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ESPN Analyst: 'Star Spangled Banner' a 'War Anthem,' Shouldn't Be Played Before Games
breitbart ^ | Nov. 7, 2013 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 11/08/2013 5:54:51 AM PST by PROCON

On ESPN’s Around the Horn, frequent guest Kevin Blackistone of the Dallas Morning News said that football games should not include the singing of the national anthem beforehand, as that added to the “military symbolism.” He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a “war anthem.”

Blackistone was addressing controversy over Northwestern University’s American flag-themed football uniforms, designed to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. In a show segment titled “Buy or Sell,” Blackistone said that he would “sell” the uniforms:

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: morons; nationalanthem; obama
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I wonder if this idiot actually believe this or he's just trying to get ratings...
1 posted on 11/08/2013 5:54:51 AM PST by PROCON
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To: PROCON

I’m beginning to believe there are more morons in sports news journalism than in plain old news journalism.


2 posted on 11/08/2013 5:57:32 AM PST by skeeter
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To: PROCON

The national anthem chonicles how we won our freedom. Freedom isn’t free; it has to periodically be fought for as Jefferson so aptly noted.


3 posted on 11/08/2013 5:59:08 AM PST by Starboard
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To: PROCON

Makes sense to me. The anthem has NO PLACE at sporting events. It’s original purpose was to take peoples minds off how rotten life was during the depression. Patriotism is the last bastion of the scoundrel-works every time.


4 posted on 11/08/2013 5:59:17 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: PROCON

Boycott ESPN, who cares about sports anyway..


5 posted on 11/08/2013 6:01:23 AM PST by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: PROCON; Bender2

Deport the moron


6 posted on 11/08/2013 6:01:57 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: PROCON

People like this are the reason I have not watched any of these shows for a long time. He can say what he wants but I don’t have to listen and I choose not to.


7 posted on 11/08/2013 6:03:00 AM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I had read that the National Anthem playing at sports games started at the beginning of WW2.


8 posted on 11/08/2013 6:04:07 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: PROCON

http://www.soopermexican.com/2011/08/28/the-double-standard-of-espn-on-obama-criticism/

9 posted on 11/08/2013 6:04:11 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Why are you even on FR?


10 posted on 11/08/2013 6:04:37 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: seeker41

Sports should be an escape from politics, not part of politics.

I care less about sports every year.


11 posted on 11/08/2013 6:04:43 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: DIRTYSECRET

and life is not rotten now, under Obama and the congress-supported Obamacare?


12 posted on 11/08/2013 6:04:59 AM PST by stanne
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To: PROCON

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/06/espn-panelist-and-prof-unloads-on-war-anthem-being-played-before-sporting-events-and-says-nfl-has-bought-into-mythology-of-popular-fallen-soldier/

No.

Stop this nonsense.


13 posted on 11/08/2013 6:06:05 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: PROCON

I guess he would have them play “Kumbaya.”


14 posted on 11/08/2013 6:07:15 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: PROCON

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1QmeEdFOSc


15 posted on 11/08/2013 6:08:11 AM PST by stanne
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To: PROCON

Fire his silly rump.

Being a moron should be enough of a reason to fire an announcer who apparently has so little aptitude for sports he must deflect into a non-issue.


16 posted on 11/08/2013 6:10:08 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: ilovesarah2012

football thuggery, baseball druggies, nba lowdowns, and soccer mania-I will not watch any of it! Not supporting them ever again in any form...


17 posted on 11/08/2013 6:10:49 AM PST by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: PROCON

>>He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a “war anthem.”

George Carlin: “Baseball is played in a park. Football is played in a stadium. Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium. Football you wear a helmet..is rigidly timed and will end even if we have to go to SUDDEN DEATH. In football the object is for the QB, the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense with deadly accuracy..with short bullet passes or long bombs he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing his assault to the enemy’s defensive line...”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmXacL0Uny0

Football is WAR


18 posted on 11/08/2013 6:11:54 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: PROCON
ESPN you can kiss my backside. I will wear the flag any time, any place I want. I will always stand at attention with my hand over my heart and face the flag when our anthem plays - as it should often to remind us how America came to be.


PS - I will always call the Washington Redskins the "Redskins" - even if I don't particularly like the team nor their fans.
19 posted on 11/08/2013 6:12:04 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: seeker41

Ignore sports, America...you’ll need the extra money to pay for ObamaCare.


20 posted on 11/08/2013 6:12:46 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
Makes sense to me. The anthem has NO PLACE at sporting events. It’s original purpose was to take peoples minds off how rotten life was during the depression. Patriotism is the last bastion of the scoundrel-works every time.

It was written by Francis Scott Key when the brits were attacking the USA during the war of 1812, 120 years BEFORE the depression.

You are stuck on stupid.

21 posted on 11/08/2013 6:14:10 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
The anthem has NO PLACE at sporting events. It’s original purpose was to take peoples minds off how rotten life was during the depression.
Your ignorance is only superseded by your stupidity.
Time for you to return to DU and your like-minded comrades.
22 posted on 11/08/2013 6:15:52 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ilovesarah2012

panem et circenses


23 posted on 11/08/2013 6:16:08 AM PST by John 3_19-21 (Don't like Gramnesty? Support Lee Bright www.brightforsenate.com/)
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To: PROCON

I am getting really, really tired of liar motormouth commies.


24 posted on 11/08/2013 6:16:15 AM PST by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: PROCON

I want to be at the United Center at the start of a Chicago Blackhawk’s game when some libtard announces that Jimmy Cornelison will not be singing the anthem because it’s militaristic and offensive.


25 posted on 11/08/2013 6:16:37 AM PST by Stosh
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To: PROCON
You know, it occurs to me that liberals truly want a pussi-fied, pacifist, completely government controlled society of drones.

The Sylvester Stallone movie "Demolition Man" isn't particularly good, or bad. Kind of your average action movie. But the funny thing is, I find myself identifying with the Edgar Friendly character in it. He's the rebel going against the sheeple. Anyway, if/when you watch this movie look at the society Stallone wakes up in. It is exactly the idiotic kind of liberal utopia today's liberals seem to be pushing for. {shudder} What a nightmare.

26 posted on 11/08/2013 6:16:51 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: GreenHornet
I know. Lets replace the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem with the second most popular anthem.
God Bless America.
Cue the liberal heads exploding in 5, 4, 3 ...
27 posted on 11/08/2013 6:17:05 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: PROCON

Asshat.


28 posted on 11/08/2013 6:17:57 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Actually, if Americans spent half the time and money they do on sports related stuff, there is a solid chance our government wouldn’t be the mess it is. (I know, “It’s too complicated”—coming from the person who could just about spew the stats for every player and team from the NFL for the last thirty years.)


30 posted on 11/08/2013 6:21:35 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
It’s original purpose was to take peoples minds off how rotten life was during the depression

It was first played during game 1 of the 1918 World Series.

31 posted on 11/08/2013 6:29:24 AM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: skeeter

Which is exactly why I wouldn’t want to work in the field despite being a fan. As for Dumb@ss-stone, I will avoid ESPCN en he is on.


32 posted on 11/08/2013 6:31:31 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: Starboard

Actually we had won our freedom over 30 years prior to the writing of the song.


33 posted on 11/08/2013 6:35:24 AM PST by DelFuego
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Exactly a song written 120 years before the Depression. Mr. Key was much smarter than I have ever given him credit for. As for you, maybe you should brush up on your history and leave out the histrionics.


34 posted on 11/08/2013 6:35:24 AM PST by DelFuego
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To: PROCON; big'ol_freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Larry Lucido; Diplomat; RockinRight; ...
The Dallas Morning News stopped having a great sports page when Blackie Sherrod retired. When they brought in such duds like Kevin Blackistone because they wanted more politically correct color instead of competent sports writers, I stopped subscribing.
35 posted on 11/08/2013 6:35:44 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: DelFuego

I believe he was referring to when and why it was played during sporting events and I know it was played in the 1918 W.S.


36 posted on 11/08/2013 6:41:47 AM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: DIRTYSECRET

After reading through your history in here, you should spend more time lurking and less time dazzling us with your “witticisms”.

And since you have an issue with patriotism, this site really isn’t for you at all.


37 posted on 11/08/2013 6:42:37 AM PST by datura (Proud Infidel)
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The Dallas Morning News stopped having a great sports page when Blackie Sherrod retired.

Great sportswriters out of Texas in the 60s and 70s: Dan Jenkins, Blackie Sherrod, and Bud Shrake being three.

Nowadays, the general leftism that infects all j-school grads at MSM outlets spills over to the sports pages too. For example, can't pick up an SI issue that doesn't have either (1) an article about some jock who has come out or (2) a transexual jock or (3) loving references to our dear leader obama (these sprinkled throughout). More usually, all three!

Good luck with your picks this weekend. I'm already 0 - 1... the Deadskins let me down!

38 posted on 11/08/2013 6:42:58 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: PROCON
frequent guest Kevin Blackistone of the Dallas Morning News

Blackistone hasn't worked for the Morning News since 2006.

39 posted on 11/08/2013 6:44:11 AM PST by Texican72
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To: DelFuego

You are right. That would be the “Second War of Independence”. :)


40 posted on 11/08/2013 6:44:26 AM PST by Starboard
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To: DIRTYSECRET

This my be worthy of a ZOT! MY beeber meter got stuned and went critical. Try going to your home country of China if you don’t like the US.


41 posted on 11/08/2013 6:46:17 AM PST by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: DIRTYSECRET; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; ..
Re: Makes sense to me. The anthem has NO PLACE at sporting events. It’s original purpose was to take peoples minds off how rotten life was during the depression. Patriotism is the last bastion of the scoundrel-works every time.

Not much surprises me anymore as I accept the plethora of uneducated ignorant people all around us because our school system has been transformed into a liberal propaganda machine--

Yet, Dirty, that a dumb schmuck like you could actually put into words the height of stupidity you have achieved--

Well, it just leaves me speechless... except to say 'Kiss my shiny metal ass!"

42 posted on 11/08/2013 6:46:33 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: RatRipper

I am getting really, really tired of liar motormouth commies.

***

Me, too.


43 posted on 11/08/2013 6:48:15 AM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americad)
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To: seeker41

How many clowns go to a parade to honor a sports team but they wouldn’t cross the street to see a veterans’ Day parade?


44 posted on 11/08/2013 6:48:47 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: PROCON

Black is stone? Is that similar to “Crack is whack”?


45 posted on 11/08/2013 6:50:07 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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Hey, Rummy, I also picked those DC Fools to beat the Viqueers so you know why I have their creed tattooed... across my chest!
46 posted on 11/08/2013 6:50:21 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: certrtwngnut
ESPN: The network that gave sports fans: Stuart Scott, Linda Cohen and Chris Berman. No need to comment further.
47 posted on 11/08/2013 6:52:47 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Bender2
RE: Yet, Dirty, that a dumb schmuck like you could actually put into words the height of stupidity you have achieved-- Well, it just leaves me speechless... except to say 'Kiss my shiny metal ass!"

Well said. Just what "shiny metal asses" were created for.

49 posted on 11/08/2013 7:04:34 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: seeker41

I gave up organized sports years ago... I just can’t take the stupidity and communism and gangster thugs.


50 posted on 11/08/2013 7:08:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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