The Flag is a symbol of America
This is something I will not disagree with. The flag is perhaps one of our greatest symbols of freedom. Here we are on the verge of Memorial day weekend, a day meant to honor the lives of who give/gave their lives for the betterment and protection of this country. This will always be at worst a sports blog, 97 percent of it, will be Philadelphia sports related, that was my promise to you the reader. This discussion below will not turn political, nor will I show my affiliation to either side of the spectrum. The only reason I decided to write this piece is because of the new NFL rule Change, and the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, who as a team are together, as a unit, but who individually may have different views. Its more so a parallel comparison article then anything else.
So first, for those of you who did not see it or at least see the entire NFL press release. Here is the new rule as voted on by the NFL Owners.
Here is the NFL's new anthem policy pic.twitter.com/dStoHDOUNz
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 23, 2018
Shortly, after this, the players union, got word of the change and fired out their own response, stating the following:
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) May 23, 2018
Needless, to say any time something happens like this, the debate begins. The sides start to argue, and everyone grows more divided. So I first wanted to look at the whole new rule change as an entirety. Then try to have intellectual dialogue, with my readers. So a few things.
1)I was raised in a military family that has generational service. My father spent 20 years in the US Navy, did 3 tours of Vietnam, and has borderline PTSD, and early stage dementia as a results.
2)About 80 percent of my close family has done some type of military service, from 6 months to 2 years.
3)I have lost friends over seas as a result of service, so there is that first hand experience of that.
All that being said, Veterans should be honored, you wont hear me saying they should not. But, this whole its disrespectful to the flag and disgraceful is a little over blown. To start, for those of you who do not know, the American Flag has rules around it. Do not click on that link, unless you want all of them, I want to go over a few of them with you, which I will break down.
“The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose, nor embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs, printed on paper napkins or boxes, nor used as any portion of a costume.” With this in mind:
The following things, then become instantly DISRESPECTFUL:
There are probably at least one million other examples, but you get the point. When things like this are done, no one says anything. EVER!!! Apparently, educating on the rules of the flag only matters in certain situations.
“When the flag is hung vertically on a wall, window, or door, the Union (blue section) should be to the observer’s left. When the flag is hung either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the Union should be to the observer’s left.” So again this all becomes DISRESPECTFUL to the flag itself:
Other American Flag Rules (where I can give you 100s of examples that no one follows:)
“When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified and ceremonious fashion, preferably by burning.”
“The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.”
“The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night upon special occasions to produce a patriotic effect.”
“The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.”
Then there is one rule, that every sporting event, including the NFL’s pre game ceremonies, break at almost every game. This rule:
“The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.” So based on this rule of the flag, your telling me this is wrong.
Yes, I chose Dallas, cause we hate, them and a good amount of this is Jerry driven, but do you not see this on TV before every televised NFL Game.
You see my problem here. The NFL and its owners are trying to mandate a rule, with control of all people during all these ceremonies, and they are in fact, BREAKING THE RULES THEMSELVES!
The NFL Owners are the ones to blame
This is about nothing more then a small group of owners, their money, ticket sales, sponsorship, and control. Not bringing politics into this, but is it not the main reason, the democrats hate republicans, because the main thought is, all democrats want to control how i should live my life. How is this any different??
It is not here is why? What the majority of NFL owners do not get. I will not say all, but most, and this is true through most of sports. Your players, are your money flow. Do any of you spend extremely hard earned money, to go watch the man/woman who sits in their suite own the team. No, you go to watch a product, on the field, court, ice which ever platform it may be, to show your fan hood at heart.
I can not fathom in my head, how because your an athlete and you make more money than most of us will ever see, that you should have to confirm to set a rules, from a governing body (fans) who are not signing your checks. More importantly, if you think, that players make a shit load ton of money, you are correct, but what about the owners and more importantly the commissioner himself.
Well to start with the owners, there is this. The salary cap for the NFL Season last year was 167 million dollars, and Roger Goodell just re-signed a new contract worth 200 million dollars. So the owner, and Roger, who are not putting their lives in danger with possible injuries, short careers or even worse, CTE, are profiting hand over foot, making billions of dollars, while the players are risking their future, for what in reality is peanuts compared to what the franchise is actually worth. THIS SEEMS RIGHT! (that is sarcasm).
At the end of the day, the NFL is a business, I get it. Like any business, all the money resides at the top. It always has, and it always will. This will never change. The business itself however, will only be profitable, if the product is good, and people are watching and spending their money on said product.
On that, I have a few things. First, none of you are making millions of plus dollars, at your job, if you are, you are probably not reading this. When you go to work every morning, does your stay start with everyone getting there, and a certain time, having someone sign the national anthem, and display the flag all over your office before the day starts. I am going to jump out on a limb here, and say no. Just a thought.
Let us all imagine a world in which they did happen every morning. Also, imagine, that while this is happening, your customer base is watching. Suppose not everyone stood, or partook in this activity. What would the outcome be?? Would you be openly put down by your boss, lose pay or even get hate mail from your customer? How would you handle it, what would you do? Would you conform, just because it was the company line. I also understand, we are talking thousands of dollars compared to millions, a number we can’t fathom, but what would you do. Is a job, of that much importance to you, that you just conform to every rule there is, even if you do not agree with it. You could look for new work. You could also continue to do what you do stating that you do not agree with this but not knowing what the consequences would be.
More importantly lets say its not the national anthem that starts your day off at work. What if prior to starting the day, you all had to gather up as a team, sit in a circle, and talk about your private life. Your spouse, your kids, how would you feel? Would you also just do it, as your supposed to?
What am getting at here, what if every day when you went to work, you had to do something before the day started, that you did not agree with or made you uncomfortable. More importantly, what if it was put in place, long before your time as an employee came into being. What would you do?
Changes put in place like this, should be discussed with the workers or employees to see the comfort level, before being put in place. The players in this instance were not even a part of the decision, do you not agree as an employee before some change is made, that may make you uncomfortable in your beliefs, should at least be discussed with you as you are the one the customer turns to, before making an all out final decision. More importantly, most jobs in America now are at will jobs, no union, no body to plead your case too, and you can be let go, at any time for any reason, without explanation.
There are 2 major differences between your job and the NFL. For one the platform is bigger, and the players are unionized, to protect themselves, their money, and the beliefs of the majority.
If you don’t think the country is divided, perhaps you should look at yourself
This issue alone has only 2 sides. The right side, and the wrong side, for 95 percent of the population, and no matter how you spin it, if someone does not take your side, they are then wrong. More importantly as I stated in the rules of the flag above. At no point, regardless of what the NFL players are doing by raising fists, kneeling, or not coming out for the anthem, are they disrespecting the flag. Not according to the prior mentioned, rules of the American Flag. The entire process, mostly led by the NFL and the owners, is disrespectful, but the players/product/employees are the ones who shunned like worthless people. Something is backwards here, maybe this entire process is wrong.
This country was built on differentiating opinions. That is what makes it great, working together for a common good, for all people, and not the select few. Almost 250 years later, as a country, we are further away then we have ever been. For example, if you read the above, how many thought those other instances, were disrespectful. Probably not many, I am sure most of you have done, purchased, or know people who have done these things.
But as soon, as you see some one on national TV, making millions of dollars, doing something, against what your beliefs are. They become the problem, even though they had no choice in participation of said event. That is sad.
How does, this effect the Eagles at all. Well, for one two of the eagles vocal leaders, Malcom Jenkins, and Chris Long, disagree with this altogether.
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) May 23, 2018
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 23, 2018
And maybe before you rip both of these players, You should view the track record of each, also keep in mind, neither ever once took a knee.
You might want to check Chris Long's track record before spewing this foolishness. The man donated his whole salary last yr to fund education for students at a school in VA. Also Google #Waterboys. And he didn't take a knee. https://t.co/VmZNet9w6O
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) May 23, 2018
So if the point is to keep politics out of football, maybe we should do that. Chris Long has openly stated, he will not go to the White House to take a picture with a person he does not care for. Regardless, of political affiliation, its how he feels. Like no one in the world, or in their life has ever said, I do not want to go event BLANK will be there, and I hate BLANK! Your lying to yourself, if you say it has never happened.
The point is while the view of the players on the team are different, some have said they will attend others will not, its not tension cutting. The team last year, came together, did not get caught up in the drama, stayed together and won a Championship through unity.
Our county is nowhere near that level…all this did was cause more drama, and divide people even more, most importantly this was almost a complete non issue until yesterday, when the big money stepped in.
All that being said, lets not forget about this holiday, what it is, and what it represents. We don’t need to do it prior to every sporting event ever.
Have a safe, and happy Memorial Day, and I will return Tuesday.