The last word (I wish) on the NFL

September 27, 2017

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say 'get that son of a ***** off the field right now; he’s fired'?"

So said President Trump during a Congressional campaign rally in Alabama. Sure, it was plenty unpresidential for him to use that term. Sure, it caused players to dig in and continue acting like idiots. But a new poll has shown that about two-thirds of Americans agree with him


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And now that the backlash is growing in strength, the Dallas Cowboys have floated a new explanation for their curious behavior during Monday night’s game, when they all “took a knee” before the National Anthem but then stood and linked arms while the song was performed. They seemed to want to have it both ways –- to register their “protest” (against the police, I guess, on behalf of a city where five cops were mass-murdered last year?) while trying to safeguard ticket sales. But it turns out that they were doing something else entirely.

They were praying.

Yeah, I know. Nice try, Cowboys, but we don’t buy it. We know that “prayer” is just an exceedingly creative cover story, though you might want to start praying right now that your fans don’t desert you in droves. All you NFL players need to understand that you are being used by people trying to undermine, even destroy, the underpinnings of our nation. If they can make us stop valuing our uniquely American heritage, it’s just one step towards the ultimate goal of bringing America down. Think I’m exaggerating? This is happening all around us right now, to education, the Bill of Rights, the workplace, entertainment, journalism, our electoral system, historical monuments, race relations, religious faith (at least Christianity) and now, sports.


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Also, if your gesture of “protest” is so vague that you have to explain over and over what it does and does not mean, then maybe you need to accept that you made a mistake in your choice of behavior. Find a more appropriate way to express your views, one that actually furthers the conversation you want to have and brings us closer to solutions. Then, while the National Anthem is playing, keep your knees off the ground and your hand over your heart, for crying out loud, in honor of the country that gives you such incredible freedom and opportunity. There, is that so hard?

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  • Jack macdonald

    10/20/2017 07:37 PM

    People who are jerks will sometimes let it show given the opportunity.

  • Tina Potter

    10/20/2017 04:19 PM

    I totally agree with everything You stated. Now they need to get down on both knees and Pray for forgiveness for the disrespect they are
    showing our Military and all that have given their live for All our freedom. My Dad served in WW2 , was injured almost lost His life , My Husband served during Vietnam , My Son served From 1990 - 2014 ,So I say DO NOT DISRESPECT , what They fought for, and what way too
    many died for. have enough respect to show respect, or do they have it ?????????? Tina

  • Suzie Baker

    10/20/2017 12:35 AM

    I totally agree with you. I am not a huge football fan, so I will be boycotting any company who chooses to advertise during the NFL football games...If more people would do the same, the advertising dollars would go away and so would the gigantic paychecks these idiots receive.

  • Barbara Gesmundo

    10/19/2017 04:47 PM

    AMEN!! I agree totally with you.

  • Gary Hines

    10/19/2017 02:19 PM

    I no longer watch pro football and pro baseball. And I certainly would not waste money on a ticket to either. Can you provide me a list of their sponsors so I know which stores/products I will no longer patronize? I encourage all American patriots to do the same. Hit them in the pocketbook.

  • Barb Ellis

    10/19/2017 04:40 AM

    I was a Cowboy fan for 54 yrs until they took a knee, now I have boycotted football. I have been called a racist(by family , friends, cowboy fans and people I don't even know) because it isnt about the flag its about social injustice. Ok whatever...I just wanted to be able to watch my team and relax after a long week of taking care of everyone but no. Just play football leave your political stuffoff the field but you didn't and now I am done with football forever. Guess what? I don't miss it, don't even know what place or how their season is going. There are too many good shows on to even worry about the national FELON league or the No Fans Left like me....bye Cowboys you are no longer my team or Americas.....

  • Jerome Teresa McCluskey

    10/18/2017 07:39 PM

    Gov Huckabee I read your mail and heartily agree with you our country is suffering and old ladies like me can only pray that the Lord will come to our aid.Our President has the right of it but satan has a powerful influence.May the good Lord help him to keep us a Judeo/Christian nation.

  • ROBERT SURPRISE

    10/18/2017 03:45 PM

    I HAVE SENT EMAILS TO ROGER GOODELL SEVERAL TIMES REMINDING HIM OF THE NFL RULE "A 62 AND 63" ASKING HIM WHY HE ISN'T ENFORCING CURRENT REGULATIONS TO WHICH ALL PLAYERS HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR, AND HAVE GOTTEN NO RESPONSE.

    Here's what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:

    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.

  • Lena Cornell

    10/18/2017 03:44 PM

    I agree with you Mr. Huckabee. Also, a very poor attempt on the part of the Cowboys to fool the people. We are onto them and nothing but going back to 'knees off the ground' will bring the fans back. Pretending to pray is an absolute insult and just adding to the injury. I am done with NFL until things change back to normal, the way the fans are use to. I look forward to hearing the national anthem at the beginning of the game and do not want it edited out by the media. They seem to be ashamed of our national anthem and the players. Its no way to make all this foolishness work. Bye NFL.

  • William James Kershaw

    10/18/2017 01:59 PM

    I agree with you 100% ! The players are like rats following the Pied Piper to the edge of the sea and then into it to drown! I think every one of them should have to serve in the military at least 3 yrs before being allowed in major sports! Maybe then they would respect this great country and our flag!

  • Melonie Vanya

    10/18/2017 01:18 PM

    It is a classic case of Jerry Jones riding the fence, as I said before "Cowboys are suppose to ride horses, not fences." I truly hope American people that believe in our country will continue to boycott the NFL and any other sport that disrespects our country, our flag or our men & women that serve or have served our country.

  • Mary Steverson

    10/18/2017 09:49 AM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee, for being the voice of truth and reason. I am also proud of Sarah She learned well from her father. God bless

  • Cheryl Jongeneel

    09/29/2017 09:13 PM

    I don't watch football and haven't for many years, but many, many of my friends so. Football really is a All-American sport and I have loved it in the past, just got bored with it over time. But, even to me this situation is a heart breaker and anger maker because Patriotism is very important to me, an Army brat who has always been proud of the open freedoms of this country. Some unbelievable things have happened here and continue to happen here, but totally dumping crap on the country we live in is not acceptable, ever. I hope I am seeing some patriotism being reborn in very loud voices by those who hate what is going on.

  • Tim

    09/29/2017 04:58 PM

    Governor, I wasn't buying the Cowboys antics either. If they truly say it was prayer, then perhaps they should have had their heads bowed and maybe a minister with them leading them in prayer. Truthfully, I don't know what is in each of these players, coaches, and owners heart but what I do know is what they are doing during the playing of the National Anthem and when they kneel, that is disrespectful and unacceptable. Those on the left say this is freedom of speech. I say it's an insult to the fans and an insult to all those that have died fighting for the freedoms that we hold dear today. I guess these overpaid wealthy millionaires have no idea where this freedom came from nor the ones that fought to obtain it.

    I have already turned off the NFL. I did it last year when cry baby Kaepernick started his antics when he was demoted to second string. I guess he thought his antics would get him the attention to get his starting job back. Well, let’s see, who is he playing for today? Hmmm? You see when you act stupid this is what you get, and rightfully so. I would say to the owners, you need to give these other players, who have chosen to be disrespectful, the way out and off the ball field. It would be nice if the owners would first fine these guys about $100,000 each time they do it and give the money to veteran’s charities to help them. First offense, $100,000, second offense, $200,000, and the third offense, the rest of their season paycheck and end of their contract.

    I am not against people expressing their free speech or to start a dialogue or an intelligent discussion on problems in this country but let’s be honest, as long as there are people, there is going to be social injustice. The ball field is not the place to express your frustrations or disagreements because of social issues or what happens outside off the ball field. If these players had protested when Obama was President and they were doing it because they didn't like him, can you imagine the outcry of the left and they would ALL be saying it was racist!

    What I see is not a social injustice problem but a problem with authority. Do people go to jail because they are obeying the law? No, they do not. Are police officers intentionally going out to see who they can shoot? No, they are not. When people break the law, the police are required to enforce the law. So, if you break the law and it's a crime that will send you to jail, well, guess what, if you hadn't broken the law, you wouldn't be going to jail. I think the problem is that children are no longer being taught right and wrong, respect for authority, respect for our Flag and National Anthem, and what we are seeing is the results of generations of people who have never been taught anything about what this country is really about and those that have fought for these freedoms. As it is said, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected knowledge. Hosea 4:6 (KJV)

    I would not be hurt one bit if the NFL, NBA, MLB, or the NHL and any other sports or professional sports was no longer in existence. I don't waste my money to go watch a bunch of grown men act like crybabies, and that is exactly how they are acting. I played sports in elementary school, junior high, and high school. I played baseball, basketball, and football. I loved it and the camaraderie. I used to love watching professional sports but sadly these players of today are unappreciative and disrespectful with the mentality that someone owes them something. They whine when they don't get millions more than the other guy playing the same position. It's sick. That's why I say they have become nothing more than whiners and cry babies. All this could have been stopped years ago but this is what happens when you don't have strong leadership. The players say they will go on strike, I say, who cares? Go on strike, and when you do, don't come back. What it really comes down to is this, if all the fans would go on strike and stop paying these ridiculous prices for tickets, and putting up with this non-sense, and stop watching, it wouldn't be long where it would be the fans in charge and not these teams or players but sadly, as long as people will continue to pay their price, they will continue to have their jobs and continue to be disrespectful.

    And even if they do change, this is one person that has had enough and I will not come back, PERIOD! I don't even watch the commercials that show any professional sports in them. I'M DONE WITH THEM ALL!

  • Tim

    09/29/2017 04:33 PM

    Governor, I wasn't buying the Cowboys antics either. If they truly say it was prayer, then perhaps they should have had their heads bowed and maybe a minister with them leading them in prayer. Truthfully, I don't know what is in each of these players, coaches, and owners heart but what I do know is what they are doing during the playing of the National Anthem and when they kneel, that is disrespectful and unacceptable. Those on the left say this is freedom of speech. I say it's insult to the fans and an insult to all those that have died fighting for the freedoms that we hold dear today. I guess these overpaid wealthy millionaires have no idea where this freedom came from nor the ones that fought to obtain it.

    I have already turned off the NFL. I did it last year when cry baby Kaepernick started his antics when he was demoted to second string. I guess he thought his antics would get him the attention to get his starting job back. Well, let’s see, who is he playing for today? Hmmm? You see when you act stupid this is what you get, and rightfully so. I would say to the owners, you need to give these other players, who have chosen to be disrespectful, the way out and off the ball field. It would be nice if the owners would first fine these guys about $100,000 each time they do it and give the money to veteran’s charities to help them. First offense, $100,000, second offense, $200,000, and the third offense, the rest of their season paycheck and end of their contract.

    I am not against people expressing their free speech or to start a dialogue or an intelligent discussion on problems in this country but let’s be honest, as long as there are people, there is going to be social injustice. The ball field is not the place to express your frustrations or disagreements because of social issues or what happens outside off the ball field. If these players had protested when Obama was President and they were doing it because they didn't like him, can you imagine the outcry of the left and they would ALL be saying it was racist!

    What I see is not a social injustice problem but a problem with authority. Do people go to jail because they are obeying the law? No, they do not. Are police officers intentionally going out to see who they can shoot? No, they are not. When people break the law, the police are required to enforce the law. So, if you break the law and it's a crime that will send you to jail, well, guess what, if you hadn't broken the law, you wouldn't be going to jail. I think the problem is that children are no longer being taught right and wrong, respect for authority, respect for our Flag and National Anthem, and what we are seeing is the results of generations of people who have never been taught anything about what this country is really about and those that have fought for these freedoms. As it is said, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected knowledge. Hosea 4:6 (KJV)

    I would not be hurt one bit if the NFL, NBA, MLB, or the NHL and any other sports or professional sports was no longer in existence. I don't waste my money to go watch a bunch of grown men act like crybabies, and that is exactly how they are acting. I played sports in elementary school, junior high, and high school. I played baseball, basketball, and football. I loved it and the camaraderie. I used to love watching professional sports but sadly these players of today are unappreciative and disrespectful with the mentality that someone owes them something. They whine when they don't get millions more than the other guy playing the same position. It's sick. That's why I say they have become nothing more than whiners and cry babies. All this could have been stopped years ago but this is what happens when you don't have strong leadership. The players say they will go on strike, I say, who cares? Go on strike, and when you do, don't come back. What it really comes down to is this, if all the fans would go on strike and stop paying these ridiculous prices for tickets, and putting up with this non-sense, and stop watching, it wouldn't be long where it would be the fans in charge and not these teams or players but sadly, as long as people will continue to pay their price, they will continue to have their jobs and continue to be disrespectful.

    And even if they do change, this is one person that has had enough and I will not come back, PERIOD! I don't even watch the commercials that show any professional sports in them. I'M DONE WITH THEM ALL!

  • Carolyn Hill

    09/29/2017 01:53 PM

    Here is a quote from a cousin of mine regarding the NFL..""I don’t get what the big deal is about the NFL, its players and the national anthem. Frankly, in the first place I don’t even get why the national anthem being sung at domestic sporting and other events. Why isn’t the anthem reserved for international events where it might be reasonably argued that the honor of the nation is at play? With the NFL, and any other sporting event, it’s entertainment for heaven’s sake, and was not envisioned to be, nor should such events be seen as a display of momentary patriotism.
    The problem with kneeling, sitting or locking arms by players, for whatever purpose, is that they already bought into the mistaken notion that the anthem is somehow seen as a requirement of employment – a need to show honor or respect to the flag or certain groups such as the military, veterans, first responders, etc., and, therefore, is useful for a display of dissent. The same false understanding holds true for many fans who feel the forum should not be used for any kind of dissent. And the “rule”, as it is seen by many fans, somehow applies only to attending events in person and not watching somewhere else, which seems rather illogical. Why? The venues are purely money-making business, and money-spending entertainment choices and participation with any other expectation is neither a condition of employment nor an obligation of citizenship.
    Think about it – neither side of this, as I see it, manufactured brouhaha is either right or wrong; it’s a personal choice regarding “freedom of speech”, so why is this controversy happening? Being reasonably cynical, I feel Donald Trump chose to magnify a relatively minor issue of quiet, personal dissent into a mountain of controversy over “respect” and “patriotism” for his personal gain. No one wins, except him, because of the publicity he created for himself. All we are left with, if it persists, is another diversion of unnecessary division among ourselves. How sad!" End of quote. Your thoughts please. Thanks

  • Carol Clark

    09/29/2017 01:11 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I agree with you!

  • richard puter

    09/29/2017 11:21 AM

    I agree with Mike about 99% of the time, but on this particular issue I'm not sure I do. Dallas took a knee on the field before the national anthem for whatever reason they intended, prayer meditation team unity whatever. They then stood at attention arms linked at the national anthem. I'm a 12-year Army veteran and certainly not one to give a pass on disrespectful Behavior at the anthem or to the flag, but I'm having a tough time seen your point on this, Mike. The push back against President Trump's entirely correct assessment of the protesters has been strong, but will be defeated if Americans simply Hold the Line. That's old-fashioned language for don't pay to watch NFL football. I'm a Broncos fan, and supposedly the Broncos will all stand properly for the anthem before their next game... We'll see about that.

  • Charles Ellis Edenfield

    09/29/2017 11:02 AM

    Actually, this behavior doesn't surprise me much. Most people under the age of 50 or so have very little understanding of how fortunate they are to live in the USA. No understanding that the opportunities here for minorities is greater that anywhere in the world. Yes, racism exists today, it existed for all of recorded history and it will exist for all future time BECAUSE it is rooted in the human heart - our very inner being - naturally. Oh, not openly, but deep down, there it is. One can overcome it only by developing a love for people - even those who would normally be unlovable. Maybe especially those who are unlovable. This is easy for genuine Christians as that strength is available to us. But, I have known non-Christians who by a strong sense of ethic and kindness come to reject racism at its root. Few things tear (as in weeping) me up more than seeing the devastation of the black family being perpetuated by their failure to choose to assimilate into the larger culture. Yeah, I'm old, but I have learned that genuine love for others makes all the difference in the world.

  • Ginger Lyons

    09/29/2017 08:32 AM

    Protest are suppose to be about correcting an injustice. I'm confused as to what all the protest and whinning is about. The only message I get from, taking a knee, is the NFL has gotten too big for their britches and lost the ability for rational thought. I'm ashamed of every player, coach and owner that jumped on the band wagon. Disrespecting our flag and anthem is a spit in the face of the folks that helped them achieve their dream.

  • Pamela Marler

    09/29/2017 01:07 AM

    You're so right in everything you said!

  • Skip Tribby

    09/28/2017 03:08 PM

    My exact thoughts Governor Huckabee. If you have to keep explaining your motives either your motives are wrong or you are going about it all wrong.

  • Heidi Gilliland

    09/28/2017 11:47 AM

    You said it exactly right Mike - if you have to continually explain what your actions are protesting or not protesting and what they mean, you've chose the wrong method. And to now say that the team was praying is banking on an assumed stupidity of Christians. Praying in the NFL has always been controversial and when we pray, we bow our heads out of respect to God. I doubt very much the Cowboys were willingly embarking down a road of added controversy by praying. And just in they were or plan to again, do it right and close your eyes, bow your head and end with an audible amen. Respect ... have some respect.

  • Joe Fitzgerald

    09/28/2017 11:32 AM

    Mike, always enjoy your straight talk. NFL Comm. Goodall and the NFL owners continued failure to discipline their NFL players who disrespect our nation's flag and anthem on the playing field will continue to cause declining fan support. There is no way that I (formerly long time NFL fan) or others can spend time & money to watch (TV & stadium) our nation's flag and anthem being disrespected on the field of play. The NFL owners need to "step up to plate" now and tell their employees, the NFL players, such disrespect is against the rules and will be penalized as are the many other existing rules.

  • Chris Simone

    09/28/2017 11:12 AM

    I fully agree with your statements! I've been disinterested in those over-paid, self-centered, pampered overgrown boys for a while now. After viewing the behavior of the athletes and owners, I'm going to "vote with my feet", and fill my football viewing time with Hillsdale College's "Constitution 101" lessons, which I recommend to all these uninformed "useful idiots".

  • JOSEPH MOULTON

    09/28/2017 10:07 AM

    Mike,
    I really enjoy your writing and I look forward to your commentary on these many topics in the news.
    Regarding the NFL Anthem disrespect: What if the fans at the game occupied the field of play so that no game could proceed? I think 1000 angry fans sitting down on the field could send a powerful message. Think of it. TV airtime filled with scenes of the Americans exercising their right to express how they feel about the NFL.

  • Richard Marineau

    09/28/2017 10:07 AM

    With the ungodly amount of money they make which is true of all professional sports, their allegiance to this nation should be clear and uncompromising. There are many avenues of protest for racial inequality. May God protect America.

  • Anita Harrower

    09/28/2017 09:51 AM

    So it is wrong to kneel in prayer in the end zone but right to protest the flag and our National Anthem. There is something wrong with this picture!

  • Carl Cox

    09/28/2017 08:01 AM

    To take a knee anytime before, during, and after the anthem is a stand with the protesters.

  • Nancy Emmons

    09/28/2017 06:37 AM

    You’re right Mike. The Left is doing this to try to bring America down. I’ve been wondering who really is behind this. If the owners allow themselves to be cowed into going along with it, they will ultimately pay a price for their cowardice. It seems they are already going down. Shame on them all.

  • Orleen Sebesta

    09/28/2017 03:42 AM

    AMEN!! And the NFL should not excuse this behavior by not applying their own rule about being on the field during the national anthem, etc. Our country's flag & national anthem should always be honored by it's citizens, especially when they are in another country. SHAME on them!!

  • Luci Hedman

    09/28/2017 12:31 AM

    If there was a case that was obvious that an innocent person was killed, with their money, their protest would be more effective if they would hire a lawyer for that person, so they were sure they knew exactly what happened before they go out and kill innocent cops and people and destroy property owned by people that had nothing to do with it. Because they do what they do, those of us who aren’t racist reject whatever they say because their actions override our compassion. Deliberately hurting people they know are innocent is worse than a cop that might have gotten a little anxious with his gun, as they need to take some responsibility for these cops being anxious with their chanting to kill cops and shooting cops just because their cops. When they cause the death of the innocent their words fall on death ears.

  • Dawn and Joe STREET

    09/28/2017 12:15 AM

    We wholeheartedly agree with you. I am not a fan of the NFL and never have been! I enjoy watching high school and college games but even those are overpriced now. Easier to just go watch PeeWee ball. We are seeing "man-children" playing a child's game and getting paid millions to go out and bash each other on the playing field. They are behaving as elitist and offending the senses of most intelligent people. Not only that but I did some research and discovered that many of them have criminal records but few have to pay the consequences and return to the bosom of the coach and owner of the team to continue to play. Some stories I was familiar with. These men are violent and have been arrested for domestic abuse, assault on men and women and children and dogs (and probably other animals as well), drunken brawls... name it and they have committed it. Check out this link on the criminal secrets of the NFL and then look up the names of Adam Jones, Michael Bennett, Ray Lewis, Michael Vick, Tom Brady, and I can't remember the player who was videotaped beating up his girlfriend in the elevator not too long ago!!
    https://www.teaparty.org/alert-nfls-criminal-secret-surfaces-horrifying-268273/#.Wcq9l1h2cu8.facebook

  • Natalie Mullen

    09/28/2017 12:12 AM

    I am in Germany. When I watched the ravens kneeing during our US Anthem and standing for the English...that was it. That was an insult to every american around the globe incl our military!I face hate every day and now my own people do not stand up for my anthem in Europe?! This was the last drop for me. As of Cowboys, I think it was a stunt and I hope no more of that! Stand or look for a different job.

  • Georgianne Crocevera

    09/27/2017 11:49 PM

    Since the Cowboys "prayed" in public and on national TV, does that mean teams are now allowed to pray in public OR should they all lose their jobs as many coaches of high school teams have? PRIMARILY, however, what they are doing is offensive to many; especially to those who worked in the Civil Rights movement in the 60's and 70's! Plus, what they are doing is making poor, young black children feel defeated before they even really begin. They, therefore, see themselves as victims and are less likely to take advantage of education and other programs our country and communities offer. How about they have 5 or 10% withheld from their paychecks and establish a foundation that will work with existing organizations (including churches) to instill HOPE in our young people! They could also volunteer at these organizations during their abundant time off. These would be positive actions, rather than this divisive and negative action.

  • Keith Lee

    09/27/2017 11:42 PM

    If you're not a Dallas Cowboy fan, you are like me, you love to hate Jerry Jones. But he got the pre-game exactly right. I think those sitting or kneeling during the national anthem are wrong (I could go much farther that that here, but that's enough). If your on the "kneeler's are evil side," like me, you probably saw the picture of Jones kneeling with his team and automatically thought, "What an ass." The reality is Jones and the team knelt BEFORE anthem and then joined arms and stood for the anthem. NICE JOB JERRY JONES AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS

  • Koleen Hansen

    09/27/2017 11:37 PM

    If Tim Tebow was not to 'take a knee' for prayer, the rules should stand for all the NFL players "taking a knee" to protest the false narratives of police targeting unarmed black men and the oppression of blacks in America. I am done with the NFL. And if other sports enter into it, I can shut them off just as easy as I have football.

  • Nellie Williams

    09/27/2017 11:11 PM

    I had a Ray of sunshine until they pilled that stunt. You now your head in prayer in reverance, not looking up into the camera smiling. Nice try at back paddleing! And the player that was forced to apologize for "embarrassing his team mates and his coach. If it embarrassments, that tell me something! They should have been very embarrassed for not going out themselves.

  • BetteJune Yap

    09/27/2017 10:37 PM

    Agree with all you have said. So sad these football players and owners and coaches are disliking and disrespecting our wonderful country and symbols. I think they made the wrong move.

  • Joseph Moschler

    09/27/2017 10:01 PM

    Amen!

  • John Gamblin

    09/27/2017 09:41 PM

    Benefit of the doubt...
    If they had bowed on two knees (as Stevie Wonder did in a concert over the weekend) as in prayer, it would have been seen symbolically in a totally different light than kneeling on one knee as the Anthem protesters do every week of the NFL season. But then I have to ask, is that indeed who they are in unity with? Do the Cowboys support those who protest against law enforcement? Were they trying to demonstrate unity with that segment of the population? If so, as a former Law Enforcement Chaplain, I have indeed watched my last Cowboys game.
    For over 50 years, in the Fall of every year, I was able be turn the TV on for a couple of hours and be entertained. In those two 1/2 hours on Sunday afternoons I would escape the "stuff" of life and enjoy watching my Cowboys! It was a fun ride! Lots of good memories. I'm glad I was able to call myself a Cowboys fan! However, when The National Anthem plays next Sunday afternoon, marking the start of NFL games, I won't be noticing which ball player is standing or which is kneeling. I wont be watching at all. My beloved Cowboys broke my heart Monday night. They insulted me, my friends, their fans, their city, & Police Officers in every corner of our country. From where I stand, "America's Team" owes America an apology.

  • Carolyn Neinas

    09/27/2017 09:19 PM

    "Respect must be earned"...in some things. There are other things that are given respect no matter what. God, country, the elderly and handicapped would be 4 of those. The flag would fall under country. It's a sad day when we are so arrogant that we can't respect these things. I'm sorry that our favorite team has taken part in this fiasco. It used to be fun to come home from church, have some dinner and see if the Lions were on tv. Not anymore. We had thot to treat the family to a game this year but maybe we'll go to a NHL game instead. As for Sundays maybe we'll go back to an afternoon nap. God forgive our arrogance!

  • Carolyn Neinas

    09/27/2017 09:17 PM

    "Respect must be earned"...in some things. There are other things that are given respect no matter what. God, country, the elderly and handicapped would be 4 of those. The flag would fall under country. It's a sad day when we are so arrogant that we can't respect these things. I'm sorry that our favorite team has taken part in this fiasco. It used to be fun to come home from church, have some dinner and see if the Lions were on tv. Not anymore. We had thot to treat the family to a game this year but maybe we'll go to a NHL game instead. As for Sundays maybe we'll go back to an afternoon nap. God forgive our arrogance!

  • lynda watson

    09/27/2017 09:02 PM

    more time for family thats whats more important !!!!!!!!!!!!!! this showed the american people they need to wake up an show respect an honor for our country !! our vets our flag an our pres.trump !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Susan Wilson

    09/27/2017 08:49 PM

    Amen.. my thoughts exactly. Thank you.

  • Mary Blommer

    09/27/2017 08:47 PM

    Thank you so much for you commentary. I agree completely. So disappointed in the Dallas Cowboys. I have been a hugh football fan my whole life. The Lord showed me there is so much more to life than a football game. Will continue to watch the Cowboys but not with the same excitement as before.

  • Rvl8rGnr8r

    09/27/2017 08:28 PM

    based on reading this article you didn't watch the game because they very clearly and at length explained what they were doing and why they did it before the flag was draped across the field and the Start Spangle Banner was sung ... and they didn't say it was to pray ... They said they wanted to show support for the need of unity and discussion of racial issues in this country but not at the expense of the flag ceremony... Jerry Jones was adamant about that.

  • Rick West

    09/27/2017 07:57 PM

    Would love to see an empty stadium in Green Bay tomorrow night. It COULD happen . .

  • Julia Boll

    09/27/2017 07:55 PM

    I was suspicious when Jerry Jones said he would fire anyone who didn’t stand for the anthem. Everyone got excited so much they watched the Cowboys game! Then they pulled these antics and I realized Jones duped everyone. He tricked people into watching and it was the highest viewing of Monday night football this season. He did the old bait and switch game on American football fans. I’m glad I didn’t try to watch! If the players REALLY want to protest, they should plan like others and get together outside of “work”. And if they aren’t protesting the flag or the anthem, then choose another time to take a knee. Take a knee BEFORE the anthem and stand united with all Americans during the song. I also thought it was pitiful that the Steelers coach could shame an apology out of Villanueva. He accepted
    blame for making his team look bad! The team made HIM look bad. I’m sure he felt his job was in some way threatened if he didn’t apologize. Free speech only applies if you support the left in every facet. Hopefully people continue to boycott the NFL until they realize true Americans mean business!

  • Brenda Snow

    09/27/2017 07:25 PM

    Right on Governor Huckabee!