That’s Why You Can’t Have Nice Things, Buffalo

Flag Rip
Via Deadspin

During the National Anthem in Buffalo, they unfurled a giant flag. It ripped. I still haven’t stopped giggling.

It didn’t seem to affect the Bills. They beat the Jets 37-14.

But should we even be doing this? A lot of teams use the military and patriotism for PR purposes. If they were true patriots and truly supported the military, they would stop taking government handouts and pay the billions of dollars they rightly owe in taxes. They would stop hijacking cities for taxpayers’ money just to build new stadiums and arenas.

Samuel Johnson famously said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” We should really be careful about the motives of people who wave the flag and beat the drum of the military.

I still don’t understand the purpose of singing the National Anthem before every sporting event, but I stand up every time and respect it. For a while the Dodgers wanted us to stand for “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch. That was too much. Besides I’m an atheist.

But anyhow, thanks for the laughs Buffalo.