Here it is, late in August, and I still don’t have a fantasy football league to join.
This is unusual. In years past, invite after invite would come streaming in from friends and family, hoping to diversify their player stock in order to scrape together a meager little season…and maybe even some of that illicit “buddy-gambling” cash-ola.
Not this year, however. The NFL’s self-afflicted wound is festering in the summer of 2018, and with no clear plan regarding the National Anthem on the books, it looks as though the football season will begin with no bang, but a whimper instead.
In an effort to maintain their “lead” on contemporary America, at least one California high school decided to completely forego the anthem controversy by foregoing the anthem entirely, at least for their softball games.
That just didn’t sit well with those in attendance.
No anthem? It was no problem for a Fresno, California, crowd that started booing and then singing the “Star Spangled Banner” at a high school softball championship game after an announcer said the anthem wouldn’t be sung. Video of the act of patriotism made the rounds on the social media days before Memorial Day.
Hundreds of fans attending a game between Clovis High and Buchanan at Fresno State University’s Margie Wright Diamond on Friday were in disbelief when they learned the song wouldn’t be played. Despite this, they sang a cappella.
Tiffany Marquez, a fan who attended the game, took video of the makeshift choir.
“Honestly, I was shocked (when) the announcer stated, ‘There will be no anthem, let’s just play softball,'” Marquez told the Fresno Bee. “Within seconds, you could hear people in the crowd singing and the volume of their voices building. There I was, standing in the middle of a true testament to unity and patriotism.”
The remarkable display was also captured on several video recordings.
Clovis and Buchanan softball about to play for D-I title, but before that, it was announced there will be no national anthem. There were boos and the crowd did this … pic.twitter.com/M1w6yDzuTN
— Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) May 26, 2018