“There will be no anthem… let’s play softball” was the announcement. Not so fast…
It’s MEMORIAL Day weekend.
Of all the times one might go messing around with the anthem, this weekend was the most ill-considered.
Because this crowd holds the anthem as special on an ordinary day. How much more so on the weekend we remember those who laid down their lives while serving under that flag?
How do we know it’s so special to them? Because when the officials refused to sing it…
The fans THEMSELVES sang it!
Musically, it wasn’t pretty… especially with the shaky start it got off to.
But who cares about that? They stood up and sang it together. That means it was bloody MAGNIFICENT!
This isn’t the first time sports fans have stepped up when the anthem didn’t play.
How special is this anthem?
Fans in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada… when there was a sound system glitch during the American anthem…
stepped up and sang the whole thing acapella.
The fans in Toronto did the same thing.
It’s the most amazing thing. Our anthem brings fans together… even when the fans themselves are not American!
And the NFL thought that a protest designed to undermine that unifying moment (that actually violated established NFL rules) would go unnoticed?
This gives us an excuse to put in the whole anthem. It’s one of this editor’s favorite kickass versions of it, too. Enjoy.
This one goes out to all the vets out there who serve us courageously and unflinchingly.
We raise a glass to all of you! And God Bless America!
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What makes America so different from other nations? Other nations are built around regimes or systems. But America was built from on ideas. From a blank slate.
Built on ideas that are DANGEROUS to tyrants.
That we have God-Given Rights, like Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Dangerous ideas. Like this one: the people, when threatened, have a God-Given right to stand up in defiance of any government that dares threaten any of those rights.
There’s a men’s version…
And a women’s version, too…
Because in America, the bros AND the ladies BOTH have a rich history of badass rowdiness.