Share on Google Plus 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 2 Share on LinkedIn 1 Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (4 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   3 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

The Militarization of Sport in America

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 7/30/14

- Advertisement -

From youtube.com/watch?v=PvPgYLhOq24: 2001 WS Gm4: Lee Greenwood sings .God Bless the USA. 10/31/01: Lee Greenwood sings .God Bless the USA. at Yankee Stadium prior to Game 4 of the World Series between the D-backs and Yankees Check out ...
2001 WS Gm4: Lee Greenwood sings .God Bless the USA. 10/31/01: Lee Greenwood sings .God Bless the USA. at Yankee Stadium prior to Game 4 of the World Series between the D-backs and Yankees Check out ...
(image by YouTube)
  DMCA

The 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium Lee Greenwood sings "God Bless the USA".

There was a time before every professional or college football, basketball and baseball game there would be the playing of the "National Anthem" and everyone stood up.

Maybe on Memorial Day a military color guard would march out from center field and the "Blue Angels" might make a fly over.

Well that modest fanfare is no longer; today its game commentators, public address announcers and Jumbo Tron scoreboards constantly "celebrating" the nations fighting men and women, flags waving and fans clapping with the inevitable "tribute" to our "heroes" being "congratulated" in the stands and giving them a standing ovation. And come the 7 th inning-remember this is baseball season-there's the inevitable "God Bless America"-forget "Take me out to the ballgame"-with Kate Smith bellowing out her old rendition.

Not that this "celebration" of war and extolling our "heroes" should be unexpected. Major league sport has been intrinsically interconnected with America's wars since at least WWII with many famous athletes-Ted Williams, Bob Feller et al joining up and serving in the "last good war".

But now, few if any join the military-the last in this writers memory being Pat Tillman, the pro football player who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004-and later acknowledged as such by the Pentagon after it initially made him a hero dying for his country-and the games are constantly interrupted with these fawning tributes all but genuflecting before the flag and the military.

- Advertisement -

I guess it should be expected as major sport can't be seen as critical much less skeptical of the carnage and mayhem our military inflicts in our unnecessary wars and occupations lest they be cast out, shunned as outliers, unpatriotic or downright traitors to the "cause".

So the days of major sport being primarily what's happening on the playing field are over.

As for the fans, one would feel scorn if he, she didn't stand up as a member of the military, with the TV cameras rolling and the Jumbo Tron focusing on him,her and fans clapping and giving them a "heroes" welcome-something they really don't want or deserve as they know they are not heroes.

And god forbid if anyone didn't stand up for the playing of "God Bless America" even though it's not the national anthem.

It's hard to know if most fans are "Support the Troops" types, those phony arm chair warrior "patriots" supporting all our wars, but it certainly appears that way. Maybe some stand and clap just because everyone else is doing it and they don't want to draw attention to themselves even if they disagree with the "celebration" going on around them.

- Advertisement -

Yet think about it, in public school the day starts with all the kids standing and reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance". Although I may have read about somewhere it's hard to imagine a kid being told by his parents not to stand up and place his hand over his heart and not recite the "Pledge". That's part of the indoctrination that begins in Kindergarten.

And maybe this type of indoctrination happens in all countries, not just the US.

But now in the US its feeling more and more like lock-step obedience, everything but the straight arm salute and "Heil Hitler".

It's sure looking and "smelling" like fascism.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

dglefc22733@aol.com

Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

An Ominous Foreboding, Israel vs Iran

The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World

A Nuclear War Would Be Insane

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer, While the Middle Class Gets Decimated

CIA in the Crosshairs

Iran Offers 9 Point Plan to end Nuclear Crisis, U.S. "No thanks".

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
3 people are discussing this page, with 3 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Marching in lock step. That's what fascism is all ... by intotheabyss on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 5:17:38 PM
Absolutely.And, the network sports commentators ma... by Dan Baron on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 8:46:09 PM
It is called "nationalism." It exists in every co... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:47:14 AM