After saluting vets, football fans throw flag down with the trash

The Green Bay Packers paid tribute to veterans during their game on Monday night, giving away American flags to everyone streaming into the stadium.

Many of the flags ended up on the ground.

Veterans — and at least one Detroit Lines fan — recognized the problem and picked up as many of them as they could.

Tegan Griffith, of Stevens Point, a Marine, tells the story to WTMJ.

“We started noticing people leaving (flags) on the ground, next to food wrappers and beer cups,” Griffith explained. “We found a couple on the bathroom floor. The veterans I was with started to get a little upset.”

After the game, the flags were seen everywhere.

“It looked like red, white, and blue confetti,” described Phil Olson, a season ticker holder. “People were walking all over them. It struck me as unpatriotic.”

After the game, both Olson and Griffith told WTMJ they spotted several fans picking up the extra flags.

“I’m going to tell the Packers they they shouldn’t hand out flags because it’s the wrong venue,” Olson said. “Every game, the Packers will give out a souvenir with the Packers logo on it. Everybody takes the (souvenir) home. But after this game, hardly anybody wanted the American flag.”

  • Gary F

    The cheese heads in my office sure are surly right now. Things aren’t good in the land of the green and gold. Now this.

    Firearms deer season opens in a week, maybe that will lift their spirits.

  • MikeB

    My guess is that there is about a 99% overlap between fans who bitch about players taking a knee and those who left their flags on the ground.

    • You know it.

    • The Bofa on the Sofa

      I think it only reinforces the conclusion that the complaints about players taking a knee are NOT about “disrespecting the flag” or “insulting veterans.”

      Although it’s not like this wasn’t obvious before, but things like this only make it more clear.

    • Marvin Medina

      you should probably change your name to Bingo.

  • Postal Customer

    The fact that they gave out flags shows how ridiculous the sport-military worship complex has become. You’re either with the jingoes or you hate this country. Uh-huh.

    • Mike Worcester

      I had to look up the full quote but I remember this being talked about when I was a kid.

      “The National Anthem
      celebrates military conquests and is out of place at sporting events,’’
      wrote Guy Mainella, a sports radio talk show host in Boston in the
      1970s. “For what reason should the nation’s sports fans proclaim their
      devotion to the country every time athletes prepare for action?” He added, “It’s a game we’re about to watch, not the Battle of Iwo Jima.”

      http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2016/08/31/the-star-spangled-banners-place-in-sports-peter-may

      • Trivia: Guy Mainella was one of radio’s first daily sports talk shows. He was on WBZ, one of the nation’s legacy radio stations. His was intelligent talk and he would do a commentary every day that tied sports and the “real world” together.

        His most memorable — to me — was a response to his commentary during the Watergate hearings when people complained their soaps were pre-empted and his sports talk show was pre-empted. He scolded the audience. It was so good, I wrote and asked him for a copy, and he sent me the original script with a nice note.

        But he was the guy from whom I learned that talk radio could be intelligent.

  • Mike

    I wish we could get past the Era of Flag Fetishism, as I’m calling it. The flag should only be trotted out on specific occasions for ceremonial and ritual use. Cheap, plastic, made-in-China versions of it should not be passed out at athletic events; it should not be emblazoned on Big Gulp cups; it should not be on t-shirts.

    All the types who love to display the flag everywhere (and who equate flag-waving with patriotism) seem not to grasp the idea that putting it one’s bumper inevitably coarsens and cheapens it as a supposedly revered symbol. I would argue that someone who burns the flag in protest against something actually respects it more than the yahoos who want to run around waving it all the time.

    • I’ve always wondered why we pledge of allegiance to the flag…BEFORE…. the country for which it stands. That always seemed backwards to me.

      • Mike

        Although I was raised in an era where we said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school, these days I refuse to do it on any occasion. Nor will I stand for the national anthem, or any of the other Orwellian displays of “patriotism”. (This means I don’t attend athletic events, which is no loss to me.)

        All of these enforced public rituals typically mean one thing in our era: conformity and obedience to a kind of patriotism defined mostly by the military-industrial complex.

  • RBHolb

    When my son was in Cub Scouts some years ago, the meetings opened with a brief flag ceremony. I was appalled at the behavior of the adults who were there. They were all about the same age as I was, so presumably had received the same instruction in flag etiquette that I did. Even so, hats were not removed, people looked all around them rather than standing still, and conversations were continued just as if nothing was going on.

    It was clear to me that the whole thing was an empty ritual, indulged in because it was supposed to happen. It would have been more respectful to dispense with the whole thing.