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#1 johnnyhusker82

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:17 AM

Yes, an email:

 

An open letter to the NFL players (and other equally stupid pro athletes)

              You graduated high school in 2011.  Your teenage years were a struggle.  You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate.  Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football.   Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football.  Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage.  You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best.  They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s.  College was not an option for him.  On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter.  You went to summer workouts.  He went to basic training.

              You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans.  Tutors attended to your every academic need.  You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard.  You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.  Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice.  He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did.  He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA. 

              You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts.  You hired an agent and waited for draft day.  You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football.  Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

              You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach.  He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers.  You will sleep at the Ritz.  He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep.  You will “make it rain” in the club.  He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

              On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name.  For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week.  There are no adoring fans.  There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest.  He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV.  When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television.  While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.

              To the players of the NFL:  We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys.  We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.  We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth.  We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right.  But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.  I am done with NFL football, the NBA, and Major League Baseball and encourage all likeminded Americans to boycott all pro sports until the light goes on for these crybabies and their rich owners who are afraid to speak up lest their spoiled brats (felons, wife-beaters) who are, in most cases, unable to even speak English in any understandable manner.

              Anyone who confuses respect for our Anthem and our flag with the right to support BLM and ANTIFA is just plain ignorant. Use your freedom of speech in the proper forum and stop trying to hide behind your freedoms to relieve your ignorance. BLM and ANTIFA are issues totally unrelated to respect for our flag and our anthem. Your claim to freedoms are bogus and you should ask yourselves what is it you have ever done to earn them.

              Dan

PS Trying to excuse your actions by highlighting the actions of our President on matters such as this is pure unadulterated BS. Whether he is right or wrong in his criticisms does not relieve you of your stupidity.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:43 AM

Truth.



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 09:34 AM

TAKE A KNEE

 

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don't know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

 

Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces...the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

 

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon... Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

 

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat... Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress... Your number won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You're on your own.

 

There's a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

 

While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken...but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

 

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American men and women...delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us...blazing a path so you would have 'the right to take a knee.'

 

You haven't an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your 'protest' is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another...

 

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for all...because He is the one who provides those things.

 

And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave It goes like this...

"GOD BLESS AMERICA!"


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:24 AM

Most of these kneeling losers would piss their pants in fear if they had to actually go into battle. I respect and salute those that defend our country as well as the flag that it represents. As for the kneelers that's what they would do if confronted by an enemy soldier...kneel in surrender. So screw all of them.  


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:00 AM

the protest isn't about disrespecting the military you whiny fucking snowflakes and the flag represent a hell of a lot more than the military, so fucking what. Just be thankful they didn't decide to burn down a fucking city.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:15 PM

the protest isn't about disrespecting the military you whiny fucking snowflakes and the flag represent a hell of a lot more than the military, so fucking what. Just be thankful they didn't decide to burn down a fucking city.

 

You're completely missing the point, as usual, you dumbfuck liberal idiot.

 

It's not about the NFL players disrespecting the military.  It's the fact that NFL players have never endured the hardships like your average deployed soldier/marine/airman has (aside from that badass former Army Ranger who now plays for the Steelers).  Spend a little time in a combat zone and your perspective on life will change -- little things in the civilian world will never bother you, and you'll appreciate all that our country has to offer its citizens. 

 

In other words, get off your knees and walk to the recruiting station and raise your right hand.  Until then, keep complaining about how terrible things are in this country.



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:46 PM

 

the protest isn't about disrespecting the military you whiny fucking snowflakes and the flag represent a hell of a lot more than the military, so fucking what. Just be thankful they didn't decide to burn down a fucking city.

 

You're completely missing the point, as usual, you dumbfuck liberal idiot.

 

It's not about the NFL players disrespecting the military.  It's the fact that NFL players have never endured the hardships like your average deployed soldier/marine/airman has (aside from that badass former Army Ranger who now plays for the Steelers).  Spend a little time in a combat zone and your perspective on life will change -- little things in the civilian world will never bother you, and you'll appreciate all that our country has to offer its citizens. 

 

In other words, get off your knees and walk to the recruiting station and raise your right hand.  Until then, keep complaining about how terrible things are in this country.

 

no it's you that misses the point you racist fuck. Last I knew the military was voluntary and God bless the people that do, but what the fuck does that have to do with what they're doing? From what I understand some of those kids come from what may as well be a combat zone and don't give this privilege bullshit either, being rich didn't stop some racist from writing the N word on Lebron's garage door. Read about the backlash from racist fuck holes when Michael Rose Ivey sat. They do have a valid argument.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:51 PM

Christ on crutch - - how is anything I stated racist?



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:19 PM

the protest isn't about disrespecting the military you whiny fucking snowflakes and the flag represent a hell of a lot more than the military, so fucking what. Just be thankful they didn't decide to burn down a fucking city.

 
You're completely missing the point, as usual, you dumbfuck liberal idiot.
 
It's not about the NFL players disrespecting the military.  It's the fact that NFL players have never endured the hardships like your average deployed soldier/marine/airman has (aside from that badass former Army Ranger who now plays for the Steelers).  Spend a little time in a combat zone and your perspective on life will change -- little things in the civilian world will never bother you, and you'll appreciate all that our country has to offer its citizens. 
 
In other words, get off your knees and walk to the recruiting station and raise your right hand.  Until then, keep complaining about how terrible things are in this country.
no it's you that misses the point you racist fuck. Last I knew the military was voluntary and God bless the people that do, but what the fuck does that have to do with what they're doing? From what I understand some of those kids come from what may as well be a combat zone and don't give this privilege bullshit either, being rich didn't stop some racist from writing the N word on Lebron's garage door. Read about the backlash from racist fuck holes when Michael Rose Ivey sat. They do have a valid argument.22119386_10213765926573365_1324713335_n.

Jesus you sound like such a self loathing bitch.

You do realize that blacks commit 50% of violent crimes in America and yet make up only 13% of the population. Black people die at the hands of their own kind 92% of the time. And while there is no evidence that the N word was spray painted on Lebron's gate as it was gone by the time the cops arrived and Michael Bennett's claims of mistreatment are total bullshit once you look at the evidence. Yet the media never disputed Bennett's claims because it didn't further their agenda. The bottom line is blacks have never had it better. They can label you a racist or the President a "white supremacist" with no repercussions.

I'm all for the first amendment but making these statements at work is not smart especially when you consider that a majority of the fans that attend the games do not share their opinion on police brutality and most don't even know what the fuck they are protesting. The fact is that blacks are just as likely to die by a wasp or a lightning strike than being gunned down by a cop when unarmed.

It's all fucking bullshit. Tearing down statutes and rioting when you don't agree with someone's opinion instead of debating the issue.. But what isn't bullshit is that blacks are now less safe because cops are afraid to act so more blacks will die by their own kind. The irony is so delicious.
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Posted 04 October 2017 - 09:16 AM

I have a compromise... Take a knee on first downs.  

 

No one can say anyone is disrespecting their country, and if taking a knee can effect change, this would most certainly be an even more visible and effective way to get their point across.  Imagine, if everyone took a knee, each first down, of the rest of the season, or until whatever it is they are grandstan... er... protesting changes.  The game would change drastically.  These players would show that these issues are so important to them that they're willing to make a sacrifice for them.  

 

Or just get this bullshit out of my entertainment.



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 01:58 PM

I have a compromise... Take a knee on first downs.  

 

No one can say anyone is disrespecting their country, and if taking a knee can effect change, this would most certainly be an even more visible and effective way to get their point across.  Imagine, if everyone took a knee, each first down, of the rest of the season, or until whatever it is they are grandstan... er... protesting changes.  The game would change drastically.  These players would show that these issues are so important to them that they're willing to make a sacrifice for them.  

 

Or just get this bullshit out of my entertainment.

so Nebraska gets to try and affect change like 3 times a game?



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 10:17 AM

If you feel that this country doesn't respect you or your race, then don't participate is a sport that is as American as apple pie after proverbally spitting in the eye of those who risk their lives defending your right to work hard and play in the NFL.

 

Go up and play in the CFL if it really means that much to you.  I'm sure that Kaepernick will be welcome there.

 

There was another who played in the NFL that felt so strongly about what our flag symbolizes that he quit the NFL.  His name was Pat Tillman.

 

And don't tell me that this isn't about Disrespecting our flag or our Vets.  When the Ravens took a knee in London during our National Anthem, but stood during the British anthem so as not to show disrespect, that threw that arguement out the window.


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