Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Week 4, the NFL is in chaos of its own making.
The traditional way to show respect for the national anthem is to stand, face the flag, place your hand over your heart. Doing anything else is a protest. Some players sit, some kneel, some give the Black Power salute, some link arms . . . doesn’t matter: if you’re not doing it right, you’re protesting. Television is trying to hide the protests from the viewers by skipping the anthem, cutting in late, but it’s not working. Viewers notice. Viewers get upset. Why are they upset?
There are 168 hours in a week. Your game is on for three of them. We don’t tune in to learn your opinions on social policy, we tune to watch the team play football. Don’t hijack my football game for your lecture; protest on your own time.
The AFL is gone. The UFL is gone. There’s no reason the NFL can’t go broke. All you need to do is drive away enough customers.
I’m doing my part.