Those Indianapolistas who are outraged by Chief fans yelling “... home of the Chiefs” during the national anthem at the AFC playoff (1/10, Letters) game need to get a broader perspective on things.
First, why is the national anthem sung prior to events where a group of overpaid men plan to play with a ball while people yell at them? What does sports have to do with patriotism?
Besides, if the national anthem is so sacred, why is it that most Americans don’t even know all the words, let alone the rest of the verses we don’t sing?
How many people just move their lips or don’t even sing at all when the anthem is played?
The anthem belongs to all of us. After all, as the words say, this is “the land of the free,” and, like it or not, that includes freedom of speech, no matter how stupid the words that come out of your mouth might sound to somebody else.
Isn’t that one of the freedoms the military personnel on the field that day have sworn to defend?
P.S. I looked up “couth,” as suggested. Sure enough, the dictionary said “See Indiana.” Thanks.
Thomas E. Dodson