Thursday, September 28, 2017

I'm not sure how those NFL guys could have misjudged America so badly. I feel like I'm sort of neutral patriotic. I wouldn't say I'm overly patriotic, but I'm not unpatriotic.

I've been to a car show in the town next to me where there have been thousands of people there, and when they play the national anthem - everyone and I mean EVERYONE stops what they are doing and the place becomes silent except for the anthem. AND THIS IS IN CALIFORNIA!

I've seen this happen twice.


  1. Dog shows start out with the national anthem too. And since this is a state that borders on Canada they play their anthem too. The entire show hall (not a small room tyvm) goes dead silent for both. I've watched people spin in place trying to find the nearest flag to face. And these are big events, with people coming from several surrounding states to show their dogs, often multiple people in a group, plus judges and ring stewards and other staff, plus folks attending to see the dogs. Yah, I've been wondering much the same!

  2. I can totally see that. The spinning in place to orient to the flag direction..

    The first time I saw it I was pretty tripped because you expect this at a football game or Nascar. But this was ~not~ a stadium. To see everyone just stop and become completely quiet without being prompted was sort of affecting - you just don't expect that in California. I kinda felt like California was way more patriotic than I realized.

    Car guys are the NFL's prime demo. So the whole thing is just odd.

  3. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, October 01, 2017 9:14:00 PM

    This makes perfect sense to me if you look at the incidence of crime among the actual protesters as a demographic within the NFL as well as the rate of recidivism ...

    While the NFL has better numbers as a whole than the US population in general, I've read that these people have considerably worse numbers.

    I couldn't give a crap about who's who in the NFL anyway.

    I got tired of scumbags in "professional sports" around the time of the mid-1990s MLB strike, and watching a bunch of "ball field pork" roll through various governments where I've lived helped me get over the rest.

    I used to be a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan because of ties to Toronto, for instance. Now I don't even keep up with any of it anymore.

    So now I have no problem at all with the NFL collapsing as a sports empire mostly because maybe we'd get to have an end to "ball field pork" as a result.

    But there are even more overly coddled scumbags on TV right now who are pissing off people in general? Tell me something that's actually new.

    You can lead a jackass to behave like a jackass, but you can't make him stop to think.