While many NFL players kneeled during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games Sunday, NASCAR crews stood along pit road for the national anthem. Several NFL players have not stood for the anthem before games to protest the treatment of blacks by police. Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend last year when he played with the San Francisco 49ers.
After a sizzling performance Saturday night, Georgia Bulldogs went surging up the polls to No. 8 in the new Coaches Poll following a resounding 31-3 victory over Mississippi State Bulldogs in Athens. Alabama Crimson Tide is still holding strong atop the top 25 after destroying Vanderbilt Commodores 59-0 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday afternoon in a game that wasn't even as close as the score indicates. Meanwhile, Florida State Seminoles took the biggest tumble after falling 27-21 to NC State in Tallahassee. Here's how the poll looks heading into Week 5: Coaches poll, Week 5 Alabama (first-place votes -- 59) Clemson Tigers (4) Oklahoma Sooners Penn State Nittany Lions Southern California
LOUDON, N.H. — NASCAR again proved to be an insular oddity in American sports culture on Sunday as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pre-race festivities at New Hampshire Motor Speedway were completely devoid of the type of national anthem protests that have permeated other professional sports. Demonstrations have increased in response to President Trump asserting that NFL owners should “get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!" if one of their players protested. On the day Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan linked arms with players in a silent protest before an NFL game in London, if any NASCAR competitors shared the political opinion of athletes expressing