Bruce the Blog

Stand up, You’re Rockin’ the Boat

Author’s note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about the controversial body language of professional athletes.

MOM: Game’s on, Pop.

POP: Thanks, Mom. I must’ve dozed off.

Sign Up for E-News

MOM (sotto voce): For a change…

POP: Huh?

MOM: I said you need to change the channel.

POP:  Oh, yeah. Where’s the remote?

MOM: Search me.

POP: We could do that later, you frisky thing you.

MOM: You’re probably sitting on it.

POP: Yep. Here we go. Just in time for the anthem.

MOM: Oh-oh.

POP: What “oh-oh”?

MOM: These days, that’s like a land mine on the field of battle.

POP: Tell me about it. Some people just don’t get it.

MOM: Which people?

POP: The millionaire warriors.

MOM: What don’t they get?

POP: Like the old song says, “Stand up, you’re rockin’ the boat.”

MOM: You mean the song that goes, “Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat,” from Guys & Dolls?

POP: That’s my point. In this case, they’re rockin’ the boat when they’re not standing up.

MOM: Why?

POP: Because it’s disrespectful to not stand.

MOM: Why?

POP: Because everybody else stands.

MOM: Why?

POP:  Because it’s respectful.

MOM: You’re not standing right now, though.

POP: You’re right. (Stands up.)

MOM: Very nice. But you never do that any other time the anthem is playing on TV.

POP: Well, I’m at home.

MOM: You stand for the flag and the anthem only when in the middle of a crowd of people, who can see what you are doing? Is that the rule?

POP: There is no rule. It’s common sense. It’s common decency.

MOM: When did kneeling become indecent? We do it in church. Was there an executive order I missed?

POP: This isn’t church, is it?

MOM: On Sunday, the way some of the more fanatical fans act, it sure seems like their church.

POP: Nonetheless, we kneel in the pews because we are worshipful, and we stand in the stands because we are proud to be American. We are thankful to be American. We are lucky to be American.

MOM: Amen. That’s how I was brought up. My dad—may he rest in peace—as you know, was a proud World War II veteran. Until the day he died, he stayed close to his Army buddies, who fondly called him “Sarge.”

POP: That’s what I’m talking about. Now that is something very special. A great guy, your dad. I used to love watching the games with him.

MOM: He love watching with you. Somehow, I don’t recall him standing at home during the pre-game ceremony, do you?

POP: No. But What’s your point?

MOM: If my dad were standing here today, Pop, he would tell you something that might surprise you.

POP: What’s that?

MOM: My dad would tell you that one of the things he fought for in World War II is to protect the right of American citizens to decide for themselves whether they want to stand up for the flag and the anthem… or, for whatever reason, not do that. Freedom of choice, he’d say. Sitting down, he’d tell you, don’t mean squat. The position your body is in isn’t a yardstick of your patriotism. My dad didn’t arbitrarily judge people like that. He believed patriotism, in part, meant having a mind open and fertile enough to tolerate differing points of view.

POP: That’s all well and good, I’m sure, but if you can’t conform to appropriate behavior, as defined by the masses, you must suffer the consequences.

MOM: What might those be?

POP: Consequences present themselves, sometimes when you least expect it.

MOM: Sounds threatening.

POP: Oh, well. Not my problem.

MOM: But judging those who take a knee for reasons of their own… that IS your problem?

POP: Darn tootin’.

MOM: Sounds like one of those countries where democracy is a dirty word. Where the powers that be tell you how to behave—or else.

POP: That’s fascism.

MOM: You said it.

POP: Can you grab me a cold one, Mom?

MOM (sotto voce): Kiss off.

POP: What?

MOM: I said they’re getting ready to kick off. I’ll see you Monday.

Bruce “The Blog” Apar is sole proprietor of public relations agency APAR PR and is a partner in Adventix, which helps performing arts venues increase ticket sales. He also is an actor, a community volunteer, and a contributor to several periodicals. Follow him as Bruce The Blog on social media. Reach him at bapar@pinpointmarketingdesign.com or 914-275-6887.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Yorktown

What Is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica is a research organization. Apparently, it is funded by the Mercer family, second only to the Koch brothers on the liberal hit list. Both, through their philanthropy, spend millions on various needy organizations like hospitals. What makes them liberal targets is their funding of various conservative think tanks and candidates. I digress.

Cambridge Analytica used Facebook ...

The Best of the Best: Albert Capellini

In the spring of 1991, after answering an ad for a judicial race placed in the local Yorktown paper, I was talked into the unenviable position of running for Yorktown councilman as a Democrat in our then solidly Republican town.

Having been a practicing lawyer since 1974, I felt confident about my qualifications for the position of town judge, but being elected to the Town Board was quite ...

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

An Open Letter to the Yorktown Town Board

April 11, 2018

The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce proudly serves as the voice of Yorktown’s vibrant business community. A vital part of our mission is to help improve the quality of life for all Yorktowners.

The chamber’s Board of Directors is more ambitious than ever, as we work hard to find new ways to enhance our great community through marketing opportunities and smartly placed commercial and ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...

Why Do Kids Hate Math?

Dear Dr. Linda,

I am in second grade and have a problem about math. My teacher just keeps giving me homework and it’s driving me crazy. Because she keeps giving it to me on weekends and spring and summer breaks. And it’s only one level and it’s too hard. But the other people who have special needs get to be moved into a higher or lower group and they learn even more because ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

French Hill School Building - Cafetorium, Yorktown Heights

Save A life Mini Series: Underage Drinking

Health & Wellness

Thu, April 26, 1:30 PM

United Methodist Church, Shrub Oak

IBM Retirees Club

Community Calendar

Guiding Eyes for the Blind Launches Wag-a-Thon Fundraiser

April 18, 2018

On April 17, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and supporting life-changing connections between people with vision loss and exceptional guide dogs, announced its first annual Wag-a-thon, a “virtual marathon in a month” fundraiser beginning on May 1.

The Wag-a-thon is a cumulative marathon that you and your dog can do anywhere, at your own ...