From the Sports Desk
I can finally have fun on a Friday night...
by Greg Knight
The Times-Independent
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I love football, period. I love everything about it; from the hot dogs with extra mustard to the sound of clanking helmets and the joy of victory, a good high school football game really does it for me.

For the past six weeks, I have been covering football due to the departure of Jeff Richards. Don’t get me wrong, I love covering sports as much as any journalist, but it’s tough to watch the game, keep stats, shoot photos and still enjoy my game night ritual of four hot dogs and a Dr. Pepper.

If you were at the Red Devils game against Enterprise, you might have noticed a new face on the sideline, with camera strapped on and following the action. Yes, we finally found our new sports reporter and writer in Drew Chowbay — and he comes to us from Colorado just in time to do some great reporting as our fall teams head into the post-season.

With Drew here, I can get back to keeping the boosters in business by eating lots of hot dogs and washing them down with tasty soft drinks.

As Drew gets acclimated to life in Moab, make sure you say “hello” to him if you see him around town or at a game. As was the case in my personal situation, he is looking for permanent housing right now; if you know of a room or other affordable situation, let us know.

Simply the best

Last week you probably read my diatribe against The Deseret News and their ranking of Grand County at No. 4 in Class 2A football rankings. I’m pretty sure nobody at DN or The Salt Lake Tribune read my missive since this week the Red Devils are ranked at No. 3 — behind the 6-1 Beavers (who we face this week on the road) and No. 1 South Summit (7-0, 3-0).

I won’t waste a lot of Zane Taylor’s ink on this sad situation, but suffice it to say I still believe we should be ranked No. 2 behind South Summit — not playing third fiddle behind a team that has lost a game.

If Beaver beats us on Friday night, I’ll just shut up and go back to my little corner of the sports writer world, but I’ll reiterate that I believe in our undefeated team and believe wholeheartedly they will come out of Beaver with an 8-0 (4-0) record.

Taking a stand

When I was in high school and playing football every Friday night in the fall, I took it as an honor — and my responsibility as a hot-blooded American young man — to stand for the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

That said it was more than just a requirement to stand and honor the flag.

Aside from the fact that my head football coach, the great Otto Brackett, would have kicked our butts all the way back to the locker room if we pulled any shenanigans during the anthem; honoring the flag was a way that we could show respect for the freedom and blessings we share in common as citizens.

In the last week or so, we have heard about so-called protests in the NFL regarding kneeling, standing arm-in-arm or otherwise to make a political statement.

I’m not going to bore you to death with a recap of the “protests” Colin Kaepernick engaged in during his final season in a Niners uniform. What I will point out, however, is that his performance on the field was poor at best.

He got benched.

Why, pray tell, should an NFL owner then pay millions for him to be a non-starter, given all the distractions he would undoubtedly bring to a team. This is not a case of “white” NFL owners being racist, but rather a fully qualified business decision that is protecting the interests of private corporations.

Consider this as well: Kaepernick’s unemployment is not a First Amendment issue, as is being posited by every social justice warrior from the NAACP to Antifa, because NFL owners can run their corporate entities any way they see fit.

It’s a typical socialist overreach into the private sector to suggest otherwise.

Politics and social justice has always been a part of professional sports. The difference between Kaepernick and, say, Cleveland’s Jim Brown is that Brown was productive in the way he supported the community by forming the Black Economic Union (BEU), which used professional athletes as facilitators in the establishment of minority-run enterprises, athletic clubs and motivational programs for youth.

Brown also founded Vital Issues, an organization that aided inner-city gang members and prison inmates to help develop life management skills and to help them find a way out of a life of crime.

Even though it is true that Kaepernick has also donated heavily to a variety of organizations, it pales once you consider that he is openly advocating against the freedoms this country enjoys — a country where just 100 years ago he would not have been blessed with the millions of dollars and fame he now possesses.

I could rail on for hours on this topic, but I’ll leave it at this; football and the American flag are a part of the fabric of our lives. And just like you can’t move the goal line any closer, you can’t change what the flag stands for — freedom.

In essence, if you don’t stand for America, you stand for nothing.

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