Red more or less originally started this blog to gain a wider audience for his annual (and weekly) NFL predictions. Needless to say, it has evolved a bit, but Red remains a committed prognosticator. And since the right has abandoned the NFL (or at least many of the players) as a hopeless group of America Haters, Red is reaffirming his commitment to judge them more or less on their on-field performance and not so much on other issues – unless and ntil some humor can be gained anyway.
To those who are hating on players because of the National Anthem protests, Red can only say:
If you are wearing a “I’d rather be a Russian than a Democrat” shirt, you have nothing to complain about. You are not a patriot, you are a partisan hack who would pledge allegiance to an tyrannical regime rather than budge an inch on your beliefs which are likely based on a host of lies you have been fed by the GOP.
If you don’t know the words to the National Anthem (see, e.g., Trumpf – The Insult Comic President), you cannot complain about anything related to our national tune.
If you don’t believe that there is a legitimate reason to protest police treatment of minorities, then you haven’t been paying enough attention to take anything you say or believe seriously and can just shut up now. Either that or come out and say that you think extra-judicial killings are just fine and dandy as long as it isn’t your family members getting randomly offed.
If you think that protesting is disrespectful to our nation’s traditions or the military, you really need to pick up a volume or two on American history at your local public library before the GOP shuts them down. This nation was founded on protest and many brave men and women have died to protect the right of everyone to voice their opinions. You may not like what they say, but allowing for free and open protests is the most glorious example of everything that we as a nation should stand for.
And so with that premise, Red will – over the next few weeks – provide his invaluable insight into the coming NFL season. Protest away.