The President is trying to bring the country back from years of un-American activities by the hateful Democratic Party and performed by Obama.
As a sports fan, it is a burr in your butt, Steve Kerr, when people like you continue to fan the flames of hate.
The flag and the anthem have nothing to do with your team or the sport. You are suppose to be the adult in the room and teach “sportsman-like conduct:” but, you are only elevating the problem. You are being paid to have your team ready to play a game not criticize a song/a flag. The song and the flag are part of the program and for the fans who are there to witness the game – not you and your team – you are part of the program and are interfering with it.
If you don’t like the song/flag, don’t bring your players on the field. You are only making the sport look bad, not the song or the flag, by performing your junk-yard bully act. You are not making the President look bad – only you and some of your players look like assholes who can’t pay respect to a flag/song for five minutes – whereby many people fought and died while you are having the opportunity to stand on freedom’s ground.
All you are doing is adding fuel to the fire of Democrats’ hatred and making yourself look like an asshole. Pardon my French.
Following is a lesson when the flag and song was introduced to sports. Maybe you and your players who “sport” this hatred toward a song/flag have no respect for those in the audience who do like to hear the song and see the flag raised – and might need to reflect on the word “RESPECT” TOWARD OTHERS.
SPORTS 05/19/2018 01:38 pm ET Updated Nov 22, 2019
The History Of The National Anthem In Sports
How “The Star-Spangled Banner” became a part of American sports culture.”
By Caroline Bologna
Whitney Houston sings the national anthem during the pregame show at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for our national anthem.”
You’ll hear some version of this announcement at the start of most sporting events, whether they be professional, college or youth-level. The performance of the national anthem is a well-established part of American athletic competitions.
Yet “The Star-Spangled Banner” typically doesn’t make an appearance at many other public gatherings. We don’t sing or listen to it before concerts, Broadway shows, operas or lectures. So why do we do this for sports?
The answer goes back to America’s pastime: baseball.
First, of course, the national anthem began as a poem written by Francis Scott Key in September 1814, after he witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812 (which ran until early 1815).
Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that makes up the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
During the 19th century, the poem gained popularity as a song set to the tune of another popular song, “To Anacreon in Heaven.” It was performed at events like parades, military ceremonies, Independence Day festivities and, yes, occasionally, sporting events.
The earliest documented performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a baseball game took place at the Union Baseball and Cricket Grounds in Brooklyn, New York, on May 15, 1862. It was the park’s opening game, and over time, playing the song on the opening day of the baseball season became a more widespread practice.
But singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before every game did not become commonplace until later.
People stand in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium during the national anthem before Game 1 of the 2017 World Series.
In 1889, Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Tracy signed an order directing that “The Star-Spangled Banner” be the official song to accompany any raising of the American flag by the Navy. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order designating it as the country’s national anthem for patriotic occasions. But that status didn’t become truly official until 1931, when Congress passed a measure that President Herbert Hoover signed into law.
Historians typically point to one notable event when tracing the connection between the national anthem and sporting events: Game 1 of the 1918 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.
It was the final year of World War I, a time when many professional baseball games featured marching drills, live bands and other patriotic elements. Given the strains of wartime, however, Game 1 was not well-attended, and the mood was reportedly somber.
The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs met in the 1918 World Series.
During the seventh-inning stretch, however, the band lifted spectators’ spirits with a powerful performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The New York Times recounted the moment:
As the crowd of 10,274 spectators — the smallest that has witnessed the diamond classic in many years — stood up to take their afternoon yawn, that has been the privilege and custom of baseball fans for many generations, the band broke forth to the strains of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The yawn was checked and heads were bared as the ball players turned quickly about and faced the music. Jackie Fred Thomas of the U.S. Navy was at attention, as he stood erect, with his eyes set on the flag fluttering at the top of the lofty pole in right field. First the song was taken up by a few, then others joined, and when the final notes came, a great volume of melody rolled across the field. It was at the very end that the onlookers exploded into thunderous applause and rent the air with a cheer that marked the highest point of the day’s enthusiasm.
The performance was so well-received that bands played the song during the subsequent games in the World Series that year. And from then on, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was a regular feature of special baseball occasions like opening day, national holidays and the World Series.
The New York Yankees hold their caps over their hearts during the national anthem in 1921.
During World War II, playing the national anthem before regular baseball games became the norm, thanks to an upswing in patriotic sentiment and technological developments in sound systems that allowed for the playing of the song without the added expense of hiring a band.
The practice spread to other sports as well. After the war ended in 1945, NFL Commissioner Elmer Layden stated his intention to make “The Star-Spangled Banner” a permanent part of every football game.
“We must not drop it simply because the war is over. We should never forget what it stands for,” Layden declared.
Not everyone in the sports world agreed, however. In 1954, Baltimore Orioles general manager and World War I veteran Arthur Ehlers decided not to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” before each game and opted to save it for special occasions. He said that frequent repetition “tends to cheapen the song and lessen the thrill of response” and complained about fans not behaving respectfully during the anthem.
Under pressure from the public and the Baltimore City Council, Ehlers eventually changed his mind.
The owner of the Chicago Cubs felt similarly and did not include “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a standard element at home games until the 1960s during the Vietnam War. The Chicago White Sox replaced the anthem with “God Bless America” for a time in the ’60s but then returned to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after fans expressed their preference for it in an official poll.
With its evocations of warfare and patriotism, “The Star-Spangled Banner” has become a seemingly inextricable part of American sports culture ― and even pop culture, thanks to iconic moments like Whitney Houston’s powerful 1991 Super Bowl performance during the Gulf War.
“Sports are a kind of bloodless warfare,” Marc Ferris, author of Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem, told USA Today last year. “A sort of war without death.”
Eli Harold, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid kneel in protest at a San Francisco 49ers game on Oct. 16, 2016.
(They each make millions and are calling for “social justice.” Social justice should start with each one of them putting their millions on the line to “clean up” their culture’s neighborhoods and work to be “Dads” to children who don’t have Fathers. Put your money where your mouth is!)
Over the years, the anthem has certainly played a part in cultural wars. Most recently, quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest racial injustice by kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” has been the subject of heated debate.
In 1968, Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos were thrown out of Olympic Stadium in Mexico City after raising their fists in a Black Power salute as they stood on the medal podium during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Beyond political protests, actual musical performances of the anthem have generated controversy. In 1968, singer-songwriter José Feliciano kicked off Game 5 of the World Series with a bluesy version of the song, which drew complaints from fans expecting a more traditional rendition.
In 1990, comedian Roseanne Barr sang the anthem before a Major League Baseball game. She ended her “screechy, off-key” performance by grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground. President George H.W. Bush called Barr’s rendition “disgraceful.”
And in February of this year, singer Fergie came under fire for her “sexy” performance of the anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.
For a song meant to unite the country, “The Star-Spangled Banner” can also be quite divisive ― which perhaps makes it all the more fitting for sports.
And now read what the junk-yard bully, Steve Kerr, opined:
July 21, 2020
Steve Kerr trolls Donald Trump over tweet about kneeling during anthem
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several players knelt during the national anthem ahead of Monday’s exhibition game against the Oakland A’s.
In doing so, the Giants appeared to draw the ire of Donald Trump, which provided Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr the opportunity to troll the president on Twitter over his condemnatory remarks.
Kapler stated after the exhibition game that he knelt during the anthem to support his players and allow them to “feel safe in speaking up.”
Regardless of intent, Trump appeared to take notice of the Giants’ actions, as he tweeted about kneeling during the anthem on Tuesday morning.
Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2020
Kerr, a known and outspoken Trump critic who has frequently issued scathing rebukes concerning his polarizing presidency, submitted a reaction to the president’s tweet that was dripping with sarcasm.
Kerr tweeted out a popular meme inspired by the film, “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” in which the titular character says, “Stop. Don’t. Come back.”
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) July 21, 2020
The acerbic wit demonstrated by Kerr in his tweet aside, Major League Baseball evidently intends to support players who choose to participate in such acts like kneeling during the anthem during the 2020 season, even if Trump disapproves and won’t be watching should it occur.
The league’s official Twitter account fired back at fans who criticized the Giants’ actions on Monday night. It stands to reason, then, that the league will not be left shaken by Trump’s tweet, which again trumpets his longstanding, vehement opposition to players kneeling during the anthem.
Standing for the flag and the song is only a measure of “RESPECT” each person has for the country who has given so much and received so little in return. No one person holds a title for them to be able to “disrespect” either one.
We are finding out, it is not just the song or flag – it is people who don’t know what respect means (Democrats/black lives matter/antifa). They don’t respect themselves or their communities – so why would you think they would respect a song or the flag of our country.
Undoubtedly Steve Kerr wasn’t taught respect for others and doesn’t know the definition of RESPECT.
We all know that Kaepernick, a converted Muslim, has an agenda just like the Kerr/Obama Democrats, et al, and I don’t have to draw anyone a picture. It is all political and they are still couping.
If you will check out all of the towns that are under Democrat rule – they live in squalor and make trouble. Why is that – do they not know how to get along with others and do not take care of their own stuff?
That’s who the kneelers should be complain’ about. Then I would call that “social justice.” These same people are/have been fighting all over the world because they haven’t been “learned.” Nothing will satisfy them – because they can’t run anything.
Start with taking their IQ (AOC, PLUS FOUR). Practice what you preach – put your money on the line for “social justice.”