Posted by: kevinfortruth | December 6, 2011

Chamber of Commerce meetings and UCONN Basket Ball games are not alike

…so don’t treat them like they are by making the recitation of the Pledge of Allegience mandatory at UCONN basketball games. 

Every time someone becomes in charge of something new, there is a passion to implement a change without first engaging ones’ brain.

As rumor has it, the UCONN interim Athletic Director, Paul Pendergast, witnessed a local chamber of commerce meeting where the Pledge of Allegiance was being recited.  Supposedly he thought it would be a good idea for fans to recite the same pledge at UCONN basketball and football games.

The reasoning behind implementing the “Pledge” supposedly was that it was patriotic and would honor those killed on 9/11.  I do not believe that for one minute.

Civic meetings and sporting events are not the same.  Civic meetings are planned to effect change and sometimes they take on a patriotic flair.  On the other hand, sporting events are just that – sporting events – events where fans go to have fun and to cheer teams on to victory.  Sure, the National Anthem is played at most sporting events, but it simply does not make sense to make patriotism mandatory at sporting events.  I also believe the National Anthem fulfills the requirement or need or desire for patriotism.

There might be a hidden reason for implementing the “Pledge” at UCONN sporting events and that kit might be right wing conservatism’s way to sneak “God” back into sporting events.

The source of all this might be from “The Fellowship” of “C” Street fame in Washington, D.C. and not from a Chamber of Commerce meeting and not from a Chamber meeting as originally told.

If the “Pledge” is allowed to stay at UCONN games, and other things like the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are added later, a UCONN game could become a preparatory class for anyone taking a test for U. S. citizenship.

Now, if doing this will increase attendance when lesser-ranked teams come to town, then maybe the idea could have some merit.  On the other hand, costs would increase because all game literature would have to be published in 86 different languages to accommodate potential citizens.  I jest.




  1. Kevin,
    Good job on the blog, I think if this person does this he should be fired from his job. It’s not his job to change what happens at the start of a sporting event. The National Anthem is a tradition for as long as I could remember. If this person wants to change it he should put a ballot out and ask the fans what they want to do at the beginning of sporting events.

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