Last time I checked, there is no law that the national anthem be played prior to any sporting event in this country. In order to eliminate the political rhetoric that has poisoned our NFL weekends, why not just temporarily eliminate this pregame ritual and give those involved a different platform to express their personal views? This will allow all of us to get back to the basics — football will be printed on the sports page, while politics will once again have its rightful place on the front page.
Enough already with the phony patriotism and the national anthem at NFL games. The U.S. Flag Code says that “all present should stand at...