Thursday, November 9, 2017

Delco American Legion Post responds to NFL protest with one of their own

No doubt you've heard about the controversy surrounding NFL players offering various forms of protest while the National Anthem is played before games.

This started last year with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has taken to raising a fist.

The protests popped up in response to a series of violent confrontations between police and minority citizens. Kaepernick and others used the protests to shine a light on the issue and perhaps spark some changes.

One thing it sparked is Kaepernick being out of work.

He parted ways with the Niners and has yet to be signed by another team, despite any number of quarterbacks going down with an injury. He recently filed a grievance against league owners, claiming they are "collusion" against him.

It's just one of the many issues NFL owners are dealing with.

Television ratings, the golden goose that feeds their mammoth revenue stream, are down. Some are pointing to the protests. Advertisers have noticed.

The league continues to be buffeted by reports linking the violent collisions that are at the core of the sport to brain disease.

They've also been feeling a backlash from fans who disagree with the players' actions during the Anthem.

This weekend that kind of protest will arrive in Delco.

The American Legion Post 951 in Boothwyn this weekend is planning a "blackout" of NFL games. They will not air any NFL games, instead opting to show a replay of the Phillies 1980 World Series Championship.

Of course, the cynic in me will point this just happens to coincide with the Eagles Bye Week. The Birds don't play this weekend. But there won't be any other NFL games aired at the post either.

You can get all the details here.

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