Teams Lining Up At The Foul Line During The Anthem/Introductions

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  • During the playing of the National Anthem.

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  • During the introductions of the other team.

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  • Both during the playing of the National Anthem & during introductions of the other team.

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  • None of the above. It isn't unsportsmanlike or intimidating.

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    Teams Lining Up At The Foul Line During The Anthem/Introductions

    Is it unsportsmanlike or intimidating when a team lines up on the foul line in this manner:

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    A) During the playing of the National Anthem?

    B) During the introductions of the other team?

    C) Both A & B.

    D) None of the above. It isn't unsportsmanlike or intimidating.
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    You need a 5th option: "If your school is named Covington Catholic."

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    When teams lineup for the national anthem, do they face each other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all Trades View Post
    When teams lineup for the national anthem, do they face each other?
    If both teams are lined up as show in the attached picture, then yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Oracle View Post
    You need a 5th option: "If your school is named Covington Catholic."
    I'm getting a lot of solid laughter in today.

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    Personally Iíve never known the exact rules of player introductions, and the anthem, as Iíve just simply observed what seems to be the given accepted norms, and if Iíve ever seen teams lined up Iíve just simply thought that it looked like an act of team unity, and respect during the anthem.

    Not until this thread have I ever considered it to be an objectionable act, and Iím still not understanding how it might be.

    On a side note:

    I forget when I first began seeing it, but itís now, as Iím sure everyone has seen, acceptable for players to fist bump during introductions, including fist bumping the refs.

    Actually even more so than acceptable, but seemingly expected.

    Iíve no problem with it, but Iím guessing that before fist bumping was a thing, many wouldíve found it disrespectful in an age that was all about the handshake.

    Really probably not a bad idea in a germaphobic world, but some of these before game rituals seem to ulter little by little as the years roll by.

    Iíve no personal objection to any of it, and itís fun to see what creative things various teams come up with.

    I get a kick out of the team line when starters are being announced, and theyíre running through it, and their bench players are celebrating them with hand slaps, or fist bumps, with one head dude giving each individual player his own unique hand jesters, slaps, bumps, or whatever sequence theyíve designed beforehand, but theyíre definitely previously practiced maneuvers, and they all show team unity, friendship, and respect for one another.

    If anything were to stand out significantly as something terribly disrespectful, then Iíd probably object, but so far I canít say that Iíve ever knowingly noticed anything too outlandish.

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    It is probably best if they face the flag during the national anthem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConverseAllStar View Post
    It is probably best if they face the flag during the national anthem.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConverseAllStar View Post
    It is probably best if they face the flag during the national anthem.
    Agreed.

    As far as I can tell, this is what I've always witnessed.

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    As I said in the other thread if the opposing team doesn’t like this or feel disrespected just go out and win the game. I saw Covington Catholic do this against Lexington Catholic. I also saw them do this vs. Male they lost both games. It seems like to me it’s only teams that are complaining are the ones Catholic beat. If it’s that bad beat them then line up at the foul line for the post game line. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    Of both teams are lined up as show in the attached picture, then yes.
    So which team then disrespects the flag by turning their back to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConverseAllStar View Post
    It is probably best if they face the flag during the national anthem.

    Then they cannot face each other during the anthem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all Trades View Post
    So which team then disrespects the flag by turning their back to it?
    That depends on where the flag is.

    Also, you're really changing your tune from when you originally said @HSBballfan1212 was "spot on" when he said that lining up this way "is a form of trying to intimidate the opponent and a ridiculous practice."

    So what's your issue here? Is it that lining up this way is potentially (depending on the position of the flag) disrespectful to the flag, or is it that you think it's trying to intimidate the other team? Because your response here doesn't seem to match up with the one in the other thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    That depends on where the flag is.

    Also, you're really changing your tune from when you originally said @HSBballfan1212 was "spot on" when he said that lining up this way "is a form of trying to intimidate the opponent and a ridiculous practice."

    So what's your issue here? Is it that lining up this way is potentially (depending on the position of the flag) disrespectful to the flag, or is it that you think it's trying to intimidate the other team? Because your response here doesn't seem to match up with the one in the other thread.
    No gym in NKY has the flag hanging from center court. Amazing the dancing that is going around this subject and the number of people that have no idea why it is being discussed. Someone name for me one other team in NKY that lines up this way during player introductions for the opposing team.

    I am betting the answer is NONE.

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    I've been to at least 10 CovCath games this year. If either team lined up during introductions with the intent to intimidate or disrespect the other team, I didn't notice.

    The poll seems pretty one sided at this point though.

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