborhoods they live in. Every one of those people deserves to be viewed with the same regard and respect that I want for myself.

    There are specific reasons for the collapse of trust between police officers in poor black neighborhoods, and the people they serve. These reasons go both ways.

    But regardless of the various opinions we have about who is right or wrong, who went too far in this case or that, or what the best approach is to restoring that trust, the goals of all good people are the same - to restore that trust.

    If you are boycotting the NFL over these protests because you don't think black people in this country have anything to complain about, or if you don't think the issue needs to be discussed in our society, then you are boycotting for the right reasons.

    But if you are boycotting because you think these athletes intend to insult you personally, disrespect our veterans, or destroy the United States of America, then you are boycotting based on a misrepresentation of the true opinions and aims of every person in this country who feels like America hates them and does not want them to succeed.

    And in doing so, you are contributing to a problem in the civil discourse that is every bit as damaging to our society, as the lie that all white conservatives are racists and bigots.

    It is a misrepresentation based on pointing out nothing but the worst 30 seconds of humanity that a million video cameras can find, while ignoring the better virtues of literally hundreds of millions of otherwise sane, reasonable people who want the same things you want.

    Mr. Huckabee, I respect your opinions and your leadership as your fellow American, but solving problems and resolving conflicts is not a team sport.

  • Don Loucks

    09/28/2017 06:52 PM

    Having lived in Dallas for a time and many relatives there - I will never again watch or attend a Cowboys football game as long as Jackass Jezabell Jones is the owner!!!!!

Cowboys stun fans and me

September 26, 2017

Sadly, I spoke too soon yesterday in praising my favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, for not joining in the literal kneejerk protest of President Trump’s criticism of players for kneeling during the National Anthem. Before last night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, owner Jerry Jones linked arms with the entire team as they “took a knee.” Jones had previously made it clear that he found it “really disappointing” when players disrespect the flag and Anthem, and he kept politics off the field. Well, he allowed them on last night, and I hope the boos of Cowboys fans let him know what they thought about it.

Jones tried to draw a line between what the Cowboys did and other protesters-in-cleats (noting that they kneeled before the Anthem, not during). He said this was a “show of unity,” but unity with what? With people who do kneel during the National Anthem, as a symbol of how they think the police are racist killers? (Let’s not ever forget that what started this whole practice was one whiny quarterback who hates cops and depicts them as pigs.)


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Does Mr. Jones recall that five Dallas police officers were gunned down while heroically protecting the lives of Black Lives Matter supporters who were protesting them? How about showing solidarity with the Dallas Police by not joining in these protests? Or does he feel a greater need to show solidarity with an NFL commissioner who defends anti-police protests as free speech, yet banned the Cowboys from wearing decals on their helmets honoring those fallen Dallas officers? Hats off to the Arizona Cardinals for refusing to literally bend their knees to the gods of political correctness. Instead, they showed “solidarity” with football fans, who are fed up with having leftist politics infesting and ruining every once-non-partisan common area of American life.

If you want to protest police, then picket the police station. If you want to protest Trump, picket the White House. But why desecrate the honor of the flag and National Anthem with leftwing symbolism that is based on hating America? (And indulging in the same ritual, only slightly before the Anthem starts playing, is just weaselly hair-splitting.)


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Apparently, the only way to make it clear to the players and team owners that fans are sick of this political grandstanding is to hit them in their pocketbooks. I hope Dallas fans who buy tickets and merchandise and who paid for the Cowboys’ otherworldly stadium with their taxes and who are upset about Jones’ about-face make their outrage known loud and clear. You can’t be America’s team if you’re going to “express solidarity” with people who go out of their way to show disrespect for America.

PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW.  I READ THEM!

Comments 1-5 of 166

  • Ouida Perkins

    10/18/2017 12:13 PM

    It scares me with all the hate and protests going on in the USA. I pray this will change and I worry about Trumps safety. I don't support any team that protests at the game. Hold their protests elsewhere. They have taken the joy out of watching a football game.

  • Richard John Niichel

    09/30/2017 03:25 AM

    Well said Mike! I am one of millions of Americans who wish you were now the president of the USA. Although I was strongly against Trump or Hillary being elected, no nation can survive long if half the country makes the kind of protest we are now seeing when their candidate is not elected. As a teacher who has been working in China for the past 15 years, I am sad say that America is not making freedom of the press or freedom of speech look appealing to the rest of the world.

  • Susan Jones Harris

    09/29/2017 01:59 PM

    I thought Jerry Jones did a good thing by taking a knee with the team before the anthem and then having the team stand while the anthem was played. I felt that it was a show of solidarity with the NFL "family," and that he was able to do that without disrespecting our flag. I do not support the use of the NFL stage for political demonstrations. However, this has been thrust upon everyone involved with the league, and I thought Mr. Jones handled it as gracefully and inoffensively as possible.

  • Christopher Pitts

    09/28/2017 06:55 PM

    As a moderate conservative, I have had it up to my eyeballs with my fellow citizens being divided against one another over false conflicts invented by partisan politics.

    As a Southern White man who believes in conservative values, my biggest frustration with the civil discourse right now, is the insistence by politicians and pundits on the left, that I am a racist, mysogenist, homophobic bigot, simply by virtue of my skin color and where I live. Just because there are still a few people in this country who haven't got the memo yet that racism is no longer welcome in our society, doesn't mean that I deserved to be lumped in with them by association, and asked to answer for their idiocy.

    BY THE EXACT SAME TOKEN, the millions and millions of decent black people, regardless of where they are from or what their personal politics are, who are honest citizens every bit as much as I am, do not deserve to be looked down on, or viewed with suspicion, hostility, or fear, by any other citizen in this country, especially by the police officers who are charged with protecting the neighborhoods they live in. Every one of those people deserves to be viewed with the same regard and respect that I want for myself.

    There are specific reasons for the collapse of trust between police officers in poor black neighborhoods, and the people they serve. These reasons go both ways.

    But regardless of the various opinions we have about who is right or wrong, who went too far in this case or that, or what the best approach is to restoring that trust, the goals of all good people are the same - to restore that trust.

    If you are boycotting the NFL over these protests because you don't think black people in this country have anything to complain about, or if you don't think the issue needs to be discussed in our society, then you are boycotting for the right reasons.

    But if you are boycotting because you think these athletes intend to insult you personally, disrespect our veterans, or destroy the United States of America, then you are boycotting based on a misrepresentation of the true opinions and aims of every person in this country who feels like America hates them and does not want them to succeed.

    And in doing so, you are contributing to a problem in the civil discourse that is every bit as damaging to our society, as the lie that all white conservatives are racists and bigots.

    It is a misrepresentation based on pointing out nothing but the worst 30 seconds of humanity that a million video cameras can find, while ignoring the better virtues of literally hundreds of millions of otherwise sane, reasonable people who want the same things you want.

    Mr. Huckabee, I respect your opinions and your leadership as your fellow American, but solving problems and resolving conflicts is not a team sport.

  • Don Loucks

    09/28/2017 06:52 PM

    Having lived in Dallas for a time and many relatives there - I will never again watch or attend a Cowboys football game as long as Jackass Jezabell Jones is the owner!!!!!