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Army football 9-11
College Football & Heroes

Of all places, SEC country is where one is mostly likely to hear the word "hero" used in the context of the sport of football. But next time you hear the word in that context think of this image. After 9/11, the NCAA postponed all games that subsequent weekend. That meant UAB's first game post-9/11 would be against Army in Birmingham on 9/22/01.

Fans know that during the National Anthem college football teams are typically still in their locker rooms. On that September Saturday, however, the teams came out early. When UAB's band began the Anthem, Blazer players stood facing the flag with hands over hearts. Across the way, however, every Army player had lined up at attention along the sideline and all snapped to a salute - roughly 100 young men, a line reaching nearly goal line to goal line, whose futures had suddenly gained a clarity of purpose, of duty.

UAB won the football game 55-3 before a crowd of 25,000. It was the most unsatisfying victory I have ever, and likely will ever, experienced. Every 9/11 I think about the players that lined up on that sideline - what they and their loved ones have experienced, where they might be now, what they were feeling during that first game back on the field. I also stop myself if tempted to use words like hero, courage, or sacrifice in regards to sports.

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Great story. To bad some of the players now are punks and will not even stand up.
09-11-2017 12:16 PM
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(09-11-2017 12:16 PM)Carolina_Low_Country Wrote:  Great story. To bad some of the players now are punks and will not even stand up.

Yes.

College football = America. State pride, national pride, national anthem where everyone stands and removes their hats and puts their hands on their heart, local food and traditions, marching bands. Authentic. Means something.

NFL = Gimmicky garbage like Las Vegas or Disney World where rich millionaires scum bags kneel and eat a sandwich during national anthem. Artificial. Means nothing.

P.S. They have their right to kneel. I have the right to call them scum bags. I wore a uniform too.....not an NFL one, but a US Army one.
09-12-2017 07:51 AM
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College football is simply much more fun to me than the NFL. the program I am a fan of (Northwestern) had 2000 high school plus Northwestern U college band members perform at half time, during the game and post game on Labor Day Weekend. The pride and excitement shown by the band members made it a great event to experience.

Contrast that with the NFL franchise near me (Chicago Bears) who have no cheerleaders and no band despite having one of the most recognizable team songs in the league (Bear Down Chicago Bears) and I will take college football all day every day over the NFL.

Add on to that the fact that with their "dynamic pricing" the least expensive ticket for the Pittsburgh Steelers ($212) or Green Bay Packers ($158) cost what Northwestern season tickets cost, in the case of the Packers game season tickets cost $25 more but NU's parking is free and the Bears charge at least $25 per game so that difference is more than made up.

Nearly all of the NFL's numbers are trending down, those running that league better wake up.
09-12-2017 08:31 AM
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(09-12-2017 07:51 AM)billybobby777 Wrote:  
(09-11-2017 12:16 PM)Carolina_Low_Country Wrote:  Great story. To bad some of the players now are punks and will not even stand up.

Yes.

College football = America. State pride, national pride, national anthem where everyone stands and removes their hats and puts their hands on their heart, local food and traditions, marching bands. Authentic. Means something.

NFL = Gimmicky garbage like Las Vegas or Disney World where rich millionaires scum bags kneel and eat a sandwich during national anthem. Artificial. Means nothing.

P.S. They have their right to kneel. I have the right to call them scum bags. I wore a uniform too.....not an NFL one, but a US Army one.

Yeah, it always grates on my nerves when I hear someone refer to a ball player as a hero.

I do not watch any pro sports anymore.
09-12-2017 08:31 AM
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(09-12-2017 08:31 AM)Policiious Wrote:  College football is simply much more fun to me than the NFL. the program I am a fan of (Northwestern) had 2000 high school plus Northwestern U college band members perform at half time, during the game and post game on Labor Day Weekend. The pride and excitement shown by the band members made it a great event to experience.

Contrast that with the NFL franchise near me (Chicago Bears) who have no cheerleaders and no band despite having one of the most recognizable team songs in the league (Bear Down Chicago Bears) and I will take college football all day every day over the NFL.

Add on to that the fact that with their "dynamic pricing" the least expensive ticket for the Pittsburgh Steelers ($212) or Green Bay Packers ($158) cost what Northwestern season tickets cost, in the case of the Packers game season tickets cost $25 more but NU's parking is free and the Bears charge at least $25 per game so that difference is more than made up.

Nearly all of the NFL's numbers are trending down, those running that league better wake up.
The Bears don't have cheerleaders? A couple of NFL teams have bands fwiw. Most have at least a drumline and use local high schools for halftime shows.

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09-12-2017 09:53 AM
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