As some of you know, I am a uniform geek and I frequent the UniWatch blog. Today’s entry had a very strong opinion about the NFL’s military appreciation efforts yesterday. I recommend you read it first before reading my thoughts on it.
After reading that, it struck me in a way that I had thought about before but never thought about seriously enough. Did the NFL push the envelope with all this propaganda for the military? Is it on the same level as the pink that went on last month for Breast Cancer Awareness?
Here are a few things about my opinion of war.
I don’t like war. I never did. War to me is something that can be avoided in all circumstances. Violence to me is a coward’s way out for something that can be solved in other fashions. Killing people to me just doesn’t need to happen.
With that tied in, I don’t like anything associated with war. However, when it does come to war, I appreciate the efforts of those who do serve to help protect us. I have friends who are serving and I understand the sacrifice they make. But I do wonder if the NFL is relaying that message. Or are they relaying something else to us?
As UniWatch writer Paul Lukas points out, there was a lot of camouflage going on in games yesterday and even to the point where cheerleaders were dressed in military outfits (poor taste). But are we glorifying the idea that war is OK and that every military personnel is a hero?
I think one of the things that I am always concerned about with this not only in football, but in all sports, is the league’s attempt to change things up for a cause.
We’ve seen before in the MLB that their old Stars and Stripes caps were made for sale to the public, but up until this past season, they never disclosed how much of the proceeds went to military causes. It was assumed that it was not a lot. This past year they said all proceeds went to the cause, which I hope is true.
Is it the same with the NFL? Last month a ton of pink merchandise was available for sale. How much of that went to breast cancer research? The league gives us the impression that all proceeds do go to research, but other reports suggest it’s much less. I would like to believe it’s 100 percent, but it doesn’t say. In most situations, it usually never is.
This brings me back to yesterday’s military appreciation efforts. Like I said, I want to thank all the people that are serving and protecting this country. But it just seems to me that we’re glorifying them essentially for something I don’t support.
It’s a hard thing to take in because in this day an age, camouflage has turned into a serious fashion thing (ironic, huh?) and it has gotten to the point where even though the intent is good, we’re marketing the military as the “cool thing” to do. But that’s not what the message should be. People have died from war.
Maybe I’m overanalyzing it and everything we saw yesterday had great intention and I am missing the point. But maybe we should take a step back and figure out if there is a better way to say “thank you” to those serving. Does it have to be a huge show like yesterday? I don’t know and I’m not sure.
All I do know that all the images I saw yesterday left an impression on me. I appreciate the military for protecting me, but I don’t think this is the best way to thank them. Or at least it didn’t have to be big and bold like yesterday.