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No doubt you’ve seen that disrespect is rampant among the millionaire football players.

This weekend, almost a hundred players took a knee during the Star Spangled banner and some teams — The Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Beats, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans — didn’t even have the backbone to come out onto the field while the national anthem was being performed.

So, this is an interesting find:

Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, is apparently so dedicated to the liberal culture wars that he’s ignoring the NFL’s rules regarding player and team behavior during the national anthem.  The NFL’s game operations manual says it clearly:

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.

This is astounding. Goodell is going against league rules to allow players and teams to disrespect our flag and our country.

I haven’t watched a single game this year.  And I won’t.  Most of my friends feel the same.  Note to the NFL, “You’re dead to me.”

College football is more fun anyway, and at least as of yet since it hasn’t been politicized yet.

I don’t watch football for politics.  There’s enough of that in everything else.


Image Information: Air National Guard 1st Lt. Benjamin Garland, Denver Broncos Offensive Guard and 140th Wing Public Affairs Officer, stands with Ronnie Hillman (21) and Montee Ball (38) as he listens to the National Anthem at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colo. Aug 24, 2013. Garland, who originally entered the National Football League in 2010 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, was on the Bronco’s reserve/military list while fulfilling his active duty obligations in the Air Force. In 2012 Garland joined the Colorado Air National Guard and made the Broncos practice squad as a defensive lineman and is competing this season to make the 53 man final roster. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf) 

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.