As of Friday, February 9, 2018
There are many who may watch Super Bowl LII because they love America’s pastime, and others may select to refrain because of what the National Football League has allowed to happen these past couple of seasons.
You would have to have been hiding under a rock if you didn’t know there have been several players within the league who choose to kneel instead of stand during the playing of the National Anthem.
The action has caused a controversy among those who believe it’s unpatriotic.
That brings me to the irony of this year’s big game. The teams competing for the coveted trophy are the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots and the Eagles represent in name, if not locale, the pride of what this country was founded upon.
New England’s mascot is a modern graphic and image of colonial-era patriots, those who fought for liberty.
The Eagles, hmmm… anyone want to guess what symbolism comes from their mascot? Not to mention, Philadelphia is the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence.
Yet, the football league continues to allow its paid players to kneel when the National Anthem is played and the American flag is flown.
An advertisement by the American Veterans — AMVETS — was rejected merely because of two words in its message, “Please Stand.”
The league likes to parade veterans on the field, but disapproves of their request that the players stand for the flag that represents all they fought for.
I think AMVETS Commander Marion Polk was right in his letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Freedom of speech works both ways.”