The NFL, Unemployed Colin Kaepernick and the National Anthem

by Toni Williams on July 16, 2017

Diana Goetsch wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Tribune on July 13, 2017. The commentary is titled “Why Colin Kaepernick is still looking for a job” and is not a question. Miss Goetsch has the answer. Miss Goetsch has lots of answers as to why Colin Kaepernick is an unemployed quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick sparked controversy when he took a knee for the National Anthem

To refresh our collective memories, early in the 2016 NFL season, Mr. Kaepernick began sitting during the National Anthem. Nobody noticed and nobody cared. Sit, stand, go over plays in your head, recite the alphabet backwards, I do not care. A reporter tweeted out a photo on August 26, and within hours, Colin Kaepernick was trending. Next, according to the timeline in, Mr. Kaepernick said:

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

“This stand wasn’t for me. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”

“It’s something that can unify this team. It’s something that can unify this country. If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people. If we have these conversations, there’s a better understanding of where both sides are coming from.”

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought have for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”

Mr. Kaepernick uses “I” a lot. This sentence reveals what a toxic little spoiled brat he is: “When there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.” Peachy, please let us know when our behaviors are acceptable to you, Mr. Kaepernick.

Miss Goetsch takes the NFL poobahs to task for allowing domestic abusers to have employment and I concur. I say one conviction and you are out. Buh bye, boys.

Of course, Miss Goetsch believes he is unemployed because the owners are racist, bigoted, homophobic…whatever, take your pick. Personally, I think they should fire a whole bunch of prima donna types.

But, Miss Goetsch saves her real poison for our National Anthem. Here are a few snips from her article:

“In reality, the roots of baseball are about as American as the awkward melody of our national anthem, which was taken from a British pub song.”

“Unlike the magisterial “America the Beautiful,” “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a pompous battle number.”

“But for years the NFL has marketed itself by steeping 180 million fans in a narrow and authoritarian version of patriotism: Support the troops, salute the flag, shut up and play football.”

Well, aren’t we just an angry piece of work, Douglas. Diana was formerly Douglas Goetsch. Yes, you are an angry piece of work and now I am angry.

I love our National Anthem. Nothing about it is a “pompous battle number” The full lyrics are here. “British pub song”, hale yeah. Many songs are recycled with new lyrics. The song “Lovers Concerto” is recycled from the 1725 “Minuet in G”. “A narrow and authoritarian version of patriotism” are you bloody, freaking kidding me? You are free to live as a man or woman and love who you wish. People of all colors and faiths marry each other. Any American can rise to the highest positions of power or live as a hermit in the mountains. What about that is narrow or authoritarian?

If Colin Kaepernick can find someone to hire him, well yippy skippy. Now, Miss Goetsch, if you prefer another song for the National Anthem, I am tickled for you. But don’t you dare call my National Anthem “pompous”. Oh no.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate July 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm

I love our National Anthem. It’s one of my favorite songs.


Toni July 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Mine too.


Timmy July 17, 2017 at 5:08 am

When I watch NFL, it is for escape. I don’t want to see this political anything.


GWB July 17, 2017 at 7:21 am

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is a pompous battle number.

Damn straight it is, sweet cheeks. It’s all about a fight for the life of this nation, and how we swear we love it and will defend it, and nobody better attack us. It was written with pride and relief after an all-night battle failed to defeat an American fort. It was written with a puffed-out chest, proclaiming that we will not be defeated. It was eventually set to a pub tune that can be sung lustily, with swelling heart, in a crowd or all alone.

Why do you have a problem with that, Doug?

If you really want a different Anthem, there’s about 130 or so out there to choose from. Go ahead and make another one your own. I doubt you’ll be missed here.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Or …

We are uniting to construct a Kampuchea with a
New and better society, democratic, egalitarian
And just. We follow the road to a firmly-based
Independence. We absolutely guarantee to defend
Our motherland, our fine territory, our
Magnificent revolution!

You decide.


Chris in N.Va July 17, 2017 at 9:02 am

Perhaps the easily frightened and offended, fragile little snowflake would also prefer the Marine Corps hymn (along with the other services’ songs) to be replaced with The Whippenpoof Song?

If it weren’t for those who first fought (O! Heavens, the violence!) for our freedom, this twit would be sobbing over tea and crumpets while, no doubt, sighing over the sadly shrunken empire of Ol’ Blighty.

I’m sure he/she/it also ascribes to “War is not the answer.”

I submit — it all depends on what the question is.

As for Capers-for-brains — you can always spot a narcissist. His I’s are too close together.


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