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When you go to a sporting event, what do you think about when the national anthem is played? Do you feel patriotic? Do you feel thankful? Do you think of those serving in the military? Do you think of the War of 1812 and the bombing of Fort McHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen his lyrics?Do you even know where Fort McHenry was located? Did you even know Francis Scott Key is the author of the Star-Spangled Banner? Do you know who we fought in the War of 1812? Did you know the actual music to the song was adapted from a British song? Does any of this matter?Until a few weeks ago, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled before the anthem at a football game to protest racial injustice in this country, none of that did matter much. We stood, we took off our hats, we contemplated what to order at the concession stand or why Terry Collins would take out Addison Reed for Josh Smoker.That all changed. Suddenly, the anthem means ... something. It has become another way to further divide this country, symbolic, in some fashion, of this entire political season. There seems to be little room for discussion or nuance: Youre either with Kaepernick and others who have followed his lead across different sports, or youre against.Against this background, there was a silly little stunt on Wednesday afternoon following the anthem at the Cardinals-Rockies game in Denver. Cardinals outfielder Jose Martinez and Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez had a post-anthem standoff. To what means and point? I have no idea, though I seem to remember this happening earlier this season in another game. As their teammates dispersed to get ready for the game, Martinez and Estevez remained in front of their dugouts, standing like the Queens Guard in front of Buckingham Palace. At one point, Estevez donned a catchers mask, I guess in case the game started.The delay lasted long enough that the umpires had to tell the managers to get their players off the field.Look, Im sure the two rookies thought they were just having fun. Maybe Martinez, from Venezuela, and Estevez, from the Dominican Republic, were feeling especially appreciative on this night to play major league baseball.Even if that were the case, this is not the time for such behavior. Kaepernick says he has received death threats as a result of his protest. Charlotte was burning. Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman had spoken earlier in the day about how players are being misunderstood. I think you have players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase peoples awareness and put a spotlight on it, and theyre being ignored, he said. Whether theyre taking a knee or whether theyre locking arms, theyre trying to bring people together and unite them for a cause.In the middle of all this, of an issue of vital importance, we get this ridiculousness at a baseball game.I dont mean to sound so harsh. Im sure Martinez and Estevez had good intentions. But that gets to the bigger picture: Maybe its time to stop playing the anthem before sporting events. What impact does the song actually serve if its as ubiquitous as James Taylor playing in the background while youre getting your teeth cleaned? As Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford wrote in late August:But it could also be suggested that the national anthem should be bigger than football, too, at least bigger than an August exhibition game of no particular meaning. What exactly about that trivial event is worthy of being introduced by the playing of a song that commemorates a moment in which the nations independence was in the balance?Still, it is played. It is played before nearly every game, in nearly every sport, at nearly every level where there is a public address system. Why is that? Habit is the best answer. That and the unspoken belief that the two minutes it takes to perform the anthem is less trouble than dealing with the blowback were the anthem not played to consecrate each game, no matter how insignificant.Theres a bit of an uneasy relationship sports has developed here, with the anthem, with God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch, and, related, with the military. Im all for honoring our servicemen and women, but many of the tributes or presentations weve seen (such as the National Guard unfurling a big flag before a game) were actually paid for by the military itself. Which means paid for by U.S. taxpayers. The Department of Defense paid pro sports teams $53 million in marketing contracts between 2012 and 2015. 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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M Aggies closed out the home slate with a bang, dropping the No. 11 Auburn Tigers, 2-1, Sunday evening at Ellis Field.With both teams playing stout defense in the run of play, all three goals on the evening were scored on set pieces.The Aggies drew first blood in the 54th minute of play. Kendall Ritchie offered up a service on a free kick 10 yards on the offensive side of the center stripe to the left of circle. She sent the ball into a meeting of the clans eight yards in front of goal. Grace Piper prevailed in the scrum sending a header inside the left post for the 1-0 lead with 36:56 remaining in the second half.Texas A&M (9-7-1, 4-5-1 SEC) didnt have much time to bask in the glory as Auburn knotted the match at 1-1 less than a minute later. Brooke Ramsier drew a foul when she was sandwiched by a pair of Aggie defenders 25 yards from goal. On the ensuing free kick, Ramsier sent a missile that deflected off the Texas A&M wall and past goalkeeper Danielle Rice for the equalizer with 35:57 remaining in the second half.With the match seeming destined for overtime, Emily Bates put together some fancy footwork to set up the winning goal in the 84th minute. Claudette Lassandro sent a pass to Bates 25 yards out along the touchline. Bates nutmegged the outside back and charged into the left side of the penalty box. The mercurial forward put it into another gear and surged past Karlie Gutsche. The Auburn center back was called for a foul on a late desperation tackle and the Aggies were granted the penalty kick.Haley Pounds got the goalkeeper to guess the wrong way and put the penalty kick into the back of the net with 6:44 remaining in the second half.The Aggie defense bowed up in the waning moments and held Auburn to just one shot in the late scurry.Rice came up huge for the Aggies, making six saves on the evening. All three of her saves in the first half were of the highlight reel variety as she helped Texas A&M go into the intermission knotted at 0-0. She stonewalled two shots by Casie Ramsier and one from Kristen Dodson in the opening act.Auburn defender Samantha Solaru made a brilliant play on an Aggies 18th minute corner kick to keep A&M off the scoreboard. Pounds sent the ball into the six-yard box from the left side where she found the head of Piper at the far post. Piper sent it diagonally to the near post, but Solaru rreacted quickly to head the ball off the goal line and Auburn was able to clear it from danger.ddddddddddddhe loss snapped Auburns program-best seven-match win streak and dashed the Tigers SEC regular-season title hopes as they stand at 12-5-0 overall and 8-2-0 in league play. With one match left on the league slate, South Carolina (10-0-0 SEC) clinched the league crown.Texas A&M clinched a spot in the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach. The Aggies leaped over Ole Miss and Alabama and into eighth place in the standings.The Aggies wrap up the regular-season Thursday as they travel to Starkville for a 7 p.m. match against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.TEXAS A&M QUOTESHead Coach G GuerrieriOn putting the winless streak behind them...Its funny what confidence you get from a dramatic win like we had on Thursday. This was a great effort again tonight to get a victory against a top 10-level team. Auburn was on a seven-game winning streak, the longest in their programs history and you can see why. They play well and have some real great athletes on the field and they really play with some good composure. It took a lot for us to keep the game in front of us and to be able to break on the chances that we had.On Danielle Rice saving three potential Auburn goals in the first half...Dani Rice was magnificent in her last game at Ellis Field. She was special. Auburn is great at putting together little passes that find the gaps. The Ramsier sisters do a fantastic job with it and (Kristen) Dodson up front is a handful and she makes it that more difficult on us. It feels real good to keep a great attacking team in check.Junior forward Haley PoundsOn the penalty kick goal...Weve been practicing penalty kicks all week. I was a little nervous going up there because of what was on the line. But, I felt pretty confident. I knew where I was going to place it and was able to execute and get the goal.On Emily Bates...Shes a huge asset. She is always creating chances for our team. All the credit goes to her for drawing that foul in the box and setting up that PK for me.Sophomore defender Kendall RitchieOn the second half play...We really picked it up in the second half. We felt really strong. This was probably our strongest second half we have had all season. 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