Kick ’em in the other knee

There was a time in my own lifetime that a chant like this was as smutty and dirty as it was possible to be. But times do change.

Rah rah ree
Kick ’em in the knee
Rah rah ruts
Kick ’em in the other knee

More important, what has truly changed is who is the President of the United States. From the very first moment last season when the first player took a knee, as they say, while the Star Spangled Banner was being played and no one did a thing, I never watched another game again until the Superbowl and then only because it was Tom Brady.

You may think this is trivia and beneath the dignity of a president, but this is exactly why he was elected. And while it’s politics, since anything of this kind done by a president is politics, it is also his natural instinct to be disgusted by those who have lined up with the players who have refused to stand for their national anthem.

NFL Owners ‘Unity’ with Players Might Be Short-Lived…
Trump lauds ‘great anger’ after fan boos…
ESPN Becomes CNN…
Major sponsors tiptoe around controversy…
Car Dealer Pulls Ads Featuring BRONCOS Star…
Player Accused Of Spitting On Fan…
Stadium worker quits…
PATRIOTS ‘sorry’ for charging $4.50 for tap water…
Protests at Olympics?
Congresswoman Kneels During House Floor Speech…
WSJ: The Politicization of Everything…

From the last one:

One of the most premier Never Trumpers throughout the 2015-16 campaign was Rich Lowry, National Review Online. He wrote and filed a piece yesterday called, “Why Trump Is President,” and his Alabama speech Friday night and his comments on the NFL is what Rich Lowry now realizes is why Trump is president. It isn’t complicated. You have a man who is very clear in his love for the country, his love of its traditions and his appreciation for it.

And on the other side you have people who are willing to portray themselves as not, whether they know it or not. There’s no way Trump loses in this. You may think so, but there’s no way he does. There’s no way the NFL wins, if this continues as it is. The ratings are down last night. The early returns — we don’t have, of course, all the metered markets, the overnights. Some of them are in. But they were down, and it’s not insignificant, the numbers that are down.

This is not a sideshow, it is the real thing. This is how we take back our culture from the barbarians inside the gate. And no one but PDT could even have taken this burden on, never mind brought it off.

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29 Responses to Kick ’em in the other knee

  1. chrisl

    AFL Take note. They would fold on all their social justice positions if only someone would stand up to them. Note what happened when they changed their logo”for a day”
    Keep the pies warm
    Keep the beer cold
    Keep the toilets clean
    That is all.

  2. max

    Why would an intelligent person in any country want to stand for and sing a “national anthem?”

    For such reasons, I do not stand for – or sing – the national anthem; do not pledge allegiance to the state; nor salute its most visual image, the flag. Neither do I snap to attention on command, nor thank soldiers for their “service” in helping to kill innocent men, women, and children in foreign lands, as [1] I had not asked them to do so, and [2] such a request, on my part, would have been an evil act.
    I do not recite The Lord’s Prayer, nor shout “Go Big Red!” at football games. I am not hostile to such expressions and respect the liberty of others to do so because I know such words reflect what is of value to them. I ask only that others respect my liberty to express myself in my chosen ways,
    I do not fully accept Samuel Johnson’s classic statement that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Were he around today, he might discover that it is not the “last refuge,” but more often the first. In order to understand the meaning of the patriotic babbling that is so prevalent, we should begin by analyzing what these expressions and practices mean.
    The “pledge of allegiance” is probably the first statist article of faith to which young children are introduced. Written by Francis Bellamy, an avid socialist, and first published in “The Youth’s Companion” in 1892, the meaning of this “pledge” is immediately obvious to anyone who bothers to think while reciting the words. “I declare my obedience to the American state, its visual symbols, and to the other trappings of state power.” To emphasize the firmness of the pledge, my fellow students and I were required to salute the flag in the same stiff-armed style that had become so prevalent in Germany. We used this salute during 1941-42 at the government school to which I had been sentenced.
    Saluting the flag was another state-imposed obligation we were conditioned to perform. The absurdity of requiring people to salute brightly-colored pieces of cloth..

    … dedication to statist patriotism…

    Anyone who has attended a football game – be it high school, college, or professional – knows that this sport long ago became an integral part of the war machine, with military color guards, uniformed soldiers, aerial death machines flying in close formation to thrill the assembled members of the boobeoisie, and cannons sometimes used to celebrate touchdowns. The school marching band, with flags flying, then performs the “national anthem,” for which all but the rational in attendance have been conditioned to stand. The late George Carlin did a wonderful performance on how the nature, rules, and terminology of this game have a military character.
    Why the “national anthem” plays a central role in the statist weltanschauung requires examination.
    The “national anthem” has as its purpose the creation and  enforcement of the collective mindset essential to the war system. Its words penned by the slave-owning, anti-abolitionist, Francis Scott Key, while the tune derived from a British beer-drinking song, the anthem is one of the many anti-individual tools designed to sanctify mob-thinking. The phrase “communities matter, not individuals” – in a book directed to children, and published by Dorling Kindersley, Ltd. – fortifies the herding purposes of institutionalized schools.

  3. max

    Indeed, the current pantomime in which NFL players are expected to stand at attention for the national anthem is of extremely recent origin. As Tom Curran pointed out on Comcast Sportsnet, prior to 2009, football players “weren’t on the field for the national anthem and instead generally remained in the locker room.” 
    And why did players start making a display of their “patriotism” in 2009? It turns out the government gave them taxpayer money to do so: 
    In 2009, Barack Obama’s Department of Defense began paying hundreds of thousands towards teams in a marketing strategy designed to show support for the troops and increase recruitments. The NFL then required all players and personnel to be on the sidelines during the national anthem, in exchange for taxpayers dollars. Prior, the national anthem was played in the stadium but players had the option of staying in the locker room before heading out to the field. 
    Furthermore, teams that showed “Veteran’s Salutes” during games were paid upwards of $5.1 million dollars.
    In total, 6.8 million in taxpayer money was doled out to sports teams — mostly NFL teams — for so-called “paid patriotism.”

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’d been a long time NFL watcher since the days of Don Lane. I’d been especially following the 49ers, and I’ve said nice things about Colin Kaepernick on this blog especially during the year when they made it to the Superbowl.

    But when Kaepernick started his protest I stopped watching in disgust.

    I turned it on again last week idly and watched a bit of a game because it was the CBS game, and Cris Collingsworth is a very fine commentator.

    Then this week:

    Cris Collinsworth passionately calls for Donald Trump to apologize to NFL players (Sunday)

    Trump has nothing to apologise for, and if Collingsworth doesn’t understand that then I’m not going to bother to watch the games he is doing. The players should be apologising to America for politicizing football, bringing the game into disrepute and betraying millions of sports viewers.

    I doubt I’ll be seeing any more NFL games this season. Count me even more disgusted.

  5. RobK

    The kneeling is little more than an expression of contempt of the Office of President.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Democrats have gone completely insane.

    Rep. Al Green vows to force impeachment vote over Trump’s NFL remarks

    So this Democrat wants to impeach the President of the USA for criticising kneeling football players?
    Democrat voters that is the quality of representative you are voting for to run your country.

  7. Iggie

    I would have thought that kneeling would be a far more reverent act than standing.

  8. Tel

    Professional sports are essentially no different to Hollywood actors or pop musicians or ballet dancers. They are all professions in as much as they produce entertainment for the masses… but entertainment could be anything.

    You only buy entertainment if the stuff you are offered is better than what you get doing other things like going to the beach or playing video games, or chatting with friends, or kicking the ball around with your own kids. There’s no actual commodity that the entertainment industry delivers that you cannot live without.

  9. Louis Hissink

    Kneeling on one knee seems like a mild version of kow-tow or an expression of subservience.

    I doubt the useful idiots doing the kneeling realise they are being used.

  10. Blind Freddie

    Millions of civilians have been executed at the whim of socipathic leaders, even those in each corner of the patriotism debate. The problem is the Hiltlers and Stalins of this world don’t advenrtise their sociopathic and paranoia inspired tendencies.
    I thought most people would have understood that, especially one as literate as you , Max.
    Lets hope no Australian is caught in that divide , but lets not assume it cant happen here.

  11. areff

    The only Al Green worth listening to:

  12. stackja

    Shocker: Another Poll Shows Americans Aren’t Big Fans of Anthem Protests

    Athletes or celebrities who want to spout off about politics and get heavily involved in the electoral process can flap their gums to their hearts’ content. But those of us who disagree with their opinions — or who believe that a basketball player who never went to college explicitly calling out Trump voters’ supposed lack of education isn’t a great look — are allowed to speak up, too. Maybe, just maybe, suggesting that half (or more than half) of your fans are ignorant dumdums isn’t a brilliant play by a person whose fame is entirely derived from his prowess in putting an orange sphere through a hoop.

  13. Rococo Liberal


    I think you’ve misunderstood Dr Johnson’s famous dictum. It is not a definition of patriotism but a comment on scoundrels. Dr Johnson had no doubt that many if not most patriots were not good men. WHat he did know was that many a scoundrel used patriotism for improper ends.

  14. Rabz

    The only “knee” they should be taking is one square in the goolies.

    Thanks, Pedro. About the most sensible comment I’ve read on this entire “look at me” wankfest.

    But when Kaepernick started his protest I stopped watching in disgust.

    Sort of like when I ceased subjecting myself to the ALPFL from the night Apeman Goodes had the 13 year old girl illegally detained.

  15. Zatara

    How to get the NFL’s attention:

    Proposed House Rule 296 the
    Properly Reducing Overexemptions for Sports Act or the PRO Sports Act

    This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to remove professional football leagues from the list of tax-exempt organizations.

    No organization or entity shall be treated as tax-exempt if it: (1) is a professional sports league, organization, or association, a substantial activity of which is to foster national or international professional sports competitions (including by managing league business affairs, officiating or providing referees, coordinating schedules, managing sponsorships or broadcast sales, operating loan programs for competition facilities, or overseeing player conduct); and (2) has annual gross receipts in excess of $10 million.

    “Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) became the lead sponsor of H.R. 296, the Pro Sports Act, a bill that ends the tax-exempt status of professional sports leagues.

    The NFL League Office has received a special tax carveout since 1966, when the tax code first listed “professional football leagues” as trade organizations. Though individual teams are not tax-exempt, the NFL League Office is. They are responsible for the construction and development of new stadiums, paid for with over 6.5 billion taxpayer dollars. Tax-exempt revenues for professional sports leagues are higher than $2 billion. According to the Internal Revenue Service, businesses that conduct operations for profit on a “cooperative basis” should not qualify for tax-exempt treatment, yet a special exemption is made for professional football leagues.

    “Like many Americans, I was dismayed and disgusted to see multimillionaire athletes sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. Standing for the national anthem shows respect for our nation, and for the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms,” Rep. Gaetz said. “Those hard-fought freedoms include freedom of speech, and free speech does include protest. But nowhere in the Constitution does it say that Americans are required to subsidize disrespect for America, or to have their tax dollars wasted on corporate welfare to sports teams. Tax reform is currently the top priority of Congress. We must close this loophole in the tax code, and end taxpayer subsidies for professional athletics. If players want to protest, they have that right — but they should do it on their own time, and on their own dime.”

    In 2016, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that this bill would bring in approximately 150 million dollars in new revenue over ten years.”

    You have a right to say what you want. That right doesn’t immunize you from the consequences.

    (And no, they absolutely should not have been tax-exempt in the first place. Now who would be responsible for that? Answer: No real surprise, 1966 Senate majority – Democrat, House Majority – Democrat, President? LBJ – uber Democrat)

  16. areff

    For such reasons, I do not stand for – or sing – the national anthem

    Aren’t you just special.

    Pull that stunt in the seat in front of me and and the back of your neck will be eating a very hot pie.

  17. Zatara

    Who is this “max” dickhead?

    He’s someone with a long-standing habit of cutting and pasting masses of text from dickhead fact-free contrarians without bothering to put them in quotes or make comments of his own. Thus implying that they are his comments.

    There is no use replying to “max” as they aren’t his words.

  18. struth

    Are the NFL required to play the National Anthem?

    So why don’t the NFL just stop playing it Max, you knob jockey?
    The reason being Max old chum, is that they wish to promote the sport as a great AMERICAN tradition and engrained in the great culture that is the United States.
    How Ironic!

    The government are not forcing untaxed, subsidised organisations to play the anthem.

    The short answer is this.

    They want to abuse what they want to use, and that is the American Nation and it’s people who fought and died for it’s freedom.
    Freedom is not free.
    Freedom to play the sport and earn the big money they do for brawn and no brain, comes at the sacrifice in blood of heroes that flag and anthem represent.
    It is a symbol, not a piece of cloth, you germ.
    The flag is the people’s flag, as is the Anthem.
    Not the state’s.
    The people are sovereign and they govern themselves.
    By the people, for the people..
    Proof is, that against entrenched elitism and Marx’s march through their institutions, there is DT as POTUS.
    Your arguments are immature and spoilt.
    If the NFL want to, they can stop playing the Anthem.
    Ask your dumb arse why they don’t.
    I don’t follow the AFL anymore for precisely the same reason.
    They have forced me to chose sides.
    The difference in Australia to the States will be seen very shortly, again, through these sports, as the NFL will suffer financial punishment were as the AFL will get more subsidies the more left wing it becomes.
    Hence Veneztalia for us, but not for them.
    Free speech plays a big part in this one subject.
    The freedom of speech so many sacrificed to achieve and maintain, and that flag and that anthem, embodies them.

    They will all be standing for their self imposed Anthem soon, because as sure as shit, for market reasons, they won’t stop playing it.

  19. Flags and anthems are supposed to be unifying symbols. In a diverse society like the United States, not much else unites people like these symbols do.
    Protesting by disrespecting these symbols (although a right) is a stupid thing to do. Protesting these symbols in front of the very people who are (essentially) paying your wages for some entertainment and escape from the drudges of the week is an especially stupid and divisive thing to do.

    I used to be a mad Collingwood supporter. I don’t watch or follow footy at all now. Not since the boofhead marxists at the AFL hijacked the game for their own virtue signalling. They can get effed.

  20. This is not a sideshow, it is the real thing.

    No, it’s a sideshow. Trump is trying to distract his base from two facts: that all of his attempts to create lasting legislative achievements with Republican votes has failed, and that he has given in to the Democrats who are now running the show.

  21. mh

    The NRL final should be shown over there. I might add that NRL talent compared to NFL talent should not be judged by Jarryd Hayne’s woeful performance in the NFL. The NSW media tagged Hayne a superstar in a desperate attempt to deflect from Queensland’s dominance. Hayne never was a superstar of rugby league.

  22. stackja

    #2508763, posted on September 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    The NRL final should be shown over there. I might add that NRL talent compared to NFL talent should not be judged by Jarryd Hayne’s woeful performance in the NFL. The NSW media tagged Hayne a superstar in a desperate attempt to deflect from Queensland’s dominance. Hayne never was a superstar of rugby league.

    With SSM rap song!

  23. mh

    With SSM rap song!

    Oh yes. I forgot about that bit. NRL always have to stuff up the pre-match entertainment. The only suitable entertainer I can remember was Billy Idol, and they stuffed his audio.

  24. Rabz

    I can remember was Billy Idol, and they stuffed his audio

    The look on his face as he was exited from the field was priceless, as was the moment when he attempted to start bellowing out his ditties.

    Roy and HG had a field day.

  25. tgs

    I read that Rich Lowry article and that is a particularly misleading view of what it actually says.

  26. Serena at the Pub

    #2508393, posted on September 27, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Who is this “max” dickhead?

    Serena it’s a sad story. He ignored the signage about the low headroom in his rented bathroom. So he walked straight into it and suffered a bit of brain damage. When he finally came to all he could remember was “Max”.

  27. Richard Bender

    Catallaxy changed from Australia’s leading libertarian blog to a supporter of authoritarian US presidents so slowly I never even noticed.

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