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Former SEALS Marcus Luttrell and Robert O’Neill love them some football.
If you’re a football coach selling that “football is war” metaphor to your team, which high-profile SEAL veteran do you want to deliver that pregame motivational speech? The one wrote a book about his heroism under orders from the brass or the one who some say broke the code by going on TV to announce that he was the guy who took out Osama bin Laden?
Last Saturday, Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell gave a pregame speech to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide before they took on the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Washington Redskins brought in the newly famous Robert O’Neill on Saturday night to inspire the squad before their Sunday home game against the woeful 1–8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Guess what happened. +Continue Reading
Alan Eustace shocked everyone last week when he broke Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall altitude record, breaking the speed of sound and falling over 25 miles in 15 minutes. That’s just crazy, and it’s even harder to believe when you learn that Eustace didn’t use a space capsule like Baumgartner did: he went up in a small balloon that allowed him to perform his feat for a fraction of the cost.
Eustace has a day job as “senior vice president of knowledge” at Google and, at 57, he’s pretty old for an extreme athlete. There were a lot of engineering innovations to mitigate the risk, but testing only gets you so far. +Continue Reading
Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams caused quite a stir on Facebook Monday when he posted the above photo to his timeline.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Williams immediately got some negative feedback from the FB haters (“u seem to like being showy about it too”) but most followers applauded the gesture (“all I got to say is mad respect. Thanks for the support to vets”).
Then a few observers looked closely at the photograph. +Continue Reading
If you’ve been caught up in World Cup fever over the last few weeks and want some more soccer in your life, The Class of ’92 documentary comes out on DVD this week as a Walmart exclusive. The film documents the raging success of a group of six young players who joined the Manchester United club in the English Premier League in the early 1990s. +Continue Reading
USA goalie Tim Howard played one of the greatest matches in World Cup history yesterday, but his near-superhuman efforts couldn’t prevent a 2–1 United States loss to Belgium in the knockout Round of 16.
His record 16 saves and brilliant defensive play inspired an editor to name him “Secretary of Defense of the United States of America” on Wikipedia. +Continue Reading
There’s two ways to look at the current state of personal health monitoring devices. Old jocks are amazed that everyone can personally keep track of the kind of health data you used to get once a year at your checkup. Young gearheads will point out that we’ve been subjected to a series of monitoring devices that fall apart or get recalled (Jawbone UP, Fitbit Force).
Scosche has just released an updated RHYTHM+ Heart Rate monitor ($79.99) that aims to do one thing: monitor your heart rate during a workout and send the data to a mobile device. It works with any ANT+ device or Bluetooth smartphone and it’s really good at its job. +Continue Reading
Green Beret John Wayne Walding was announced as the winner of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” contest during the 2014 CMT Music Awards broadcast. The program will rename the July 27th NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com. At the race, Walding will receive a VIP at-track experience and hand the trophy bearing his name to the race winner in Victory Lane. +Continue Reading
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they’ve signed 6-foot-9 Army vet Alejandro Villanueva to a rookie free-agent contract. Villanueva will come to training camp as a defensive linemen, although he played for the Army Black Knights as both a wide receiver and offensive left tackle.
Since his final college season in 2009, Villanueva has served three tours in Afghanistan and was recently promoted to captain. He earned the Bronze Star Medal for valor during his first tour for moving forward under enemy fire to pull wounded soldiers from an isolated position. +Continue Reading
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
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