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The Disgrace that is the NFL

Last year, midway through the NFL season I cancelled my NFL package on Directv. I must admit I did watch the playoffs and the Super Bowl, my life long beloved Philadelphia Eagles were there at the end. I’m 75 years old and my years of following this team and it’s locker room of players was just missing something, even after they won the big game.

A few of the first idols I had way way back in the day were Pete Retzlaff, Chuck Bednarak and Tom Brookshire. Unless your ancient like me or a life long eagles fan the names mean nothing to you. I dare say they would be appalled at what occurs on the football field sidelines today.

You see, I come from a military family. Both my father and step-father served in WWII, I spent 6 years in the Marine Corps and a few more in the National Guard during the Viet Nam War. My eldest daughter served in the Air Force and Navy and retired as a Major in the Air Force. Her husband is former Air Force. My son served in the Marine Corps during the First Gulf War. My eldest granddaughter and her husband are both USAFA graduates and Captains in the Air Force today. Our family has nieces and nephews on active duty and in ROTC in College.

And: We have all taken a knee, after running our ass off to stay in shape so when we are called to we can protect that flag and what it stands for. Pathetically there are NFL players who take their knee for some other purpose. In the short time I have left on this earth, the NFL will never be the same.

Last night my wife lost a sister in-law to cancer. The father of her children was Navy as was his brother, her son is active duty Air Force, a grandson was Air Force and another Navy. Bunny, we’re thinking of you and all the family.

I could go on with cousins, friends and neighbors who have served and you could watch the changing of the guard at Arlington to further add to this story. The real changing of the guard is on the sidelines of a football game performed by the NFL, and it is a disgrace.

 

I share with you, Colonel Jeffery A Powers letter to the NFL.

 

 

PUNT, PASS or KICK?

Do you wish to punt, pass or kick on the NFL?  I looked up PUNT in the dictionary and got this from The Merriam-Webster dictionary:

:to kick (something, such as a football or soccer ball) with the top of the foot before the ball which is dropped from the hands hits the ground

Something needed to take place on the posterior of those who kneel..

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Image from Google

They dare to call themselves Patriots.

Personally I shall PASS on the latest art of kneeling, that’s what I did as a child when I knelt to pray prior to bedtime and when I knelt in the confessional to ask forgiveness for my sins. My mother always turned out the lights after that prayer. And wasn’t it  Dandy Don Meredith who always said “Turn out the lights, the party’s over?” Time to turn out the NFL’s lights.

Now, to KICK, both an intransitive and transitive verb, can be used in numerous ways.

Personally I like the following transitive verbs the best.

transitive verb
1 a :to strike, thrust, or hit with the foot
b :to strike suddenly and forcefully as if with the foot
c :to remove by a kicking motion
• kicked off her shoes
d :to remove from a position or status
• kicked him off the team

Of course (d.) would be my transitive verb of choice. However, when I returned from London a few days ago I expressed my disgust by calling DIRECTV and I cancelled the NFL package I had been paying for since 2006.

Just to note, back in 2014 DIRECTV extended it’s contract for the rights to the NFL for 12 Billion $$$$$.

Will I ever watch an NFL game in the future? I’m sure I will, but never again with the feverish love for the game I grew up knowing. The game has gone down low in my ratings.

I started standing and saluting the flag with two fingers as a Cub Scout, later with three fingers as a Boy Scout. In 1962 I raised my right hand and said:   The Oath of Enlistment

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”  After six years in the Marine corps I would again say that same oath for my time in the National Guard.

I would one more time repeat a code of honor as I started my career with the Connecticut State Police. For that I would also stand. That code reads like this:

“I am a Connecticut State Trooper – a soldier of the law. To me is entrusted the honor of the Department.
I will serve the State of Connecticut honestly and faithfully and, if need be, lay down my life as others have done rather than swerve from the path of duty.
I will be loyal to my superiors, obey the law and enforce the law without discrimination as to class, color, creed, or condition, and without fear or favor.
I will help those in danger or distress, and at all times conduct myself so as to uphold the honor of the Department.”

I shall stand for the National Anthem, I shall stand for what I believe is right and if I believe the rights of others are infringed upon, I shall stand for them. God Bless America.

Pride in Philly

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The crowd is pumped, Philadelphia Eagles photo.

Last week the NFL, that’s the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE for those of you who don’t know (American Football) held their annual draft of college players. For the past few years they have featured this event in different cities. For years it was held indoors in New York City. Last year saw the venue change to Chicago, Illinois and the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago is the home of the Bears. This year it was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Brotherly Love and the home of my beloved Eagles.

I grew up across the Delaware River in New Jersey but was always a Philadelphian. If you’re from the area, you’re a Phillies, Flyers and Eagles fan. The stage for this football fanatic event was none other than the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, who’s steps were climbed by Silvester Stallone in the movie “Rocky.”

 

The turnout for this event was phenomenal. The crowd was loud, booing the Eagles opposition at every turn, especially when the arch rival Dallas Cowboys were mentioned. It was reported by “CBS” that over 100,00 people were in attendence for this event.

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, or you just love football, take a few minutes and read this great article “Three Days On The Parkway.”

Lincoln Financial Field, photo by Philadelphia Eagles

“Three Days on the Parkway”  was written by Alex Smith with photography by Kiel Leggere, Drew Hallowell and created by the Philadelphia Eagles.