This is just about the angriest I've ever been at Canzano. His latest column is basically calling Brandon Roy a traitor for his private moment in the tunnel during the national anthem. This attitude is ridiculous, you would suppose that Canzano is the same kind of person that feels that you can't be spiritual unless you go to church, because it just doesn't "feel right" to do things your own way. If Brandon Roy says that he loves America, doesn't complain about America, why does Canzano make a point to go out of his way into shaming Brandon into participating in the national anthem?
This the kind of activist journalism that really bothers me. We have professional athletes that are misogynist, homophobic, and involved in all kinds of really detrimental activities... and Canzano goes after a trivial act that has no bearing on anyone else. I guess there isn't enough flag-waving going on in sports now.
Patriotism is not measured by how well you recite the Pledge of Allegiance, how teary-eyed you get when Whitney Houston sings the national anthem, or anything like that. What makes a patriot is something that cares about his country, does what he can to contribute positively, and fights injustice when he can. These other symbolic acts Canzano is confusing the United States being like some sort of team that we're all playing on. Being American does not require uniformity, in fact, American individualism is a blessing of our Constitutional society. Canzano should be embracing the ability of Roy and others to express their selves as they wish because we can do that in America, and the argument that "if all the other players went in the tunnel" is ridiculous, because they won't go into the tunnel. It is a strawman argument meant to create controversy where there isn't controversy.
Find a real issue to write about, and move on from your trivialities, Canzano.