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Once Upon a Time in America; When Sports Figures, Profiting off of America, Gave America, Their Middle Finger

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

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Team U.S.A.

Megan Rapinoe is a superstar. No doubt about it, she is one heck of a soccer player, I give her credit for that.

I know that she has worked very hard to get where she is. I couldn't play like that, maybe once upon a time, but who knows, that wasn't my calling!

As for what Megan Rapinoe is not...she is not playing for her local soccer club.

She is not playing for a team called the Raptors or the Red Sox or the Yankees.

She is not playing for a team called the Cardinals or the Lions...or the 49ers.....

She is not representing a brand, a movement or a cause.

She not only plays for TEAM U.S.A., she is co-captain and she bites the hand that feeds her, she gives the U.S.A. her middle finger each and every time she takes a knee and each and every time she grimaces, during our National Anthem!

Her turning green as if, being forced to listen to Barry Manilow and not the story of us, the story of our freedom, has removed any joy that I may have once had about watching, cheering on and celebrating, each U.S. Women’s soccer team win.

We all know that the captain of a ship is the commander; the skipper, the head honcho, that person whom the crew looks to, for guidance.

When I played team sports and even when my children were playing team sports, the captain selected was often a great player, but not always necessarily the best player. The captain exemplified character and encouraged other team members and was all about living up to a certain standard in representing their team, their league, their community...to the very best of their ability.

It was always a great honor to be tapped, Captain!

Has that changed?

Does it no longer mean anything special, to be tapped Captain?

Is it only a means to show up and show out...?

It’s so hard to keep up in these progressively (for the worse) changing times!


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Free to Express

We've been through all of this before, with Colin Kaepernick. He chose to let us know exactly how he feels about the United States of America, by taking a knee, not occasionally, but every time our National Anthem was performed.

He was probably a great quarterback at one time, he may have even been captain, a time or two in his youth, but he will be remembered as the guy who continually dissed the United States of America.

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I get it...but do they?

Many men have died, in order for them to freely express themselves. Many men and women are putting themselves in harm's way each and every day, to ensure they'll continue to have that right, but this is how I see it:

The National Anthem is our Freedom song, our flag is representative of that freedom, which did not come for free, not by a long shot! During the playing of our anthem or in the presence of our flag, is not the time nor the place.

The Dems go around getting small crowds all worked up with their, "If you elect me, I'll give you free stuff", but any thinking, non-cheering person, knows that nothing comes for free!

Colin and Megan's taking a knee, without threat of imprisonment or a shot through the head, should mean something to them, if they've ever paid much attention to some of the news coming out of other Countries. If they grew up here and learned of our history or of the history of life as it was for people, in other Countries, living under dictatorships...it should mean something to them!

For me, as disgusted as I was with Colin Kaepernick...it is tenfold disgust when it comes to Megan Rapinoe, because she is playing for, representing, the captain of, TEAM U.S.A.!


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I'm a fan of this Country

I'll never forget when the U.S. men's hockey team beat Russia in the semi-finals, going on to win gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics. They represented so well. They played their hearts out for this Country. Their pride was ours, their win was ours! There was nothing political about it, it was all about good sportsmanship and playing for something greater than each one of them, out on the ice.

I wanted to follow the ladies, pull for the ladies, cheer for the ladies, but IF this is okay with them, this behavior....of one of their team leaders, then, no thanks, can't do it.

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I will always cheer for the United States of America, but I'll not cheer for any team or any person, dissing her, giving her their middle finger, acting disgusted by her existence!

The same applies, whether it's an individual kicking or throwing a ball down a field or an individual running for the highest office in the land.


God Bless the United States of America!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 29, 2021:

...and now we have yet another...Gwen Berry, she's done it, she'll be making a return trip to the Olympics, as a Representative of the U.S., as a part of the many parts of Team U.S.A.!

You'd think she would be ecstatic, but after qualifying, her first act was an act of defiance; choosing to turn her back on the U.S. flag, on our National Anthem and on the United States of America!

Are we going to continue to stand for this?

Ungrateful, unappreciative, clueless BRATS representing this Country?

I don't think so!

If she doesn't get kicked off the team, I'll be pulling for everyone but her, to medal! If she doesn't get kicked off, I'll be tempted to not even watch; I've done it before with football, with baseball, I can certainly do it with the Olympics!

~ God Bless America!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 10, 2019:

Soooo, I received an alert about the ticker-tape parade in New York City, (a live feed) honoring the U.S. Women's Soccer team.

The very first thing I saw, was a float carrying some of the players and NY Gov Cuomo.

The players were chanting....I thought, yay, that's nice, they are chanting USA...USA ...USA...

But, NO, turns out that's not what they were chanting at all!

They were chanting Equal Pay...Equal Pay...Equal Pay.

Not the time, not the place .....no more appropriate than it was when Co-Captain Megan Rapinoe repeatedly dissed this Country throughout play and continues to do it today.....as IF it all about HER!?! As IF it is all about them

She does it... these others are doing

it, as members...of Team U S A

Pathetic!!!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 08, 2019:

I was actually trying to catch her jersey number in order to look up her name, when you posted. Great minds.....blah, blah, blah ;)

The Logician from now on on July 08, 2019:

Lol 1 minute apart! I must have been writing it when you posted.

Yes, I just had to know who that was, if I didn't look it up I would have posted before you! Lol

James is right about Megan, she said she won’t go see Trump, she’s even making it sound like the rest of the team isn’t going to the Whitehouse if invited either.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 08, 2019:

Yes, just shared it too. :( So, Kelley O'Hara is her name? Good for her.

The Logician from now on on July 08, 2019:

Not so sure about the rest of her team except for Kelley O'Hara who picked up the flag the other two morons threw on the ground! Did you see it?

https://youtu.be/Js7XUk82V_A

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 08, 2019:

https://youtu.be/Js7XUk82V_A

Just in case you missed them giving the U.S.A. their middle finger.....I've no benefit of the doubt left for this bunch.

I do give kudos to the player who had the good sense to pick up the flag, from off the ground.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 27, 2019:

T, I think they are torn, they are products of a P.C. culture. Whether influenced by coaches, teachers, parents...they are strong enough to honor our Country, they just aren't strong enough to take a stand against Megan.

At least, none that we've witnessed.

The Logician from now on on June 27, 2019:

I am surprised that the rest of her team doesn’t protest her presence by refusing to play with her on the team. Let her take a knee from playing the game while the team goes on to win without her. That would be commendable, what is wrong with her team mates? They should be flabbergasted at her appalling behavior and put the whammy of consternation in her lap!

Are they afraid of being called homophobes? Or do they just have as little respect for America as she does?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 27, 2019:

James, don't be shy, tell us how you really feel. :)

I don't want her hurt, I just don't want her representing the United States of America! Until she apologizes for her bad behavior; bench her, fine her, kick her off the team, do something!!! I don't get it.

James A Watkins from Chicago on June 27, 2019:

She is a nasty, filthy, disgusting ingrate. For the first time in my life, I am rooting against the USA. I hope they lose and I hope she gets her head caved in on the field by one of the opposing players. Whoever is in charge of this should have put a stop to it or kicked her off the team.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 26, 2019:

It happens to us all, I knew what you meant.

We did the inside tour, had a brunch or something out on the lawn and then went to the Rose Garden. Are you familiar with the FFA? My hubby was very involved for years. It was through the FFA.

Also, years later, during our tea party days, we received a private tour of the Capitol building and took an underground train/peoplemover between Capitol building, Senate and House buildings. Very cool.

We've had great opportunities.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 26, 2019:

Geesh....What I get for using my phone to comment.....I meant I'd love an inside TOUR, not your. Glad you mentally corrected that. The only pictures I have are of us standing outside the fence in front of the White House.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 26, 2019:

We had the opportunity to be in the Rose Garden and President Reagan spoke. I was SO pregnant and SO miserable, but it was the opportunity of a lifetime. I will never forget it.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 26, 2019:

I've been by the outside. I'd be thrilled for an inside your or to meet the President....no matter who was in office.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 26, 2019:

Megan says she is not going to the f*ing White House.

I say, fine by me. I, for one, don't want anyone with such a lousy attitude to be anywhere near the people's house. Stay home.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 26, 2019:

Pop, yes! This is so much worse than when CK was doing it, because she IS representing that which she shuns.

breakfastpop on June 26, 2019:

I think she is an utter disgrace. She is representing a nation, not a local team, and her behavior is ugly and unacceptable.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Love it! Looking forward to your posting.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 25, 2019:

Okay.....so here's some patriotism for you......I just interviewed a young music artist (will post it soon here on HP and on my website) who is just bubbling over with patriotism......The best part is that she's only 19. Maybe there's hope for the youth to love the country after all.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Thanks for the links Shannon.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 25, 2019:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbssports.com/nfl...

https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-nfl-week-3-live-...

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Okay that's it! So they got it out their system and then they took a stand, one might say. ;)

At least they eventually made a decision of how things would be, rather than the endless hand wringing and the oh my what are we going to do, which came from other teams and the league.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 25, 2019:

They knelt before the national anthem instead of during it.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Hear, hear T!

The Logician from now on on June 25, 2019:

Eric, their grandparents should have taken the parents out back and whooped them when they were kids.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Shannon, good for the Cowboys.....for taking a stand, but didn’t their head coach or the owner do something very controversial during the Colin Kaepernick fiasco. My recall ain’t what it used to be....lol

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Yes T all of that head butting against a ball can not be doing any favors for those with issues to begin with.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

So true Eric, not sure what combinations led to this type of behavior by these gifted athletes, but they are definitely not deserving of being seen as role models and if they are ever encouraged...by their behavior, not sure what that will mean for this Country, our children and our future.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 25, 2019:

Isn't that the way it goes?

I just wondered because when the football players were doing it, the Cowboys were under strict orders not to.

The Logician from now on on June 25, 2019:

I just listened to her interview and this “woman” is nuts. She says she did it in solidarity with but then to protest Trump’s policies? That’s not what Kapernick said was his reason and then she went on to say it had something to do with her being a gay woman but she didn’t know what - she sounded like a rambling idiot. She doesn’t like what the flag stands for but then she is happy she lives in America because of what the flag stands for? Seriously she is all over the place and what she said in total makes no sense. A blithering idiot.

https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/video/uswnt-s...

She has definitely hit the ball with her head a few too many times.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 25, 2019:

There is this term "playing sports". It is a good term. In order to do it you must have certain amount of male of female hormones.This is a good thing I think. But as the term connotes you must have a certain amount of childish play in you. Combine these two and add in a super ego and boom you have these weirdos. Great for the field maybe. But if you call them role models your parents need to be taken out back and whooped.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Shannon, I caught the end of a news story a couple of days ago in which the discussion was about her, Megan, being reprimanded. Not sure what it entailed or who did the reprimanding....never saw a repeat of the story. Which only happens when I want to see the story again, btw!

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 25, 2019:

How do we know they haven't said anything? Keep in mind, please, that I know next to nothing about sports policies and procedures. But how do we know what goes on behind the scenes? Do these ladies get paid like I assume? If so, who is in charge as manager and/or owner? Because the answers to those questions can be major factors of why the other team members seemingly just accept it.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

I can't tell you...I don't understand it, I was hoping you or someone else could explain it to me T....

One thing I do know, we've mastered the art of hand-wringing, stepping back and allowing the most radical among us, to 'do their thing'.

We'll whisper or think to ourselves....that's not right, she shouldn't do that, he shouldn't take it that far and so on and so on, but no one ever does anything about it!

Well...Trump does and then we are told to hate him for it.

The Logician from now on on June 25, 2019:

Well tell me if you can, what the H is wrong with the USA National Olympic Committee (NOC). Aren’t they in charge of our olympic participants, set the rules, promote the development of athletes and training of coaches and officials at a national level? Don’t tell me the globalist deep state runs our NOC! How dare they allow an America hater be on the team. And how about her co-athletes? They have nothing to say about it? If not they are as repulsive as their captain.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Video added.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Adrenaline?

No, they will not say anything, because everything is just to P.C. in America today and you can't be seen as the loud, opinionated, opposing person, right? lol...Thanks Paula!

Suzie from Carson City on June 25, 2019:

Wow, girlfriend...You are an energetic lady....on a roll with articles. Send me some of that energy, will ya?

What "these people" do, says so much about them. I can't say what...because in this case, I don't know what HER problem seems to be or what her damned purpose is, IF she has one.

I believe very strongly in your last comment sentence.....BUT...no one did say anything, did they? Want to know why? Because you and I weren't there!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 25, 2019:

Yes, that would be nice if they would say that. I wonder if the people on their knees even know why they're doing it anymore. I mean, I never agreed with that particular form of protest to begin with, but at least when it started they knew what they were attempting to support.

No, I didn't see that post. I haven't scrolled the FB feed much lately. I also don't follow sports all that closely because I'd rather play than watch and I can't play much of anything these days if I wanted to.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 25, 2019:

Oh my gosh Shannon, this stuff rubs me the wrong way. This started off as a FB post, maybe you saw it...

Yes, good for them for standing, but how incredible would it be, if one of them was filmed saying to her, you play for Team U.S.A. get up off your ass and show some respect...stop sulking and start adulting...

Or something like that! :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 25, 2019:

This is such a good reminder. I like that in the last picture you have here the rest of the team is still standing proud.

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