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Topic - Kevin Blackstone
A panelist who appeared on a segment of ESPN’s “Around the Horn” discussion said sports games would be a lot better if they didn’t open with the National Anthem.
"I'm going to sell," said Mr. Blackstone, The Blaze reported. "And if you sell this along with me, you should also be selling the rest of the military symbolism embrace of sports — whether it's the singing of a war anthem to open every game, whether it's going to get a hotdog and being able to sign up for the Army at the same time, whether it's the NFL's embracing of the mythology of the Pat Tillman story. It's been going on in sports since the first National Anthem was played in the World Series back in 1917 and it's time for people to back away."
He said the country should quit playing the "war anthem" before athletic events — and also said the NFL has only furthered the "mythology" of Pat Tillman, an ex-Arizona Cardinals player who gave up his sports career to join the military, The Blaze said.