Archive for June 2020

Star Spangled Banner Should be for International Sporting Events Only

Star Spangled Banner Should be for International Sporting Events Only

Political Marketing was my favorite class when I was in graduate school, and many lessons learned from that course stick with me to this day. I selected jingoism, extremist patriotism and all things marketing of the red, white and blue as my term paper topic for this specific course.

Although I penned that paper back during the Bush 43 administration, insights reached back then have as much relevance today as ever. In studying the Star Spangled Banner as well as everyone who takes the national anthem way too seriously, I saw that the plot to Francis Scott Key's tune was lost a long time ago. We really don't need it to be played anymore at every single sporting event. It really needs to be reserved for just international competitions at this point.

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How Lockdown and Re-Opening is Affecting Our Pets

How Lockdown and Re-Opening is Affecting Our Pets
As the coronavirus pandemic started to sweep across the globe, many people took animal companions into our homes. Some pets were fosters, others into their new forever homes. However, life under lockdown is weird, unnatural and strange to say the least- both humans and pets alike. The dogs and cats already in our lives suddenly had to adjust to the concept of us being around nearly all the time. The animals entering into a new relationship with a human got to know this person in a way that's not reflective of life is going to be moving forward. While we evalaute and strive to maintain our own physical, mental and psychological well-being, we need to think of our furry friends at the same time...

Celebrating Chicago Bears African-American History on Juneteenth

Celebrating Chicago Bears African-American History on Juneteenth
As Juneteenth approaches it marks the perfect time to reflect upon the contribution of African-Americans to our nation's history and culture. The National Football League is certainly one of many arenas where Black America has had a profound impact and the Chicago Bears, the NFL flagship franchise has a very rich history in this regard. Let's take a more in-depth look at the past and also the present when it comes to black players making an impact both on and off the field with the Chicago Bears. Heading into summer, not much is really expected of the Bears this fall...
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Stone Mountain Should be Next, but OBLITERATE ALL Confederate Monuments

Stone Mountain Should be Next, but OBLITERATE ALL Confederate Monuments
Last summer, my podcast co-host Travis and I did a show about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, for our history pod "Let's Get Weird, Sports." We went off on a tangent about Stone Mountain, the state park that hosted  competition of three Olympic events. Purchased by the State of Georgia in 1958, literally "as a memorial to the Confederacy," Stone Mountain Park officially opened on April 14, 1965, exactly 100 years to the day of Lincoln's assassination (subtlety, doesn't seem to be a Confederate thing) although the park had been in use for awhile already. It is the most visited destination in the state of Georgia today, although most people go there for mother nature, hiking, picnicking and other outdoor activities, not for celebrating the world's largest shrine to white supremacy...

USMNT Capt. Michael Bradley: "isn't a moral bone in Trump's body"

USMNT Capt. Michael Bradley: "isn't a moral bone in Trump's body"
Lots of sports figures, from all around the world, are speaking up right now about racial inequality and police brutality in the United States. Former Chicago Bears and current University of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith sounded off about systemic racism in our society while appearing on a talk show yesterday. This weekend saw another round of Americans and non-American soccer players showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the German Bundesliga. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees initially made a statement that showed total ignorance in regards to why Colin Kaepernick on other NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem, but he took the time to educate himself on the issues, and now he gets it...