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This year, I lost respect for the NFL and gained respect for MLB

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To The Daily Sun,

Ever since San Francisco quarterback Kaepernick started kneeling during the national anthem, it's really gotten out of hand. I know, President Trump calling them SOBs didn't help. A lot of Americans, especially veterans, would have used a lot worse words if it was acceptable. I have read quite a few letters from veterans who said they fought so Americans would have the right to use their freedom of speech and expression.

Well, I am one veterans who disagrees. I didn't serve so Americans can burn our flag, "Old Glory." Don't stand for our flag when it is raised or passes by? Don't stand for our national anthem? If anyone that served feels that way, then I have the right to not to recognize them as one of my brothers.

As a young person, I grew up saying the Pledge of the Allegiance every day in school; I stood for the national anthem with my hand over my heart.

For one who really enjoyed this year's World Series, it was so nice to see the presentation of the colors; all the players, coaches, umpires and fans standing with their hand over their heart for the national anthem. And to add to it, seeing the different Armed Forces planes flying overhead. It dawned on me, these baseball players didn't complain or act as if social Injustice and racial equality affected them.

This had to be one of the most exciting World Series I have ever seen and I have to admit I was rooting for Houston. I have watched the NFL sine the late '60s and have noticed that they hit, hit and hit. What percentage of them could pitch, field, steal a base, bunt, throw someone out from the outfield, etc.? I guess they are doing what they do best – hit and kneel.

I want to apologize to those players who can do more than that, but this is one person, this year, who lost all respect for the NFL and gained a lot more respect for Major League Baseball. I know there are many people who don't agree with me, but attendance at games and those watching on TV is at an all-time low.

L. Michael Hatch