Dear Football Mom,
We don’t have a son in football anymore, but we do love the game and support the high school team that our son once played for. In fact, we are nearly lifelong members of the football booster club, active with different projects, and help with fundraising. I say all that to qualify ourselves so you’ll answer a quick question for us. I know you don’t usually answer questions from people who don’t have sons in football, but what about those of us who are football enthusiasts? We do have a question. Do you think Nike was right to pull the Betsy Ross flag off their shoes?
Oh, swell. I get it. This is a bait and switch question if I ever saw one. You just want to hear this football mom go berserk, guns-a-blazin’ about everyone’s favorite quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. I guess you knew it would be hard for me to resist posting this question. Good guess. Saddle up cowboys. I’m game. Caution … for those with soft skin—saddle sores likely.
The dude can’t get a job with NFL, whines about the NFL via his recent Twitter remark, so exactly what is his job these days? Looks to me like his job is the never-ending story of degrading a country that affords him a lifestyle only few could dream of. Poor ole Colin, he’s cornbread ain’t done in the middle. Bless his heart.
If my recollection is right, the backlash was all about slave owners during the Betsy Ross days. Good heavens, if anybody has a gripe to whip on the forefathers it would be the Native Americans. The trail of tears history still stabs at my heart. We took their land, took their culture, and literally took their lives. And if you think for one minute that was right, you’d be wrong. All down through history, there has never been a group of folks, who have been a perfect bunch of people. Never.
But feeling sorry for yourself is downright ugly, and constantly claiming the race card borders on ridiculous in this day and age. Lots of folks have been hoodwinked and tons of money made off this one issue. What a shame. Those efforts could be put to good use. If you can’t come up with something more intelligent that adds to society, then shut up and sit down. Or, better yet, go volunteer and help someone who may be in a tough spot. I’ve seen nothing so far proving that anyone is any better off from protesting the American flag, whether it’s Betsy’s or not.
Makes you wonder why Nike put Betsy’s flag on their shoes in the first place, given their spokesman’s disdain for America. The guy hired a year or so ago was certainly not indicative of the All-American spirit, which you might think makes up most of the company’s customers. They chose the wrong knee-bender. There was another knee-bender who may have represented Nike’s target audience better, who also doesn’t have a job in the NFL. Tim Tebow would have done America proud. Would have done Nike proud. That boy isn’t whining, he’s taking chances and exemplifies class. The guy Nike got belly-aches and has done no favors for the company. Really begs the question, where do Nike’s loyalties lie in the first place? I would think, in their bank account.
Americans have bought their share of Nike products through the years. I have always heard the old cliché, “don’t bite the hand that feeds ya.” But, boy howdy, Nike blew that premise up without so much as a jog through the park in tennis shoes. You reckon Nike gives a rip about its consumers, (that’s you and me), what we think, or how we react to negative rhetoric about our country? Bologna! Of course not. They don’t give a hoot or holler about American patriotism.
What a farce this company turned out to be. If everyone stopped buying their products, I suppose they’d change the error of their ways. Those Betsy flags would be back on them shoes lickety split.
Then again, just every once in a while, good things come out of controversial chaos. Thanks to Rush Limbaugh and his Betsy Ross flag T-shirt, many lives have been made better with the 3 million dollars donated to the 100% not-for-profit Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Due to the sales of the T-shirts, injured service members, first responders, and gold star families who’ve paid the supreme sacrifice for our flag, country, and freedom were helped in a big way. Check it out: www.tunnel2towers.org.
Now, I would say that’s putting your energy to good use. If you want a Betsy Ross flag T-Shirt, be sure to go to Rush’s site www.rushlimbaugh.com as he’s the only ticket in town donating all proceeds to Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Not all copycat outlets are. Make sure you get the real deal.
Personally, I liked the Betsy Ross tennis shoes. Almost thought Nike had grown a brain and decided to invoke patriotism. But guess not. Betsy, if you can hear me, I am one who is grateful for your flag. It will always represent the sacrifice of thousands from every nationality, race, tribe, and creed, and the hardships they went through to bring our country to freedom. Heck, without those willing to lay it on the line in 1776, we could be playing football with that little round black and white ball.