Sitting Out the National Anthem

Fun Fact of the Day:  During World War I, MLB games would often feature patriotic rituals, including pre-game military drills and playing patriotic songs. By World War II, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played before each game. Afterwards, the tradition spread to other sports.

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Once you go Dak, you don’t go back.  During last week’s preseason game, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo got tackled from behind and left the game clutching his back. Afterwards, MRI results showed a compression fracture in his spine. Sources say Romo’s recovery could take 6-10 weeks, but the Cowboys’ coach is still in denial and not ruling him out for Week 1. This injury could be bad news for Cowboys fans, because the team only won 1 game last season during the 12 weeks Romo was out with a broken collarbone. Fortunately, there is one big difference between this season and last season: they drafted rookie QB Dak Prescott. Prescott has impressed so far this preseason and he is super confident in his big football brain. 

Taking a seat. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sat while the national anthem was played before a preseason game this weekend. He did it to protest “a country that oppresses Black people and people of color." Kaepernick is biracial and was adopted by white parents who raised him with awareness of his cultural heritage. While some 49ers fans yelled at Kaepernick to move to Canada or burned his jersey, others have defended his protest, including billionaire investor Mark Cuban. 



You’re out of order!  This past Saturday, baseball players were getting ejected from games left and right. Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper was ejected during their 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies for arguing a strike call.  He threw down his helmet and let his long flowing locks free.  Meanwhile, 2 Detroit Tigers players, their manager, and a hitting coach were ejected in their 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. All of them were tossed for disputing calls with plate umpire Mike Everitt, except RF J.D. Martinez who just said, “You’re having a bad day today, huh Mike?”  Yes, Mike was, and Martinez was sent out of the game.



Legends never die. Yesterday, New York won the Little League World Series, defeating South Korea 2-1.  This is the US’s first victory since 2011; either Japan or South Korea has won the last 4 tournaments.

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US Open. The US Open starts today, and it’s going to be a weird one. Roger Federer will not be competing for the first time since 2000, and tennis powerhouses Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are each coming off summer slumps and recovering from minor injuries. Djokovic has wrist pain and was eliminated in the early rounds at Wimbledon and the Olympics, while Serena Williams has a sore shoulder and failed to medal in either the singles or doubles tournaments at the Olympics. 


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