ATLANTA – The NFL has an official rule against kneeling during the national anthem.
Following a year of hand-wringing and disagreement inside the league’s ownership ranks, team owners approved a new measure on Wednesday that gives players the option of staying in the locker room during the national anthem if they don’t wish to stand during the ceremonies. Under the new rule, players who choose to be on the field during the anthem will be required to stand. If a player or team employee is on the field during the anthem and chooses not to stand, that player’s franchise will be fined by the NFL. In turn, players and employees who choose to attend the anthem ceremonies but do not stand will also be eligible for a fine by their franchise, if the team chooses to levy one.
Fans go to games to see sports, not anthems. Making the anthem a priority over the sport itself was a mistake on the NFL's part (as it was for other leagues as well).
People don't talk about who sang the anthem and how it compared to the other anthems you attended.
With some great replies @seanfromseabeck wrote:
idk I still remember that really bad anthem Roseanne Barr sang in 1990...
I respectfully disagree with this statement. When I attend a sporting event I know and care about the Anthem as part of the pre game festivities... Also my wife and I still talk about the National Anthem sing by Whitney Houston at the SB still gives me chills
I TOTALLY AGREE !! I want to watch a FOOTBALL game - not see who can sing the National Anthem better! I know some people aren't going to agree with this- but to end this problem once and for all- make the anthem OPTIONAL!
MAY 4 2018
It was 9 a.m. and we were on the team plane, sitting on the tarmac at Newark Airport. After we beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVII the night before, we turnt all the way up. Me, Mike B. and the rest of the D-linemen popped some champagne and went to the team party for a few minutes, and then we hit the clubs in New York City and just partied until they stopped serving drinks and the sun came up and we had to get to the airport.
Then we brought the party to the plane with us.
Almost 12 hours after the game ended, we were still going off pure adrenaline. We had the music blasting. Guys were playing cards and telling stories, just talking trash and being loud. At one point I swear somebody was running up and down the aisles buck naked yelling, “WE’RE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS, BABY!!!”
TSA would not have liked what was happening on that plane.
But that didn’t matter, because buck-naked guy was right.
We were Super Bowl champs.
Seahawks completed their 2018 draft and did what everyone expected with their 1st Round Pick... trade down but then they selected a running back. The draft was highlighted by drafted players who would help the run game but the talk of the town is Shaquem Griffin; the one-handed twin brother of Seattle's 2017 3rd Round Pick Shaquill Griffin. Griffin brothers are united and the tears of joy were flowing through the draft talk for days.
Topic #1 Will the Running Back position always be blasted when taken with a 1st Round pick?
Topic #2 Are the Seahawks a better team after this draft?
Topic #3 Homer Corner Is Shaquem Griffin the biggest story in the draft?
Topic #4 Who do you think will make the biggest impact Week 1?
Who's your rookie crush?
Will you cry if Shaquem and Shaquill get announced on the starting Defense?
Who's job is in jeopardy?
Who's jersey do you buy?
Which RB starts?
Who had more rushing yards; Rookie RB, Vet RB or Russell?
- Day 1 grade: D San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny (No. 27 overall)
- Day 2 grade: B USC DE Rasheem Green (No. 79 overall)
- Day 3 grade: B- Washington TE Will Dissly (No. 120 overall), UCF LB Shaquem Griffin (No. 141 overall), Oklahoma State DB Tre Flowers (No. 146 overall), Texas P Michael Dickson (No. 149 overall), Ohio State OT Jamarco Jones (No. 168 overall), Temple DE Jacob Martin (No. 186 overall), Florida International QB Alex McGough (No. 220 overall)
- Overall grade: C
The skinny: There was zero surprise the Seahawks traded down, as they expected their guys to be available later. Penny is a good back but picked too early. This is the modus operandi for the Seahawks in recent years, picking someone in the first round much earlier than most people project. And, in most cases, the picks haven't worked out. Seattle lost its second-round pick in a trade for Sheldon Richardson, which only turned out to be an unsuccessful one-year deal. Selecting Green in the third round was good value, and could be a steal like Michael Bennett was years ago. He should be a better pro player than he was in college. Dissly is a blocker with some receiving skills. Getting Griffin not only reunited him with his twin brother, it added quickness and aggressiveness to the defense. Flowers is a very Seahawks-like pick -- big and strong like another fifth-round pick, Kam Chancellor. GM John Schneider traded a seventh-round pick away for the draft's top punter in Dickson, who some thought could have been a Day 2 pick. He's a good value and filled a need. Jones could start in a year or two given the offensive line issues. No corners or receivers selected puts Seattle in a hole at those spots after the draft.
Drafting a running back is an odd way to kick off your massive rebuilding project on defense, but let’s remember: the better the ground game, the more effective an offense will be with a QB like Russell Wilson. Wilson’s best years may have come recently, but this offense’s best years came when the system went through Marshawn Lynch. Since so many of Seattle’s recent early round selections have been offensive linemen, finding a ballcarrier was the surest way to buttress the rushing attack. The people who like Rashaad Penny really like him.
The Seahawks stayed on offense with their fourth-round pick, as well, filling their enormous tight end void (or, more likely, just part of it) with Will Dissly. Every other notable selection, save for Michael Dickson, was on defense, though now we’re talking about a bunch of mid-round picks. What’s shocking is that not one of those mid-round picks was a cornerback, the team’s greatest need entering this draft, even though the Seahawks have had success with those selections in past years.
And Shaquem Griffin: What a tremendous feel-good story. But feel-good stories don’t impact winning or losing in the NFL, and Griffin is too respectable of a player for his selection to not be analyzed by the same standards as everyone else. This in mind, the Seahawks are not drafting a fifth-rounder with the intent of him replacing a star like K.J. Wright (who is in a contract year), or even with the intent of playing him on a majority of downs. So the Griffin choice appears to be about finding long-term depth. Though given that three-fourths of Seattle’s defensive contributors are nearing the ends of their contracts, a long-term depth guy might have to be a short-term starter come 2019.
Day 1: Seattle pulled one of the surprises of the first round by selecting RB Rashaad Penny with the 27th overall pick having traded down with the Green Bay Packers. Maybe the Seahawks were simply reading PFF, who have been telling people that Penny is a first-round talent for some time. His production was outstanding, but his numbers were impressive even on a per-carry basis, not simply due to workload. He broke 86 tackles on the ground to lead the nation, had the second-best breakaway percentage with 35 runs of 15 or more yards, and led the nation in PFF’s elusive rating (128.6), a metric designed to separate the work a back does from the blocking he is dealing with. The Seahawks talked about the metrics they had seen illustrating Penny’s prowess after contact, and sure enough he averaged 4.5 yards per carry after contact and led the draft class in yards per carry after contact when hit at or behind the line of scrimmage. Penny is a capable all-around back whose only weakness is pass protection.
Day 2: The Seahawks didn’t pick again until the third round, and they brought in defensive lineman Rasheem Green from USC. Green’s grading has never been fantastic, topping out in 2017 with a mark of just 80.1 overall, but he has shown the ability to get after the passer and his PFF pass-rush grade was up at 85.3 the same season. He had the 22nd-best pass-rush productivity score in the draft class among edge rushers, notching 46 total pressures in his final season. With the Seahawks looking to add pressure up front, Green represents an intriguing player to add to the mix.
Day 3: The Seahawks reunite Shaquem Griffin with his brother, but more importantly bring him to a team that has experience with the Bruce Irvin deployment plan to potentially get him edge rush snaps. OT Jamarco Jones in the fifth round is also a steal, and they got the best punter prospect in the draft too in Michael Dickson.
Overall grade: Average
QB Troy Williams (Utah)
FB Khalid Hill (Michigan)
RB Justin Stockon (Texas Tech)
WR Taj Williams (TCU)
WR Karaun White (West Virginia)
WR Caleb Scott (Vanderbilt)
OG Vaine Talamaivo (USC)
OL Skyler Phillips (Idaho St)
OC Brad Lundblade (Oklahoma St)
DE Marcell Frazier (Missouri)
DT Eddy Wilson (Purdue)
DT Poona Ford (Texas)
DB Jason Hall (Texas)
DE/FB Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock)
LB Jacob Pugh (FSU)
LB Emmanuel Beal (Oklahoma)
S Chris Hawkins (USC)
LS Tanner Carew (Oregon)
DE/OLB Andrew Ankrah (James Madison)
C/OG Ty Allen (Tennessee St)
CB Dashaun Amos
FS Jason Matovu (Maine)
FS Easy Anyama