Monday, November 24, 2008

Tickets anyone?

You know it was a bad game when the fly over by the Air Force was the best thing about a football game. This will likely be my last post about the Jacksonville Jaguars, who suffered a humiliating 30-12 loss to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. Mark's beloved (well maybe not this version) team were down 14 points in the first 1:40 minutes of the game.

As I have written before, I opted for season tickets this year instead of a vacation as a reward for Mark for his service overseas. But it looks like he won't get to see any games in person this year. Darn all that training :)

But there were some heartwarming moments at yesterday's game: Our friends who sit the row behind us brought their son who had just finished a tour in Iraq for the Air Force. He was all smiles and looking quite relaxed.

In the third quarter, a Marine gunnery sergeant in dress blues came into our section of the stands looking for his seat. We see him in the tailgating area of the stadium almost every game collecting donations for Toys for Tots.

Turns out he was in the wrong section. But as he made his way out, he was given a standing ovation and offered dozens of hand shakes. This would have never happened 40 years ago. I remember.


ABNPOPPA said...


Yes, unfortunately that would have never happened 40 years ago. It is imperative that we don't let it ever happen again. Our young men and women have put too much on the line to be treated with such lack of respect.


Infantry Dad said...

I remember to dad.
I remember to.
It's something I'd like to forget.
Somehow I can't. And it eats at me.
But these are different and better times.

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MightyMom said...

well, carp and trout, sorry Sgt Mark won't get to USE those season tickets! :-( He deserves an ovation and handshake himself you know.