Regarding the genuflecting football players, I don't see where lies the disrespect. Having been raised Catholic, I've always known that to be an act not only of respect but worship. If there is offense it might be found in the appropriating of it for the NFL which should be worshiped legs up on a couch with a fistful of pretzels and a can of Schlitz.
As far as the national anthem is concerned, we're supposed to worship that with human sacrifice. And we do. I just fail to see how any of this is unpatriotic. Perhaps inquiring minds should be wondering why Americans are inundated in patriotic songs at every televised sports event. Will an even greater sacrifice soon be required of us?