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More anthem debate: Is yelling "Stars" worse?

Mar 13, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

This past week there’s been some
heated debate
raging over fans’ traditions during the national
anthem. It all started with one person’s dislike with Chicago’s
tradition of the fans cheering during the anthem, citing it as
unpatriotic and offensive to those that have served.

Invariably,
others have been pulled into the debate as well. Brad Gardner from
Defending Big D
gives his take on the Dallas tradition of yelling
“Stars!!” during the anthem.

A very old friend of mine, college roommate, best-man in my wedding,
etc is in the Navy. I have brought him to Stars games in the past, as
recently as December. He yells “Stars” during the anthem. He didn’t seem
offended.

I wasn’t born in Texas, and I certainly didn’t “get here as soon as I
could,” but having lived here for quite a while now I feel quite
confident in saying that Texans are the kind of people who have a great
respect for their military and their country. I don’t want to interject
politics into this discussion, but I think everyone knows where I am
going with this.

And if you don’t believe me, come to a Stars game. About 20 minutes
after the crowd yells “Stars!” twice during the anthem, we do something
else. We stand. All of us. All 18,532 on a good night. We stand at the
first commercial break and we honor a particular man or woman in the
armed services, and ALL servicemen in the arena. Brad Richards currently donates tickets for
this very purpose, and the the first commercial break of the evening has
been used for years in this manner.

What’s interesting about Brad’s opinion is that he does not yell
“Stars” during the anthem, even though he is about as big a fan I know
of and purchases season tickets every year. But he doesn’t feel there’s
anything wrong with the tradition and certainly isn’t offended by it.

Is yelling out during the anthem any worse than cheering throughout?
How is that any different than cheering during the final bars, which is
what happens in every single game. Is cheering any less patriotic than
the people who skip the anthem, are in line for beers or snacks, or who
just barely pay attention anyways?

As I’ve stated before, as a military veteran myself I have absolutely
no problem with it.

  1. Jason K - Mar 13, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    The Carolina Hurricanes fans have Stars fans beat in terms of arguably disrespectful anthem displays. First they all yell “Jussi!” during the first line’s “Can you see” in honor of Jussi Jokinen. Then everybody yells “RED” with “the rocket’s red glare” and lately there have been a small contingent of fans trying to interject “Gleason” for “Gleaming” (“Jussi” may be clever, but this Gleason/Gleaming thing is just plain stupid, are we going to see if we can fit every name on the roster into the anthem?)

  2. LaurenB - Mar 14, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    In Washington DC, they also yell “Red”… No one I know has ever heard a complaint about it. Yep, in the nation’s capitol, barely 2 decades after the end of the Cold War. “Stars” is nothing compared to some of the other anthem traditions.
    People love to whine and get offended, and this impulse is not restricted to any profession or age group. Don’t like it, don’t do it is definitely the way to go.

  3. Metsys - Mar 15, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    And Brad Richards is Canadian…
    I always yell “Stars” during the anthem and stand up to clap when the Stars honor all servicemen in the arena.
    It’s a Stars tradition that will never go away and it doesn’t mean we hate the US.

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