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Old 12-01-2007   #1
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Skipping Anthem an un-America move by NFL, Steelers

The NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to start their Monday Night Football game without the National Anthem according to the Denver Post. Bad enough football has taken away all our free time in the fall and early winter. Now, it's going to take away our patriotism?

This time, it seemed like the NFL had gone too far. The game between the hometown Steelers and hapless Miami Dolphins was delayed roughly 25 minutes because of horrendous weather. Understood. The rain drove with the intensity of a hurricane residue. There were frightening lightning strikes, a strong wind, a swampland for a Heinz Field playing surface.

Everyone ran for cover, from the fans in the stands to the players on the field. But the Star-Spangled Banner was written with bombs bursting in air. Nothing's tougher than the National Anthem. The NFL hardly seemed worthy of its red, white and blue insignia colors by canceling America's most honorable song so the show could on two minutes less late.

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I didn't know about this and saw it on Yahoo. Just thought I'd pass it along.
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not that big of a deal for many reasons....................
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Shame on the NFL.
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Oh please. The NFL decides to skip the anthem because there are horrible weather conditions and people get bent out of shape? Get a life
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Is there a law that says the National Anthem has to be played before any sporting event?
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lol, what a stupid story. patriotism is pathetic as it is.
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lol, what a stupid story. patriotism is pathetic as it is.
Not for all of us. I love & take great pride in my country, & I get very upset when people abuse our flag or national anthem.
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Default Re: NFL Skipped National Anthem

Oh, no - someone call the Groupthink Police and get them started on whipping the NFL back in line.

I'm not even sure why the national anthem is played/sung at these events anyway. We don't do it anywhere else. You don't have the national anthem before watching a play. What an odd tradition.
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The game was delayed and the anthem wasn't sung....it's not really that big of a deal until someone blows it out of proportion. I'm sure there's something more important going on in this world.
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Oh, no - someone call the Groupthink Police and get them started on whipping the NFL back in line.

I'm not even sure why the national anthem is played/sung at these events anyway. We don't do it anywhere else. You don't have the national anthem before watching a play. What an odd tradition.
i'm not a fan of it either. and i think one "pledge of allegiance" should be more than enough for a kid, not every single day for his stay in school.
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Default Re: NFL Skipped National Anthem

As someone who's family has a history of serving overseas, as someone who has friends serving overseas, and as someone who loves his country as much as anyone else...even I find it a tad bit ridiculous that this issue has been blown out of proportion to such an extent. The NFL simply didn't have the time to delay any longer, I highly doubt that this was a personal endorsement of al Qaida on their part.

If it makes anyone feel better, I heard Vince Neil was supposed to sing it. I think that's reason enough to cancel it.
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Hmm, I just saw this mini-article, had a laugh, and posted this thread thinking no big deal, I kind of thought it was funny. If I was going to take a side I think they should play it. You can type up your reason why they shouldn't on your nice computer, under your well-built roof, between your bites of food while pondering what you might do on this leisurely Sunday paid for by many of your forefathers, I'm surprised at the reaction.

The reaction kind of reminds me of a song by comedian Rodney Carrington called Show Them To Me. At the end he thanked the ones who did and told the rest, "We've got people putting their like on the line overseas for freedom and you can't even whip out a &^%*@% tit!"

I keep hearing what a big deal you guys think this is and I haven't heard a thing except for the Yahoo story, so obviously this isn't.

I still think this is no big deal and kind of funny, but I can be bothered to acknowledge my country for a couple of minutes while I'm apparently risking my life the three hours watching a football game.

I'm a little surprised at the response. Actually surprised that there was a response. One of you doesn't surprise me, most of what you say seems designed to ruffle feathers, but geez folks have a little pride in your country.
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i don't have to hear a song to have any sort of pride or understanding.
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Well it all about you isn't it.
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Let me play my Veteran card - I know the National Anthem, I know what it sounds it like. I neither have to sing the The Shoe Tying Song to remember how to tie my shoes nor the National Anthem to prove that I'm Patriotic.
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I'm not even sure why the national anthem is played/sung at these events anyway. We don't do it anywhere else. You don't have the national anthem before watching a play. What an odd tradition.
I have always wondered the same thing. What do sporting events have to do with nationalism anyway? I remember when I took my wife to her first sporting event here in the states. She was pretty weirded out about it since they don't have this tradition in Europe.
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OK folks. Standing up for two minutes and acknowledging your country is a bit much. It blows me away I'm in this discussion by my self, quite frankly. That's pretty sad.

Stand outside in that terrible weather and worship your team, but for God's sakes another two minutes in that nasty, dangerous monsoon to acknowledge your country? No way, right guys?
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it doesn't bother me to stand for the anthem, but it also certainly wouldn't bother me if they skipped it. not a big deal either way.
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I find it really weird how Americans seem to play the national anthem at all their sporting events.

Find it almost as weird how you seem to actually like your anthem. Although not having a ridiculous piece of propaganda for a useless relic of a bygone age might help. Infact, not having a useless relic of a bygone age for a head of state would be nice. Ohhhh, how I'd love to live in the USA... or Russia. They had the right idea when they killed all their royalty.

But yeah. Playing the national anthem all the time = weird. Complaining because the national anthem wasn't played for one sporting event = sad.
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no country has more trumped up patriotism than America and no country gets more hysterically upset when said trumped up patriotism is "violated."
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