The National Football League is flying in 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School students to sing at the Super Bowl, according to a piece at NFL.com.
Amid some controversy (read some of these comments) as to whether the move has political undertones, or is somehow a move of exploitation, the League has rounded up the children from the Newtown, Connecticut school where 20 of their fellow students and 6 teachers were shot and killed by a lone gunman on December 14.
They will be singing “America the Beautiful.” It is slated to air live on pregame show on CBS just before pop star Alica Keys sings the national anthem.
In the roughly six weeks since that tragic morning, the American people have become incredibly divided upon the issue of gun control and the definition of what it means to be “armed” in this country. The dialogues have be blistering and the rhetoric has been almost more than many of us can stand.
Yet, in this instance, adding the Sandy Hook children to the Super Bowl brouhaha seems pretty apropos, I think. In the moments before the biggest sporting event of the year, it seems fitting that each of us watching might appreciate the spirit of the game and what it represents even more if we are fresh off of a sobering and beautiful reminder of the things that really matter in this world.
So, even if you are a jaded cynic who is afraid that entire country is out to get you, why not just let this one slide by. These are kids. And they are singing at the Super Bowl.
How can that possibly be wrong?