Polling place

Chicago Sun-Times - - NEWS - with steve green­berg sgreen­berg@sun­times.com @slgreen­berg

With ma­jor-league base­ball set to re­sume play July 23, the NBA on July 30 and the NHL on Aug. 1, will there be an uptick in so-called an­them protests? In sup­port of Black Lives Mat­ter or for any other rea­sons, will we see base­ball, bas­ket­ball and hockey play­ers take knees as the na­tional an­them blares in­side mostly empty sta­di­ums and are­nas?

And what will be the pub­lic re­ac­tion to it? In soc­cer alone, there have been such acts of protest in men’s and women’s pro­fes­sional leagues in the U.S., Eng­land and else­where. A ta­ble-set­ter for the higher-pro­file leagues in this coun­try? If and when foot­ball ar­rives, play­ers through­out the NFL and the col­lege game un­doubt­edly will take knees; foot­ball play­ers have led sports’ part in this move­ment from the start.

In this week’s “Polling Place” — your home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twit­ter

— we asked if kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them is, essen­tially, good or bad. The vot­ing speaks loudly.

As the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins and Cleve­land In­di­ans, among other teams and schools at all lev­els, re­con­sider their names and lo­gos, we also asked what the Black­hawks should do about theirs. Fi­nally, we asked if the sports world has got­ten too po­lit­i­cal.

“Have polls got­ten dum­ber?” @ran­dosox­fan com­mented.

Th­ese ques­tions aren’t easy for ev­ery­body. “I’d pre­fer a third op­tion to th­ese ques­tions,” @tu­na­hof wrote. “The an­swers are worded to be ex­treme one way or the other.”

It’s a fair point, though play­ing the mid­dle doesn’t seem to help set­tle any is­sues of the day.

On to the polls: ✶

Con­nor Mur­phy Eric Reid Colin Kaeper­nick

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