First off, today's story is here. I'm not going to post the notebook because it's pretty much already in the Game 1 notes I posted.
OK, i think there has been some very interesting and very needed discussion going on about the anthem, and I love it. It shows how good this blog can be at its best and I thank you for that.
I totally understand what Hoss was trying to do, and it took some guts for him to make the attempt. I don't think he was doing anything wrong. At the same time, I never thought it would work in Fort Wayne, but a lot of things that work elsewhere don't go over in Fort Wayne. That's part of why we are who we are. We're conservative, behind the times, stuck in the 1950s, family-oriented folks who hate change -- and those are our good qualities. LOL.
My suggestion is this: For Game 2, let's all really cut loose and SING the anthem. Don't just mouth it or stand silently for two minutes or even sing softly, but let's really belt it out. Let's show how much respect and love we have for our country and each other. Yeah, it's corny and maybe not cool, but hey, we're Fort Wayne. When have we ever been cool? But we are Komets fans AND patriots. Let the people next to you hear you are singing and if enough of us do it, maybe a few more people will join in. Get your kids to sing, too. (I know, pipe dream.) Let's try to inspire each other as well as the players. Isn't that really what the anthem is all about?
Plus, it will loosen up your lungs to really get the players going afterward.