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FinsRule
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September 12th, 2011 at 7:24:18 PM permalink
I believe the National Anthem should not be played at all sporting events. Before you call me un-patriotic, and the devil, hear me out.

Sporting events are not that important. It's just a game. There is no need to attach national pride to a meaningless regular season baseball game between the Astros and Diamondbacks.

Play it in the Superbowl. Play it in International competition. But to play it every game lessens the importance of the anthem at the cost of making sports seem more important than they are.

I could get into the whole sports exploiting 9/11 thing, but I won't. Basically my point is that it's just a game, not that big of a deal.

So, should the National Anthem be played at all sporting events?
ItsCalledSoccer
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September 12th, 2011 at 8:00:44 PM permalink
I could live without it, but it seems like a nice remembrance, and I don't think there can ever be too much of that.

I think if someone assigns more to it than that, like assigning motive (i.e., you must be unpatriotic) if it's NOT played, is a little ridiculous.

I think it's more important to say the pledge before government meetings at any level (city council to U. S. Congress) than it is to play the anthem before games. It's almost a reminding of the oaths that elected leaders take. Sure, leaders may or may not follow their oaths, but it shouldn't be due to failure to be reminded of it.
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September 12th, 2011 at 9:49:24 PM permalink
i think they should Not play the anthem at the Republican Debate (watching Nadal get killed at the US open on CBS, on another TV in the lounge I heard the national anthem. I thought it was a sporting event. Turns out it was Newt and the boys. Why the national anthem? To prove that the Republican party is more patriotic. I've heard that they sacrifice idols at the Democrat conventions... :)

Honestly, if the anthems weren't played at sporting events, would we have a clue to what the words to our national anthems were? That's why I don't mind hearing them. I mean if they were just played during the World Series or the Superbowl, what would the over/under be on the number of forgotten words???
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September 13th, 2011 at 12:55:43 PM permalink
Please stop it with the anthem before every bloody game. In the UK, the anthem is played for international games, as the players on the team are all from one country. Played before the BIG games makes a lot of sense. Every little game... yawn.

It is meaningless to sing O-Canada before a Canucks game when the team is from Swede, Russia, the US and Canada. Worse still is getting both the US and Canadian anthem played at a game between teams from Vancouver and Minnesota. Why not the BC and Minnesota anthems? Why not the fight songs for both teams? Why not the number one at the time?
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September 13th, 2011 at 1:37:08 PM permalink
Quote: thecesspit


It is meaningless to sing O-Canada before a Canucks game when the team is from Swede, Russia, the US and Canada.



Unless it isn't. See: May 23, 2006.

Although, I guess if the anthems weren't played on the 21st, maybe none of that disgraceful mess would have happened in the first place...
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thecesspit
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September 13th, 2011 at 2:19:06 PM permalink
I have no idea what you are referring to.
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September 13th, 2011 at 5:47:17 PM permalink
I don't like the national anthem, but the real issue is that people need to not give me dirty looks or worse for not taking off my hat and standing reverently while you pray to a piece of cloth. If you want to be nationalistic, thats fine, but the fact that some people get so pissed when I do not participate in flag worship is completely innappropriate.
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AZDuffman
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September 13th, 2011 at 6:05:03 PM permalink
Quote: bigfoot66

I don't like the national anthem, but the real issue is that people need to not give me dirty looks or worse for not taking off my hat and standing reverently while you pray to a piece of cloth. If you want to be nationalistic, thats fine, but the fact that some people get so pissed when I do not participate in flag worship is completely innappropriate.



Perhaps you should accept the fact that if you are going to be a nonconformist most people are not going to like it.
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September 13th, 2011 at 8:24:33 PM permalink
Quote: boymimbo

Honestly, if the anthems weren't played at sporting events, would we have a clue to what the words to our national anthems were?



It depends on where you live.

I've no idea if the national anthem is played at sporting events in Mexico, it's been decades since I attended one. But at school we had a weekly flag ceremony complete with symbolic escort, standard-bearer and we sang the national anthem. For good measure we also took out the Israeli flag and sang their national anthem, why with being a Jewish school and all.

BTW Mexico should change its national anthem. for starters the name is bland. It's called "Mexican national anthem." Who the hell calls their anthem that? Come on, The Star-spangled Banner, God Save the Queen, O Canada, Le Marseillaise, Ha'atikva, those are good names, or at least more imaginative than a mere noun

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That's why I don't mind hearing them. I mean if they were just played during the World Series or the Superbowl, what would the over/under be on the number of forgotten words???



It should be taught in school. We learned about it in music class, of all places. Guess Civics 101 wasn't good enough for the lame song.
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September 14th, 2011 at 1:50:42 AM permalink
Quote: FinsRule

I believe the National Anthem should not be played at all sporting events.



I might agree with you except that there would be such a fuss at changing it that it wouldnt be worth it.
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