The New Orleans Saints have a wonderful 50-year relationship with long-suffering fans that have supported the team through mostly losing seasons. Unfortunately, the team is putting that relationship in jeopardy with their asinine position on the National Anthem controversy.
For some unknown reason, the Saints have decided to support the right of disgruntled players to kneel or sit either before or during the playing of the National Anthem. In week 3, it was ten players who sat and since that time multiple players have been kneeling before the National Anthem is played and then standing for the Star-Spangled Banner.
Look out sports fans! Maybe, just maybe, baseball is making a big comeback. Now I know we are in the middle of football season. Down my way in the Bayou State, both the Saints and the LSU Tigers are on a roll. And a hyped-up basketball season is just beginning. But baseball is drawing record crowds with the World Series ringing up the largest TV audiences in years.
It has been a great postseason for Major League Baseball (MLB). The World Series will feature one of the league’s premier teams facing off against a perennial underdog from one of the nation’s largest TV markets. Ratings are up substantially this year for baseball, in fact, MLB attracted the most postseason viewers since 2011. The final game of the Astros-Yankees series drew 9.9 million viewers, the largest audience in the history of Fox Sports 1 network.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
A Tale of Two Parishes
The national controversy over whether athletes should stand for the National Anthem has hit home in Bossier and Caddo parishes. And there are stark differences in how it is being handled in each parish.
Bossier took the lead. In a statement, the Bossier Parish School System said any student who does not stand during the National Anthem while participating in extracurricular activities will face consequences.
President Donald Trump has hit a nerve that could hit some NFL owners in the pocketbook. His comments about the National Anthem and the American Flag has send shockwaves and clarion calls across the NFL nation. Communities all over are beginning to question the wisdom of helping to help subsidize National Football League teams. Much of the outrage against the popular American sport is in response to the NFL’s action this weekend of “taking a knee”.
For most of their 50 years, the New Orleans Saints have been a losing franchise. It took 20 years for the team to make the playoffs and other another 13 years to secure the first playoff victory. It took a total of 42 years for the team to finally win the Super Bowl.
Ever since Friday night's Alabama speech, Donald Trump has had plenty to say about the American Flag, the National Anthem and the NFL disrespecting those great American symbols.
In fact, as of this writing, he has tweeted or retweeted about the issue 19 times. During that same period, not a single tweet about the likes of Puerto Rico which is an American territory and whose citizens are American citizens.
Brees had it right: Anthem is a time for unity, not protest!
On Thursday, I got a call from Doug Mouton, an old friend who is sports director of WWL-TV, asking if I would appear on the station’s popular “Fourth Down on Four” broadcast on Sundays after Saints games. I couldn’t turn him down because Doug’s been a friend since I came to the Saints at a time he was laboring at the bottom of the TV sports spectrum as a cameraman. Plus, a little visibility helps sell books as well as infusing some credibility into my website, speaking engagements and family discussions.
President Donald Trump’s irresistible impulse to take on everyone, and anyone, over anything, consequential or not, is a detriment to Republican values and leads to the inescapable question of whether Trumpism needs Trump, any longer, to advance its mission.
As the NFL gets ready to begin another season, it seems that the national anthem protest is expanding. Last night, in a preseason game against the New York Giants, approximately 12 Cleveland Browns players kneeled during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our national anthem. The purpose of the sideline demonstration was to show their opposition to police brutality and racial injustice in America today.