NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: All players ‘should’ stand for national anthem

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes all players should stand for the national anthem but stopped short of imposing a rule on standing for the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Goodell, speaking to reporters on Wednesday, said it is important for the league and its players to honor and respect our flag and our country.

Bath time. My wife puts both kids in the bath, but when my son is done I leave the TV to help with my daughter. She says, I’m the Little Mermaid! (shakes fist) DISNEEEEYYYY!

Well, the Little Mermaid has beautiful hair because she washes it all the time. We should probably shampoo your hair so it’s like hers, I say, and she assents faster than she ever has to a hair-washing. Although now that I think about it, mermaid hair would have to be distinctly different from human hair to not be completely damaged by constant submersion in saltwater. The lies we tell our children.

When I finish washing her hair, she lays back in the tub to rinse, and I hold the back of her head to massage the shampoo out. Ringed by remnants of bubbles, her face has the beatific look of the precogs from Minority Report, and she makes up a song about a bear, singing it under her breath, so lightly I can’t follow whatever plot there is. It is a peaceful, unscripted moment that is filled with the kind of awe and love usually reserved for cathedrals. Best part of my day.

The Redskins did not share those concerns and were ecstatic that he fell to them. He provided them with versatility too; Allen also played end in their 3-4 base front and could line up at different spots. He also occasionally rushed from a standing position behind a nose guard, picking his spot where to rush.

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