Gauntlet, thrown. If the NFL has any brains, they'll make the players put this behind them (or sit on the bench). If the NFL has more guts then brains, they'll double down on "take a knee".
Me, I think the NFL is all in on a losing strategy.
UPDATE: 30 January 2018 22:56: Wow, Trump hammered the Democrats. Err, and the NFL. He did it by being reasonable, and staking out reasonable positions (meaning positions that a big part of the country will think is reasonable) and daring his opponents to take a different position.
And they did. Time after time the Democrats refused to applaud a perfectly reasonable proposal, just because it was Trump that made it. Guaranteed that the cameras were running, and their refusal will appear in a political ad later this year.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.He knows them, and how they think, and how they will respond. They don't get him at all. Sun Tzu predicted how this will play out 2500 years ago.- Sun Tzu
And even worse, he had a bunch of times that he got half the Democrats to stand and applaud while the other half sat stone faced and didn't. It looks like he's split the Democratic Party. It seems that they don't even know themselves. This is fixin' to maybe a route in the upcoming election, in a way that nobody is calling. Maybe not, but tonight we saw a path to that.
Wow. He planned this, and it played out like he planned it. I'm struggling to remember a time that a different politician did something like this, live on TV. It's like listening to a Bach concerto or looking at a Michelangelo sculpture - you know lots of other people did it too, but you realize that nobody did it better. Or as well.
More thoughts tomorrow, but Democrat politicians should be very, very unhappy tonight.