For a couple decades fans of the Kansas City Chiefs football team have desecrated the national anthem. To the extent that one views matters that way. We all pretty much know the drill.
You’re at a sporting event or concert, or whatever and they play the National Anthem – then whammo! – at the end where everybody’s supposed sing “home of the brave,” the crowd shouts “Chiefs!”
Who among us hasn’t heard that one however many times?
And yes, it is tacky; and yes it is pretty brainless, a bunch of – dare I suggest – mostly testosterone fueled dudes doing the honors. And yes, I suppose it’s a little disrespectful to the Tea Party and Fox News types among us who take these sort of things a little too seriously.
That said, who knew it was an affront to the City of Lawrence, Kansas and the KU basketball team?
That’s right, check it out.
“Allen Fieldhouse fans’ choice to alter the ending of the national anthem is both disrespectful and stupid,” grouses an editorial in the Lawrence Journal World. “So what’s next? ‘Our Father, who art in K.C.?’ “
Hmmm, sounds like the area’s biggest Jayhawk ass kissers are a little overly sensitive about sharing the sports limelight with the area’s biggest sports franchise. And yes, the Chiefs are bigger than KU basketball, even in an off year.
It’s the NFL, people.
Again, while clearly the practice is tacky and silly – stupid even – those aren’t the adjectives the Journal World chose to describe the matter.
Try “repugnant,” “shameful,” “tasteless” and “boorish.”
Far be it from me to defend this goofy practice, but for crying out loud, it’s certainly not the moral equivalent of a Fred Phelps funeral rally.
It’s one thing to roll your eyes and shake your head when you hear it, and then move on with your life. But publisher Dolph Simons and his Journal World are having an absolute hissy fit over the matter.
“No self-respecting fan of the Kansas City professional football team should tolerate the denigrating of our nation in this manner, and neither should anyone connected with Kansas University and its basketball program,” the editorial rages on. “This insulting behavior is even more embarrassing than the f-bomb yell that echoed on kickoffs in Memorial Stadium a few seasons back. Fortunately, that dreadful situation faded.”
Worse than an F Bomb chanted over and over on national television by 20,000 or more students and fans? Please.
Most national anthems at KU home games aren’t even heard on TV like the kickoff chants were. Besides, the reason that F Bomb kickoff ship sailed was the dreadful play of the Jayhawk football team these past several years. The F bomb chant was alive and well while KU’s football team was winning. But face it, KU’s lucky to get any students to show up for its football games, let alone engage in much if any cheering, clean cut or not.
Apparently the “Chiefs” anthem lyric in Allen Field House had gone away.
“But stupidity must not have been completely eradicated on Mount Oread, because it’s back,” the Journal World continues. “Any blockhead who utters that moronic line deserves to be confronted, if not booted. Students should police themselves and not tolerate it. The athletic department leadership also should address it publicly and work aggressively behind the scenes to stamp it out.”
Hey, that’s the American way…stamp out free speech on a college campus.
Kick people out of the holiest of holy KU basketball games just for uttering the word “Chiefs.”
The more I read, the more certain it seems that this is another of those Saturday column rants by Simons. No self-respecting journalist would go on and on like this, that’s why everybody has at least one editor. Uh, unless you’re the owner/publisher, I guess.
Read on, it gets worse.
“Surely it’s obvious that it’s more damaging to the university’s image than any tweet by any professor,” the editorial continues.
Hold it right there.
So now Simons is saying that yelling Chiefs at the end of the national anthem is worse that the truly controversial tweet by a KU journalism professor earlier this year. A tweet that made national news and caused the school to put the prof on administrative leave without pay.
A tweet that KC Star columnist Steve Rose and others said should have cost the prof his head.
Let’s revisit that one, shall we?
On the heels of the Navy Yard shooting in which a dozen people were killed and eight injured, KU professor David Guth tweeted the following:
Yep, yelling Chiefs was that bad, ladies and gentlemen.
And you ask, what’s the matter with Kansas?
Too many fervent Chiefs fans at KU basketball games, I guess.
Hey, at least the editorial ends on a high note: “Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Go KU!”