NFL officials lockout hotter topic than American Ambassador killed

Football Officials taking a vote to decide a callA week ago the replacement NFL officials blew a call on Monday Night Football and  social media went crazy in the days that followed.

Two weeks before that US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American embassy staff members were killed in Libya.

Watching the reaction on social media after both events, it would appear that the blown call on Monday Night Football was a hotter topic than the American ambassador getting killed.

Where's the perspective in that?

It is a sad commentary about our world today, but folks seem to be more and more indifferent about politics and religion, and the most passionate about their sports teams.

The recent events in Libya would seem to reflect the passion that some groups have about politics and religion that far exceeds that of most American's.

I created the website It's Only Sports to put some perspective on sports topics.

It is quite amazing the fury and passion generated by disgruntled football fans outraged that something bad happened that may tarnish the image of a game they watch for entertainment.

The death of an American Ambassador killed in the line of duty is a very rare and significant event. Ambassador Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.

It is equally amazing that the same fury and passion generated by disgruntled football fans can not be felt most Americans when something bad happens that not only tarnishes the image of our country but literally kills the people who give their lives to defend it.

Just trying to put it all into perspective.

Star Spangled Banner is not the easiest song to sing at football games

Flag flying at Fort Baltimore - photo by Questy

I don't disagree that the Star Spangled Banner is not the easiest song to sing at Football games.  But does anyone really know what "The Star-Spangled Banner" represents? 

What bombs are bursting in air?

The lyrics to the United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" tell the story of a second victory by the United States over Britain in our fight for independence.

The bombs bursting in air, and the rockets red glare are those of The Battle of Baltimore in 1814.

From time to time America the Beautiful has been proposed as a replacement for The Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem. America the Beautiful is one of the most beloved of American patriotic songs, but it is strictly a patriotic poem, it is not symbolic of a single event.

Check out my website American Philosopher.US where I have this article on The Story behind the Star Spangled Banner.

We are celebrating the bicentennial of something?

We are celebrating the bicentennial of The War of 1812, but most folks have zero clue as to why we fought the war of 1812.

I'm on a rant right now about the war of 1812.  America's often forgotten conflict is given so little meaning that we name it simply by the year the war started. The War of 1812 is an important conflict in the fight for American independence.

In my previous post I asked, What if they had the internet in 1812?  I hope to stretch your brain a bit not only to reflect on where we are in 2012, but where we came from in 1812.

Stretch your brain a bit. Check out my website American Philosopher.US where I have some reflections on the world mixed with  some American history.


Photograph of flag flying above Fort McHenry,
taken by Questy, September 2001




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