One of the holiday traditions in our house is to watch one or more of the many football games.  This year we sat down to watch the Sugar Bowl because one of the teams, Hawaii, was one that we hadn’t actually heard of before and I don’t think they’d ever shown up in a bowl game before.  We thought that because of their 12-0 record it had potential to be a pretty good game.

As most people know, the start of a sporting event involves the playing of the national anthem and this is where my complaint is centered.  As The Star Spangled Banner played, the crowd that filled the Superdome showed an immense disrespect in not having the courtesy to spend the few minutes it took for the song to be played in a respectful state of quiet.

I’m sure that there were plenty of people there that did, however judging from what I saw and heard on the tv, MOST of the people there spent the time being anything but respectful.

I realize that people want to just cut loose at things like this and have fun … and I’m all for it.  Knock yourself out.  But at least have the decency to be still and shut your yap for a few minutes while the national anthem plays.  I don’t care if you don’t like it or whatever.  You can at least have a little respect for those who do like it and still believe in this country and SHUT UP for five minutes.

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