Thank you, Mexico.

Just watched the beginning festivities for the US football game (Raiders v. Texans) being held as I write in Mexico City. This isn’t the first game that has been played there – my Cardinals were there in 2005 – but let’s be clear that this game is WAY more important. There was fear that the players would be attacked. The players were told to stay in their hotel rooms. They were told to be careful about eating any food from room service. Yeah. And no wonder. Moreover, there was fear that the the U.S. flag would be booed. That the singing of our Nation Anthem would be booed so loudly that it wouldn’t even be heard (LOVELY rendition of our anthem, as it happened.Had NO trouble hearing it.) The fear that our players would also be booed. But apparently, Mexico is classier than the US is at this moment in time. Not only was there absolute silence during the very beautiful rendition of our anthem, but also a magnificent display of our flag – made up of a ton of people holding up cards on the field. It was a huge display that took up much of the field. Judging by what I saw, everyone in the stadium was standing. There was applause at the end. They then did the same for the Mexican flag, and the Mexican anthem. Again, respectful silence throughout, and applause at the end. The applause did NOT sound any louder for their own anthem, though. Amazing. I am beyond impressed. Considering what our Oompaloompa-elect has said about Mexico and its citizens, they would have been WELL within their rights to show NO respect AT ALL for our flag. And we’re not talking about a bunch of politicians playing nice. We are talking about a giant stadium full of a huge cross-section of Mexican citizens. I repeat. Very classy. Respect-wise, they are leaps and bounds beyond ANYTHING our Bad Comb-over-Elect has ever shown to ANYONE, much less to Mexico. Thank you for rising above, Mexico. Thank you for keeping it classy. Now – GO RAIDERS!

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About merseamersea

setter of cryptic crosswords, designer of jewelry, paper and card maker, editor, quilter, embroiderer, cook, avid mystery reader and occasional writer. Find me on Facebook as Maggie-beth Rees Rasor.
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