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‘Real Heroes Wear Camo’

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One week ago, T.J. Oshie from Team USA hockey was a good NHL player for the St. Louis Blues. Since his incredible performance (four shootout goals in six attempts) in the USA’s dramatic overtime victory over Russia in the Sochi Olympics, Oshie has become the country’s most famous Olympic hockey player since the 1980 Miracle on Ice team’s Mike Eruzione.

He’s having one of those great sports moments, but Oshie has won even more fans because he knows it’s just that: a sports moment. When a reporter asked him what if felt like to be a hero, the player quickly replied, “No. The real heroes wear camo. I’m not one of them.” +Continue Reading

USAF Lieutenant Prepares for Super Bowl Debut

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First Lt. Alicia Quaco is a 2010 graduate of the Air Force Academy who’s stationed in Seattle and works to manage aircraft production for the USAF.

She’s also making her Super Bowl debut this Sunday as a member of the Seattle Seahawks’ Sea Gals cheerleading squad when her team takes on the Denver Broncos. +Continue Reading

From NFL Cheerleader to Army Intelligence Officer

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Amy Washburn was a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader while she was studying history at Drexel University. She was also in Army ROTC and became an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan after college graduation. +Continue Reading

Army Coach Rich Ellerson Gets the Boot

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No one connected to the Black Knights football program seriously expects Army to compete with Florida State, Auburn or even Notre Dame, but a coach that can’t beat Navy isn’t going to be welcome in West Point. +Continue Reading

Troy Polamalu & the VFW’s Mane Event

Pittsburgh Steeler strong safety Troy Polamalu may be more famous for his exceptionally long hair than he is for his exceptional NFL career. While the seven-time Pro Bowler has led his team to two Super Bowl victories, he’s made an even bigger splash with a series of shampoo commercials that star his flowing mane.

That’s what makes his participation in the VFW’s Mane Event such a big deal. Troy will cut his hair for the first time in over ten years to support the VFW and is challenging everyone to take a pledge to cut their hair this Veteran’s Day, November 11th, and gather support from family and friends to raise money to support the work of the VFW. +Continue Reading

NCAA Bans Marine Vet From Playing Football

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Steven Rhodes served his country for five years as a United States Marine. The 24-year-old has enrolled at Middle Tennessee University and joined the football team as a walk-on, playing wide receiver and defensive end.

The NCAA has decided that Steven isn’t eligible to play this season because he participated in a military-only recreational league in 2012. Even though it was a loosely-run league that sometimes went six weeks between games, the NCAA says that because the teams kept score and there were uniforms and referees, the league counts as “organized competition.”

UDPATE (Tuesday, 8/20): The NCAA heard the complaints and decided that Rhodes can play this season. Of course, you could point out that ignoring one of the organization’s own rules (no matter how misguided it might be) opens up all the other rules to challenges. Let’s not do that here and just be glad that Steven Rhodes get the shot he deserves.

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Baseball’s Tribute for Heroes

At last nights Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the winners from the Tribute for Heroes contest were honored during the pre-game ceremonies. The 29 American (and one Canadian) heroes were each presented with a flag that had flown over their favorite team’s stadium. Each veteran was chosen by the fans from their respective cities.

Props to the folks at MLB: we hear about moments like this from time to time but they never seem to show up online after the event. The league posted a ton of video (including detailed game highlights) from the entire event, just like they’re doing for pretty much every game all season (NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA: pay attention). They even included a nice moment where Cincinnati Reds Brandon Phillips has a nice moment when presented with a unit coin from the Army 1st Ranger Battalion: +Continue Reading

‘One on One’ With William Beatty of the New York Giants

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William Beatty is an offensive tackle for the 2012 Super Bowl winning New York Giants.  Although Beatty is a formidable and intimidating player, his athletic prowess is only outdone by the size of his heart.  Beatty sat down to discuss his appreciation for the armed forces as well as his personal journey of overcoming obstacles to triumph in both his professional and personal life.

You’ve had the quite the NFL career in a short amount of time. What and who do you account for your success?

First, Thanks be to God for blessing me with the ability to play the sport that I love. The support of my family, who continuously encouraged me and lifted me up with I was down. Also my coaches, for taking the thought of me being a great player, and making it a reality. +Continue Reading

Send a Military Hero to Baseball’s All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball has teamed up with People Magazine to create Tribute for Heroes, a chance to honor a military hero by sending him or her to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. Click here, choose your favorite team and choose one of three nominees. Each team will send its winner to the game in New York on July 16th and one hero will be profiled in People. +Continue Reading

‘Support Our Troops’ With Nike & the Ducks

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College football fans know about the University of Oregon football program and its crazy uniform designs. The school can afford to change its look what seems like almost every week because its biggest booster is Phil Knight, the founder of Nike and one of the school’s most famous and wealthy alumni.

The April 27th spring football game featured a new “Support Our Troops” uniform design that’s partially inspired by actual military uniform design ‚with a “Ducks” name patch on the right breast, a U.S. flag on the right shoulder and the addition of “Support Our Troops” to the Oregon badge on the front of the jersey. +Continue Reading