Normally when I write the introduction post, I’m aware that I’m going into this with a take I believe most of our audience agrees with. I’m not quite so sure this time … haha.
Danny and I spend the majority of this episode talking about patriotism in the NFL. How the Salute to Service makes us feel, how it’s indicative of a “lip service” culture, and if it scares us that this is institutionalized. It will probably make some of you believe that we should #StickToSports. But, this has invaded our sports culture, so I have no qualms talking about it.
We should note that this is being given the “explicit” tag in iTunes. There is cursing. Don’t listen if you have delicate ears or are in a workplace environment.
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Below are the show notes:
Topic at hand: Does the heavy presence of patriotism in the NFL give you reason for concern?
– We’ve codified patriotism and forced fans to tacitly endorse it. Does this scare you?
— 9/11 was the tipping point that caused this visceral reaction. What do we remember of 9/11? Should it still be guiding our actions 13 years down the road?
— Why are we such a “lip service” culture? We’re more than happy to send out 20 Tweets about Veteran’s Day, but the second a politician tries to better fund the GI BIll, all that rhetoric goes away pretty quickly. How does that relate to celebrity deaths?
— I share an email I received from an actual person of importance in the military about going to a game in Tennessee and his reaction to them honoring soldiers.
— Is there any way to rid the NFL of this? Are we just stuck with this forever so that the NFL can sell us Salute To Service Jerseys? Can we just go back to watching football to escape all the terrible things in the world rather than be reminded of them?
— Finally, can we tie in Ferguson to this? Oh, we can go there.
What do you think? We’d love to hear rebuttals and secondary arguments.
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