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‘USA Today’ Wants ‘Lazy Patriotism’ National Anthem Banned From Sports

A “faux display of national pride”?

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Nancy Armour is a reliably anti-American, left-wing sports columnist for the national newspaper USA Today, and she once again revealed her true colors by demanding that the national anthem be banned from sporting events.

Armour says she wants the song banned because it is a “lazy excuse” for false patriotism.

In her March 14 editorial, Armour insists that since the anthem is not played at the start of a movie or a stage play, then it should not be played at a baseball or football game.

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Standing for the anthem, Armour exclaims, does not really demonstrate love for the country or the flag or show gratitude for those who serve in the armed forces.

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Armour also insists that we should get rid of the anthem because the country has a “great divide” that the anthem cannot bridge. And it is “lazy.”

Playing the anthem before our football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer games has become a lazy excuse for patriotism. Standing at attention – or a loose approximation of it – for 2 minutes no more proves love of country or gratitude for those who serve than wearing an American flag pin does.

The anthem is also a “faux display of national pride,” she says.

Yet in the two years since Colin Kaepernick and other athletes began protesting during the anthem to draw attention to the racism and economic disparity endemic to our society, it’s become something of a patriotic litmus test. The kind of faux display of national pride better suited for countries run by dictators or despots.

Armour goes on seemingly to blame the song itself, instead of our system of education, for the apathy many Americans feel for the anthem and, by extension, the country. “I’ve seen many others texting, taking photos, talking to their friends,” she wrote of things she witnessed at games.

“I’ve even seen someone vaping during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,” Armour writes dourly.

Armour also slams fans of the Kansas City Chiefs saying, “And where to begin with the Kansas City Chiefs fans who rewrite “home of the brave” with a loud shout of CHIEFS!”

“Yet it’s Kaepernick and the players who are supposedly so disrespectful,” the columnist carps.

Armour begins to wrap up her attack on the anthem saying that “we don’t need [the anthem] before our games.”

If we truly want to honor those who serve and instill pride in our country, then how about ensuring our veterans have adequate health care. Improving our underperforming schools, so every child has an equal shot at success. Prohibiting discrimination, in all forms.

“It’s easier just to sing a song, I know. But that’s not patriotism, and we should stop pretending it is,” she concludes.

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SEE IT: Scary Moment Mets’ Player Takes Fastball to the Face

The crowd was STUNNED.

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Baseball is back, with what should be a full-length season, and with only minimal coronavirus interruptions so far. And, even better yet, there are fans in the stands all around the nation, including some stadiums that are back at full capacity. Players have been openly enthused about having thousands of fans cheering them on once again, and there is little doubt that the energy has translated into some exciting moments. But the game isn’t all cheers and jeers.  Sometimes, it’s a quiet fear that encapsulates the ballpark. Such was the case this week in Atlanta. New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar was involved in a scary scene Monday night against the Atlanta Braves when he was struck in the face by a pitch in the seventh inning. Pillar was up with the bases loaded when he took a 94 mph pitch to the face from Braves pitcher Jacob Webb. Somehow, Pillar was able to get up and walk back to the dugout under his own power. He offered an update on his condition hours after he was removed from the game. “Thanks to everyone that has reached out! Scary moment but I’m doing fine!” he tweeted. The awful moment was caught on video, but we must warn you, this could be tough to watch. https://twitter.com/barstoolsports/status/1394465477787799555?s=20 Pillar suffered from a number of nasal fractures, and will be seeking medical treatment in Atlanta as the team continues this series.

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MLB Fans on Twitter Slam New Trend of ‘Flopping’ Baserunners

Shameful and unsportsmanlike.

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There is nothing more purely infuriating in the world of sports than watching professional athlete, often being paid an exorbitant sum to play a children’s game, decide to play the referees and not the game itself. We see this fairly often in soccer, as players attempt to draw a foul by exaggerating the contact made with another player, hoping to goad an official into handing over a free kick or some other advantage. This “flopping” has migrated to the NBA as well, with LeBron James standing accused of near-constant exaggeration. But baseball?  Oh, you had better believe that this unsportsmanlike charade has begun to make an appearance in America’s national pastime…and fans are not happy about it. https://twitter.com/mlberrors/status/1394025677880496135?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1394025677880496135%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fsports%2F2021%2F05%2F16%2Fwatch-mlb-players-are-flopping-like-lebron-james-its-ugly%2F https://twitter.com/mlberrors/status/1394025677880496135?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1394025677880496135%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fsports%2F2021%2F05%2F16%2Fwatch-mlb-players-are-flopping-like-lebron-james-its-ugly%2F https://twitter.com/tipping_pitches/status/1394024367785455616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1394024367785455616%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fsports%2F2021%2F05%2F16%2Fwatch-mlb-players-are-flopping-like-lebron-james-its-ugly%2F https://twitter.com/newballpark/status/1394021344140881920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1394021344140881920%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fsports%2F2021%2F05%2F16%2Fwatch-mlb-players-are-flopping-like-lebron-james-its-ugly%2F Some fans were also concerned that the umpires and officials were unable to employ video review for the play, thanks to the way in which the rules surrounding the use of that technology were written.  

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