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
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.
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
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
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
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
Former Army star defensive end/linebacker and current lieutenant Josh McNary has signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. The team has placed him on the reserve-military list until he completes his military obligation on May 21st.
Army fans will remember McNary for his outstanding performance in the 2010 Armed Forces Bowl, where he returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown and sparked the Black Knights to a 16–14 win over Southern Methodist University. +Continue Reading
The Army-Navy game is the final regular season college football game of the 2012 season and CBS will broadcast the matchup this Saturday (12/8) at 3pm ET live from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. This is the fourth time the game has been played on the second Saturday in December, a date that keeps the game away from all the BCS hoopla that went down last week. If America wants some Division 1 (OK, FBS) football this Saturday, it’s all about the service academies. +Continue Reading
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch found himself without a sponsor going into this season and, determined to fight his way back to the top, decided that Talladega Nights’ Ricky Bobby should be his new role model. Busch partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation to promote PTSD awareness and used that charitable connection to convince Will Ferrell and the Sony Pictures to allow him to drive a copy Ricky’s comeback car from the comedy classic at Talladega’s Aaron’s 499 race. +Continue Reading
Your cynical team here at UTR had a rant all ready to go if the “Be My Date to the Military Ball” virus ever resurfaced by USAF Airman Jamie Walden is so charming and adorable here that we’re not going to call her out for asking Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow to take her to an April dance in Shreveport, LA.
But seriously, if we’re going to blackmail celebrities into “supporting the troops,” why not guilt them into throwing the spotlight on jobs programs for returning vets or better treatment options for wounded warriors?
Good news for Jamie, though: if Tim says yes, she won’t have to worry about putting out at the end of the night.