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If A Player Is Down You "Take A Knee" Darn It!

Updated on August 29, 2014

I reckon fireman and soldiers also take a knee in certain circumstances.

We like to say "stand tall but kneel easily".
We like to say "stand tall but kneel easily". | Source

Now this is over the top.

Just for those who do not know it is tradition and even a rule that when a player goes down in a team field sport the other participants first kneel down and stop motion. Especially in fast paced soccer and American football but also Lacrosse and Field hockey. The reasons are several. A sign of respect. An immediate halt in action. And ability to identify the injured and respond and yes even a time to pray for the injured and or give respect and thank whoever that it was not you.

The tradition crosses team lines and shows respect for a player from either team. We also sometimes see it in Basketball and baseball when the injury is clearly severe.

Perhaps it is also an ancient warrior code of respect for a fallen warrior of repute.

But someone just complained about this practice. Yes they really did.

We get down on bended knee for many reasons, sometimes it is just begging.

"Hat in hand, on bended knee"

This is a term that means that one asked equity and prays for help in time of trouble. It is ages old, since hats I suppose. It means to supplicate and ask that good and right be done. It is secular and is taught in all places, law school. It means almost that while I have no formal right to ask, I ask in the name of good.

It is used in international politics to suggest not a surrender but again a supplication to do the right thing and come to the aid of good when wrong seems to gain interest by strict application of policy or law.

In this and in the sports analogies it is a time of saying that "we know this is the way things are but in power and goodness make them better".

It is said that Americans are to first approach all enemies in this fashion before taking drastic action. It is a plea to abstain from further injury for all parties concerned.

In a court of law it is when one side simply goes to the court and says that a great inequity will be done unless you step in and prevent it although you are not compelled by law to do so, only by right. It is a huge part of balancing good verses strict adherence to inevitable consequences that are irreversible in nature. Like a restraining order against a crazed person before they have done wrong.

I point this out to let us see the secular nature of taking a knee and that it is humble without being religious.

Some strict rules make no sense.

This boy knows just what good this sign is.
This boy knows just what good this sign is. | Source

And for those like me that take that knee and pray always remember the naysayers cannot stop us.

And so it was that a group objected.

Truly I say to you that a group objected to this practice and called it coach led prayer. Oh they got all flustered and made a big deal out of it and demanded that it stop. Clearly not one of the idiots had ever watched a soccer match of football game in their life but were willing to object to a time honored tradition and rule.

You think I joke, well I do not. (the source is biased but seems legit on this)

I do not know what goes through the mind of an atheist child when he takes a knee for a fallen co-warrior. I almost do not care. I do not care what goes through a Buddhists' mind or a Native American mind. But for the tradition they had better take a knee an bow or at least act like it.

I reckon many of us approach sports and music like it is a religion.

I do not think our founders had in mind declaring sports tradition and music as religions that were not to be practiced in schools.
I do not think our founders had in mind declaring sports tradition and music as religions that were not to be practiced in schools. | Source

Gentle sportsmen and women take that knee.

Salute those that have been before you and give thought to the fallen warrior. Get on bended knee and bow your head. And give some thought to a fallen comrade.

And then get you butts up and charge on and carry on in tradition and full speed ahead and win. Keep your head right there in the game, be careful but not too careful. And thank whoever you want to that you live in a land where sports are your right and tradition is noble and for good reason.

Let the non-parents of Freedom From Religion Foundation ring their bells and let not that effect you and your great honor in playing the sport you have chosen and the team you represent.

Shoot this one might be good enough to copy!

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Abby, that little guy is the angel of my life named Gabriel.

      Thank you for pointing out that it is systemic in our society these days and I should not take it so personal.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise by the end of researching and writing I came to the conclusion that the antagonists here probably did not really understand the tradition behind the bended knee. But then it begged the question -- why did not they publicly apologize?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene I really wanted to go all rabid ballistic against the group that objected but for some reason took a mellow approach. It does really irk me that what I do bothers others so.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, my wife does the same thing to me each morning --- though she is praying --- that I leave;-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      To all commenters I really apologize for not getting back sooner but I really did check and just got these in on this hub an hour ago. This hub also took over a day to be accepted and scored. Some ghost in the machinery I suppose.

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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Times surely are different than they were 20 or 50 years ago. It seems we are so vocal and negative these days. Why can't people just have compassion and overlook things like they use to? Stirring the pot seems to be the way unfortunately.

      By the way, I love the pics of your little guy. He is so cute! :-)

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      Denise W Anderson 

      4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I, like MsDora, was not familiar with this tradition. I think it is a wonderful one, and would like to see more of it taught, especially to our younger generation. Teach it as a form of respect for the injured. No religious mention needs to be made. Perhaps if more of us know about it, it won't be such a big deal!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      What really bothers me is how people get upset over the littlest thing. If I want to get on a bended knee for whatever reason, who am I harming? Yet, if someone sees me and thinks I'm praying, they want to tell me I can't do that. It is such a shame that our country is so far removed from the visions of the founding fathers. I really enjoyed reading your view on this.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      The militant atheists will not be happy until they eliminate free speech altogether. I take the knee before my wife every day to beg her not to leave me and I don't consider this a religious act at all. Great hub - keep fighting and only bend the knee for those who deserve it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE how true that the traditions give us great lessons about life.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and with great lessons.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      In many sports if it is not common they violate the rules -- by not doing it. I learned it as a competitor and taught as a coach. Thank you C MarieWeber for visiting and commenting.

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      4 years ago from Wichita

      Great write up. I see it as a form of respect and think it should be more common.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora you put the emphasis where it belongs. Sports need to be life lessons and this is a good one to teach. It is an influence of honor and caring.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nocturnus, I had not thought of the empathy factor, and yes you are totally correct. Sports do teach invaluable lessons. I look forward to writing more in the near future.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I'm one who didn't know the "take the knee" tradition. I applaud the practice and the many lessons we can learn from it, which can be useful in other areas of life. We need to take a knee for the morally injured. Thanks for your opinion on this.

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      4 years ago from South Africa

      "Taking a knee" is also a symbol of empathy. Many know how to sympathize but not many choose to truly empathize with ones foe. Where there would be room for instant forgiveness and/or understanding of the nature of the conflict or contest.

      Eric, I missed your inspirational and powerful words! Thank you for sharing this wonderful article ^^,

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ologsinquito, you make a point I am too afraid to face by myself. I am lucky to have faith in the face of such matters.

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      4 years ago from USA

      I've often thought that sports, shopping malls and other worldly things have now come to replace religion. The entrance to many malls looks almost like an entrance to a church.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill for your insightful comment. I think maybe we still need to prove our humanity. At least try.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the pictures of your little man. I always smile when I see for the message....what do we have to prove once an opponent is beaten? Nothing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It was amazing to me and should be an embarrassment to those involved in objecting.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      If something aint broke just leave it be. This bended knee is a sign of respect to a fallen team mate and shouldn't be offensive to anyone. It seems just part of the push to eradicate anything any reference to Christianity, the Bible, talk of creation etc from all parts of public life. The protesters obviously associate 'bended knee' with prayer so want it abolished.


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