AFTERNOON BLOG: Brandon Noticed That Everyone Was Standing For The Anthem At The Super Bowl
What. A. Game.
For as little excitement as there was leading up to this game, WOW…it sure turned out to be an exciting Super Bowl.
With the most yards EVER in the Super Bowl, only one punt, a total of just two turnovers, and very few penalties, THIS was the game the NFL needed after a season of down ratings in the wake of the National Anthem protests. It was a great game. (And hey, most of us are happy that the Eagles won!)
Because of all the attention drawn to those Anthem protests, I couldn’t help but notice that everyone was standing for the flag while P!nk sang a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
I also couldn’t help but notice the NFL make a concerted effort to reach out to veterans, as 15 Medal of Honor recipients were recognized prior to the coin toss. Among those honored were Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, who was given the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the battle of Iwo Jima, and Master Sergeant Leroy Petry, who earned his Medal in Afghanistan having been a Washingtonian since he was stationed at Join Base Lewis-McChord in 2010.
So it’s clear to me the NFL realizes it messed up – in a big way. It seems like they’re seeking forgiveness, and I’m willing to give it to them.
No one is denying there are still problems that need to be addressed in our great country. I would argue that the open and honest discussion of different opinions is one of the things that makes America great. We are lucky enough to have that freedom, thanks in large part to our service men and women. We honor them AND the country that grants us that freedom when we stand for its flag. We can have disagreements and still respect our country, because She gives us the freedom to express our difference of opinions.
It’s like rooting for your team. I’m sure that even if the Eagles had lost, their fans would have still proudly sung their fight song. It’s about supporting something that they love, and win or lose, when they all share that love they feel united, because they’re all on the same team. It’s interesting to note that no players for Philadelphia knelt at any point during the season.
Respecting the flag isn’t about politics. We can have disagreements about what problems exist in our country and how to solve those problems. This is about supporting our team, the team we’re ALL on, the team we all root for. That team is America. We all want to see our team do well. We are united with a LOVE for our team.
That’s why we stand for the Anthem. Because we all love and root for our team, America. Together.