Typically, politics and football do not go hand in hand. But in today's society and culture, they often seemed to be intwined. People enjoy sports because it takes them out of the real world, and takes the focus off of all the ugly things going on in our world. For 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 2 hours, all you have to think about is Tom Brady's effortless throwing motion, those sweet, one handed catches by Odell, or whether or not the Browns will ever be good (don't hold your breath).
I felt the need to express my thoughts in a blog. Not opinionated thoughts, because we already have enough of those. Simply, my thoughts on those who serve and the greatest sporting event on earth; NFL football. With everything that has happened and is still happening with Colin Kaepernick, Marshawn Lynch, and Michael Bennett, I felt the need to say a couple of things.
I absolutely love this country and am so lucky and blessed to be born and raised in it. This country allows anyone to take a stand for what they believe in. Whether or not you agree with athletes kneeling, sitting, or raising a fist during the national anthem, I think we can all agree that freedom is what makes this country great, and I am glad that people have the choice to act in a manor that they see fit.
But... that freedom comes with a cost. So the main reason behind this blog is to simply say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the men and women who currently serve, who have served, or who have pasted away or given their lives in the line of duty. This country was made great by all the brave men and women who serve... so thank you.
Now I will try and transition to something a lot less important; football. We have all been starving for football the last 6 months. No, the CFL does not count (sorry Ottawa Redblacks). Last Wednesday night I found myself glued to the TV watching 3rd stringers play in the Houston vs. Carolina game. That is when you know that football has been gone for way too long. So now we can all rejoice... because football is back!