Vin Scully, Baseball Hall of Fame announcer, shares the same sentiments about the NFL field thugs disrespecting our flag and national anthem as the rest of us. He won’t watch…
For whatever reason, and many of us have a good idea what that reason is, Major League Baseball players don’t feel it’s their place to disrespect their fans or this nation in order to make a political statement out of their jobs. They’re baseball players, aside from one exception, they’re leaving the politics for guys who aren’t as gifted as them, who can’t do what they do.
The American people appreciate not being forced to endure an insulting lecture and disrespectful gesturing in order to avail themselves of their choice in sports entertainment. That’s one big reason why baseball was peaking during the playoffs and World Series and the NFL continues to crater, week after week.
Emblematic of the difference in character between Major League Baseball as an organization and the NFL, sportscasters in the NFL, such as those on ESPN, have become political commentators pushing the leftist agenda and forcing many viewers to mute the volume, switch stations, or just forget the whole thing.
Conversely, legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Vin Scully, has vowed that, in response to the despicable behavior by the NFL players, he’ll never watch another NFL game.
At an event called “An Evening With Vin Scully,” Scully, who will turn 90 years old later this month but is still quite sharp, was asked for his take on the NFL field thugs kneeling, sitting, squatting and raising their fists in disrespect of the American flag, anthem, people and our nation.
Scully’s response was something the NFL could learn a lesson from, if they were capable of learning anything. He told Deadspin, “I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed. And I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday. And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year — didn’t go anywhere, didn’t do anything. But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game.”
It’s always good to hear Vin Scully talk, sometimes better than others. There’s a few billionaire franchise owners and coaches in the NFL that should study that short statement of his. His voice speaks the thoughts and feelings of many Americans, it’s a warning of what is enough to sink their league if they’re not careful. And they’re not being careful.
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