Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the national anthem, but a report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all, will stand if given another shot in the NFL was quickly dialed back.
"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence tweeted.
I won't go so far as to say that this was an orchestrated "publicity stunt" as some are suggesting. VP Pence has a son in the Marine Corps, so the anthem issue is no doubt a sensitive one to him. But given the San Francisco 49ers (the Colts' opponent on Sunday) are perhaps the NFL's most high-profile "kneelers" (even with Kaepernick no longer on their roster), what did Pence expect would happen? Plus, you had the Secret Service going through all their detail in securing Lucas Oil Stadium in advance of Pence's visit so he could stay for, what, an hour or two? Add to that the fact Pence had just flown in from Las Vegas and then left immediately to attend a different function on the west coast, it seems the nearly $250,000 cost of that trip was a colossal waste of taxpayer money.
Let's be honest, fellow fiscal conservatives. We would have absolutely nuked President Obama (and rightly so) had he pulled a similar stunt.
- My favorite NFL squad takes on the Chicago Bears tonight on Monday Night Football. With the Bears seemingly in the midst of another lost season, they have decided to expedite the debut of rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who was drafted #2 overall in the 2017 NFL draft.
For those Vikings fans who may view this game as easy pickings, I offer you some recent history. The Vikings are 2-14 in their past 16 road games against the Bears with both victories (in 2007 & 2015) coming on field goals as time expired. And it ain't like the Vikes were going up against an Aaron Rodgers caliber QB in those 16 games. They succumbed to stiffs like Jim Miller, Rex Grossman, Chad Hutchinson and Kyle Orton.
If this game turns out to be anything similar to last year's Monday Night October tilt in Chicago, I worry for coach Mike Zimmer's left eye.
- It was great to hear from Peter Johnson, founder of Archway Defense, on my radio program yesterday. Archway, which was founded by Peter, is a "covert network of professionals serving around the world in law enforcement, military, customs, border protection, counter-terrorism, emergency preparedness, emergency medical and intelligence communities. This private support network provides Archway Defense the ability to create and offer unparalleled training."
With those credentials, I couldn't think of a better guest to have on the broadcast to discuss the issues surrounding last Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas as well as addressing the inevitable spread of misinformation about firearms.
Definitely check out the broadcast for yourself.