Spit… I’m done with the NFL…

As a veteran, I’ve had it…

The players disrespecting the flag and the NFL ‘supporting’ their right to protest is so much bullshit! Yesterday was Gold Star Mother’s Day, and this is what those mothers saw? Really???

This is the same organization that wouldn’t allow decals in support of the Dallas Police officers killed, or tribute emblems to 9/11 among others, but this is okay?

One report I heard yesterday was that 70% of fans polled DID NOT like the protest, and felt it had no place on the field. It’s also been instructive to see the ‘lack’ of pans through the crowds that we usually see at the games…

The media and everybody else is pandering, saying there is nothing wrong, there’s no impact on anything, everything’s fine, yada, yada, yada…

But those who follow the money are saying something different… From Forbes, HERE; Fortune, HERE; CNN, HERE. And one more, this one is interesting, from Bloomberg Politics, HERE.

Apparently, only ONE Pittsburgh Steeler even showed up for the anthem, and that was Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who’d done three tours downrange. At least HE still respects what the flag and anthem stand for.

US Code does not specify any ‘rule’ about standing and saluting the flag,  it is a guide.  Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8. of the US Code, called “Respect for the Flag,” spells out the dos and don’ts when it comes to the national symbol. Like another section of the US Code, which describes the proper behavior during the singing of the national anthem—“all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart”—the “Respect the Flag” portion is a guide.

There is no federal punishment for violating it, but there is what appears to be a significant ‘financial’ punishment in the offing for what is going on…

But I can’t help but wonder how many of those supporting this and saying they have a right to protest, even if it is their workplace; would be happy if law enforcement, in uniform, started protesting Antifa or others while they were at work…

As for me, I’ll watch college football, at least they haven’t gotten stupid yet, and be happy with golf and racing on Sunday. NASCAR has a different take, HERE.

My response to all the protesters of the National Anthem…

From this day forward I will no longer watch, purchase tickets for events of the NFL, their teams or venues. Additionally, I will also no long support any sponsor of said leagues, their teams or venues including, but not be limited to, merchants, manufacturers, organizations, or vendors of licensed league products.
A Disgruntled Vietnam Veteran

Stole this from Jay G, but it’s pretty good…


Spit… I’m done with the NFL… — 30 Comments

  1. Let’s all remember to express to our state and local politicians that we don’t care to spend any more of our money upon stadiums for these real-estate welfare queens.

  2. I stopped watching Pro Football when the players begin to make more money than their feeble minds could count !! I still enjoy College Football & College Baseball. As to respecting our Flag, DAMM YOU, if you don’t !!!!!

  3. Gotta love the greenback. You get to vote every day. Decades ago I attended one of our local PTA meetings when prayer in schools was on the agenda. I offered to make a cash donation and they were all smiles. I then said that there was only one stipulation—I was going to read “IN GOD WE TRUST” from every $1 dollar bill, aloud. They were still sitting there in stunned silence as I walked out. As the saying goes, “We just established what kind of whore you are, darlin’. The only part of the discussion left is price.”

  4. Apparently Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said yesterday that being respectful of the team trumped tackle Alejandro Villanueva’s right to show respect for the National Anthem. Villanueva was the only player to come out of the locker room for the National Anthem while the rest of the openly unpatriotic team hid in the locker room.

    Screw the NFL. I’ll also be voicing my opinion to the advertisers that appear during the games, too. The owners and coaches can easily dismiss my opinion but the people who buy time on they games will be very interested in what I think of their product being associated with anti-American sentiment when enough people refuse to purchase them.

  5. good for you, i did that 15 years ago, just got tired of all the posturing and bs those ungrateful prima donnas did. from what i see on the news it has only gotten worse. there is plenty of other things to engage in other than the nfl. I haven’t missed it at all, and this from what had been a life long fan.

  6. This change was made in 2008 regarding conduct during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem. For all that the following covers:

    Title 36 Chapter 3, Section 301(b)1(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and …

  7. I think it sends the wrong message and if it upsets and confuses this many Americans, then it is silly. Plus…nothing has changed. No good progressive change has come about. Only more arguing and divide. Stupid. I hail to Alejandro and I am so mad his coach is giving him a hard time. I hope his right to stand up doesn’t jeopardize his job. I liked it when it was just about football and not all this other stuff. Why don’t they go out and make their communities better or donate to charity or speak out on off duty time at events? Why? Because the cameras are not on them. I could go on and on about how this is ridiculous. Sure, it is free speech. On job duty time. But who cares if the employer doesn’t care, right? Maybe the stadiums should be empty-hit them in the pocket book, so they know what a soldier gets paid. Now I’m just ranting about every little aspect and not making any good words of things. LOL

  8. Ok, so I’m not the world’s biggest NFL fan, yes, I do watch occasionally, my ex got me into football, but sometimes I feel the need to vote with my feet, er, dollar, I mean remote. And no, I haven’t watched the last 2 games, because I was working.

    At work, in orientation, we are told to never talk with patients about 3 things: political views, sex, and religious viewpoints (ours). We can discuss all of those things on our own time, just not on “company time”. Which, for me, is the biggest kvetch I have with the entire kneeling during the Stars and Stripes.

    If you don’t like/respect the country you are living in, ok, you can leave. No one is forcing you to stay. If you have an illness that makes it impossible for you to stand with hand over your heart, I totally can understand that…but ya better be sitting in a wheelchair, or with a walker very close by. Otherwise, get your butt off the seat, and keep those knees locked so you don’t fall down, which so many NFL players are doing. Never realized they were in such lousy physical shape that they can’t handle being on their feet for under 5 minutes.

    If you are not happy with how the local cops (the ones providing security for your place of employment) are treating your buddies…maybe you should have a talk with those buddies about what activities/attitudes they are presenting, as well as talk with the local mayor about getting on the local commission that deals with public/police issues. After all, every town/city seems to have one. Basically, go out and get your hands dirty, don’t just wimp out with kneeling down on your multimillion dollar paycheck.

    Personally, I think it is the height of irony that folks who have been yelling boycott this and that for years may finally be getting a taste of their own medicine. Because from what I have heard, just in passing, especially amongst men of a certain age, even non-vets, folks are very VERY unhappy and are turning off or tuning out. What happens then to all those wonderful, bug buck salaries? Could be a major lesson in how capitalism works.

    And if I were the NFL, I would not listen to the pollsters. After all, they were sure Hillary was going to win…

  9. The nice cashier gal at Sam’s asked me why I wasn’t home watching the Vikings last winter.
    I told her I don’t ant to watch a bunch of millionaire uneducated clods that have a tough time putting two words together play a game that every school kid knows how to play.
    She gave me the meanest stinkeye ever,and I’ve been married forty years.

  10. Hey Old NFO;

    I quit watching last year until the post season when my falcons went all the way to the superbowl…then choked, but that is another story. I flat out will not watch a game where they are paid a hell of a lot of money to entertain us. We have people that make more money and live better than 99% of America and they want to lecture us on fairness and police brutality?We watch football to be entertained , and forget about politics for a while, but noo the fucking snowflakes had to ruin that crap too?
    I am done with the NFL, There is much out there to entertain us, battlebots, movies, college ball…unless they get preachy too.

  11. As a veteran and a proud citizen of the USA, I agree with everything said in this post. Well stated Sir!

  12. I think these folks living the American dream can take a knee all they want, it’s a free country. I just don’t have to go watch, or tune in their games, buy their team stuff, or support their advertisers. I can also oppose every taxpayer handout for stadiums to these billionaire owners. I also will be calling for the end of no state taxes on professional players like the one in my state. It’s a free country, but everything has a price, and consequences. One more thought, these fellows taking a knee are also disrespecting every black soldier that lying lackwit piece of Democrat excrement LBJ drafted, and sent to Vietnam to be killed.

  13. Haven’t watched the NFL in years. For years I have been watching rugby instead. Last year I finally pulled the plug on the expensive satellite TV when they lost their coverage of Rugby. Now, for a mere $60 per year, I stream all the Aviva Premiership matches. Plus there’s other rugby coverage streaming on WatchESPN for free. Also stopped going to movies, with a few exceptions, because I refuse to financially support Hollywood.

  14. The NFL has a rule on this Anthem situation but Goodell will not enforce it….The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual, according to a league source. It states:

    “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.”

  15. And Villanueva?
    He was a Ranger School-tabbed grunt officer, awarded a Bronze Star with “V” for actions as a rifle platoon commander in Kandahar, among his 3 tours.

    And he’s 6’9″ and 320.

    Even his pussy coach isn’t telling a guy like that to sit down.

    While people are burning Pittsburgh Kneelers merchandise by the bushel this week, sales of his jersey have skyrocketed.

    I’m sentimental, but I’m betting Goodell gets canned, then about 100 players and coaches are ejected or suspended from the league, once the owners find their balls and spines – and look at their wallets.

    This nonsense is a multi-billion$ business mistake folks don’t get to make twice in the same job.

  16. All- Thanks, glad I’m NOT the only one pissed. Aesop, that’s a fake rule… sigh

    Posted from my iPhone.

  17. All of what y’all said, and more.

    Colin Stupiddupid was doing it for suspicious reasons, possibly more related to a certain religion than any other reason, but that’s my speculation. The rest of them, fools, stupid ignorant fools. Someone out there is performing a “Buffalo Jump” on these idiots and they don’t realize it.

    As to Captain America, well, I am done with Marvel (for making him a Nazi, and for ruining all their other characters.) And done with DC Comics (For F### Sake, Superman renounced his citizenship and now supports illegal alien drug smugglers.)

    Madre de Dios, I can tell I’m old because I want the screwed up world of my childhood, not this idealistic nightmare.

  18. My wife asked me last night if it’s the national anthem and the National Football League then which nation are we talking about?

  19. Based on a list from http://www.nflpla.com we should start calling USAA and have them pull their ads. Strange an insurance company founded by and selling to veterans would keep their ads….

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