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Bears players link arms during the national anthem before an NFL game against the Packers in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (Morry Gash/AP Photo)

Trump calls on NFL players to stand for anthem

President Donald Trump on Saturday night stoked the controversy over his call for punitive action against NFL players who take a knee or otherwise protest during the national anthem, tweeting anew that they should remain standing out of respect for the nation and its flag.

Buffalo Bills players take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to an NFL game against the Denver Broncos in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP Photo)

Trump managed to unite NFL, players

If you drew a Venn diagram of those who felt that Colin Kaepernick should have kept his politics separate from his NFL job, and those who applauded Donald Trump for calling players who kneel during the national anthem “sons of bitches” who deserve to be fired, I suspect it would look a lot like a single circle.

Broncos tight end Virgil Green (85) gestures as teammate Max Garcia (left) takes a knee during the playing of the U.S. anthem prior to an NFL game against the Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (Adrian Kraus/AP Photo)

A Canadian's perspective on NFL protests

How, on a weekend when the U.S. President called for the firing of anthem-protesting “sons of bitches” NFL players, and urged a fan boycott -- and when players by the dozens if not hundreds responded Sunday with even more protests, this time with the publicly expressed support of the league and most owners -- can the analysis of any NFL game matter in comparison?

In this Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Giants-Lions preview

After defeating the Browns 27-13 at Cleveland last Nov. 27, the New York Giants have failed to score more than 19 points in six consecutive regular-season games, plus in one NFC playoff game wedged in.

This Aug. 21, 2017 file photo shows members of the Browns kneeling during the national anthem before an NFL preseason game against the New York Giants in Cleveland. (Ron Schwane/AP Photo/Files)

Unions refuse to hold flag at Browns opener

Members of unions representing Cleveland police officers and paramedics have said they won’t hold a large U.S. flag during pregame ceremonies prior to next Sunday’s Cleveland Browns season opener after a group of Browns players knelt during the national anthem before a preseason game last month.

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