Mike Ditka is in the news again. He was the most popular American Football Coach for the team Chicago Bears.
He said yesterday athletes who kneel during the national anthem to “get the hell out of this country”. Quite a few athletes are planning to kneel during the playing of national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter.
“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old-fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel,” Ditka said.
He was also in the big news in 2004.
Barrack Obama, virtually unknown at that time, ran for the U.S. Senate. He had slim chance of winning. His Republican challenger was leading. A month before the election, he was caught in some scandal. So he had to withdraw. The Republican Party asked Mike Ditka to run against Obama. The party even begged him.
Ditka refused because he wanted to concentrate on Football. Ditka was more popular in Chicago and the State of Illinois than Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai and Maharashtra. Had he accepted to run for the Senate, Obama would have lost his deposit (to use an Indian term). And that would have been the end of his political career.
See how fate plays in everyone’s life.
PS: Blogger.com has made some changes. I don't even know how to create a new post. I had a post that was in draft stage and wrote on that. May be I am not tech savvy.