Marine Scott Wood died four weeks ago after suffering injuries during combat in Iraq. Before his burial, his wife dressed him in two uniforms. On the outside, Scott wore his military dress blues. Underneath, he wore the blue No. 80 jersey of Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.
Sara Wood had been married to Scott for eight years. They have a five-year-old son together named Landon. Now he and Sara live in a single room in her parent's house. <...> When Sara got an offer to go watch the Houston Texans play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, she jumped at the opportunity. She knew her husband would have loved to go the Reliant Stadium to watch his beloved team play. Plus, she and Landon had never been to a game before.
As described in a column by Tully Corcoran on FSHouston.com, the team brought Sara to the game under the pretense that she and her son would be part of a halftime ceremony in which Landon would receive a bike and Scott's memory would be celebrated by the 71,500 in attendance. Both those things happened, but a much bigger surprise awaited...
From now until the MMA fight on 10 December 2011, we’re asking every MMA fighter, celebrity, or organization that wants to make a fundamental difference in the lives of our men and women serving abroad to “Mustache Up” and sign up for a team. Your team can be as many or as few people as you want. We’ll post anything you want about yourself and your team. We’ll link your page, your sponsors, anything. What we ask of you is that you get the word out and ask your fans and friends to donate to your team via this website.
Our dream is that on 10 December when Jon Bones Jones faces Lyoto Machida, the cage is full of fantastic facial hair, showcasing amazing support for our men and women in uniform.
All donations are tax deductible and will go through Soldiers’ Angels accounts.
SO WHAT THE HELL IS BLACKFIVE DOING TO SUPPORT THIS GREAT EVENT?
Soooooo, Uncle Jimbo and I asked the team to join in. Well, I asked. Jimbo sent this sensitive and altruistic message out...
FFS, how many chicks do we have writing for this rag? I can knock out a creditable Fu Manchu by morning if needed...
Ranger Up Launches New American Rugby - American Sin Bin
Posted By Blackfive
The guys at Ranger Up had a team of employees who were rugby players and enthusiasts that wanted one thing more than anything in the world...deliver a World Cup Championship to the United States of America!
One day, after we finished our updated pitch, a funny thing happened: Nick said YES.
We were thrilled!
“But,” he added. “If we’re going to do this, you need to understand three things:
1) This will be harder than anything you have ever done. It’s going to take more time and effort than you can imagine, and you’re going to have to fight for every inch of success just like you do on the pitch. You have to promise no matter how hard it gets, you will never quit. 2) Ranger Up only engages in businesses that give back. If we go into rugby, we’re not going to be an apparel company. We’re going to be a vehicle to elevate the game of rugby in America. Wrap your heads around that now. It’s not about the shirts. It’s about what we do. 3) We’re going to win the World Cup. And our job is going to be to set the conditions to make that happen.
If you guys agree to those conditions, then we are all in.”
We gave each other the thousand-yard stare of someone standing on the edge of the abyss, contemplating the jump. We had a lot of great ideas, but a World Cup victory seemed like a bridge too far. Nick walked up to the white board and sketched out a plan for the next two years, then the next five, then eight, and all the moving pieces we needed to nail down to make it happen. It all made sense. But there were other things we could do. We chimed in and built on his ideas. We filled another white board, then another. Three hours later we were still going strong.
Nick stood to leave, but stopped at the door. “So, it looks like this is a YES?”
We didn’t even hesitate, bludgeoning him with a hail of yesses..
This was our job now.
We have a World Cup to win.
So, if you're like me and played Rugby or just a fan (All Blacks!) or interested in what those lunatics at RU are up to, go over and check out American Sin Bin. Like them on Facebook. Support their three goals:
Number one TV audience of the year. Epitome of anyone's career- to sing the National Anthem at the Big Game. Packers and the Steelers. Epic teams. And an audience to match watching it all.
And she totally blows it.
CAN ANYONE in Hollyweird possibly do it right? Do any of them give two shits about the USA? And what was with that Michael Douglas opening to the Super Bowl? Could that have possibly been any more Leftist? I thought it was going to be a Democrat Party advert at the beginning.
But anyway, it's a good game, Jimbo will be satiated (if it continues as such) and we'll all have commercials to talk about... and screwy singers.
Aguilera needs to take a lesson from this little girl-
Folks, a few disclosures: I am not a Mixed Martial Arts expert (I know, you're stunned). I am not a fight judge, and I do consider Tim Kennedy a friend.
Watching the fight last night with a lot of people in Chicago, you could tell there was a lot of concern for Tim who was cut by Jacare. The cut was not dangerous to Tim so the fight went on. With any head wound/cut, there's going to be a lot of blood. My point in this is that to someone who doesn't know anything about fighting, the blood might indicate that Tim was losing the fight.
But it was quite the opposite.
Jacare Souza is an amazing fighter. He's relentless and he's got that stupid Cheshire Cat grin that has got to irritate his opponents. He landed some devastating blows on Tim Kennedy. One hit, I was pretty sure anyone else would have crumpled to the floor, but Tim stayed up and kept fighting. I've not seen many fights go all the way and these athletes did five five-minute rounds. It was a very technical and exhausting fight and both Tim and Jacare should be congratulated for their amazing effort.
The difference here is that, in pure technical terms, Tim won every category in the fight. But the appearance of a grinning Jacare and a bloody intense Tim showed the judges that Jacare's blows were more focused and effective...and that appeared to carry the judges decision and award the decision to Jacare regardless of Tim's technical domination in every one of the fight metrics.
Strikeforce had better look into what happened with this decision and their judges so that this doesn't happen again; otherwise, they are going to lose a lot of viewers and fans.
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Mr. Wolf has over 26 years in the Army, Army NG, and USAR. He’s Airborne with 5 years as an NCO, before becoming an officer. Mr. Wolf has had 4 company commands. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. He recently served 22 straight months in Kuwait and Iraq, in Intel, PA, and senior staff of MNF-I. Mr. Wolf is now an IT executive. He is currently working on a book on media and the Iraq war. Functional gearhead.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
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Deebow is a Staff Sergeant and a Military Police Squad Leader in the Army National Guard. In a previous life, he served in the US Navy. He has over 19 years of experience in both the Maritime and Land Warfare; including deployments to Southwest Asia, Thailand, the South Pacific, South America and Egypt. He has served as a Military Police Team Leader and Protective Services Team Leader and he has served on assignments with the US State Department, US Air Force Security Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He recently spent time in Afghanistan working with, training and fighting alongside Afghan Soldiers and is now focused on putting his 4 year Political Science degree to work by writing about foreign policy, military security policy and politics.
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Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
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Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.