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#306837 - 05/27/18 09:28 PM A proper place for sports and the national anthem
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... We might suggest American (and Canadian, for that matter) professional sports leagues can it with national anthems before every last game or race but save it for games played on significant national holidays. Would it be terribly un-American if "The Star Spangled Banner" was saved for opening baseball games played on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labour Day, to name the three major such holidays occurring during baseball season? Before football, basketball, and hockey games played on Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Presidents' Day? Before NASCAR races run on most of those holidays? (For that matter, would Canada consider it terribly unpatriotic if its home sports teams limited "O Canada" to their home games played on Canada's national or provincial holidays?) ...

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#306838 - 05/28/18 01:42 AM Re: A proper place for sports and the national anthem [Re: Golem]
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When I was in first grade at Ocean View Elementary in California, we said the Pledge of Allegiance in class every morning. In my last 20 years of teaching, there was only one school year that we did either the Star Spangled Banner or the Pledge of Allegiance.

When my husband was in the Army, they played the Star Spangled Banner before every film at the base theater. Enlisted men and their families stood outside until it was over; officers sat and stood and put the hand over the heart. I think officers were setting an example. I don't know why we'd rather stand outside rather than get up for a few minutes inside - except that you could socialize/smoke/drink outside.

I figure that since the government doesn't financially support the NFL, the government doesn't need to be honored during professional football games- As for high-schoool sporting events, I don't see why high-school athletes should honor a government that is trying to give them a bad education.
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