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Getting It Right, Most of the Time. A Tale of Paid Patriotism That Was Not

We really strive to get things right here at the Wave.

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"It take a big person to admit when they get it wrong"

I remember that quote that my Dad told me.  I was playing on my club team in California and had been sent off for a challenge that was less than legal and let the referee know my thoughts in some, um, rather colorful terms.  I let my team down by getting ejected and it was an immature and childish thing to and my father let me know that I would be apologizing to my team for letting them down.  It was painful.  It was embarrassing for me.  But it was a lesson that I needed to learn.

I think about that from time to time as I write for the Wave.  We do our level headed best to get things write about what we talk about, how we say what we say and what we say.  We want to get it right.  Sure, we will screw up from time to time.  Our grammar may be off.  Our spelling may suck.  But basically I want us to give an accurate story of what is going on out there in Colorado Rapids land.  I want the blokes for this blog to give their opinion, even if it is not loved by everyone.

But we want to be right about it.

And when we are not, we apologize.

In early November, I wrote an article about the Rapids charging the military for appearances at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  Basically, the Rapids were being paid by the military for coming to DSGP.  You remember the phrase: "paid patriotism."

Well, on December 3 on the Denver Post, the following was posted about Paid Patriotism:

We have not charged any branch of the military for anything involving community outreach or soldier appreciation. We will, however, continue to honor military, law enforcement and firefighters, etc., at more than 100 sporting events annually at Pepsi Center and Dick's Sporting Goods Park in appreciation of their service to our community and our country.

Quite the contrary, we have traveled some of our senior executives from Altitude Sports, which is our regional sports network, to produce documentaries on our servicemen overseas, which we have then aired at no cost and as a public service.

We have accepted advertising dollars from different branches of the service in the past, but those advertising commitments were specifically aimed at branding and recruitment and are similar to what you might see on network television or in movie theaters throughout the year.

We have not participated in any practice that could be referred to as "paid patriotism."

Tom Philand

The writer is executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Colorado Rapids.

Now,  I will let people that read our blog decide what is or what is not Paid Patriotism.  That will be your choice.  But I did feel it was important to post this from Mr Philand and get his point of view out there.

Based on the information from Mr Philand, we got this one wrong.  The Rapids did not participate in Paid Patriotism and posting this was important so that both sides of this issue are heard.  I appreciate why this is a story as no sports team should ever charge the military for an appearance.  And it appears that the Rapids did not accept money for "Paid Patriotism."