The United States is a country that’s always changing, but its traditions have stayed intact for the most part—until lately. Professional sports have certain expectations—one being everyone standing up and singing along to “The Star-Spangled Banner (our national anthem).” Every American has come to honor this moment at sporting events.
However, a big “WTF” moment happened during an Easter-weekend baseball game. While it could be at-least anticipated from anyone else, NBC Sports-writer Craig Calcaterra posted an out-of-left-field message on Twitter:
To somewhat quote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “in what universe” does the majority of US citizens not like the national anthem at sporting events? Further, when did our nation’s song and uniformed folks become “political”? Somebody actually directed this inquiry at Calcaterra…
@DiamondStarsGM Maybe a flag, in and of itself isn’t always political. A two-acre flag with a military flyover is saying something very specific, however.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 16, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Matthew Weymar and Craig Calcaterra]
From there, Calcaterra proceeded to ice his own anti-US cake with the US flag being “just a piece of fabric.” (Really, Craig?)
While liberals are free to say what they want (they’ll always be put in check), one of those watch-it-buddy areas is US, sporting events. For the record, there is a clear difference between showing patriotism and conveying politics. “Hey, Craig, whether you’re a liberal or conservative, our flag brings everyone together—it’s symbolic of the freedoms we have (even for people like you to talk your trash).”